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The stereotype holds that a petroleum company has no values.

That's partly why I was so taken by what I consider to be one of the best company statement of values I've ever read. I came across this statement while reading entries for the Frank M. Adams awards. The Victoria Advocate received the media award in 2011, so I was asked to help judge this year.

The winners have yet to be decided, but I consider this Anadarko Petroleum Corp. value statement worthy of its own recognition:

Integrity and Trust

We will:

Act with the highest ethical standards
Honor our promises and obligations to work, family,
faith and community
Admit mistakes and accept accountability

We will not:

Tolerate dishonesty and intimidation
Punish intelligent business risk taking

Servant Leadership

We will:

Serve others
Place the success of others above our own
Exhibit personal humility and professional courage

We will not:

Rely on power and authority
Take individual credit for team success
Blame individuals for bad team decisions

People and Passion

We will:

Recognize and reward strong performance
Respect diversity in thought, practice and culture
Create a high-energy work environment
Learn and continuously develop ourselves and others
Think big -- Innovate

We will not:

Accept apathy or cynicism
Allow enthusiasm to overwhelm reason

Commercial Focus

We will:

Understand and execute our strategy
Safeguard the long-term interests of shareholders
Maintain high standards for health, safety and the environment
Act responsibly with company assets

We will not:

Sacrifice long-term value for short-term gain
Use the excuse, "we've always done it that way"

Open Communication

We will:

Communicate freely, clearly and concisely
Listen for understanding
Encourage diverse opinions and constructive debate

We will not:

Knowingly mislead or intentionally withhold information

Anadarko's statement reminds me of the Society of Professional Journalists' code of ethics. A company's values matter. Wouldn't you want to work for a company with values like these? Wouldn't you work even harder for it than you would for one whose values weren't in line with your own?

2011 Frank M. Adams Awards from TX Council of Community Centers on Vimeo.