When you think of big oil companies, i’m guessing the first thing that comes to mind is not philanthropy. After stumbling across thousands of articles on how these giants give back, we have highlighted a few ways these companies are influencing hundreds of thousands across the world.
The Chevron Company has taken scores of steps to give back to both local and the global community. Chevron takes its social corporate responsibility seriously and gives back to those who are afflicted and those who rights have been marginalized.
Chevron has partnered with local communities in the U.S., South Africa, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Saudi Arabia to provide job training and mentorship to children and youth that do not have available employment opportunities. These programs have worked to equip students with skills in oil and chemical manufacturing.
While Chevron is a very large company, they also care about small business and those who run them. They have created micro-finance opportunities and necessary training to many disadvantaged in Bangladesh with the goal to increase the opportunity for future economic stability among the peoples of Bangladesh.
Chevron has invested tens of millions each year in HIV/AIDS programs as well as Tuberculosis and Malaria prevention programs in South Africa, Thailand and Indonesia. Multiple organizations have been reached and supported by Chevron in their battle against AIDS. One of Chevron’s primary initiatives helps educate African women through its Prevention of Mother-to-child transmission program. This program has offered treatment and testing for these women and has provided educational opportunities to break the cycle of the spread of AIDS and HIV.
Not only does Chevron care about equality among different races and ethnicities, they also work hard to provide equal opportunities for women. They do this through offering job training and micro-finance training and opportunities.
CITGO is committed to giving back to the local communities it serves through its network of locally owned locations. Each one of its 6,000 stations are locally owned and provide work in thousands of communities. Every time you visit your local CITGO, you're “Fueling Good” into your community.
From conducting a canned food drive to benefit local charitable organizations to their many other Feeling Good initiatives, CITGO company is a philanthropic leader. A number of CITGO Retailers support Big Brothers Big Sisters and are members of their local chapters of Lion’s Club and Rotary Club. Toys for Tots, local school sports clubs, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the American Cancer Society, Breast Cancer Awareness, local food pantries and libraries have all benefitted from CITGO retailers’ drive to give back to their communities.
Since 2009, the CITGO Fueling Good programs have rewarded more than 220 organizations, to help promote their good works within their own communities. One example of their outreach efforts include sponsoring the Onslow Community Outreach Soup Kitchen in its endeavor to provide meals and for elderly and at-risk individuals across their county. CITGO awarded them $5,000 in CITGO Gift Cards to help with fuel costs as it delivers meals to those in need. This Organization has received multiple donations from CITGO over the past few years which has helped them not only offer warm meals but also provide members of the community with the essentials they need, like shelter and medical assistance.
Another organization that has been supported by CITGO is To Write Love on Her Arms. They exists to “encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery for those struggling with mental health issues and looking for support.” As their volunteers travel from state to state educating and supporting those dealing with mental health issues, CITGO gift cards will help support this mission. Since its small beginnings, TWLOHA has responded to 170,000 messages from hurting people in over 100 countries and has invested over a million dollars worth of treatment costs for those battling mental illness.
Perhaps among the most generous big oil companies is ExxonMobile. One of the main ways ExxonMobil seeks to give back is through investing in future generations. The National Math and Science Initiative has been one of the largest beneficiaries of these benefits, receiving over $125 million from ExxonMobil in order to help students succeed in the classroom. The organization focuses on preparing both teachers and students in the fields of technology, engineering, science, and math.
Exxon has worked to create the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy that trains and empowers teachers. Each year, 600 teachers from schools across the states are chosen to participate in this 5 day training program. The program serves to equip teachers with the tools they need to inspire their students to learn more about math and science. Exxon wants to help those who give so much to our children, and grandchildren, nieces and nephews, the future of our nation.
Through ExxonMobil’s Math and Science Initiative, more than $818 million has been provided for education programs, with $140 million directed specifically toward teacher training programs in the United States. More than 72,000 teachers have been trained over the past decade through ExxonMobil and its partners’ initiatives.
In addition to educational offerings, the ExxonMobil Foundation supports programs and organizations that engage with a worldwide health issue—malaria. Because Malaria is preventable, treatable and curable, Exxon believes that this is an issue that can be addressed very practically. Through an array of awareness, prevention and treatment tools, global malaria deaths have dropped more than 25 percent since 2000.
Much live Chevron, ExxonMobil cares for the needs of women, Through their Women’s Economic Opportunity Initiative, over $70 million has been put toward promoting economic opportunities for women. Not only are women in America being touched by their efforts, women across 90 countries have been impacted.
In addition to those outside the company, ExxonMobil employees and their families gave over 775,000 volunteer hours to charitable organizations in more than 40 countries in 2012 alone.
So the next time you go to re-fuel, be encouraged that your dollars go toward helping out the future generations and the marginalized of society.