The paper provides an overview of the strategic planning process for effective environmental management within a comprehensive HS&E managing system utilizing the corporate planning process. The focus of the presentation will be a guide to effective process and tools for integration of Environmental Business Plans with other corporate managing systems.

Through the implementation of the Environmental Business Planning process, ExxonMobil's goals are to apply continuous efforts to improve environmental performance, efficiently obtain development approvals, minimize environmental liability and foster development of public policy based on sound science. In Canada, both Imperial Oil Resources and ExxonMobil Canada utilize this strategic planning tool. This process leads to increased stakeholder confidence and lowest total cost operations. The key to success lies in a sustained stewardship process that is owned by operating and project departments supported by HS&E staff.

The key components of the system are:

  1. Situation analysis

  2. Long term strategy

  3. Objectives, Goals and Targets

  4. Environmental Management Plans

  5. Environmental Aspects

  6. Environmental Improvement Plans

  7. Routine environmental expenditures

  8. Clear roles and accountabilities

  9. Stewardship of plan implementation and performance results

  10. Performance overview


In 1992, Exxon developed a comprehensive, structured Framework to help manage Health, Safety and Environment risks. The Framework, known as the Operations Integrity Management System, or OIMS, has now reached a high level of maturity with substantial results. The OIMS Framework consists of 11 Elements, each of which includes an underlying principle and set of expectations to be met in the design, construction and operation of facilities. The managing systems put in place to meet the expectations of OIMS have these common criteria:

  1. their scope is clear and the objectives measurable

  2. responsible and accountable resources are identified

  3. procedures are documented

  4. activities and results are measured and verified, and

  5. continuous improvement and feedback mechanisms are in place.

OIMS provides a disciplined approach to managing Health, Safety and Environment risk, and its deployment has led to performance improvements in all business areas.

In May 2001, the ExxonMobil Management Committee gave strong support to longer-range environmental management recognizing that environmental planning will help the business address continually rising environmental requirements and expectations, while delivering both sound environmental and economic performance.

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