JAKARTA, 9 May 2016– At ExxonMobil, we understand that enhancing leadership and creating economic opportunities for women is one of the wisest investments we can make. That’s why in 2005, we launched our Women’s Economic Opportunity Initiatives (WEOI) — a global effort that helps women fulfil their economic potential and drive economic and social change in their communities.
As part of WEOI, ExxonMobil supports the economic empowerment of women through its investment in Plan International USA’s Global Women in Management (GWIM) program, a four-week workshop and training program designed to support and advance women’s leadership around the world.
This year, eight participants from Indonesia joined this program; together with 18 participants from six Asian countries. They will examine and adapt best practices that advance women's economic opportunities and meet the needs of their own communities and countries. Graduates of the Indonesia workshop will join the GWIM alumni network of more than 750 leaders who are working to improve communities in over 75 countries worldwide.
Since 2005, GWIM has provided intensive training and skills development for 38 Indonesian women. These GWIM alumni have gone on to have considerable success in leading and developing entrepreneur groups.
The GWIM program, implemented by PLAN International USA, is designed to prepare women leaders to assume increased responsibilities and accountability in their personal, institutional and community lives and is intended to bolster skills in program and financial management, leadership, fundraising and proposal development, strategic communication, supervision and advocacy.
“We are tremendously impressed by and grateful for the commitment of ExxonMobil to improving communities by investing in women,” said Tessie San Martin, Plan’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “It is rare to find a donor that dedicates resources to understanding the issues thoroughly, generously supports programming that improves lives in the countries where they work, and invests in research to ensure the programming truly has a significant impact. We are happy that they share in our belief in the GWIM program.”
In addition to strengthening individual women leaders, the program has had ripple effects throughout the communities where these women work, resulting in a multiplier effect of the overall benefits of the program.
"Women are taking part in the economic leadership in many countries," said Daniel L. Wieczynski, President of ExxonMobil Cepu Limited. "We are very proud to take part in the development of this important program to Indonesia and help equip more high-potential women leaders with valuable skills to improve economic opportunities for women in their families and communities."
The 64th GWIM program marks 11 continuous years of commitment by ExxonMobil towards women’s economic empowerment. Included the GWIM program, to date ExxonMobil and the ExxonMobil Foundation have invested USD 100 million in programs reaching tens of thousands of women in more than 90 countries.
ExxonMobil is the largest publicly traded international oil and gas company. Subsidiaries of Exxon Mobil Corporation and its predecessors have been operating in Indonesia for more than 118 years and, since 1979, have invested more than US$22 billion in the country which has returned over US$44 billion in revenue to the government of Indonesia. ExxonMobil currently has more than 550 employees in Indonesia, almost 90 percent of whom are Indonesian. During its presence in Indonesia, ExxonMobil has been active in developing and assisting communities around its core areas of operations.
ExxonMobil companies in Indonesia focuses their community development programs in education, health, infrastructure, and economic development. Globally, ExxonMobil provides funding to improve basic education, promote women as catalysts for development, and combat malaria and other infectious diseases in developing countries.
About Plan International USA
Plan International USA, part of the Plan International Federation, is a child-centered development organization that believes in the promise and potential of children. For more than 75 years in over 50 developing countries, Plan has been breaking the cycle of child poverty. Everything Plan does – from strengthening health care systems to improving the quality of education, to advocating for increased protection and beyond – is built with, and owned by, the community. The result is a development approach designed to improve the lives of the youngest members of the community for the longest period of time. For more information, please visit PlanUSA.org.