ExxonMobil diversity programme set to go global

31 May 2011

1 June 2011 | Adam Leach

Oil giant ExxonMobil is considering expanding its supplier diversity programme to include operations outside the US as it increases the amount it sources from minority and women-owned businesses.

In its 2010 Corporate Citizenship Report, published yesterday, the company revealed that it had spent $812 million (£493 million) on supplies from either minority-owned or women-owned businesses through its supplier diversity programme. The report added: “We are considering opportunities to further expand our programme internationally in Australia, Canada, China and the UK.”

The latest report also shows that a new procurement process called “total system cost” has led to some reductions in emissions, mainly through specific transport processes. For instance, by using 40 ft tankers for shipments from Chad and Cameroon the company was able to reduce the total number of shipments by 30 per cent.

In addition, by increasing the number of direct deliveries of polyolefin products by rail, the company has cut down on the number of journeys it makes and the need to use rail storage yards. This reduced fuel usage by 1.2 million litres in 2010. Efforts to fill truckloads and optimise packaging to reduce waste have also been made as part of ExxonMobil’s total system cost procurement approach.

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