At ONEOK, we are committed to pursuing a zero-incident culture by continuously working toward mitigating risk and eliminating incidents that may harm our employees, contractors, the public or the environment.
In order to achieve ONEOK’s corporate and operating Environment, Safety and Health (ESH) expectations, all ONEOK employees and contractors are expected to demonstrate commitment to the following:
ONEOK is committed to the protection of basic human rights and treating all individuals with dignity and respect. In 2018, ONEOK adopted a Human Exploitation Policy prohibiting human exploitation of any kind in connection with company business. The policy outlines how to report suspected violations, consequences for violations and additional resources available to employees. The policy is available on the company intranet and externally on our website.
ONEOK recognizes the diversity of Indigenous/Native American People and is committed to creating and sustaining respectful relationships with Indigenous/Native American People in areas where we conduct business. We are dedicated to operating in a socially and environmentally responsible manner, carefully considering potential impacts of business operations on local communities and natural and cultural resources.
Nature of Engagement: The cooperative nature of engagement with Indigenous/Native American People in business and community projects aligns closely with ONEOK’s core values—Ethics, Quality, Diversity, Value and Service—which guide our actions towards achieving mutually beneficial outcomes for all our stakeholders.
Where necessary and applicable, ONEOK will facilitate external engagement according to the following practices:
ONEOK is committed to supporting the stakeholders where we operate, and where our employees live and work, by fostering relationships between our company, our employees and the community.
We are committed to operating reliably, safely and environmentally responsibly, promoting the safety and health of our employees and the communities where we operate.
We strive to operate our businesses in a manner that recognizes the ESH expectations of each of our key stakeholders, including regulatory agencies, the communities in which we operate, landowners, customers, employees, nongovernmental organizations and investors. We work to build constructive relationships with our diverse stakeholder groups, creating shared value by engaging with them early and often. We seek to give back by working with community organizations and by providing resources designed to address the social, economic and environmental interests of key stakeholders.
Building and operating successful energy infrastructure requires compliance with regulatory requirements. These requirements frequently derive from or can involve meaningful coordination, consultation and/or communication with affected stakeholders. Where appropriate, we also employ various project-specific stakeholder outreach practices, including the following:
Depending on the scope of a project, ONEOK may contact or facilitate engagement with representatives of indigenous communities, including, but not limited to, tribal historic preservation officers, to review project plans, construction efforts and operation of new assets. We recognize and respect indigenous people’s culture and diversity. Our process involves meaningful project engagement to provide education to various stakeholder groups on temporary project impacts and sustainable restoration strategies.
Public Awareness Program
Our Public Awareness Program operates to inform our neighboring stakeholders of our pipeline and facility safety measures. In accordance with the Public Pipeline Awareness Program, we mail safety brochures to those who live and/or work near our pipelines and/or storage facilities, including emergency responders, public officials, excavators and landowners.
We dedicate ESH resources and funding to the Public Awareness Program to assist in the following:
Our company is committed to the participation and allocation of the necessary resources to develop, implement and manage the program.
ONEOK values being a good corporate citizen. Facilitating community investments programs and opportunities that encourage and support engagement helps create shared value by connecting the success of our business with local communities.
Through investments and engagement, we aim to provide a positive environment for our employees, as well as to enhance the quality of life and economic well-being for those in the communities where we operate, and where our employees live and work. We engage community organizations within our operating footprint to understand their development goals and support their fundamental interests through volunteerism and contributions. We believe that collectively, we can make an impact and build stronger communities today and in the future.