In locations inhabited or historically used by Indigenous peoples, we work with communities to respect their cultures and customs. ExxonMobil seeks to understand the perspectives of Indigenous peoples through open consultation, and we consider their feedback into project planning, design, execution and operations. We support local employment initiatives and cultural heritage programs through local content development and strategic community investments.
Our interactions with Indigenous peoples around the world are consistent with the goals of the following frameworks:
- International Labor Organization Convention 169 Concerning Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Independent Countries.
- United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
- International Finance Corporation Performance Standards on Environmental and Social Sustainability.
- World Bank Operational Policy and Bank Procedure on Indigenous Peoples.
ExxonMobil is committed to conducting meaningful consultations with Indigenous peoples, incorporating traditional knowledge and land use information into our plans and promoting community engagement programs that respect traditions and cultures. Meaningful engagement is a key aspect of Free, Prior and Informed Consent, a specific right that pertains to Indigenous peoples and is recognized in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous peoples.
One of our objectives is to determine how Indigenous peoples prefer to engage. Communities may decide whether they want us to meet with elected leaders, community elders or other representatives, and whether engagements are conducted in a public forum, either formally or informally. We enable communities to establish their preference for how often and how long their members meet with ExxonMobil representatives and who will provide their viewpoints or represent their wishes.
Management and application
In Canada, many of Imperial Oil’s operations and development opportunities are near Indigenous communities or on traditional lands. Imperial supports communities in areas where we explore, develop and operate, and, as is always the case, we strive to establish meaningful relationships built on mutual trust, respect, and shared prosperity. Our goal is to collaborate with Indigenous communities on a common vision for progress, sustainable economic development and environmental stewardship.
Imperial has also established a series of Indigenous awareness professional development courses to further employee knowledge of Indigenous cultures, history, and traditions.
Imperial’s commitment is supported through their Indigenous relations principles and guidelines and four key pillars of engagement.
More information on Indigenous engagement at Imperial can be accessed here.