Exxon Mobil Corporation | Tax Transparency Report at Exxon Mobil Corporation

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Resolution details
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Resolution ask
Report on or disclose
ESG theme
  • Governance
ESG sub-theme
  • Tax
Type of vote
Shareholder proposal
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Company sector
Company HQ country
United States
Supporting materials
  • Exempt solicitation_Exxon item 15_tax_Oxfam America.pdf Download
Resolved clause
RESOLVED: Shareholders request that the Board of Directors issue a tax transparency report to shareholders, at reasonable expense and excluding confidential information, prepared in consideration of the indicators and guidelines set forth in the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) Tax Standard.
Supporting statement
Supporting Statement
The GRI Standards are the world’s most utilized corporate reporting standard.1 The GRI Tax Standard - GRI 207 - is the first comprehensive, global standard for public tax disclosure. It includes four components. GRI 207-1, 207-2, and 207-3 require companies to disclose their approach to tax; their tax governance, control, and risk management; and their stakeholder engagement and management of concerns related to tax, respectively. 207-4 requires public country-by-country reporting (CbCR) of certain company financial information, including revenues, profits and losses, and tax payments within each jurisdiction.2 GRI 207 also recommends disclosing “industry-related and other taxes or payments to governments.” Given the significance of other project-specific payments to governments in the oil and gas sector, GRI identifies disclosures of all significant project-level payments to governments as relevant for that sector in reporting under the Tax Standard.3
Tax transparency is increasingly important to investors. The PRI, representing investors with $89 trillion assets under management, states that tax avoidance is a key driver of inequality.4 Economic challenges have increased government concern about corporate tax avoidance, and 96% of US companies expect more tax disputes as governments become more rigorous in tax examinations.5
In October 2021, 136 countries agreed to a global tax reform framework.6 The proposed Disclosure of Tax Havens and Offshoring Act, passed by the House of Representatives in 2021, would require public CbCR of financial (including tax) data by SEC-registered companies.7 Further, in November 2021, the European Union approved a directive to implement public CbCR for large multinationals operating there.8
ExxonMobil does not disclose revenues or profits in non-US markets, nor foreign tax payments, with adequately disaggregated data, challenging investors’ ability to evaluate the risks of taxation reforms, or whether ExxonMobil engages in responsible tax practices that ensure long term value creation. Tax authorities across the globe have repeatedly challenged ExxonMobil's taxation approach, producing significant costs for the company.9
In a recent case involving ExxonMobil's dealing in Qatar and Malaysia, a US federal court denied ExxonMobil a $1 billion refund request and the IRS initially assessed a $200 million penalty to ExxonMobil for claiming an excessive refund.10
A GRI-aligned tax transparency report would bring ExxonMobil in line with peer companies – including many in the oil, gas, and mining industries11 – who report using GRI 207.12 ExxonMobil already reports CbCR information to OECD tax authorities privately, so any increased burden is negligible.
1 https://assets.kpmg/content/dam/kpmg/xx/pdf/2020/11/the-time-has-come.pdf2 https://www.globalreporting.org/standards/media/2482/gri-207-tax-2019.pdf3 https://www.globalreporting.org/standards/standards-development/sector-standard-for-oil-and-gas/4 https://www.globalreporting.org/about-gri/news-center/backing-for-gri-s-tax-standard/5 https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/global/Documents/Tax/gx-beps-global-survey-summary-results-2022.pdf6 https://www.oecd.org/tax/international-community-strikes-a-ground-breaking-tax-deal-for-the-digital-age.htm7 https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/3007;8 https://www.internationaltaxreview.com/article/b1vf7yc65qpzcd/this-week-in-tax-eu-on-track-for-public-cbcr-by-20239 https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/jul/03/exxonmobil-spent-10m-fighting-australian-tax-office;https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-09/exxon-loses-fight-for-337-million-tax-refund-from-u-s;https://www.france24.com/en/20170914-exxonmobil-russia-settle-tax-row10 https://www.taxnotes.com/research/federal/court-documents/court-opinions-and-orders/fifth-circuit-affirms-mineral- lease%252C-fuel-credit%252C-penalty-holdings/7dvfyn a recent case involving ExxonMobil’s dealings in Qatar and Malaysia, a US federal court denied ExxonMobil a $1 billion refund request and the IRS initially assessed a $200 million penalty to ExxonMobil for claiming an excessive refund.10https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/jul/03/exxonmobil-spent-10m-fighting-australian-tax-11 https://www.hess.com/sustainability/how-we-operate/tax-practices; https://reports.shell.com/tax-contribution- report/2020/our-tax-data.html; https://s24.q4cdn.com/382246808/files/doc_downloads/2022/sustainability/newmont-2021- tax-report.pdf; https://www.bp.com/en/global/corporate/sustainability/our-approach-to-sustainability/tax- transparency.html; https://reports.shell.com/tax-contribution-report/2020/; https://www.eni.com/assets/documents/eng/reports/2020/Country-by-Country-2020_ENG.pdf; https://totalenergies.com/sites/g/files/nytnzq121/files/documents/2022-03/Tax_transparency_report_2019_2020.pdf12 https://www.globalreporting.org/news/news-center/momentum-gathering-behind-public-country-by-country-tax- reporting/

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Organisation name Declared voting intentions Rationale
Anima Sgr For ExxonMobil provides some information on its total tax contributions for the past three years in its Annual Report. It states that it expects it will be required by regulation to report country-by-country tax information for the U.S. and European Union countries.
Hence, ExxonMobil's public tax disclosure through GRI reporting standard would address and sustain investor demands for tax transparency at the global level.
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