I. Purpose of the Committee
2003 Other Charter: XOM
The primary purpose of the Public Issues Committee (the "Committee") is to review, as the Committee deems appropriate, the Corporation's policies, programs and practices on public issues of significance including their effects on safety, health and the environment.
II. Committee Membership
The Committee shall consist of not less than four nor more than seven members who shall be appointed by the Board from among its members. Each member of the Committee must satisfy such criteria of independence as the Board may establish and such additional regulatory or listing requirements as the Board may determine to be applicable or appropriate. Members of the Committee should be suitably knowledgeable in matters pertaining to public issues. The actual number of members shall be determined from time to time by resolution of the Board. Two members of the Committee shall constitute a quorum thereof.
III. Committee Structure and Operations
The Chair of the Committee shall be designated by the Board. The Committee shall fix its own rules of procedure and shall meet where and as provided by such rules or by resolution of the Committee. In addition to the regular meeting schedule established by the Committee, the Chair of the Committee may call a special meeting at any time.
The Secretary of the Corporation shall be the Secretary of the Public Issues Committee unless the Committee designates otherwise.
In the absence of the Chair during any Committee meeting, the Committee may designate a Chair pro tempore.
The Committee shall act only on the affirmative vote of a majority of the members at a meeting or by unanimous written consent.
The Committee may establish subcommittees consisting of one or more members to carry out such duties as the Committee may delegate.
IV. Committee Activities
The following shall be the common recurring activities of the Committee in carrying out its purpose. These activities are set forth as a guide with the understanding that the Committee may diverge from this guide as appropriate given the circumstances.
1. Review the Corporation's policies, programs and practices on public issues of significance and make such recommendations to the Board with respect thereto as it may deem advisable.
2. Review the effects of the Corporation's policies, programs and practices on safety, health and environment and make such recommendations to the Board with respect thereto as it may deem advisable.
3. Take such other action and do such other things as may be referred to it from time to time by the Board.
V. Committee Evaluation
The Committee will annually complete a self-evaluation of the Committee's own effectiveness and provide a report of that assessment to the Board, including any recommended changes to the Committee's charter.
VI. Committee Reports
The Chair of the Committee will report to the full Board on the Committee's activities, including the results of the Committee's self-evaluation and any recommended changes to the Committee's charter.
VII. Resources and Authority of the Committee
The Committee has the authority to retain such outside advisors, including legal counsel or other experts, as it deems appropriate, and to approve the fees and expenses of such advisors.