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Addressing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to make significant progress on global economic, social and environmental challenges by 2030.

While ExxonMobil contributes to certain aspects of all 17 SDGs, the following eight represent those most relevant to ExxonMobil’s sustainability focus areas.

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SDG Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere
United Nations data shows a strong correlation between energy use and improved standards of living. ExxonMobil is working to help lift people out of poverty around the world by expanding access to affordable and versatile energy supplies. In addition, ExxonMobil collaborates with host governments and other local stakeholders to implement community investments that improve health and education, and help build and sustain local economic growth.

SDG Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages 
ExxonMobil supports the health, safety and well-being of our employees while also making investments to support community health systems and programs. For example, since 2001, we have funded antimalarial programs that have reached more than 125 million people. Another example is our U.S.-based Culture of Health program that provides health education, nutrition and fitness programs that support the well-being of our employees. We are expanding the program to other countries as well.

SDG Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all 
We invest in education and teacher development programs, placing a specific emphasis on encouraging students to pursue careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. Since 2000, we have contributed more than $1.25 billion to education programs around the world.

SDG Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Since 2005, ExxonMobil has invested $111 million in programs that develop female entrepreneurs and business leaders and improve women’s ability to advance. Internally, ExxonMobil promotes leadership development for women during all aspects of their careers, including through training and mentoring.

SDG Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
ExxonMobil delivers reliable and affordable energy that helps fuel economic activity and improve standards of living. Natural gas, for example, supplies 22 percent of the world’s energy and has a lower carbon footprint than other traditional energy sources. In addition, ExxonMobil is researching lower emission technologies, such as algae biofuels and advanced carbon capture. We have invested more than $9 billion since 2000 on lower-emission energy solutions.

SDG Goal 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
When working in a community, we add economic and social value by creating local jobs, supporting local supplier development and providing opportunities through training and investments. We employ nearly 70,000 people around the world.

SDG Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
ExxonMobil is working to make our operations more efficient while also helping our customers to reduce their emissions. These solutions include creating advanced plastics and other materials that can be used in a range of consumer products to reduce weight and improve fuel efficiency, and by developing premium, high-efficiency fuels and lubricants.

SDG Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Meeting the world’s growing energy demand while simultaneously reducing environmental impacts, including the risks of climate change, is one of society’s most pressing challenges. We are focused on mitigating emissions in our operations, developing technology solutions, providing solutions that reduce emissions for our customers and engaging on climate change policy. We are a founding member of the Climate Leadership Council, which advocates for a revenue-neutral carbon tax and aligns closely with our long-standing principles. In 2018, we joined the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, a voluntary initiative representing 13 of the world’s largest oil and gas producers working towards solutions to mitigate the risks of climate change.