Social contributions and philanthropy

ExxonMobil works closely with the communities where we operate to identify and invest in initiatives that help support their needs. We collaborate with governments and local stakeholders to invest in programs that promote local economic growth and help improve social conditions.

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Social contributions and philanthropy

Overview

ExxonMobil’s community contributions are intended to address strategic local priorities where we do business around the world. We work with governments, other companies and nongovernmental organizations to help support local communities and broader society in areas such as education, health and the environment. Our corporate and ExxonMobil Foundation contributions support a range of programs, including three key areas of concentration: combating malaria, promoting education (in particular STEM education) and supporting women’s economic empowerment.

Performance and initiatives

In 2021, we contributed $163 million to communities around the world, including donations from Exxon Mobil Corporation, our divisions and affiliates, the ExxonMobil Foundation and employee and retiree giving through the Foundation’s matching gift and volunteer programs.

$163 million in community social investments in 20211


Combating malaria

As a major employer and investor in many malaria-endemic countries, ExxonMobil has been part of a longstanding international effort to prevent, treat and cure the disease. Through a coordinated, comprehensive effort, significant progress has been made over the past two decades in reducing the impacts of malaria on families and communities.

Since 2000, ExxonMobil has provided more than $170 million in funding for antimalarial programs that have reached more than 185 million people. Our support has resulted in the distribution of more than 15.1 million bed nets, 5.6 million doses of antimalarial treatments and 4 million rapid diagnostic kits, as well as training for nearly 900,000 health workers. Thanks to the work of the many collaborations with governments, businesses, and civil society, malarial deaths have been reduced by more than half since 2000 and infection rates have drastically declined. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 1.5 billion cases of malaria have been prevented since 2000.2

In October 2021, the WHO authorized use of a malaria vaccine for children, a potential breakthrough in the fight against malaria. ExxonMobil was one of several organizations that helped support the development of this first-ever malaria vaccine.

Image ExxonMobil helps raise awareness about malaria in Angola as part of an annual World Malaria Day event.
ExxonMobil helps raise awareness about malaria in Angola as part of an annual World Malaria Day event.

Women’s economic opportunity

ExxonMobil invests in organizations around the world dedicated to bolstering women’s economic empowerment. Our supplier diversity program began in the U.S. 50 years ago and has steadily expanded globally.  Increasing women-owned businesses stimulates innovation, enhances competition in the supply chain and builds customer and supplier loyalty by supporting the communities in which we operate.

We focus investments on developing women entrepreneurs, implementing programs on financial literacy and providing access to savings accounts and improving productivity of women farmers.

ExxonMobil and the ExxonMobil Foundation have supported women in more than 90 countries seeking to fulfill their economic potential and drive economic and social change in their communities. From 2005 through 2021, we have invested more than $127 million to help community-based and global partners implement programs that directly benefit women.

For instance, our funding has allowed 5,000 female entrepreneurs to benefit from the nonprofit Solar Sister’s business training while bringing life-altering energy solutions to their local communities.  This effort has reached more than 1.7 million people and created a positive ripple effect on health, education and the environment.

Meanwhile, more than 2,800 women entrepreneurs have strengthened their skills and grown their businesses by participating in the Road to Growth program, a collaboration between the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and ExxonMobil Foundation. Three-quarters of the participants in Nigeria increased their savings and more than half increased their business revenues, even during the pandemic.

For the past several years, ExxonMobil has invested approximately $500 million annually in women-owned businesses. ExxonMobil is also a founding member of the Global Business Coalition for Women’s Economic Empowerment3, a private-sector consortium that fosters economic change for women.

Image Guyanese First Lady Aril Ali (l) sits beside U.S. Ambassador to Guyana Sarah-Ann Lynch and Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited Lead Country Manager Alistair Routledge at a 2021 event launching the HerVenture business app for women, which was developed by the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women in partnership with the ExxonMobil Foundation.
Guyanese First Lady Aril Ali (l) sits beside U.S. Ambassador to Guyana Sarah-Ann Lynch and Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited Lead Country Manager Alistair Routledge at a 2021 event launching the HerVenture business app for women, which was developed by the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women in partnership with the ExxonMobil Foundation.

Education

Since 2000, we have contributed $1.57 billion to education programs and workforce development around the world, including about $28 million in 2021.4

In Angola, for example, educational challenges include the shortage of educational facilities. A collaboration among RISE International, Educate A Child and the ExxonMobil Foundation led to the construction of 26 primary schools in Angola for nearly 30,000 out-of-school children in the provinces of Luanda, Benguela, and Bié. The final project was completed in 2021.

In the U.S., we continue to support the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) in its efforts to bring college education training programs to students and teachers across the country. ExxonMobil helped launch NMSI in 2007 to improve math and science education by providing a comprehensive program designed to increase student participation and performance in Advanced Placement coursework. The organization also provides educators with hands-on training, strategies and resources to raise academic rigor and prepare students for advanced critical and creative thinking.

Since 2007, NMSI has partnered with more than 1,300 U.S. school systems, training more than 6,500 teachers and touching the lives of more than 2 million students.5 NMSI recently expanded its programming into several Texas and New Mexico high schools in the Permian Basin.

Image ExxonMobil has supported the National Math and Science Initiative, a program that has touched the lives of more than 2 million students, since its founding in 2007.
ExxonMobil has supported the National Math and Science Initiative, a program that has touched the lives of more than 2 million students, since its founding in 2007.

Employee participation

Our employees are passionate about engaging with their neighbors and contributing to the communities where they live and work. Many are involved with local nonprofit organizations helping to build homes, serving as volunteer firefighters or providing pro bono legal services, as examples. Through our volunteer involvement program in the U.S., the ExxonMobil Foundation provides $500 grants to charitable organizations for every 20 hours an employee or retiree provides in volunteer service, up to four times per year. Some of our international affiliates maintain similar volunteer programs.

Performance and initiatives

More than 3,900 ExxonMobil employees, retirees and their families volunteered approximately 135,000 hours in 2021 to over 1,450 charitable organizations across 19 countries. More than 2,700 employees, retirees, directors and surviving spouses donated more than $11.5 million to 663 U.S. colleges and universities, as well as minority scholarship programs. The ExxonMobil Foundation matched those donations with more than $11 million in grants in 2021.

FOOTNOTES

1 Total contributions do not include environmental capital and operating expenditures.

2 World Health Organization’s World Malaria Report 2020 https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/malaria/world-malaria-reports/world-malaria-report-2020-briefing-kit-eng.pdf?sfvrsn=eda98467_9

Global Business Coalition for Women’s Economic Empowerment: Private Sector Engagement with Women’s Economic Empowerment, Linda Scott, Said Business School, University of Oxford: https://www.empowerwomen.org/-/media/uploads/unwomen/empowerwomen/resources/empowerwomenres0054gbcweereport171123lindascottwomeneconomicempowermentprivatesectorengagement-20171204160857.pdf?vs=901

4 2021 Worldwide Giving Report | ExxonMobil

5 National Math and Science Initiative - Impact (nms.org)

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