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Safety, health and the workplace

At ExxonMobil, our efforts to protect the safety and health of our employees, contractors and communities are fundamental to our long-term business success. As such, we are committed to providing the energy needed to power the world’s progress safely and responsibly. We seek to promote a culture of safety and health by attracting, developing and retaining individuals who share our core values and our commitment to integrity and operational excellence.

At ExxonMobil, safety is more than just a priority — it is a core value and an integral part of our culture that applies to every aspect of our operations. ExxonMobil's Operations Integrity Management System (OIMS) drives the sustainability of our disciplined approach to safety. OIMS is embedded in our everyday work and serves as the foundation for managing our risks.

Personnel safety

Regardless of job function, all ExxonMobil employees and third-party contractors have the responsibility and expectation to identify, assess and mitigate the risks associated with our operations. Over the past 10 years, we have reduced our workforce lost-time incident rate by more than 30 per cent. We will continue to work toward our goal of Nobody Gets Hurt.

Process safety

Our commitment to process safety — the equipment, procedures and training that prevent the uncontrolled release of hydrocarbons and hazardous substances — is a core value that shapes risk management across our operations. We seek to ensure our facilities are well-designed and safely operated to prevent potential safety incidents. To that end, we use a comprehensive and disciplined approach to identify, eliminate or manage process safety risks associated with our operations, which employs layers of preventive and mitigative barriers, including equipment, processes and people.

Emergency preparedness and response

The ability to respond to emergencies promptly is critical, and we conduct extensive training and drills to prepare for such situations. At ExxonMobil, we believe effective emergency preparedness requires competent response teams. To that end, we establish strategic emergency support groups (ESGs) around the world to develop and practice emergency response strategies and assist field responders.

Total recordable incident rate chart*<br />
Chart — In 2015, ExxonMobil’s total recordable workforce incident rate per 200,000 work hours was 0.24, a slight decrease from 2014. Over the past decade, we have reduced this rate by more than 30 percent. When compared with the American Petroleum Institute U.S. petroleum industry workforce benchmark, ExxonMobil continues to be below the industry average.*Workforce includes employees and contractors. Incidents include both injuries and illnesses. Depending on the reporting year, around 5 to 10 percent of the incidents are illness-related.

Health and wellness

ExxonMobil cares about the health and well-being of our workforce and their families. Our health policy communicates the corporate expectations for identifying and evaluating health risks related to our operations that can potentially affect our employees, contractors or the public. We seek to address the diverse health considerations prevalent in the different locations in which we work by creating effective and efficient solutions that protect our workforce and operations from major health threats. 

For example, our Malaria Control Program is designed to prevent and quickly manage malaria cases among employees and contractors working in or traveling to malaria-prone areas. Since 2007, no malaria-related deaths among ExxonMobil workers have been reported.

Diversity and inclusion

We support local employee networks to foster an environment committed to diversity and inclusion. The voluntary, employee-led groups offer networking, development programs and community service, and proactively mentor and assimilate new employees.

Some of these networks include:

  • Asian Connection for Excellence (ACE)
  • Black Employee Success Team (BEST)
  • Global Organization for the Advancement of Latinos (GOAL)
  • People for Respect, Inclusion and
  • Diversity of Employees (PRIDE)
  • Veteran Advocacy and Support Team (VAST)
  • Women’s Interest Network (WIN) 


We consider our approximately 73,500 employees to be our greatest asset. For this reason, ExxonMobil seeks to foster a diverse workforce of highly talented individuals who are dedicated to integrity, high-quality work and good corporate citizenship. Our career-oriented approach to developing an exceptional workforce includes recruiting outstanding talent and supporting long-term professional development. ExxonMobil offers robust corporate and technical training programs designed to engage employees in professional development.

Employment practices and policies

As a global organization, the diversity and inclusion of thought, skill, knowledge and culture across our company facilitates innovation and is a key competitive advantage. Through a range of programs, activities and investments, we strive to create and maintain a diverse workforce representative of the numerous geographies where we do business. In 2015, 35 per cent of management and professional new hires in the United States were minorities.

  • Carol Peters

    Associate general tax counsel
    “I have worked in several geographies and financial positions with individuals from many different backgrounds and cultures. I am constantly reminded that we have a large number of capable individuals with differing skills and approaches throughout this company. It is important that they are all engaged in furthering our business objectives. We accomplish this by providing an environment where everyone can contribute and can continually grow and develop both personally and professionally.”

2015 workforce by geographic region*
Chart — In 2015, our total workforce was approximately 73,500, slightly lower than the total workforce in 2014. The largest concentration of ExxonMobil employees is in the United States with 30,400, followed by Europe and Asia Pacific with 15,300 and 13,300, respectively. Our global reach directly contributes to the diversity of our workforce and the success of our business. *Data exclude company-operated retail store employees.

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