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Operational Excellence


Experience has taught us that the combination of a solid financial foundation, operational excellence, the highest ethical standards, and the utmost regard for our employees and the people and communities we serve are the bedrock qualities of a successful company.

Since its inception in 1995 as a standing Committee of the Company’s Board of Directors, the Environment, Health & Safety Committee of the Board of Directors has met at least four times a year to oversee the Company’s EH&S efforts relating to the protection of the environment, sustainability, and the health and safety of Company employees and the public. The EH&S vice president, together with senior management, is responsible for developing strategic goals and programs to ensure compliance and support the Company’s commitment to and continued work to achieve EH&S excellence.

Part of senior management’s commitment to EH&S includes independent oversight. The Office of the Corporate Ombudsman, reporting directly to the Chairman, provides employees with an independent office to which they may confidentially report suspected violations of our Code of Conduct including ethical, legal, or EH&S concerns.

Our Environment, Health & Safety Review Board (“EH&S Review Board”) consists of outside consultants who are independent attorneys. The EH&S Review Board reports directly to the chairman. The role of the EH&S Review Board is to review the Company’s management of both regulatory and internal requirements and assess whether its implementation is consistent with the Company’s commitment to strive for excellence.