Policy Relating to Aboriginal & Indigenous People
Wherever we operate, Williams is committed to understanding, respecting, and learning from the unique culture and traditions of local communities.
Williams’ Core Values & Beliefs are the guiding principles for how we conduct business. We recognize and enthusiastically accept our responsibilities to the communities in which we operate, including those relating to Aboriginal/indigenous peoples. Williams strives to be a good neighbor through involvement and support for community, social, cultural, and environmental activities. We are committed to protecting the public, our employees and the environment. Williams respects the diversity of Aboriginal/indigenous peoples and their history and cultures within each community, and strives to create an inclusive operation that improves with input from all stakeholders.
Williams recognizes the unique concerns of Aboriginal/indigenous peoples and will strive for collaborative and mutually beneficial relationships as a fundamental part of doing business now and in the future. Recognizing we are partners as stewards of the land, Williams encourages and fosters open dialogue with Aboriginal/indigenous stakeholders to address needs of common concern.
- Williams is aware of the need for understanding the uniqueness of Aboriginal/indigenous heritage in each community where we operate. We will promote cultural awareness training for our employees and contractors.
- Williams is supportive of cultural events, education and social services in the Aboriginal/indigenous communities where we operate.
- Williams recognizes the importance of economic development and the need for jobs in our communities. We promote equal access to training, employment and business opportunities.
- Williams respects the land and strives to do business with integrity and high regard for environmental sensitivity. Williams is committed to providing accurate and relevant information regarding our operations and projects, and encourages open two-way communication in a timely and respectful manner.
- Williams desires to build lasting relationships, and we commit to work with communities to understand and develop our role in the social, economic, and environmental fabric of the community.
- Williams takes its regulatory and legal responsibilities seriously and we obey all laws, rules, and regulations wherever we operate. We will work with all levels of government to meet or exceed regulatory and legal requirements respecting Aboriginal/indigenous communities.
- Williams recognizes that Aboriginal/indigenous communities are integral members of a changing society. Through communication and consultation with our Aboriginal/indigenous stakeholders, we commit to review and amend our policy as communities change.