- Board Meetings
- Williams Code of Business Conduct
- Ethics Compliance Structure
- Code of Ethics for Senior Officers
- Corporate Governance Guidelines
- Accounting or Auditing Concerns or Complaints
While the board is not involved in the day-to-day operations of Williams, directors are kept informed about the business through discussions with the CEO and other officers, by reviewing analyses and reports provided to them on a regular basis and by participating in board and committee meetings. The standard practice for frequency of board meetings is to meet at least five times a year, however, the board meets frequently as necessary to conduct the business of the corporation.
The independent, non-management directors meet without the CEO present at the beginning of each regularly scheduled board meeting.
Williams Code of Business Conduct
Ethics Compliance Structure
Williams has an organizational structure in place to address business ethics issues.
Code of Ethics for Senior Officers
In my role as (Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Officer) of Williams, I recognize that my position holds an important and elevated role in corporate governance. I am uniquely capable and empowered to ensure that stakeholders’ interests are appropriately balanced, protected and preserved. Accordingly, this Code provides the following guidelines and responsibilities governing my professional and ethical conduct, and to which I am expected to adhere and advocate.
I certify that I adhere to and advocate:
- Honest and ethical conduct, including the ethical handling of actual or apparent conflicts of interest between personal and professional relationships;
- Avoidance of conflicts of interest, including disclosure to the Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer of any material transaction or relationship that reasonably could be expected to give rise to such a conflict;
- Full, fair, accurate, timely, and understandable disclosure in reports and documents that the Company files with, or submits to, the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission and in other public communications made by theCompany;
- Compliance with applicable governmental laws, rules and regulations;
- The prompt internal reporting of Code violations to the Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer; and
- Accountability for adherence to the Code.
Corporate Governance Guidelines
Accounting or Auditing Concerns or Complaints
To submit accounting or auditing concerns or complaints, please use one of the options below to report a concern or complaint about accounting, internal accounting controls or auditing matters:
To report a potential violation anonymously, please call our Action Line at
1-800-324-3606 or online at www.williams.ethicspoint.com. The Action Line is operated by an independent third party to ensure confidentiality and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Williams Companies, Inc.
One Williams Center
Tulsa, OK 74172
Attn: Business Ethics Resource Center, MD 47
All such concerns or complaints will be received and processed by the Williams Business Ethics Resource Center and reported to the Audit Committee.