Around the world, our employees support local communities by becoming mentors to students, assisting local food banks and providing environmental education opportunities, among other activities. We encourage employees to contribute to the communities where they live and work by granting time off to volunteer with charitable organizations. Where applicable, ExxonMobil’s modified workweek program provides supervisors the flexibility to work with employees to adjust their work schedules to participate in such events. For additional information on ExxonMobil’s workplace flexibility programs, see our workforce section.
ExxonMobil offers several programs that allow our employees and retirees to maximize their charitable impacts. Our volunteer involvement program encourages employees, retirees and their families to volunteer and contribute their time and talent to charitable organizations, either individually or in teams. In the United States, the program provides a $500 donation on their behalf for every 20 hours volunteered, up to four times per volunteer per year.
Additionally, our educational matching gift program matches employee and retiree donations to U.S. higher education institutions at a ratio of 3-to-1. In 2014, 6,000 employees and retirees donated $19 million to nearly 4,000 colleges and universities, as well as minority scholarship programs — which the ExxonMobil Foundation then matched with $34 million in 2015.
In total, nearly 15,000 ExxonMobil employees, retirees and their families donated more than 629,000 volunteer hours to almost 5,000 charitable organizations in 34 countries in 2015. For additional information on our volunteer efforts, see the ExxonMobil 2015 Worldwide Giving Report.
Since our initial investment in pro bono legal services in 1917, ExxonMobil’s U.S. program has evolved from a grassroots effort to a fully defined program, and our attorneys give hundreds of people free legal support each year. In 2015, 171 volunteers in the United States, including 137 attorneys and 31 support staff, devoted 3,624 hours to pro bono service. These services included helping veterans, children, domestic violence survivors, immigrants and citizens with various legal issues, including family law matters, tax issues and will preparation. Our U.S. law management sponsors a pro bono committee in Houston that includes representatives from the various practice groups. Our corporate global stories page has additional examples of our employee volunteerism activities around the world.
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