Across Asia Pacific, ExxonMobil staff have volunteered their time to help improve the lives of people, the communities, and the environments around them.
As part of International Volunteer Day, we’re shining a light on the efforts of our people across the region, showcasing the many ways they’re making the world a little bit better every day.
As we mark 130 years in Singapore, our staff carried out their usual volunteering through different hands-on efforts.
Driven by four key pillars – education, health, environment, and community – ExxonMobil Singapore staff have found a myriad of ways to lend a hand. From clearing the waterways in kayaks, to giving blood and distributing grocery bags to households, their efforts go a long way to make a positive difference in the community.
In Indonesia, we kicked off our annual volunteer program in earnest, helping the communities around our operations. Since last year, we’ve been cultivating the seeds for a better future, by helping to green the country and planting more than 1,000 trees, aiding local farmers to harvest crops, and also providing education opportunities by teaching young students English. Since 2006, we’ve volunteered over 25,000 hours to help our local communities.
We’re also helping to empower Indonesian women from underserved communities, giving them the ability to put greater economic control into their own hands. ExxonMobil has helped launch Weaving Hopes for the Future, a program that teaches women weaving and crocheting skills which they can use to craft and sell handmade products.
In Malaysia, we’re helping to build the next generation of leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through our support for various student programs that encourage STEM excellence.
STEM teachers also benefit from teacher training workshops aimed at strengthening and rejuvenating STEM education in school.
Since 2021, our staff have taken our STEM support further by connecting with over 2,000 students through a young engineer program to help spark their curiosity in STEM career paths.
This year, our staff piloted a river cleaning project as part of sustainability initiatives, where about 400 kg of rubbish was collected in a single morning.
Papua New Guinea
ExxonMobil PNG staff have formed a ‘Yellow Army’ of volunteers, donning yellow shirts as they lend a helping hand to communities across the country.
Staff gathered to paint the local community hall and primary school at the Papa Village, in Central Province, as well as clean the LeaLea beachfront, outside of Port Moresby, before donating the tools used for future community clean-up programs.
A similar initiative was carried out in the highlands’ Hela Province, cleaning the Komo Station.
STEM skills were high on the agenda for volunteers, providing interactive lessons as part of the Science Ambassador program, covering nine schools, and reaching more than 1400 students across local communities.
The Yellow Army also aided children in putting their maths skills to the test, volunteering for the local Buk Boling Pikinini [Books for Children] market day. They roleplayed with the children at market stalls, as children used pretend money to buy and sell goods and calculate change, helping them improve their maths abilities in real-world situations.
We’re helping open a world of opportunities to Thai students by providing English language lessons. Our team in Thailand volunteered to teach local students English, dedicating several weeks to improving children’s speaking and listening skills.
Our support of Operation Smile Vietnam has helped 1,000 children born with facial deformities by providing surgery, as well as dental care to more than 10,000 children in Vietnam.
We’re also providing education across the country.
The Teach for Vietnam (TFV) brings our staff into the classroom to lead STEM classes, as well as other career skills. More than 2,000 students have taken part in the annual program since it started in 2018.
TFV has also provided training for over 300 teachers across 20 rural public schools in the Tay Ninh and Quang Nam provinces.
In 2023, ExxonMobil also donated 14 pieces of critical neonatal medical equipment and provided intensive neonatal emergency resuscitation training to doctors and nurses in the poorest districts of the Quang Ngai province.
We’ve also consistently supported the VinaCapital Foundation, and through its healthcare initiatives over the last 12 years, have helped more than 2.5 million children and adults in Vietnam.
Volunteers from ExxonMobil’s India affiliates have joined hands with Agastya International Foundation’s team to help nurture India’s next generation of scientific thinkers.
The company is sponsoring Agastya’s innovative ‘Mobile Science Lab’ program, which provides hands-on scientific learning to 6- to 10-year-olds enrolled in public schools around Bengaluru’s outskirts.
This initiative will help around 16,000 students from disadvantaged backgrounds, as they get to touch, feel, learn and work with scientific objects they usually only read about, through interactive sessions and by carrying out their own science experiments.
ExxonMobil volunteers are contributing to the effort by visiting the targeted schools along with the Agastya team and helping children perform science experiments. They are also creating awareness amongst these students about the basics of energy, such as how it is found and produced.
Caring about the communities we operate in has always been a key priority for us in Hong Kong. We do it by serving the social needs of education and environmental protection through our staff’s skills and dedication.
Our staff have supported career seminars to help students better understand the working world and develop work-ready skills. They’ve volunteered as mentors to provide on-the-job training, nurturing students’ capabilities with hands-on, real-world learning experiences through job-shadow days. They also walked the talk to protect our environment by supporting NGOs such as A Plastic Ocean Foundation as volunteers to clean up beaches in Hong Kong.