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Employment practices and policies

As a global organisation, 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 programmes, activities and investments, we strive to create and maintain a diverse workforce representative of the numerous geographies where we do business. Our Global Diversity Framework is the foundation for this approach, with three interrelated objectives:

  • Attract, develop and retain a premier workforce from the broadest possible pool to meet our business needs worldwide.
  • Actively foster a productive work environment that allows every employee to contribute fully to the achievement of superior business results — an environment where individual and cultural differences are respected and valued, and where all employees are encouraged to achieve their ultimate potential.
  • Identify and develop leadership capabilities for performing effectively in a variety of international and cultural environments.

  • 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.”

Our Standards of Business Conduct govern all aspects of our employment, including recruitment, hiring, work assignments, promotions, transfers and terminations, as well as wage and salary administration. The Standards support our commitment to provide equal employment opportunities, prohibit harassment and discrimination in the workplace and align with applicable laws and regulations in the countries where we operate.

We provide training on the Standards for new employees and offer regular refresher courses to current employees. Additionally, we use a series of Web-based trainings and tools to help our employees understand effective communication and cultural sensitivities across a diverse workforce. We strictly prohibit any form of discrimination by or toward employees, contractors, suppliers or customers in any ExxonMobil working environment.

Our global policies promote diversity and inclusion and prohibit any form of discrimination, including those based on sexual orientation and gender identity. At ExxonMobil, harassment, even in its most subtle forms, directly conflicts with company policy and is not tolerated. Every employee is subject to disciplinary action, including termination, for any act of harassment. We employ a comprehensive training and stewardship programme to ensure employees worldwide understand, implement and follow our anti-harassment policy. Additionally, our annual reporting and compliance procedures include a letter to senior managers emphasising their responsibility to maintain work environments free from harassment and discrimination.

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.