PORTLAND, Ore., Nov. 15, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Northwest Natural Gas Company (NW Natural) received the national award for Best Ethics and Compliance Program (Mid-Cap) at the Corporate Governance Awards 2018.

Corporate Secretary magazine has hosted the annual awards for 11 years. This year, 14 companies from a wide range of industries received awards across 15 categories.

“Integrity is fundamental to everything we do at NW Natural. As our first core value, it informs how we serve our customers, operate our business, treat our employees and engage with the community,” said David H. Anderson, NW Natural president and CEO. “The way we behave – guided by our Code of Ethics – is one of our greatest assets.”

All of NW Natural’s nearly 1,200 employees are required to complete the company’s Business Integrity Program every year, with results reported to the company’s board of directors. The training program includes a Code of Ethics and an hour-long online course.

“This past year, we refreshed our Code of Ethics and online module program with a focus on helping employees to understand their responsibilities and make the right choices in the workplace,” said Shawn Filippi, vice president, chief compliance officer and corporate secretary at NW Natural. “I’m incredibly honored to work with a group of people who are clearly dedicated to living our core values every day.”

Additionally, all NW Natural employees have access to the company’s Business Integrity Hotline, where questions can be asked or concerns can be reported anonymously.

An independent panel of judges selected the winners of the Corporate Governance Awards, which were announced at a gala event on November 8 in New York.

About NW Natural
NW Natural provides natural gas service to approximately two million people in more than 140 communities through 740,000 meters in Oregon and Southwest Washington with one of the most modern pipeline systems in the nation. It consistently leads the industry with high J.D. Power & Associates customer satisfaction scores. 

NW Natural is part of Northwest Natural Holding Company, (NYSE: NWN) (NW Natural Holdings), which is headquartered in Portland, Oregon and owns NW Natural, NW Natural Water Company, and other business interests and activities. 

NW Natural is currently constructing a 2.5 Bcf regulated gas storage expansion of its 16 Bcf facility in Oregon to support renewables. NW Natural Holdings' subsidiaries own and operate 31 Bcf of underground gas storage capacity.

NW Natural Water provides water distribution service to more than 17,000 people through 5,300 meters. To date, NW Natural Water has acquired four water distribution systems with one additional acquisition pending. Cumulatively, the company has committed approximately $67 million in the water and wastewater industry for nearly 16,700 connections in the Pacific Northwest.