ONEOK Inc. energy company and the Tulsa gas processing plant of Munich-based The Linde Group engineering, fabrication and construction company took home top honors in the respective large and midsize company categories at the Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium's eighth annual Compass Awards luncheon Wednesday at the Petroleum Club.
Among other things, ONEOK — the parent company of Oklahoma Natural Gas — asks all employees to commit to the company's standards of quality, diversity, value and service, and to apply them to all aspects of their business, presenters said. They lauded Linde for the plant's corruption compliance guide, an integrity phone line for reporting concerns, and customer and employee surveys that ensure ethical efforts are met.
ONEOK Chief Executive John Gibson said leaders encourage their 4,900 employees to do the right thing every day.
“It isn't always easy, especially when the company is growing and changing as rapidly as ours has,” he said. ONEOK has expanded to more than a dozen states, he said.
“We're not interested in ‘gotcha' moments, but dedicated to helping everyone become a better person,” Gibson said.
Ron Key, Linde's vice president of technology and sales, said the company refreshes employees on its code of conduct multiple times throughout the year, through online, on-site and CEO messaging, along with required reading and testing.