Think globally, act locally.
ExxonMobil does both. And as a company that helps meet the world’s energy needs while interacting with individual communities all over the world, ExxonMobil strives to support economic growth and progress while being a good corporate citizen.
“I’m proud of the role we play in raising living standards,” writes Darren Woods, Chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil, in this year’s Sustainability Report. “Millions of people have escaped extreme poverty in the last two decades due in part to increased access to energy.”
The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to make significant progress on the world’s economic, social and environmental challenges by 2030. ExxonMobil too has a role to play in helping to achieve the goals. While ExxonMobil contributes to certain aspects of all 17 SDGs, the following eight represent those most relevant to the company’s sustainability focus areas.
SDG Goal 1: An end to poverty
ExxonMobil is supporting the fight against poverty by expanding access to affordable energy supplies. Modern sources of energy are essential to improving living standards and growing economies.
SDG Goal 3: Good health and well-being
As well as looking after the health and safety of its own workforce, ExxonMobil is also making investments to strengthen community health systems and programs, most notably the company’s longstanding contribution to helping in the fight against malaria.
SDG Goal 4: Quality education
The company invests in many education programs around the world. As just one example, ExxonMobil is helping provide primary age children in Nigeria with access to education through a partnership with Educate A Child, UNICEF and the UK Department for International Development. The partnership is on track to enroll more than 500,000 children over the next five years.
SDG Goal 5: Gender equality
The company invests in the development of female entrepreneurs and business leaders, and programs which improve women’s ability to advance. This year ExxonMobil is sending 25 delegates to the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society in Paris.
SDG Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy
ExxonMobil is working to reduce emissions from its operations and is also researching next-generation energy technologies like algae biofuels and fuel cell carbon capture.
SDG Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth
ExxonMobil employs a diverse workforce of over 69,000 people worldwide, of whom 14,500 are based in Europe.
SDG Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production
The company is always looking for new ways to improve efficiency, save energy and create products (including fuels of the future) that help its customers do the same.
SDG Goal 13: Climate action
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. By mitigating emissions in our operations, developing technologies, engaging on climate change policy and providing customers with solutions to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, ExxonMobil is working to address this challenge.