Reporting frameworks

This 2017 Sustainability Report describes our efforts regarding the environmental, social and governance performance of our owned and operated operations.


We developed this report in accordance with the reporting guidelines and indicators of IPIECA (the global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues), the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers and the American Petroleum Institute. ExxonMobil was a key contributor to IPIECA’s latest Oil and Gas Industry Guidance on Voluntary Sustainability Reporting (2015), and our report reflects the common reporting-level metrics.

To help interested stakeholders easily access our key sustainability indicators, we have mapped relevant IPIECA, Global Reporting Initiative and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals indicators in our content index.

This report focuses on ExxonMobil’s operations from January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017, unless otherwise indicated. The report uses qualitative descriptions and quantitative metrics to describe our policies, programs, practices and performance. Note that many of the standards and metrics used in preparing this report continue to evolve and are based on management assumptions believed to be reasonable at the time of preparation, but should not be considered guarantees.

For environmental and climate change data, values are presented in metric system units of measure. Financial information is reported in U.S. dollars. Learn more about our initiatives, view previous reports or provide comments, or email


ExxonMobil corporate responsibility recognition

ExxonMobil was ranked in the top 50 of Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s Best Corporate Citizens in both 2017 and 2018 in recognition of the company’s commitment to corporate responsibility and sustainability. The ranking is based on publicly available records from company websites, annual reports, shareholder calls, media interviews, NGOs and governmental documents. The analysis includes 260 data points on environmental performance, climate change, human rights, employee relations, corporate governance, philanthropy and financial performance.

Cautionary note

Exxon Mobil Corporation has numerous affiliates, with many names including ExxonMobil, Exxon, Mobil, Esso and XTO Energy. For convenience and simplicity, those terms (and terms such as corporation, company, our, we and its) are sometimes used as abbreviated references to specific affiliates or affiliate groups. ExxonMobil is a publicly traded company. The New York Stock Exchange is the principal exchange on which Exxon Mobil Corporation common stock (symbol XOM) is traded. The term "resource base" as used in this publication is not intended to correspond to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) definitions such as "probable" or "possible" reserves. That term includes quantities of oil and gas that are not yet classified as proved reserves under SEC definitions but that are expected to be moved into the proved reserved category and produce in the future. Proved reserve figures are determined in accordance with SEC definitions in effect at the end of each applicable year.

Statements of future events or conditions in this report are forward-looking statements. Actual future results, including future energy supply, demand and mix; the future effectiveness of safety, health, environmental and other sustainability risk and impact management processes; efficiency gains; and the impact of future technologies could differ materially due to factors including changes in supply and demand for oil and gas and other factors affecting long-term oil and gas prices; political and regulatory factors including the impact of international accords and treaties; changes in consumer preferences; actions of competitors including the development of competing technologies; the outcome of current and future research efforts; technical and operating factors; and other factors discussed in our Factors Affecting Future Results. Learn more about our investor relations

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