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2017 ExxonMobil Sustainability Report

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ExxonMobil and sustainability

ExxonMobil's primary responsibility is to produce the energy and products the world needs in a responsible manner.

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External Sustainability Advisory Panel

ExxonMobil has engaged an External Sustainability Advisory Panel (ESAP) since 2009 to provide an annual, independent review of the company’s sustainability reporting and disclosure.

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Addressing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to make significant progress on global economic, social and environmental challenges by 2030. While ExxonMobil contributes to certain aspects of all 17 SDGs, the following eight represent those most relevant to ExxonMobil’s sustainability focus areas.

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Case study

ExxonMobil’s response to Hurricane Harvey

On August 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas as a Category 4 storm, bringing destructive winds and flooding to the Gulf Coast. The storm caused an estimated $125 billion in damages, and rebuilding efforts continue. ExxonMobil acted swiftly to ensure the safety of our employees and support affected communities.

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Stakeholder engagement

Fostering mutual understanding, trust and cooperation on key issues.

When communicating with stakeholders, our goal is to foster mutual understanding, trust and cooperation on key issues. We engage with external stakeholders including customers, nongovernmental organizations, suppliers, governments and the public on a wide range of topics, including human rights, climate change and adopting policies that prohibit workplace discrimination. We interact with our diverse stakeholders through a variety of outlets, including community meetings, digital and social media, corporate publications, and one-on-one and group discussions.

Our ongoing conversations and engagement provide opportunities to listen to concerns, identify material issues and benchmark our performance to others. The following list provides examples of areas of interest we hear from different stakeholder groups.

Common areas of interest for stakeholder groups

Community development; economic development; grievance management; human rights; operational impacts; environmental performance; employment opportunities

Benefits; diversity and inclusion; development opportunities; safety, health and wellness

Biodiversity; water management; climate change; sustainability; human rights; transparency; social issues

Expectations for suppliers; local business opportunities; supplier diversity; capacity building; environmental performance; safety; operational integrity; human rights in the supply chain

Product safety and sustainability; supply chain management; greenhouse gas emissions

Taxes and other revenue sources; climate change; local supplier development; job creation; human rights; impact assessments; ethics; environment; health; education; energy supply and security

Governance practices; board composition; policy engagement; risk management; climate change

9.8 billion oil-equivalent barrels of resource additions worldwide in 2017

SDG Goal 1

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

ExxonMobil’s efforts

United Nations data shows a strong correlation between energy use and improved standards of living. ExxonMobil is working to help lift people out of poverty around the world by expanding access to affordable and versatile energy supplies. In addition, ExxonMobil collaborates with host governments and other local stakeholders to implement community investments that improve health and education, and help build and sustain local economic growth.

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>125 million people reached by ExxonMobil-funded antimalarial programs since 2001

SDG Goal 3

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

ExxonMobil’s efforts

ExxonMobil supports the health, safety and well-being of our employees while also making investments to support community health systems and programs. For example, since 2001, we have funded antimalarial programs that have reached more than 125 million people. Another example is our U.S.-based Culture of Health program that provides health education, nutrition and fitness programs that support the well-being of our employees. We are expanding the program to other countries as well.

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>$1.25 billion contributed to education programs around the world since 2000

SDG Goal 4

Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

ExxonMobil's efforts

We invest in education and teacher development programs, placing a specific emphasis on encouraging students to pursue careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. Since 2000, we have contributed more than $1.25 billion to education programs around the world.

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$111 million invested in programs that develop female entrepreneurs and business leaders since 2005

SDG Goal 5

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

ExxonMobil’s efforts

Since 2005, ExxonMobil has invested $111 million in programs that develop female entrepreneurs and business leaders and improve women’s ability to advance. Internally, ExxonMobil promotes leadership development for women during all aspects of their careers, including through training and mentoring.

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>$9 billion invested since 2000 to develop lower-emission energy solutions

SDG Goal 7

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

ExxonMobil's efforts

ExxonMobil delivers reliable and affordable energy that helps fuel economic activity and improve standards of living. Natural gas, for example, supplies 22 percent of the world’s energy and has a lower carbon footprint than other traditional energy sources. In addition, ExxonMobil is researching lower-emission technologies, such as algae biofuels and advanced carbon capture. We have invested more than $9 billion since 2000 on lower-emission energy solutions.

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~$186 million spent with women-owned and indigenous-owned businesses outside of the United States in 2017

SDG Goal 8

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

ExxonMobil’s efforts

When working in a community, we add economic and social value by creating local jobs, supporting local supplier development and providing opportunities through training and investments. We employ nearly 70,000 people around the world.

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~80 universities around the world are partnering with ExxonMobil to explore next-generation energy technologies

SDG Goal 12

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

ExxonMobil's efforts

ExxonMobil is working to make our operations more efficient while also helping our customers to reduce their emissions. These solutions include creating advanced plastics and other materials that can be used in a range of consumer products to reduce weight and improve fuel efficiency, and by developing premium, high-efficiency fuels and lubricants.

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15% decrease in methane emissions by 2020

SDG Goal 13

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

ExxonMobil’s efforts

Meeting the world’s growing energy demand while simultaneously reducing environmental impacts, including the risks of climate change, is one of society’s most pressing challenges. We are focused on mitigating emissions in our operations, developing technology solutions, providing solutions that reduce emissions for our customers and engaging on climate change policy. We are a founding member of the Climate Leadership Council, which advocates for a revenue-neutral carbon tax and aligns closely with our long-standing principles. In 2018, we joined the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, a voluntary initiative representing 13 of the world’s largest oil and gas producers working towards solutions to mitigate the risks of climate change.

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