ExxonMobil has marked 130 years of doing business in Singapore this year. Over this time, it has been helping to meet society’s energy needs – from a kerosene trading business operating out of a shophouse in 1893 to a world-scale manufacturing complex and regional hub with 3,500 employees.
One hallmark of how ExxonMobil conducts business here, and around the world, has been how the company and its employees make a positive impact in the community.
“Volunteering and doing our part to give back is very much part of our corporate DNA,” said Karen Wong, Singapore Public and Government Affairs Director, ExxonMobil Asia Pacific.
Our corporate giving and volunteer activities are guided by key pillars important to the company, including education, environment, health, and community development.
One focus area is supporting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (or STEM) education. A solid grounding in STEM is critical for young students to take on the challenges of today and prepare them to be the problem-solvers of the future.
Through our Junior Achievement program, students are given the opportunity to deep dive into the different aspects of STEM, gain a view of the kinds of jobs they could do as well as insights into skills they need for careers in a rapidly changing world.
In addition to volunteerism, ExxonMobil has also invested in various community programs.
Recognizing the important role teachers play in inspiring and nurturing the next generation, we have sponsored the Caring Teacher Awards every year since it began in 1996.
This national program aims to recognize teachers who exemplify the values of caring for the academic, moral, social, emotional, and mental welfare of their students.
Like teachers, social workers also play a significant part in our society.
With the support of the Ministry of Social and Family Development, and the National Council of Social Service, we have been sponsoring the Outstanding Social Worker Award since 1998 to recognize outstanding social workers who have made significant contributions to their clients and the social work fraternity.
We also launched the Promising Social Worker Award in 2008 to recognize the contributions of junior social workers.
Across our businesses and operations, some of our giving activities have become deeply personal, as employees give something of themselves. For example, we have run mobile blood donation drives for 20 years with the Singapore Red Cross. This year alone, we collected 370 units of blood through the blood donation drives in our Singapore offices and through a public drive. This could help save more than 1,000 lives.
The ExxonMobil Singapore Recreation Club and volunteers from our sustainability-focused employee group also did their part to address the waste challenge in the heart of Singapore.
Working together, they helped organize a “Kayak & Clean” activity at the Marina Reservoir as part of World Clean-up Day this year. The team was able to collect 25kg of trash from the waterways.
Once a year, our employees, their families and friends come together to deliver needed household essentials to other families in the South West district.
About 400 ExxonMobil staff, their families and friends participated in an annual grocery pack distribution program, which is now in its 13th year.
This year, the teams helped to sort, pack and distribute essential products and food to 1,100 households.
This year also marks the 20th year of a partnership between our Esso retail fuels business and FairPrice. As part of this milestone, the team organized and took part in a series of community activities.
We are glad to do our part for the community and look forward to many more years of meaningful collaboration with our partners as we give back to Singapore.