A community liaison and safety committee gives managers and local community representatives a forum for regular dialogue about local issues and opportunities. The committee has also been involved in the organisation of events such as ExxonMobil-sponsored theatre trips and lunches for over 1,000 senior citizens each year.
Around 30,000 fifth and sixth year school pupils have attended the Safe Drive Stay Alive roadshow sponsored by us and organised by Fife Emergency Services. The hard-hitting stage show makes young people stop and think about the consequences of careless driving.
In Fife we have supported Energy Action Scotland (EAS) and sponsored their energy efficiency programme for local community buildings. The programme provides energy efficiency improvements to the buildings as well as training for staff and users. To date the programme has included Dundonald Community Centre, The Corrie Centre Cardenden, The Hayfield Community Centre Kirkcaldy, Methil Community Centre and Philp Hall Kirkcaldy. This is an ongoing programme and several other buildings are also in the programme and awaiting completion of their modifications.
A wide range of community visits are carried out each year. These include Primary school visits to our environmental pond with children enjoying pond dipping and learning about the marine eco-system. Community tours of the facilities are also a favourite along with educational visits by secondary schools and universities.
Employees have given more than 100 hours of their spare time assisting Fife Ranger Service on the Dalbeath March Environmental Project at Hill of Beath. We have also begun a programme of planting 5,000 trees on the site over a five year period with the local air cadets as part of our Protect tomorrow. Today. initiative.
The site was recently awarded the world class accolade of the Wildlife at Work and Corporate Lands for Learning awards from the Wildlife Habitat Council. These awards recognised the outstanding environmental and educational work being done by ExxonMobil employees and volunteers.
Children entering the ambulatory care unit and children's ward at Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy, are finding it less traumatic due to the bright furnishings and equipment bought with our donation.
FEP is also helping to encourage new mothers to breast feed by sponsoring the use of pashminas at the Forth Park Maternity Hospital.
ExxonMobil’s employee Volunteer Involvement and Parent Council programmes encourage our employees and their families to give their time and talents to the community. Employees and their families devoted over 8,500 hours of their spare time to voluntary work in the community between 2004 and 2010. Over 80 organisations and charities received more than £100,000 in support of the efforts of our employees and their families.
ExxonMobil's Link Schools programme has supported 13 local primary and secondary schools through science grants and a range of environmental education, energy efficiency work and a science theatre programme. Education expertise and practical support is provided from our partners Grounds for Learning, CREATE and Generation Science.