ExxonMobil recognizes the importance of protecting biodiversity in environmentally sensitive areas where we operate. Being a responsible steward of land and its ecosystems throughout the oil and gas lifecycle supports access and usage, license to operate, and management of environmental liabilities. While we successfully operate in sensitive areas by implementing scientifically sound, practical, and sustainable solutions, we also support advocacy, research, and partnerships to protect biodiversity outside our facilities.
In 2011, in addition to our core commitment to environmental protection and stewardship in our operations, our environmental contributions totaled $6.0 million, with $4.0 million supporting programs and communities abroad. Our investments focus a number of critical areas: conservation in a range of ecosystems, environmental education and outreach, and scientific research of environmental issues of global importance.
ExxonMobil and the Block 15 consortium in Angola have contributed over $1 million since 2008 to support efforts to protect the critically endangered Angolan Giant Black Sable antelope. In Equatorial Guinea, we support the Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program’s efforts to protect rare species of monkeys and nesting sea turtles on Bioko Island. In Indonesia, we support the Leuser International Foundation and its conservation of the Leuser Ecosystem, one of the globe’s biodiversity hotspots. Our involvement with Wildlife Habitat Council in the U.S. encourages conservation at operated sites and since 2009 has resulted in ExxonMobil facilities receiving four environmental awards.