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Chairman's letter

ExxonMobil’s Corporate Citizenship Report details some of the work we do each day to provide the energy needed to improve standards of living throughout the world in a safe, ethical and environmentally and socially responsible manner.

Our employees share a commitment to safety, integrity, operational excellence and good corporate citizenship; they work every day to protect the environment, maximize benefits for the communities in which we work, and maintain a safe, secure and healthy workplace. By focusing on creating long-term benefits for communities, we are contributing to society’s broader sustainability objectives, creating a more stable business environment and improved quality of life.

Ten years ago, this report first introduced Protect Tomorrow. Today., a set of corporate-wide expectations to achieve superior environmental performance. This year’s report is an opportunity to highlight many of our accomplishments over the past decade, while discussing the environmental and socioeconomic challenges we continue to face.

  • Protect Tomorrow. Today.

    A set of expectations that serves as the foundation for our environmental performance.

Meeting global energy demand

As outlined in ExxonMobil’s Outlook for Energy: A View to 2040, energy demand has dramatically increased in recent years and will continue to grow by an estimated 35 percent from 2010 to 2040. Oil and natural gas will be essential to meeting the rising need, in conjunction with nuclear and renewable energy supplies. No matter the economic and geopolitical climate, we will maintain the safety, operational and ethical diligence that has driven ExxonMobil’s success, so we can continue to provide the energy that is vital to progress. From the startup of eight new Upstream projects around the world to our ongoing developments in the Alaskan and Russian Arctic, we will continue our work to meet the increasing demand for energy.

Commitment to excellence

Our goal of Nobody Gets Hurt is at the heart of what we do every day. We are proud to be an industry leader in safety culture and performance, and in 2014 achieved our best-ever safety record. Examples of our safety leadership are included throughout this report.

We strive to reduce environmental impacts across the life cycle of our projects. In 2014, we worked extensively in locations such as Alaska, Australia, Qatar and Russia to protect the ecosystems and biodiversity near our sites. We continue to look for ways to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, as well as our water and energy usage. We also engaged with local communities in countries around the world to enhance the social benefits from our operations. The case study about our work in Papua New Guinea illustrates our holistic approach to corporate citizenship.

Investing in the future

Managing the risks of climate change is an important responsibility for our business and society at large. We continue to take steps to improve efficiency, reduce emissions and contribute to effective long-term solutions to manage these risks. In 2014, we invested approximately $1 billion in research and technology development in areas that include existing and next-generation energy sources and products that can enable more efficient energy consumption.

By the end of 2014, we actively managed 7,200 acres of land for the benefit of wildlife, promoting environmental awareness in our workforce and local communities. We also work to remediate sites we are no longer using so they can be beneficially reused in the future.

Photo — Rex W. Tillerson, Chairman and CEO

To ensure the continuity of our operations, we place an emphasis on hiring local workers and providing them with the technical and leadership skills that can serve them throughout their careers. This approach also enables us to contribute to economic development in the countries where we do business.

We also continue to support a variety of long-term community investments. Our ongoing efforts to combat malaria and other infectious diseases enabled us to mobilize swiftly to help address the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa in 2014. We fund initiatives that focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, as well as the economic empowerment of women through our women’s economic opportunity initiative, now in its 11th year. Advancements in these areas will benefit our society now and in the future.

As always, we welcome input from all of our stakeholders at