Managing socioeconomic impacts

ExxonMobil is committed to being a good corporate citizen in the places we operate worldwide. We maintain high ethical standards, obey applicable laws, rules and regulations and respect local and national cultures. We are dedicated to running safe and environmentally responsible operations. This is reinforced as a guiding principle in our Standards of Business Conduct.

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Managing socioeconomic impacts
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ExxonMobil’s Environment Policy and the ‘Protect Tomorrow. Today.’ philosophy serve as the foundation of our efforts, which are guided by a scientific understanding of the environmental impact of our operations, as well as an understanding of the social and economic needs of the communities in which we operate. We seek to contribute to the social and economic progress of these communities and believe that respecting human rights, managing our impacts on communities and making valued social investments are integral to the success of our business.

Our integrated socioeconomic management approach supports the early identification of potential socioeconomic impacts and opportunities, including human rights, as well as the comprehensive planning and effective implementation of measures and advancements that avoid, reduce or remedy impacts from our operations.

Core elements

The key socioeconomic elements of our integrated approach include: identification and assessment of potential impacts; human rights; community engagement and grievance management; community health, safety and security; local economic development; land use, resettlement and livelihood restoration; cultural heritage and Indigenous peoples. These elements are often interconnected and are best managed in an integrated manner to develop effective approaches to managing risks and opportunities in a broad range of settings. 

Impact identification and assessment

Our integrated socioeconomic management approach supports the early identification of potential socioeconomic impacts and opportunities of our operations, including human rights, as well as the comprehensive planning and the effective implementation of measures that avoid, reduce or remedy potential risks.  Learn more

Human rights

We are committed to respecting human rights as a fundamental principle in our operations, guided by the goals of globally recognized principles, integrated into our policies and practices, and reinforced through training.  Learn more

Community engagement and grievance management

Working collaboratively and transparently with local communities promotes positive, long-term relationships and fosters ongoing support for our activities.  Learn more

Community health, safety and security

We integrate community health, safety and security elements into our impact assessments as a key component of our socioeconomic management approach.  Learn more

Local economic development

ExxonMobil works closely with local communities to understand the unique needs of the areas where we operate which helps us contribute to the generation of long-term, positive local economic and social development.  Learn more

Land use, resettlement and livelihood restoration

We respect the property rights in the countries and communities where we operate, including those of traditional land users.  Learn more

Indigenous peoples

In locations inhabited or historically used by Indigenous peoples, we work with Indigenous communities to respect their cultures and customs.  Learn more

Cultural heritage

At ExxonMobil, our respect for the cultural heritage and customs of local communities carries into our business practices from project design and execution through operations.  Learn more

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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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Healthy and engaged workforce

ExxonMobil Global Medicine and Occupational Health uses Centers of Excellence in clinical, infectious disease, industrial hygiene and health promotion with members from across the globe to develop processes that guide programs in operations around the world.

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Respecting human rights

Respecting human rights

ExxonMobil’s commitment to respecting human rights is embedded throughout our corporate policies, practices and expectations. Our practices are guided by the goals of universally recognized human rights principles and support our integrated approach to identifying and mitigating potential human rights impacts of our activities. We strive to have a positive influence on our workforce and in the communities where we operate. ExxonMobil condemns human rights violations in any form and has actively expressed these views to governments and stakeholders in countries in which our affiliates operate. We do not utilize forced or compulsory labor in our operations and forbid the use of children in our workforce.

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