ExxonMobil Supports Center for Strategic & International Studies
- Donation of $5 million will strengthen new Global Health Policy Center
- Center will bridge foreign policy and public health communities
- Collaboration will build on ExxonMobil’s anti-malaria initiatives
WASHINGTON, July 20, 2009 – The Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) and the Exxon Mobil Corporation announced today that the corporation has donated $5 million to strengthen and grow CSIS' new Global Health Policy Center, and provide space in its new building to house its Global Health Program.
"With these funds, ExxonMobil will help the Center strengthen its policy agenda for global health, especially with regard to malaria, and widen the circle of advocacy to security and foreign policy leaders in the United States government and in international institutions," said John Hamre, CSIS president and chief executive officer.
“With the increasing recognition among policymakers of global health's impact on foreign policy, security, economic and development stakes, CSIS is particularly proud to collaborate with ExxonMobil through our Global Health Policy Center and build on ExxonMobil's leadership in malaria control and prevention.”
Rex Tillerson, chairman and chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil Corporation, is a CSIS trustee.
"At ExxonMobil we know first hand the devastating impact that diseases like malaria are having on the communities where we operate,” said Tillerson.
“It is one of the reasons why we established our Africa Health Initiative more than 10 years ago and why we support programs targeted to worldwide health issues. We believe that the establishment of the Global Health Policy Center will be another important step enabling us to find innovative solutions to some of the world's most pressing public health issues."
Designed to bridge the foreign policy and public health communities, the Global Health Policy Center will:
- define a long-term strategic plan for expanded U.S. engagement in global public health
- cultivate new high-level American champions and create new mechanisms to better inform policymakers of important health discoveries
- address the growing security dimensions to global public health and
- build external support - from within Africa, Europe, China, Russia, India, the Middle East and Americas - for a strategic approach and for improving the governance of global health.
"With this generous gift, ExxonMobil has helped to ensure that CSIS will be uniquely positioned to study many of the world's most critical global health and security challenges," said Sam Nunn, chairman of the CSIS board of trustees.
The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a bipartisan, non-profit organization that seeks to advance global security and prosperity by providing strategic insights and practical policy solutions to decision-makers.
ExxonMobil, the largest publicly traded international oil and gas company, uses technology and innovation to help meet the world’s growing energy needs. ExxonMobil holds an industry-leading inventory of resources, is the largest refiner and marketer of petroleum products, and its chemical company is one of the largest in the world. For more information, visit www.exxonmobil.com
ExxonMobil engages in a range of philanthropic activities that advance education, health and science in the communities where ExxonMobil has significant operations. Globally, ExxonMobil provides funding to improve basic education, promote women as catalysts for development, and combat malaria and other infectious diseases in developing countries.
In 2008, together with its employees and retirees, ExxonMobil Corporation, its divisions and affiliates, and ExxonMobil Foundation provided $225 million in contributions worldwide, of which more than $89 million was dedicated to education. Additional information on ExxonMobil's community partnerships and contributions programs is available at www.exxonmobil.com/community.