Five Pillars of Sustainability
As our Core Values define who we are as a Company, our corporate sustainability framework also incorporates these values into our five sustainability pillars, which defines our overall approach to sustainability.
Health & Safety Leadership
First and foremost of our corporate sustainability pillars, Health and Safety Leadership is always our top priority—above all else. For Equitrans, the safety and well-being of our employees, contractors, and community members takes precedence and we believe that the execution of our business strategy is not successful unless Zero Is Possible. We staunchly believe that workplace injuries are preventable. Everyone at Equitrans has a collective responsibility to exhibit safety leadership to realize success and, most importantly, create a workplace where Zero Is Possible. This mindset extends beyond our workplace as we are committed to supporting the safety of community members and other stakeholders.
The conservation of the environment is incredibly important to Equitrans. We strive to meet or exceed both expectations and regulatory requirements. To accomplish this, we work to incorporate sustainable practices, such as utilizing innovative technologies to enhance our emissions reduction program and optimizing our natural resource use. We continuously evaluate opportunities to improve our performance to protect the air, land, and water environments in which we operate and other areas that we could potentially impact.
Our commitment to upholding transparent corporate governance principles bolsters our stakeholders’ confidence and trust in Equitrans. This commitment is shared by our highest governance body, Equitrans’ Board of Directors, which is responsible for overseeing the management of our business activities and affairs. Our Board of Directors, acting through its committees, oversees Equitrans’ policies, programs, and strategies regarding corporate social responsibility and sustainability, including ESG matters and related risks and opportunities.
Equitrans delivers clean, affordable domestic energy; supports economic development in local communities; creates direct and indirect job opportunities; and generates tax revenue to support state and local governments, all of which positively contribute to the economy. We engage with the communities we operate in to understand the issues they face, develop solutions that support them, and pursue new opportunities to contribute to economic growth.
Our stakeholders provide respected insight into the operations of our business. We believe that maintaining an open, transparent, and honest dialogue with our diverse group of stakeholders enables Equitrans to better identify process gaps and implement strategies to swiftly address matters of concern. Prioritizing the issues most relevant and material to our stakeholders informs our decisions to implement additional ESG practices.