LR Independent Assurance Statement

Relating to Exxon Mobil Corporation’s Sustainability Report for the calendar year 2019. 

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LR Independent Assurance Statement

This Assurance Statement has been prepared for Exxon Mobil Corporation in accordance with our contract but is intended for the readers of this Report. 

Terms of engagement

Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance Inc. (LR) was commissioned by Exxon Mobil Corporation (ExxonMobil) to assure its processes for reporting safety, health and environmental IPIECA performance indicators used in the Sustainability Report (the Report) for the calendar year 2019, to a reasonable level of assurance using LR’s verification approach.

Our assurance engagement covered ExxonMobil’s operations and activities worldwide and specifically following requirements:

  • Verifying the integrity of the processes used for determining which material issues to report;
  • Evaluating consistency with the following industry guidelines:
    • IPIECA/API/IOGP*, Oil and gas industry guidance on voluntary sustainability reporting (2015),
    • API, Compendium of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Methodologies for the Oil and Gas Industry (2009).

Our assurance engagement did not include verifying the accuracy of information reported. 

LR’s responsibility is only to ExxonMobil. LR disclaims any liability or responsibility to others as explained in the end footnote. ExxonMobil’s management is responsible for collecting, aggregating, analysing and presenting all the data and information within the Report and for maintaining effective internal controls over the systems from which the Report is derived. LR’s responsibility is to carry out an assurance engagement on the reporting process in accordance with our agreement with ExxonMobil. Ultimately, the Report has been approved by, and remains the responsibility of ExxonMobil. 

* Notes:
IPIECA – the oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues 
API - American Petroleum Institute
IOGP - International Association of Oil & Gas Producers

LR’s Opinion

Based on LR’s approach, we believe that ExxonMobil’s reporting processes were effective in delivering safety, health and environmental indicators that are useful for assessing corporate performance and reporting information consistent with IPIECA/API/IOGP Guidance.  

The opinion expressed is formed on the basis of a reasonable level of assurance and at the materiality of the professional judgment of the Verifier. 

LR’s approach

LR’s assurance engagement was carried out in accordance with our Verification procedure; the following tasks were undertaken as part of the evidence gathering process for this assurance engagement:

  • Reviewing the reported information to confirm the inclusion of all core safety, health and environmental performance indicators referenced in the IPIECA/API/IOGP Guidance;
  • Reviewing the documented reporting requirements against the applicable industry guidelines to assure consistency of scope, definition and reporting for each of the relevant indicators;
  • Reviewing the reporting processes at Headquarters and at each of the functional business levels to evaluate the processes used by ExxonMobil to assure completeness, consistency and conformance to reporting requirements across its global operations;
  • Reviewing the stakeholder engagement processes;
  • Reviewing the processes used to aggregate the data and information at the corporate level for inclusion in the Report;
  • Reviewing ExxonMobil’s data collection tools to assess use in the reporting processes;
  • Reviewing the data reporting processes at a sample of seven operating sites selected by LR to assess local understanding and implementation of reporting requirements. Sites selected were ExxonMobil Exploration Company in Cyprus; Altona Refinery in Altona, Australia; and lubricant facilities in Serviburnu, Turkey; Gravenchon, France; Uddevalla, Sweden and Vado, Italy. 

Observations

Further observations and findings made during the assurance engagement are:

  • Processes were in place to ensure that sites contributing to core safety, health and environmental metrics understood corporate reporting obligations and were included in corporate safety, health, environmental and climate change reporting;
  • Methods used for calculating each metric were defined clearly and communicated;
  • Processes were in place to ensure that the quantitative indicators were checked for completeness, consistency and accuracy;
  • Responsibility for annually reviewing and updating reporting guidelines was clear, with improvement in methodology regularly undertaken;
  • Guidelines for greenhouse gas emissions reporting were consistent with, and specifically refer to, the API Compendium for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Methodologies for the Oil and Gas Industry (2009);
  • Active engagement with external stakeholders provided information for determining material issues.

Observations and areas for potential improvement were provided in a report to ExxonMobil’s management. These recommendations do not affect our opinion.

LR’s standards, competence and independence

LR ensures the selection of appropriately qualified individuals based on their qualifications, training and experience. The outcome of all verification and certification assessments is then internally reviewed by senior management to ensure that the approach applied is rigorous and transparent.

LR is ExxonMobil’s certification body for ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 (lubricants operations) and Responsible Care® (chemical operations) and the California Air Resources Board greenhouse gas verification. The certification and verification assessments are the only work undertaken by LR for ExxonMobil and as such do not compromise our independence or impartiality.

Signed and dated: December 22, 2020

Andrea M Bockrath

Andrea M. Bockrath
LR Lead Verifier
On behalf of Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance, Inc. 

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