ExxonMobil Receives 2008 Malaria Award from Global Business Coalition
Nine Businesses to be Honored for Fighting Diseases
IRVING, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) has been awarded the 2008 Malaria Award by the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in recognition of the corporation's Africa Health Initiative and its role in the battle against malaria.
"The prospects for winning the fight against global epidemics are stronger now than ever before," said Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, president and chief executive officer of Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria, a group of more than 220 companies that leverage the private sector's reach and skills to keep epidemics on the global agenda.
"Business action is making a critical difference, and ExxonMobil is showing the world what strategic private sector interventions against malaria can achieve. We need many, many more to make their own contribution."
ExxonMobil is one of nine companies to be honored at an event in New York on June 10 that will feature UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon; Dr. Peter Piot, executive director of UNAIDS; President Jorge Sampaio, UN Special Envoy for Tuberculosis; Ray Chambers, UN special envoy for malaria; Michel Kazatchkine, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, and many others.
Rex Tillerson, chairman and chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil Corporation, said he was proud of the recognition by the Global Business Coalition, but equally proud of the difference the corporation's efforts are making in the fight against malaria.
"In the eight years since we launched our African Health Initiative, the way the world thinks about malaria has changed," said Tillerson. "We understand through our employees in Africa what an impact malaria has on peoples' lives and the community's economic development. We are committed to winning the battle against malaria."
The 2008 Malaria Award will be accepted on behalf of ExxonMobil by Dr. Steven Phillips, ExxonMobil's medical director of global issues and projects. Dr. Phillips serves on the board of Malaria No More, a non-profit organization with the mission to end deaths due to malaria, and Roll Back Malaria, a partnership launched in 1998 by the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children's Fund, the United Nations Development Programme and the World Bank.
ExxonMobil is the largest non-pharmaceutical corporate donor to malaria research and development efforts and has committed more than $130 million to organizations engaged in important community and social development projects in Africa, which includes $50 million to the fight against malaria through the company's Africa Health Initiative.
The Initiative was established in 2000 in support of the Abuja Declaration on Roll Back Malaria in Africa and its goal to halve malaria deaths by 2010. Since then, ExxonMobil has developed on-the-ground public-private partnerships to fight malaria at the community level, progress treatment and vaccine research and raise awareness and international support.
According to Roll Back Malaria, malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by a parasite and transmitted to humans by mosquito bite. With between 1 million and 3 million deaths annually and 3,000 children deaths daily, it remains one of the globe's leading infectious killers. The majority of its victims are children under the age of five and pregnant women.
About Exxon Mobil Corporation
Exxon Mobil Corporation and ExxonMobil Foundation, the primary philanthropic arm of Exxon Mobil Corporation in the United States, engage in a range of philanthropic activities that advance education, health and public policy in the communities where ExxonMobil has significant operations. In the United States, ExxonMobil supports initiatives to improve math and science education at the K-12 and higher education levels. Globally, ExxonMobil provides funding to improve basic education and combat malaria and other infectious diseases in developing countries. In 2007, together with its employees and retirees, Exxon Mobil Corporation, its divisions and affiliates, and ExxonMobil Foundation provided $207 million in contributions worldwide. Additional information on ExxonMobil's community partnerships and contributions programs is available at www.exxonmobil.com/community.
Source: Exxon Mobil Corporation
Released June 4, 2008