Our coronavirus response: Meeting a new challenge

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Editor’s note: This story has been updated since the initial publication to reflect the latest developments.

Across the world, including the Asia Pacific region, ExxonMobil is working to help meet the needs of health care professionals fighting this COVID-19 pandemic on the frontlines, as well as those socially distancing themselves at home. While those needs continue to evolve, the company remains focused on working to meet global energy demand.

  • “On our offshore platforms, in our refineries, at our lubes and chemical plants and throughout our facilities worldwide, our people are getting the job done while protecting themselves and others,” writes Darren Woods, ExxonMobil’s chairman and CEO.

Safety is priority one. We have implemented new cleaning measures and social distancing policies at our facilities around the world, and many employees are working remotely to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

  • For those who are most critical to our operations, such as our workforce at refineries, chemical plants and production sites, employees are staying two metres from their colleagues and working in small-team shifts.
  • For our customers filling up their vehicles, Exxon, Mobil and Esso service stations are sanitising surfaces and pump handles more frequently when possible.

Meanwhile, we continue to produce the fuel the world needs.

  • Petrol, diesel, marine fuels and other products are being shipped around the world, enabling doctors, nurses and other medical personnel to get to hospitals to help critical patients.

Our experts are working across industry, academia and government to get critical products into the hands of medical professionals as quickly as possible.

  • We’re supporting a collaborative effort, organised by the Global Center for Medical Innovation, to rethink how face shields and face masks are made. Hear from ExxonMobil digital transformation expert Justin Sink on how the team is getting the job done.
  • The group is ramping up the supply chain and production process, working to manufacture more than 170,000 shields per hour.
  • By the numbers: The company provided 48,000 medical masks and 4,300 protective suits for affected communities during the outbreak in China.

We’re also helping those affected by COVID-19 by contributing to local relief efforts around the world. A few examples:

  • In Papua New Guinea, ExxonMobil has worked with the National Department of Health to print hundreds of World Health Organization COVID-19 awareness and safety posters in local languages.
  •   In Thailand, EM employees’ social club has raised funds for the Thai Red Cross to buy medical equipment for Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital where there are a number of COVID 19 patients.
  • Employees and families have made 2,000 face shields to provide protection to the medical staff at six hospitals in Bangkok and nearby provinces where there are screening and testing activities.
  • In the US, in Texas’ greater Houston area – where 11,000 of our employees call home – the company is helping provide 1 million meals to COVID-19-affected communities by donating a total of $250,000 to the Houston and Montgomery County food banks. This will help feed children, families and seniors facing unprecedented hardship during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • In the Permian region, which spans west Texas and southeast New Mexico in the US, we’re donating a total of $200,000 to help the Carlsbad (NM) Municipal Schools’ online education resources as students transition to remote learning, and support the West Texas Food Bank’s critical mission in the Permian.
  • In China, we donated USD $200,000 to the China Charity Federation and provided the lubricants that supported the construction of hospitals and ambulances during the outbreak.
  • The company has ramped up in China to provide the critical polymers and elastomers needed to make masks longer lasting and more comfortable to wear, as well as the materials used in making protective medical suits, to ensure medical staff stay safe.
  • And we are continuing to donate to initiatives around the world, from Italy to Papua New Guinea, to stop the spread of coronavirus and meet the needs of patients.

 Chemical plants near and far are working to help fill shortages in medical protective gear and disinfectants.

The bottom line: No matter what crisis the world faces, hardworking employees at ExxonMobil continue to supply the energy and chemical products needed to respond.

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