EXXONMOBIL has again been recognized for making significant contributions to the socioeconomic development of Nigeria.
The company was recognized by the Social Enterprise Report and Awards (SERAs) as the Best Company in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)/Sustainability West Africa category, based on the cumulative impact and reach of its community enhancement projects in 2016, which included the establishment of science libraries, solar boreholes and virtual labs projects in several states across Nigeria.
ExxonMobil’s community projects were nominated in nine separate categories: Best Company in Climate Action, Best Company in Education, Best Company in Stakeholder Engagement, Best Company in CSR/Sustainability West Africa, Best Company in Provision of clean water & Sanitation, Best Company in affordable & clean energy, Best company in infrastructural development, Best socially responsible company, Best Company in Partnership for Development.
The projects submitted for consideration in each of these categories targeted specific areas for development: ExxonMobil funded the development of E- learning centers to equip pupils with the foundations of modern information technology and enhance their ability to compete effectively in today’s IT driven world; The Back to School program provides children in primary schools with essential school items; the Science libraries improve student interest and enhanced performance in STEM related subjects; solar powered boreholes allow underground water in various communities to become a major source for drinking water and irrigation, providing a reliable and readily available water supply.
These nominations, in addition to the Best Company in CSR/Sustainability West Africa award received by ExxonMobil, acknowledge the extensive projects executed in the areas of education, sanitation, economic empowerment and local capacity development across several states in Nigeria.
The SERAs – Nigeria CSR Awards is a platform which recognizes Nigerian companies for their exceptional corporate citizenship and stakeholder engagements that create social value in the environment around which these companies operate. While ExxonMobil also received the award for best overall company in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in 2015, it is the first time in the history of the SERAs that other West African countries have been considered, with ExxonMobil still coming out tops in the category.