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Regarding shareholder resolution directed at ExxonMobil Corporation.

The resolution has been introduced by New York City's pension funds. We are in the process of circulating it to networks of academics and others who likely invest with TIAA-CREF (a major target for the resolution "vote yes" campaign).

As university faculty and staff, you likely have investment funds with TIAA-CREF. As an investor, you have the ability to encourage fund managers to vote "YES" on upcoming resolutions concerning the Indonesia operations of ExxonMobil by calling TIAA-CREF's CEO Herbert Allison at 800-842-2733 or 212-490-9000. Calls are best, but otherwise email [email protected]

As a major institutional investor managing $330 billion in pension funds from educational, medical, and other professional communities, TIAA-CREF wields enormous clout with the companies in which it invests; its vote on this resolution matters!

The proposed resolution calls for ExxonMobil management to review and report to shareholders concerning the potential investor risks and liabilities resulting from corporate payments to the Indonesian military (Tentara Nasional Indonesia or TNI). ExxonMobil reportedly makes annual payments of $6 million for "protection" of its natural gas operation in Aceh.


a) ExxonMobil currently faces a lawsuit representing families and victims of torture and murder by TNI troops stationed at ExxonMobil's Aceh facilities;

b) Human rights investigators and journalists have reported that the TNI has used ExxonMobil facilities to torture its victims and used company equipment to dig mass graves for burial of murder victims.

Urge TIAA-CREF to vote "YES" on the ExxonMobil resolution.

Distribute this information to other TIAA-CREF investors, especially to colleagues and other pension fund holders. Inform TIAA-CREF that ExxonMobil must reconsider its support of the Indonesian military.



Resolution Submitted by William C. Thompson, Jr., Comptroller, City of New York, on behalf of the Boards of Trustees of the New York City Pension Funds

WHEREAS, we believe that transnational corporations operating in countries with repressive governments, ethnic conflict, weak rule of law, endemic corruption, or poor labor and environmental standards face serious risks to their reputation and share value if they are, in any way, seen to be responsible for, or complicit in, human rights violations; and,

WHEREAS, ExxonMobil has extensive natural gas operations in the Aceh region of the island of Sumatra in Indonesia; and,

WHEREAS, there have been numerous reports of human rights abuses against the local population by the Indonesian military in connection with security operations conducted in the area of ExxonMobil's operations; and,

WHEREAS, due to its relationship with the Indonesian military, the corporation has been named as lead defendant in a pending lawsuit, John Doe 1,et al., vs. ExxonMobil Corporation, et al., filed in the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia, on behalf of Indonesian citizens who allegedly were victims of human rights abuses by military forces guarding ExxonMobil's facilities; and,

WHEREAS, it has been reported that ExxonMobil has provided logistical as well as financial support for Indonesian military forces stationed in the area; and,

WHEREAS, since 2002, ExxonMobil has been a participant in the dialogue on the U.S.-U.K. Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, which call on companies operating internationally to urge local security forces to provide security in a manner consistent with human rights and ethical conduct; and

WHEREAS, ExxonMobil's Corporate Citizenship policy states that the provision of security should be "consistent with the law and respect for human rights",

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that shareholders request that management review and report to shareholders, by September, 2005, on the corporation's security arrangements with the Indonesian government and private security forces, including support, both monetary and in kind, to the Indonesian government and military. Furthermore, it is requested that this review and report to shareholders should be conducted with a particular reference to potential financial and reputational risks incurred by the company as a result of these relationships.

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