External Sustainability Advisory Panel Statement

ExxonMobil’s External Sustainability Advisory Panel independently reviews our sustainability activities, including this report. We formed the panel in 2009 to understand additional external perspectives related to environmental, social and governance topics.


External Sustainability Advisory Panel Statement
Photo —The External Sustainability Advisory Panel met with employees at ExxonMobil’s Research and Engineering Technology Center in Clinton, New Jersey, in 2018. From left: Mark Cohen; Craig Benson; Vijay Swarup, vice president of research and development at ExxonMobil’s Research and Engineering Company; Kelsey McNeely, biofuels program leader at ExxonMobil; Jane Nelson; Frank Loy; and Salil Tripathi.


ExxonMobil’s External Sustainability Advisory Panel (ESAP) publishes an annual independent review of the company’s Sustainability Report. The ESAP is composed of academics, nongovernmental organization representatives and former government officials with expertise in environmental, social and governance issues.

The ESAP statement represents views on the progress and quality of ExxonMobil’s sustainability reporting and transparency. Due to the timing of the Sustainability Report and the Energy & Carbon Summary, the ESAP statement will be available in April 2021.

Pictured above is ExxonMobil’s External Sustainability Advisory Panel. From left: Frank Loy, Former Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs at the U.S. Department of State; Salil Tripathi, Senior Adviser, Global Issues at the Institute for Human Rights and Business; Jane Nelson, Director of Corporate Responsibility Initiative at Harvard University Kennedy School of Government; Darren W. Woods, ExxonMobil Chairman and Chief Executive Officer; Craig H. Benson, Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia; and Mark Cohen, Professor of Management and Law at Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management.