We focus the majority of our spending on our signature, corporate-led initiatives to improve education, combat malaria and advance economic opportunities for women. We then supplement our corporate-led initiatives with local, community-specific programs that range from workforce development efforts to responding to natural disasters. We consider the development goals of each community when deciding where, when and how best to invest, and we often participate in public-private partnerships and ongoing stakeholder engagement to improve social and economic conditions.
In order to maximize the long-term sustainability and benefits of our efforts, we continue to improve our understanding of our programs’ impacts. In 2013, we enhanced the measurement frameworks of our philanthropic programs. We continue to incorporate our findings, in close collaboration with our partners, into designing more robust measurement and evaluation plans and enhancing our partners’ measurement capacity. Throughout this report, wherever possible, we have described outcomes of our investments, beyond dollars spent and activities conducted.
We invest in education programs that focus on inspiring students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), including programs that support teacher development and training. Global economic growth relies upon highly skilled individuals, particularly those well-trained in STEM fields. No single classroom factor is more important to improving educational outcomes than the quality of the teacher. This initiative has a direct impact on our business, as scientists and engineers are critical to addressing the energy challenges of today and tomorrow. Over the past 15 years, we have contributed more than $1 billion for education programs around the world, with $95 million contributed in 2014 alone. Furthermore, in 2014 we launched Be An Engineer, an initiative to help students better understand the engineering field and the opportunities it offers. The program, which includes a broad range of original and shared content, highlights the meaningful contributions engineers make in the world. For more on our efforts on education initiatives in 2014, see our articles Up close: Education initiative: United States and Up close: Education initiative: international.
In several countries where we operate, malaria continues to have a significant impact on local communities. The good news, however, is the number of deaths and infections continues to decline. Since 2000, mortality rates have decreased by 47 percent worldwide – and by 54 percent in Africa. From 2000 to 2014, antimalarial programs we funded have reached more than 124 million people. Our support has helped distribute more than 13.5 million bed nets, 2.1 million doses of antimalarial treatments and 2.2 million rapid diagnostic kits, as well as train more than 400,000 health workers. We describe our efforts on malaria in more detail in the case study: Combating infectious diseases, both inside and beyond our fence line.
Identifying and implementing community investment programs that enhance local economic development is a business objective. One of the most effective ways to do so is through economically empowering women. According to a 2014 World Bank Gender at Work report, women are key drivers of economic progress and development: they consistently invest in their children and communities.
The goal of our women’s economic opportunity initiative is to help women fulfill their economic potential and improve their well-being and that of their families and communities. We invest in programs proven to provide women with the skills and resources needed to increase their productivity and income. Our investments focus on three key areas: supporting research to identify effective interventions; developing women farmers, entrepreneurs and business leaders; and improving women’s access to technology. Over the past 10 years, ExxonMobil has invested more than $82 million in promoting economic opportunities for women. This support has reached tens of thousands of women in more than 90 countries. Our contributions in 2014 totaled $12 million. See the Up close articles Deploying technologies that accelerate women’s economic advancement and Diverse supplier development in Nigeria for more information on our efforts with this initiative.
For additional information about our community support, reference the ExxonMobil Foundation page.
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