Corporate Social Responsibility

Governance

Commitment Statement

The focus on corporate governance throughout the boardrooms of America is as much about the quality of information companies provide, as it is about the quantity of information. On both scores, Williams’ board and our management have taken steps to strengthen the governance of the company and ensure compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and related Securities & Exchange Commission regulations.

 

We take corporate governance very seriously. Our corporate governance policies and activities are designed to provide our shareholders with company information that is accurate, timely and meaningful.

Board of Directors


Alan S. Armstrong
Inside Director
President & CEO, Williams

Stephen W. Bergstrom
Independent Director
Chairman
Former President & CEO, general partner American Midstream Partners GP, LLC


Nancy K. Buese
Independent Director
Executive VP & CFO, Newmont Mining Corporation


Stephen I. Chazen
Independent Director
President, CEO & Chairman, Magnolia Oil and Gas Corporation


Charles “Casey” Cogut
Independent Director
Retired Partner, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP


Kathleen B. Cooper
Independent Director
President, Cooper Strategies International LLC


Michael A. Creel
Independent Director
Former CEO, Enterprise Products Partners LP


Vicki L. Fuller
Independent Director
Former CIO, New York State Common Retirement Fund


Peter A. Ragauss
Independent Director
Former SVP & CFO, Baker Hughes Incorporated


Scott D. Sheffield
Independent Director
Chairman & Former CEO, Pioneer Natural Resources Company


Murray D. Smith
Independent Director
President, Murray Smith and Associates; former Minister of Energy for Alberta, Canada


William H. Spence
Independent Director
Chairman, President & CEO, PPL Corporation


Joseph H. Williams
Honorary Director

Charters & Bylaws

Our board of directors meets applicable independence requirements and is well positioned to carry out its functions as a governing body on behalf of stockholders and unitholders.

Corporate Governance Documents

Code of Conduct

The Code of Business Conduct provides guidance for our behavior, provides specific direction for corporate governance, and give us options for reporting our concerns or suspected violations of the Code. This is a practical guide designed to help us put our Core Values & Beliefs into action when performing our day-to-day work duties.

Reporting Violations

We encourage our employees to report a suspected violation of any law, regulation or company policy. An employee should seek guidance from their normal reporting channels: supervisor, next levels of management, or HR Business Partner. In addition, employees are welcome to contact the Williams Business Ethics Resource Center (BERC) at 918-573-3284 or the Williams Action Line at 1-800-324-3606 or make an online report at www.williams.ethicspoint.com. The Action Line is operated by an independent third party to ensure confidentiality and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and you can remain anonymous if you choose.

We understand employees may be reluctant to report violations or complaints if they believe the reporting employee will be subjected to retaliation. It is against company policy for employees to engage in or tolerate retaliation or any form of harassment directed against an employee who reports a suspected problem in good faith.

Human Rights Policy

Respect for human rights is a fundamental value. We strive to respect and promote human rights in our relationships with our employees, customers, communities, indigenous communities and other business stakeholders. We’re committed to maintaining a corporate culture that respects the principles aimed at promoting, protecting and supporting all internationally recognized human rights.

Related Governance Policies & Standards

Code of Conduct
Human Rights Policy and Statement
Antitrust (page 8)
Trading on Insider Information (page 8)
Political Contributions and Conduct (page 8)
Corporate Contributions
Political Action Committee (PAC) (page 9)
Gifts to Government Employees
Commercial Bribery (page 9)
FERC Standards of Conduct (page 10)
Conflicts of Interest (page 11)
Foreign Business Dealings (page 10)
Gifts and Entertainment (page 12)
Ethics and Compliance Program Description (page 16)
Ethics and Compliance Policy

Policies & Standards

For a full list, please visit our Policies & Standards page.