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Indigenous peoples

Our operations are sometimes based in areas inhabited or historically used by indigenous peoples.

We respect and work with these communities to protect their cultures and customs and provide mutually beneficial training, employment and business opportunities through local content programs and strategic community investments. Our approach to interacting with indigenous peoples around the world is consistent with the principles of the ILO Convention 169 Concerning Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Independent Countries, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) Performance Standards on Environmental and Social Sustainability, and the World Bank Operational Policy and Bank Procedure on Indigenous Peoples.

We participate on the IPIECA task force on Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC), which focuses on gaining clarity on the definition and best practices for implementation. In 2014, IPIECA continued to monitor developments in the international policy environment and hold periodic calls, sessions and webinars to share local knowledge and discuss emerging issues.

Our key objective is to determine how these communities prefer to be engaged. The community establishes its preference for how often and how long its members meet with ExxonMobil representatives, and who will provide its viewpoints or represent its wishes. We are sensitive to concerns around balancing cultural heritage with the desire for economic development, even after our operations have ceased.

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