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Diversity & Inclusion

Broader Perspectives, Better Solutions
At Marathon Oil, individuals with different talents, ideas and experiences fuel our ingenuity and innovative spirit.

In 2019, women and minorities1 accounted for 29.8% and 30.1% of our workforce, respectively. While we’ve made progress with our diversity and inclusion efforts, we want to deepen the conversation and build a more meaningful connection with our employees to help them thrive.

We encourage diversity and inclusion and cultivate our collaborative One Team environment by making training courses on unconscious bias and inclusive leadership available to all employees. We can learn from one another by living our values in our communities, and treating everyone with kindness and respect. We are actively looking for ways to work with our employees and community partners to address racial injustice and other societal challenges facing our families, communities and industry.

¹ Minority designation defined by Equal Employment Opportunity EEO-1 report categories
  • ᵃ Workforce statistics reflect year-end data.
  • ᵃ Workforce statistics reflect year-end data
  • ᵃ Workforce statistics reflect year-end data
  • ᵇ Minority designation defined by Equal Employment Opportunity EEO-1 report categories

Building on Our Employee-driven Network

Our grassroots Women’s Network cultivates a culture where talented, diverse women can connect with each other and support personal and professional development. Participants enjoy leadership development opportunities, education, volunteer activities, mentoring and networking. Open to all employees, the Women’s Network began in 2018, and grew to approximately 250 participants by year-end 2019.

Special interest groups within the network focus on topics such as petrotechnical careers, maximizing your seat at the table, managing your career at different phases of life, working caregivers, and parents of children with special needs. The group also hosted two professional development and networking events in 2019. Members of our Women’s Network represented the company at an Experience Energy event in 2019 where three women employees won GRIT Awards for industry leadership. Marathon Oil also won the award for Best Workplace in the Oil and Gas Producer category. We’re excited that our supportive workplace culture is being recognized in our industry.

To build on the positive impact of the Women’s Network, we hosted roundtables in 2019 to better understand how we can develop a more inclusive culture. Our executive vice president, general counsel and chief administrative officer also championed a leadership development series for Black men in the company. Based on these conversations and other work we did in 2019, we’re establishing resource groups for Black and Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) employees.

We also leveraged external partnerships to help employees build their leadership capabilities and networks. These included:

  • Participation in various education, training and diversity summits with Pink Petro and EUCI,
  • Participation in professional development events with the Hispanic Alliance for Career Advancement (HACE), and
  • Sponsorship of the Houston Women on Board event, an education and advocacy campaign driving accelerated gender balance on corporate boards.

As these opportunities expand, they will continue to add value for individuals, the company and our culture.

Supportive Workplace Culture
Participants enjoyed attending our grassroots Women’s Network events

Increasing the STEM Pipeline

Many Marathon Oil jobs, including the majority of our leadership positions, require a degree in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects.

The company recruits interns and graduates in STEM fields primarily on the campuses of Texas A&M University, University of Texas, University of Oklahoma and University of North Dakota. We funded scholarships totaling $120,000 for students at these universities to study core disciplines in 2019. Because we compete with a variety of companies and industries to attract a diverse workforce, we awarded an additional $145,000 in scholarships at these universities for diverse students with a record of academic excellence studying engineering and geosciences.

To broaden the pool of diverse job candidates, we reach out to local student chapters of the Society of Women Engineers, the National Society of Black Engineers, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, LGBTQ Engineers and other organizations.

Marathon Oil's college scholarships funding at top universities in 2019

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