Materiality

Since 2006, ExxonMobil has conducted an annual materiality assessment to identify the issues that, in the view of the company’s management and its external stakeholders, have the potential to significantly affect sustainability performance.

Report

Materiality

For this 2017 Sustainability Report, we evaluated key metrics within the sustainability issues for our business and stakeholders using the following methods: 

  • Review of IPIECA reporting guidance
  • Feedback from external stakeholders
  • Engagement with employees 
  • Benchmarking of peer company reports 
  • Media review

The issues most critical to the success of our business and to stakeholder interests are covered in this report. Additional information is available throughout our company website and in other company publications. Please see our content index for a detailed mapping of the locations of information regarding all material issues. Our material issues are listed below.

2017 material issues*

Corporate governance
  • Board leadership
  • Ethics and integrity 
  • Executive compensation and strategic advantage 
  • Political advocacy and contributions
  • Shareholder relations
  • Transparency
Safety, health and the workplace
  • Emergency preparedness and response
  • Employee benefits and practices
  • Personnel and process safety 
  • Product safety and responsibility 
  • Product transportation safety 
  • Workforce engagement 
  • Workplace security
  • Worksite health and wellness
Managing climate change risks
  • Developing technology solutions
  • Engaging on climate change policy 
  • Mitigating emissions
  • Providing solutions for customers
Environmental performance
  • Air emissions
  • Biodiversity and ecosystem services 
  • Decommissioning and rehabilitation 
  • Environmental compliance 
  • Environmental management approach 
  • Spill performance 
  • Water management
Community engagement and human rights
  • Community relations 
  • External stakeholder engagement
  • Human rights
  • Indigenous peoples
Local development and supply chain management
  • Local economic growth and development
  • Supply chain management
Business operations (included throughout the report)
  • Energy future and portfolio management 
  • Management systems 
  • Operating in sensitive environments

*The concept of “material issues” under IPIECA guidelines used for purposes of this report is not meant to correspond to the concept of materiality for purposes of securities laws and disclosures required by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s rules. 

Related content

Spill performance

ExxonMobil is committed to the prevention and elimination of spills from our operations. We seek to implement industry best practices to continually reduce the number of oil spills.

Sustainability Report

Environmental management

Our management approach is guided by an in-depth scientific understanding of the environmental impacts of our operations and a commitment to develop, maintain and operate projects using appropriate standards.

Sustainability Report

Biodiversity and ecosystem services

ExxonMobil faces the challenge of operating in a variety of ecosystems with sensitive characteristics.

Sustainability Report

Water management

ExxonMobil seeks to continuously improve the development and implementation of water management strategies, taking into consideration factors such as quality and availability.

Sustainability Report

Supply chain management

ExxonMobil’s performance is influenced by every individual who contributes to our daily operations.

Sustainability Report

Developing technology solutions

Technological advancements will be instrumental to meet rising global energy demand while also lowering greenhouse gas emissions.

Sustainability Report