Corporate Social Responsibility

Communities

A Good Neighbor

As an energy company that develops large-scale infrastructure to bring clean natural gas to heat homes and generate electricity and has safely operated in communities for decades, Williams values the dialogue with communities where we operate or plan to expand.

 

We start by listening. We never want to be tone deaf to the needs and concerns of communities.

 

We’re committed to engaging and consulting with Native American tribes, local and state officials, landowners, and community stakeholders related to our ongoing operations or expansion projects.

Working with Landowners

We’re committed to protecting the relationship of trust and respect we’ve worked hard to establish with landowners and farming neighbors along our infrastructure corridors. We take extra steps to ensure landowners who may be affected by one of our pipelines are part of the planning process. Our goal is to treat them fairly, both through financial compensation and by protecting and restoring their land.

 

We operate more than 33,000 miles of pipeline across the United States and have built positive, lasting relationships with landowners and communities over many decades. Those who own the land that our pipelines traverse have granted us the privilege of establishing a permanent easement across their land. The landowners retain ownership and the use of their land, with certain limitations. The easement only gives us the right to construct, operate, and maintain a pipeline.

Indigenous Peoples

During our century as a company developing energy infrastructure across the globe in 23 countries, we’ve learned the importance of investing time to understand different cultures, traditions, beliefs, and practices. Today, with operations across the United States, we work closely with numerous Native American tribes, building trust through open communications and regular dialogue.

 

We respect tribal sovereignty and share a deep respect for the natural world. Native American tribes are not just another stakeholder group, they are independent governments with full legislative authority to make and enforce laws and to control activities on their lands. We look for mutually beneficial outcomes with tribes.

 

There are 567 federally recognized Native American tribes in 35 states (Bureau of Indian Affairs), including 143 in states where Williams operates, all with territorial and extra-territorial rights.

 

Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) requires federal agencies to consider the effects of any activity that requires a federal permit on historic properties, which includes property of cultural or religious significance to tribes. Because interstate natural gas pipelines are wholly overseen and regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), we complete Section 106 consultation on all activities that may impact historic or culturally significant property. Under the NHPA, tribes must have a reasonable opportunity to identify concerns about affected properties and to advise our company on the identification and evaluation of these properties in relation to the applicable project.

 

For the Atlantic Sunrise project, Williams coordinated with 21 federally recognized tribes and other non-federally-recognized tribes or stakeholders in or near the project to determine locations of cultural significance, including the location of cemeteries and burial grounds.

 

We also worked closely with the Pennsylvania Historic Museum Commission to conduct extensive fieldwork and data recording to ensure that no prehistoric archaeological deposits, eligible to the National Register of Historic Places, exist within the project construction footprint.

 

In fact, we excavated approximately 45,000 shovel tests following state guidelines and developed a construction plan to avoid impacts and ensure potentially sensitive areas are not disturbed. We also made numerous changes to the proposed route, as well as modifications to the project design and construction methodologies, to ensure significant cultural resources are protected.

Charitable Giving

Our approach to community involvement is to serve as an exceptional neighbor in communities where our employees live and our businesses operate.

 

Our community giving strategy is centered on energizing and engaging employees while growing targeted skills, strengthening communities where we do business, and increasing the odds of successful business execution. They volunteer, donate money and serve on boards of countless non-profit organizations throughout the country. In addition to our award-winning company-wide United Way campaigns, we also have established giving programs that are driven by employee involvement.

 

STEM

Over the past two years, we have contributed more than $1 million to support science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education at the regional, state, and local level.

 

We know our ability to build high-quality and reliable pipelines is only as good as the people who design, build, and operate them. This requires a talent pool with diverse thoughts and perspectives in all areas of our business, including STEM.

 

Throughout the country, we are committed to helping our local schools and preparing the next generation of employees for top jobs with employers in STEM fields. Wherever we operate, you’ll find our employees are serving as community volunteers and school STEM mentors. We’re also proud to sponsor STEM labs, robotics clubs and science fairs.

Community Partnerships

We believe in partnering with organizations that work to improve the communities where we operate and our employees live.

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Policies & Standards

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