About Equitrans

Materiality

We seek to understand and manage the impacts of our activities by evaluating both business and stakeholder priorities. Through our materiality assessment, we recognized ten top-tier material Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) topics and validated our results internally.

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Key impacts, risks, and opportunities

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Defining report content and topic Boundaries

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List of material topics

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In 2019, Equitrans conducted our first materiality assessment to evaluate, identify, and prioritize the issues most relevant to our business and stakeholders. With the guidance of a consulting firm, our materiality assessment process followed best practices for identifying, prioritizing, and validating environmental, social, and governance (ESG) topics of particular importance. We leveraged both the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) as inputs to the assessment.

Our assessment incorporated evidence from regulators, sustainability standards, investors, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), our customers, and our suppliers. As further enhancement to our process, we used a third-party ESG risk management software platform to review peer and industry information. We conducted interviews with internal leaders and consulted with certain members of our Board of Directors to prioritize and validate topics. For each of our information sources, we evaluated the evidence associated with the importance of each topic to determine the topic’s overall relative importance to Equitrans and our stakeholders. At the conclusion of the assessment, we recognized ten top-tier material ESG topics and validated our results internally. These ten material topics are listed below, in alphabetical order, and form the basis for our report.

  • Air Emissions and Climate Change
  • Business Ethics and Integrity 
  • Community Engagement
  • Corporate Governance 
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Economic Impact
  • Energy
  • Environmental Resources
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Pipeline Safety, Spills, and Leaks
Portrait of Diana M. Charletta, Equitrans President and Chief Operating Officer

Our ESG management practices are intrinsic and deliver value that goes beyond financial drivers. Today and in the future, trust and transparency are central to our approach.

Diana M. Charletta, President and Chief Operating Officer

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Field Safety
Technician Program

No one knows Equitrans’ assets and procedures better than our employees that work in the field every day. To leverage their knowledge, we recently developed a voluntary program called the Field Safety Technician Group or FST Group. The FST Group is composed of field employees, known as Field Safety Technicians (FSTs), who act as liaisons between field employees and management to coordinate equipment upgrades, enhance safety, and bolster our safety culture. With the FST Group, our aim is to create a work environment where employees feel comfortable making safety suggestions, and requesting equipment upgrades and additional trainings. Our FSTs interview field employees on a quarterly basis, asking what can be done to improve safety at their sites and what trainings the employees feel would be beneficial. We also hold quarterly FST Group meetings where all FSTs come prepared to report on the information Sthey have gathered throughout the quarter. Our teams develop action items based upon the FST interviews with the goal to complete the items prior to the next quarterly meeting. When possible, we scale these items across the company.

One great example of this process occurred at our MOJO Compressor Station. During a quarterly FST interview, an employee suggested to an FST that lighting should be added to the site. The site at that time had no active lighting and the employee had to occasionally use his vehicle’s head lights to illuminate the area. At the following quarterly FST meeting, the FST Group agreed to purchase solar-powered lights for the compressor station, which were subsequently installed.

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