Individual Leadership Principles
These principles are an extension of our Environmental Policy and Corporate Leadership Principles and serve as individual guides for each employee as we strive to improve our performance in corporate environmental leadership.
- Core Value – I care for the environment and realize its protection is an important part of my job.
To achieve our shared vision of being recognized as a regional leader in achieving customer loyalty by providing reliable, competitively-priced electricity and related services, our concern for the environment must continue to be an increasingly important part of our way of life. Caring for the environment should be clearly evident in the way we do business and be integrated into everyone’s job throughout all business units. Being environmentally responsible is an absolute necessity for a business to succeed. It means each of us weighs the environmental impact of our actions before making important decisions on the job. We invest the human and financial resources to support our Environmental Leadership Principles.
- Waste Reduction – I plan my work to avoid or reduce waste, recycle as much as possible, and safely dispose of that which cannot be reused. We help protect the environment as well as reduce costs by minimizing waste at the source. We choose products carefully, purchase and use only the materials or products we absolutely need, and then recycle waste, reuse left-overs, or return excess to suppliers. Proper planning and operations to avoid or reduce waste, releases, and spills also help another expensive problem—how to properly clean up and dispose of wastes. When disposal is necessary, we make sure it is done in a safe and responsible manner.
- Energy Efficiency – I look for ways to produce and use energy more efficiently.
We are receptive to new technologies that hold promise for both increased efficiency and environmental benefits in the production and use of electricity and help make them successful at NPPD and for our customers. Scientific research and development and public policy research play important roles in protecting our environment. New technology, approaches, ideas, policies, procedures, and products are being developed that promote efficiency and help minimize risks to our land, water, air, and living resources. We must be willing to support such efforts and implement appropriate innovations.
- Quality of Life – I perform my work in a way that seeks to protect the environment and improve the quality of life now and in the future.We take actions to ensure both a good quality of life for all people—now and in the future—and to maintain healthy, viable ecosystems. We value and respect the diverse components of our environment—the land, air, water, plants, animals, people, habitats, and ecosystems—and act accordingly. We do everything possible to anticipate and reduce the risk of accidents and prevent them from happening, but we know how to minimize environmental damage and restore the environment’s integrity when incidents happen. We are also prepared to deal responsibly on- and off-site when accidents occur or chronic problems are identified. We strive to use procedures, materials, and products on the job that minimize environmental risk. We encourage similar behavior in our coworkers and contract workers. We expect our suppliers to have environmental principles compatible with ours. Overall, this means doing our jobs smarter and better than we did in the past.
- Environmental Compliance – I comply with all applicable environmental laws, regulations, and company environmental policy. We expect each employee to promote our good reputation for technical excellence, performance, compliance, and professional integrity in all matters affecting our environment. Our success depends on satisfying the environmental expectations of the public, environmental groups, regulators, and other stakeholders as expressed in laws and regulations. We work constructively with government agencies, citizens groups, and industry to promote sound regulations that fairly balance the competing needs of society. Our company is committed not only to complying with all regulations, but also to going beyond what is required where it is technically and economically feasible. Compliance and excellence assessments of all our operations help ensure that we not only play by the rules but also identify and act on opportunities for conducting our businesses in a more responsive and efficient way.
- Effective Communications – I maintain open, two-way communications on environmental matters. Because our actions affect the environment shared by our coworkers, our friends, our families, and everyone in the community, we consider the environmental interests and concerns of all our stakeholders. We are proud of what we do in the environmental stewardship area and take every opportunity to communicate honestly and effectively our company’s environmental vision, programs, and record. We listen and are responsive to the concerns and priorities of others about how we care for the environment. We identify shared goals and create win-win environmental partnerships with diverse public and private stakeholders. Education on issues important to our company is essential for all internal and external stakeholders.
- Continuous Improvement – I look for ways to continuously improve performance and better protect the environment.We expect to get better at protecting the environment as part of our job. Our company supports this continuous improvement commitment because it makes good business sense and it is the right thing to do. To ensure NPPD’s achievement of and recognition for environmental leadership will require continuous improvement by each of us. We have worthy and practical goals; we measure progress; and we report on results in order to sustain improvement. Improvement is essential in increasing our productivity and competitiveness. Environmental leadership includes doing things smart and setting a good example for others to follow.