ONEOK, Linde win Compass Awards from OK Ethics

Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium recognizes principled companies, leaders at its eighth annual Compass Awards luncheon Wednesday at the Petroleum Club.
by Paula Burkes Modified: May 15, 2013 at 7:34 pm •  Published: May 16, 2013

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.

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by Paula Burkes
A 1981 journalism graduate of Oklahoma State University, Paula Burkes has more than 30 years experience writing and editing award-winning material for newspapers and healthcare, educational and telecommunications institutions in Tulsa, Oklahoma...
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