Working across multiple regions, ExxonMobil gives back in many different ways in the communities in which it operates.
It focuses on social and economic needs such as healthcare, education and local business development, considering each community’s development goals when deciding how best to invest and support people.
Inspired by the company’s efforts, ExxonMobil staff are also stepping up to help others in Asia Pacific in 2022, below we focus on just some of the ways they are making a difference:
Lending a helping hand in Singapore
In Singapore, more than 300 ExxonMobil staff and their families came together in September to help the less fortunate. Supporting around 1,000 families living in rental households in Singapore’s South West District, they helped pack and distribute groceries and essential household items to them.
During the year, volunteers from ExxonMobil Singapore also worked with community groups to go to litter-picking in local parks and beaches, and other activities such as fundraising or food distribution for different causes.
As COVID-19 measures were relaxed in 2022, our staff also conducted lessons and courses under the Junior Achievement Singapore initiative.
Greening Hong Kong
In Hong Kong, conservation was a key concern for volunteers.
In November, 40 ExxonMobil staff in Hong Kong volunteered for a mudflat clean-up event organised by A Plastic Ocean Foundation.
Mabel Leung, ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Retail Fuels sales & marketing director, who led the volunteer activity for the day, said, “To ensure we preserve the marine life for the next generation to enjoy, it is our responsibility to protect the natural environment.”
In March, ExxonMobil staff provided training for 120 university students by hosting two business ethics workshops, sharing their insights and knowledge of dealing with ethical challenges in the workplace. The EMHK-supported program has benefited over 6,100 tertiary students in Hong Kong since 2005.
The gift of life in Thailand
In Thailand, more than 90 volunteers participated in a local Day of Caring at the Sriracha Refinery, planting perennial trees as part of an environmental conservation program.
“This activity not only helps increase the green areas for our refinery but also helps capture more than 80 kilograms of dust and air pollution per year,” said Suchart Phowatthanasathian, the Sriracha refinery manager at the time.
“A big tree can absorb 9 to 15 kilograms of carbon dioxide per year on average, so the 60 trees we planted in a single day could reduce CO2 by between 540 and 900 kilograms per year.”
One person can also make a huge difference. Pairat Tantiwongcharoen, assistant terminal manager for ExxonMobil’s Sriracha terminal, has earned a Red Cross Medal of Honor earlier this year after donating blood and platelets more than 160 times.
“Every donation can help three people, so the more you give, the more you can help the wounded and the sick,” Pairat said.
Inspiring future engineers in Malaysia
In Malaysia, more than 100 volunteers facilitated an ExxonMobil Young Engineer program for 1,000 high school students in Terengganu and Kuala Lumpur through a mix of virtual and in-person sessions.
Held in November and December, the program is designed to inspire and encourage students to consider careers in STEM and the energy industry. Through simple hands-on experiments, students learned general concepts about the sector and gained valuable insights on career options within the industry by engaging with ExxonMobil staff.
Building strong future foundations in India
Aiding the next generation has been a focus of volunteers in India, as ExxonMobil workers support literacy and vocational programs aimed at students from lower socio-economic backgrounds.
More than 40 employees volunteered for the Room to Read (RTR) Literacy Program in Bengaluru. As part of this initiative, ExxonMobil is also helping to set up libraries in Bengaluru’s public schools, providing graded, age-appropriate reading materials for students between the ages of six and nine.
The program is designed to improve the reading and comprehension skills of early readers from underprivileged backgrounds in classes 1 to 5. Such children often live in poor literacy environments and lack the necessary support at home, which puts them at a disadvantage academically.
The volunteers made educational posters for the ExxonMobil-sponsored libraries and recorded 10 read-aloud books for younger students.
Students finishing college have also been given a boost. ExxonMobil is supporting SGBS Unnati Foundation’s UNXT program in Karnataka in southwestern India.
A 165-hour vocational-training program, UNXT is aimed at final-year students from low socio-economic backgrounds enrolled at government colleges and industrial training institutes.
The program is working to improve their job readiness by providing them training outside regular academics, such as in spoken English and computer skills, and helping them to find jobs commensurate with their potential.
ExxonMobil volunteers are supporting these students by conducting training sessions to enhance their soft skills and ability to manage stress at work.
Across Asia Pacific, from powering people to volunteering to improve the world around them, ExxonMobil staff are giving of themselves in a multitude of ways to build a better future.