Promoting social and economic development in the communities and countries where we operate is a business imperative. ExxonMobil works to build local capacity and sustain economic growth beyond the life cycle of our projects through comprehensive national content development programs.
We design national content programs around three focus areas: workforce development, supplier development, and strategic community investments. We work collaboratively with host governments and other stakeholders to implement national content initiatives. To ensure a systematic, long-term approach, we integrate national content into overall project execution through the ExxonMobil Capital Projects Management System (EMCAPS).
Every new upstream project in an emerging market must develop a project-specific national content plan. A plan consists of goals and objectives, an outline of the approach and requirements for the three focus areas, performance monitoring, and reporting. We integrate these plans into our day-to-day operating procedures, project strategies, and procurement efforts.
Our National Content Development – Guidelines, Strategies, and Best Practices Guidebook contains the key elements of a national content strategy and plan; models and tools for the successful development of national content; and roles and responsibilities at the corporate, country, and project levels.
ExxonMobil operates in countries with a diverse range of needs, challenges, and requirements. We carefully assess the social and economic conditions of each country and consider local factors such as regulatory requirements, local development goals, stakeholder expectations, business environment, local capacity, and infrastructure. We incorporate the results of these assessments into our national content planning. During 2012, we plan to further refine national content planning, roles and responsibilities, and national content integration within EMCAPS.