Our coronavirus response: Meeting a new challenge

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Editor’s note: This story has been updated since time of publication to reflect the latest developments.

ExxonMobil is working to help meet the needs of health care professionals fighting this pandemic on the front lines, as well as those socially distancing themselves at home. While those needs continue to evolve, the company remains focused on working to meet global energy demand.

  • “On our offshore platforms, in our refineries, at our lubes and chemical plants and throughout our facilities worldwide, our people are getting the job done while protecting themselves and others,” writes Darren Woods, ExxonMobil chairman and CEO.

Safety is priority one. We have implemented new cleaning measures and social distancing policies at our facilities around the world, and many employees are working remotely to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

  • For those who are most critical to our operations, such as our workforce at refineries, chemical plants and production sites, employees are staying six feet apart from their colleagues and working in small-team shifts.
  • For our customers filling up their vehicles, Exxon, Mobil and Esso service stations are sanitizing surfaces and pump handles more frequently and encouraging the use of contactless payment, such as the Exxon Mobil Rewards+™ app, when possible.

Meanwhile, we continue to produce the fuel the world needs.

  • Gasoline, diesel, marine fuels and other products are being shipped around the world, enabling doctors, nurses and other medical personnel to get to hospitals to help critical patients.

Our experts are working across industry, academia and government to get critical products into the hands of medical professionals as quickly as possible.

  • We’re supporting a collaborative effort, organized by the Global Center for Medical Innovation, to rethink how face shields and face masks are made. Hear from ExxonMobil digital transformation expert Justin Sink on how the team is getting the job done.
  • The group is ramping up the supply chain and production process, working to manufacture more than 170,000 shields per hour in the coming days.
  • By the numbers: 50,000 face shields have already been produced and are being distributed to hospitals in New York and Atlanta.

We’re also helping those affected by COVID-19 by contributing to local relief efforts around the world. A few examples:

  • In the greater Houston area – where 11,000 of our employees call home – the company is helping provide 1 million meals to COVID-19-affected communities by donating a total of $250,000 to the Houston and Montgomery County food banks. This will help feed children, families and seniors facing unprecedented hardship during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • By the numbers: We’re contributing an additional $200,000 to organizations supporting Houston-area first responders, bringing total donations to $450,000. This donation will provide thousands of meals and protective equipment, including medical face masks, to health care workers, police officers and firefighters.
  • In the Permian region, which spans west Texas and southeast New Mexico, we’re donating a total of $200,000 to help the Carlsbad (NM) Municipal Schools’ online education resources as students transition to remote learning and support the West Texas Food Bank’s critical mission in the Permian.
  • In China, we donated USD $200,000 to the China Charity Federation and provided the lubricants that supported the construction of hospitals and ambulances during the outbreak.
  • By the numbers: The company provided 42,000 medical masks and 4,300 protective suits for affected communities during the outbreak in China.
  • And we are continuing to donate to initiatives around the world, from Italy to Papua New Guinea, to stop the spread of coronavirus and meet the needs of patients.

Chemical plants near and far are working to help fill shortages in medical protective gear and disinfectants.

  • Our manufacturing sites in the U.S. and Singapore are increasing production of isopropyl alcohol, which is used in hand sanitizer, as well as polypropylene, which is used in medical face masks and protective gowns.
  • The world’s largest isopropyl alcohol (IPA) production unit, in the Baton Rouge Chemical Plant, is working at maximum capacity to provide the main ingredient in hand sanitizer to states in need.
  • We’ve worked with Univar Solutions to help deliver isopropyl alcohol from Baton Rouge to be made into sanitizer and distributed to airports around the country, keeping Transportation Security Administration officers and travelers safe.
  • We are also helping provide the necessary chemicals used in medical face masks, IV bags, ventilator machines and hospital gowns.
  • And now, the Baton Rouge Chemical Plant and the Port Allen lubricants plant are working together to produce and donate medical-grade sanitizer. The Louisiana operation is producing 160,000 gallons for frontline workers across the country. Take a look at the people getting the job done.

The bottom line: No matter what crisis the world faces, hardworking employees at ExxonMobil continue to supply the energy and chemical products needed to respond and support their communities.

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