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DALLAS -- Rex W. Tillerson chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil Corp. was named the 2010 recipient of the Award for Corporate Citizenship by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the company reported.
The award, presented at a ceremony in Dallas Tuesday, recognized ExxonMobil's long-standing commitment to improving education in the United States, promoting women as catalysts for economic development and combating malaria in developing countries.
"I accept this award on behalf of the thousands of ExxonMobil employees who are responsible for the company's long-standing tradition of corporate citizenship," Tillerson said during his remarks at the event. "We have seen firsthand how efforts to reduce poverty, improve health care and invest in education can help communities reach their potential. These are long-term investments, and the results are often not immediate. But with a sustained commitment to strengthening the local infrastructure, we know that communities and our business will be stronger as a result."
Tillerson said it is important to direct corporate citizenship efforts on what will truly be effective, noting that in some countries ExxonMobil's investments are focused on providing basic health care and medical support.
In Africa, where malaria devastates the lives of millions, ExxonMobil is helping provide life-saving bed nets, anti-malarial drugs and treatment programs. Over the past 10 years, ExxonMobil has committed $150 million to community outreach programs in Africa, including $55 million to programs to fight malaria, becoming the largest non-pharmaceutical corporate donor to malaria research and development efforts.
Another focus area for the company is the Women's Economic Opportunity Initiative, created in 2005 to give women the access, skills and tools they need to participate in the economic life of their communities. ExxonMobil committed more than $20 million in grants to its women's initiative, benefiting women from more than 64 developing countries through leadership and development programs.
Tillerson also discussed the company's corporate citizenship investments in the United States, highlighting the importance of education in preparing today's students for future success.
"Excellence in math, science, technology and engineering is the lifeblood of innovation," said Tillerson. "There is a direct correlation between excellence in math and science education and the ability of countries to successfully compete and prosper in the 21st Century. As the leader of a company that relies on technology and innovation for every part of our business, I am concerned the United States is falling behind."
ExxonMobil's support for math and science education includes a $125 million commitment to the National Math and Science Initiative, an organization whose mission is to scale up programs that have been shown to boost math and science education in schools nationwide.
Other initiatives include the ExxonMobil Reasoning Mind Teacher Qualification Program; partnerships with former astronauts Bernard Harris and Sally Ride to encourage students to study math and science; and the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy, a partnership with PGA golfer Phil Mickelson and his wife, Amy, which equipped more than 2,000 teachers with innovative tools to inspire students in math and science. Education is the largest program area for ExxonMobil's contributions.
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