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.
“It drives everything we do,” Key said.
Hertz and Tulsa-based CFS2 debt collection firm were given honorable mention Compass Awards, while Posterity Bank, formerly Coppermark Bank, executives Thomas Legan and Jacque Fiegel were named co-recipients of this year's Pilot Award.
Legan, Posterity regional chairman, adheres to the adage of “always doing the right thing, no matter what you do,” while Fiegel, president of the bank's central Oklahoma region, encouraged attendees to “lead with their hearts, as well as their heads.”
Community Impact Award honorees included Dove Science Academy, Metro Technology Centers, SandRidge Energy and Public Strategies for a joint educational effort, General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute, Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma, and The Oklahoma Center for Non-Profits.