United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Statement
In 2015, all United Nations Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which outlines priorities for people and the planet to prosper. The key framework for this agenda is the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and associated targets, which represent the actions to pursue social, economic, and environmental sustainability.
As a natural gas infrastructure company, Equitrans Midstream (Equitrans) plays a vital role in meeting our country’s growing demand for energy, and more importantly, doing so in a sustainable manner. Equitrans’ Core Values set the foundation for our Sustainability Framework, which utilizes five pillars (Safety Leadership, Environmental Stewardship, Corporate Governance, Economic Impact, and Stakeholder Engagement) to define our approach to sustainability for our shareholders, business partners, communities, and employees. We are committed to delivering long-term, sustainable value to all our stakeholders and, as an extension of our Sustainability Framework, we strive to operate in support of the UN’s SDGs, which also align with many of our environmental, social, and governance (ESG) efforts. Our SDG Statement adheres to the tenets of Equitrans’ Mission: to operate with integrity, accountability and transparency, while delivering sustained value for customers and shareholders; providing an engaging workplace for employees; preserving and protecting the environment; and supporting the communities where we live and work as we provide reliable energy infrastructure in a safe, efficient, and responsible manner.
First and foremost, we seek to align our business and operations to the SDGs, including our commitment to environmental integrity, protection of environmental resources, and climate change mitigation. In addition, we strive to incorporate the SDGs into our annual plan for stakeholder engagement and community investment. Lastly, Equitrans continues to demonstrate a robust governance structure for implementing our sustainability program, which includes incorporating our vision to focus on the SDGs.
While each of the UN’s 17 SDGs is worthy of focus, for the short-term we have tiered our objectives to align with the practical aspects of our business, operations, and geographic footprint. Moving forward, we will continue to evaluate the full breadth of all relevant SDGs, with an expectation to enhance and expand our focus as applicable. Based on both our Sustainability Framework and the material topics used for our ESG reporting, we have identified eight SDGs (3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 15) for which we will initially focus. Through our SDG Statement, we are committing to align our operations, policies, and procedures with the eight identified SDGs; affiliate our corporate charitable giving and Equitrans Foundation donations with organizations that support attainment of the SDGs; and continue evaluating the incorporation of additional SDGs in the future. We expect to publish a summary of our progress regarding the alignment of our business and operations with the SDGs on at least an annual basis.