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Social Investment

Through our social investment strategy, Marathon Oil works to enhance education in our communities, build sustainable economic growth and invest in the future oil and gas workforce. In 2017, we focused on increasing literacy and math competency, removing barriers to staying in school and increasing diversity at colleges where we recruit through scholarships. We also linked community partners together to amplify our programs.

Raising Literacy Levels among
Disadvantaged Children

In our headquarters city of Houston, 80 percent of school children are economically disadvantaged and books are a luxury their families cannot afford. Yet, children who have access to books in their home achieve higher academic levels. Marathon Oil has supported the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation since 2013 to improve literacy and educational outcomes for local school children. In 2017, we sponsored two campaigns for the foundation’s My Home Library program, including a pilot for the program at our adopted school, Browning Elementary. Nearly 50 Marathon Oil employees volunteered for book selection, sorting and distribution. By the end of spring 2017, our employees donated more than 6,700 books that were distributed at Browning, with each of the 560 students receiving 12 books to start their own home library.

Almost 150 employees volunteered for the foundation’s free summer literacy Camp Adventure! and a book sorting event, serving more than 2,200 disadvantaged elementary school children in all. In addition, for the 15th year Marathon Oil sponsored the annual A Celebration of Reading event that increases the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation’s impact.

For 17 years, Marathon Oil employees have also enhanced financial literacy among Browning Elementary students through Junior Achievement (JA) programs. In 2017, 56 Company volunteers taught six JA courses that gave the students entrepreneurship skills and increased their financial literacy and work readiness. Students who participate in JA programs demonstrate a significant understanding of economics and business concepts.

Boosting Student Math Performance in the South Texas Eagle Ford Region

To encourage students to finish high school, pursue a post-secondary education and ultimately join the oil and gas workforce, we support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum enhancements. Through a partnership with the math education nonprofit Reasoning Mind, Marathon Oil has positively impacted approximately 750 elementary and middle school students in the Karnes City and Kenedy independent school districts (ISD) in the Eagle Ford. Based on the results, we expanded the program to serve 135 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade in Pawnee ISD in the 2016-2017 academic year. In addition to math curriculum, participating teachers received ongoing program support, training and professional development for the program year.

In the 2016-2017 academic year, Kenedy and Sides elementary schools saw an increase in the percentage of students who improved their math performance on state standardized tests from the previous academic year. 


Providing Nutrition for At-risk Children

Marathon Oil supports local food banks that lead the fight against hunger, one of the biggest barriers to learning. Children who receive proper nutrition are able to pay attention in class, process learned information and retain knowledge more easily than undernourished children. We continued our commitment to the Houston Food Bank in 2017, holding our second volunteer day and again sponsoring the Backpack Buddy program that provides reliable, nutritious food to children at-risk of hunger outside of school on the weekends. Through the Backpack Buddy program, almost 370,000 backpacks were distributed to participants in 625 Houston-area schools in 2017.

Empowering Children to Stay in School

Each day, 3,300 students across the U.S. drop out of high school, severely limiting their ability to support themselves and their families. These youths experience higher unemployment rates and earn less, resulting in a negative economic impact on communities. To address the dropout epidemic in the Houston area, Marathon Oil is a longtime contributor to Communities in Schools (CIS) and its on-campus integrated support that helps students succeed in pre-k through community college. CIS is highly effective in keeping kids in school, even those who face significant economic, language and cultural barriers. In 2017, over 3,400 students at two high schools we supported participated in CIS campuswide events and 149 students were served through CIS intensive case management services. Of CIS case-managed students in Houston in 2017, 92 percent were promoted to the next grade level and 91 percent of eligible seniors graduated from high school.

Marathon Oil was also a major donor to CIS for Hurricane Harvey relief on Houston-area campuses. CIS provided basic emergency needs, trauma-informed counseling to students and their families, and assistance to school staff and CIS staff who were directly impacted.

To develop a future workforce for the oil and gas industry, and increase the number of qualified diverse hires, we funded college scholarships in the U.S. totaling approximately $390,000 for 41 students to study core disciplines in 2017. This included $125,000 for six diverse students with a record of academic excellence studying engineering and geosciences at the University of Texas, Texas A&M University and the University of Houston. Four students from Equatorial Guinea attended the University of Houston and Prairie View A&M University, and five attended the Institute Technological National of Hydrocarbons Equatorial Guinea (ITNHGE).

Assisting First Responder Preparedness

We support first responders such as law enforcement agencies, hospitals, emergency medical services and volunteer fire departments to ensure they are prepared for emergencies in our communities. For example, in 2017 our Bakken team donated more than $60,000 to six first responders to buy, repair and upgrade equipment and supplies. One grant assisted the West Dunn Rural Fire District’s purchase of two new “quick attack” trucks, associated equipment and gear to respond to oil field emergencies and other incidents.

Helping Create a World Free of Heart Disease and Stroke

We are committed to the health and wellbeing of our employees, their families and the communities where we live and work. Through our long-standing partnership with the American Heart Association (AHA), Marathon Oil is helping the nonprofit prevent heart disease and stroke, the number 1 and number 5 killers of Americans, respectively. In the 10 years we have been the presenting sponsor of AHA’s annual Paul “Bear” Bryant Awards, the event has raised over $6.1 million for efforts such as training more than one million adults and teenagers in the Houston area in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), automated external defibrillator (AED) use and basic life-saving skills using AHA methods.

In 2018, Marathon Oil will continue our role as presenting sponsor of the Bear Bryant Awards to further AHA’s research, advocacy and education programs and initiatives. We will also expand our partnership into Oklahoma. In Houston, we will provide CPR training and pilot AHA’s blood pressure program with employees to manage a main contributor to heart disease and to the Company’s medical coverage costs.

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Hurricane Harvey

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Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea

Since 2002, Marathon Oil has been the operator of a world-class integrated gas business in Equatorial Guinea. We’re striving to bring progress, opportunities and national capacity to the community and host nation, while building long-term shareholder value.