Diversity & Employee Relations
Our Diversity Mission
At Williams, we foster an environment that attracts a high-performing, diverse workforce. All individuals are respected and valued for their contributions and have the opportunity to achieve their maximum potential. We treat all employees, customers, business partners, shareholders and the communities in which we serve with respect and dignity.
Diversity Programs and Initiatives
- Enterprise-wide Diversity Council chaired by our CEO
- Active diversity teams and business resource groups throughout the company
- Ongoing diversity & inclusion training
- Flexible Work Schedules
- College Relations and K-12 partnerships and outreach
- Extensive investment in the community to support numerous community organizations, making a difference in areas where Williams employees live and our businesses operate
Business Resource Groups
Business Resource Groups within Williams serve as advocates of change in support of managing diversity and provide valuable insights to management on commercial issues, as well as employee relations. These groups are employee-driven and have the full support of Williams management team.
Williams currently has five groups:
- African American Business Resource Group
- Women’s Business Resource Group
- Latino Business Resource Group
- Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Business Resource Group
- Native American Business Resource Group
We also have unique field business unit teams, known as Expanding
the Possibility of an Inclusive Culture (EPIC) teams, which are
designed to “make diversity and inclusion real” at every Williams
work location throughout the company, whether a drilling operation
or a pipeline station.
Williams is an equal opportunity employer. None of our employees are represented by unions or covered by collective bargaining agreements.
We benchmark ourselves using best practice information from Catalyst, Diversity Inc, and Executive Leadership Council, so we can continually improve. One example of this is targeting recruitment efforts and scholarship programs to attract women and people of color to roles that have traditionally been held by men, such as technical and engineering positions. See our 2010 corporate responsibility report for more information.
Reporting Potential Violations
Williams encourages its employees, to report a suspected violation of any law, regulation or company policy. An employee should seek guidance from their normal reporting channels: supervisor, next level of management, functional vice president or if these channels are not satisfactory the employee should contact the Business Ethics Resource Center or to anonymously report a violation, call Williams’ Action Line at 1-800-324-3606.
The company understands employees may be reluctant to report violations or complaints if they believe the reporting employee will be subjected to retaliation. It is against company policy for employees to engage in or tolerate retaliation or any form of harassment directed against an employee who reports a suspected problem in good faith.