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Bill Klesse

Every day, we are proud of the products we deliver – they are essential, reliable and economical. And our people build better communities.

 

Bill Klesse

Chairman and CEO

 

 

Commitment to Excellence

Commitment to Excellence is our governing principle. We set the highest standards in all aspects of our business to ensure our efforts will continue to provide quality products to meet demand, as well as leadership in community service.

 

Our products do improve people's lives.

 

Gasoline, diesel, heating oil, jet fuel, lubricants and hundreds of petrochemical building blocks greatly enhance our world. The fuels produced by Valero give consumers the freedom to drive to work or play. Our products help build the roads and highways that connect our cities and towns. We provide a domestic fuel supply for our military. From fuels to asphalt, polymers to products that make plastics, Valero is a vehicle for progress.

 

But we know it is not enough for us to be a better refiner and marketer – we strive to be a better employer and neighbor, too. Community involvement continues to be a centerpiece of our culture, and our employees make a true difference in each of their communities through their volunteerism and giving.

 

As we fulfill our vision to be a world-class competitor in the global energy business, we will do so in the safest way while continuing to nurture vibrant communities around our facilities and demonstrating improved environmental performance. The vision and dedication shared by our employees reflect this commitment, which means providing industry leadership in all that we do.

Joe Gorder
It's easy to sum up what it means to be a successful business: Improving lives matters. At Valero, improving lives is what drives all of us to succeed. It's why we strive to be excellent in all that we do, and why we continue to think big in our charitable efforts. The Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children Golf Classic are as big as it gets. We couldn't be more proud.
 
Joe Gorder
President & Chief Operating Officer

 
In 2013, we marked our 12th year as title sponsor of the Valero Texas Open, the PGA's longest-running TOUR event in one host city, San Antonio.
 
And while we love the game of golf, Valero's partnership is about much more than fairways and fantastic golfers. We do it because of the opportunity that exists to improve children's lives.
 
Through the generosity of fans and our business partners, this tournament is a lifeline of support for hundreds of children's charities across America. Together with the Valero Benefit for Children Golf Classic, this year's tournament raised a record $10 million for kids across the U.S. We continue to be a pacesetter on the PGA TOUR for charitable contributions, and have raised $81.5 million since Valero became the tournament's title sponsor in 2002.
 
This year's Benefit for Children Golf Classic took place April 8, capping a week of exciting PGA action at the 2013 Valero Texas Open. On behalf of everyone at Valero, thank you to all of the players and congratulations to our new champion, Martin Laird of Scotland. And thanks to the hundreds of tireless volunteers who helped pull of an extraordinary week of golf and goodwill.
 
We look forward every year to raising funds for children's charities as host and sponsor of the Valero Texas Open. And we are proud to carry on another success story in 2013 -- improving lives, one child at a time.
Ellen Williams

Safety is more than a priority - it drives our decision-making.

Ellen Williams
Vice President-Occupational & Process Safety

Health & Safety
Our occupational and process safety programs are integrated into every facet of our business, and they serve as governing principles for our operations.

They are successful because we promote a culture where safety considerations are integrated into our daily activities. It includes all employees, from executive management to the newest hires.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) and our employees are partners in helping us make our plants safer. Under Voluntary Protection Programs, or VPP, we have made it our goal to have each of our U.S. refineries designated as “Star Sites,” the agencies’ highest site safety designation. We have eight VPP Star Sites in our refining system – about one-third of all refining Star Sites nationally. Many of our refinery contractors also are Star Site-approved, as are our Corpus Christi and Houston Asphalt Terminals.

Valero refineries are focused on continuous improvements to process safety, which is helping us achieve our overall goal of safe, stable and reliable operations. In 2008, we introduced our Commitment to Excellence Management System (CTEMS) as a standardized framework for operational excellence. It continues to this day. The programs developed as part of CTEMS provide a standardized and disciplined approach to achieving our safety objectives.

Kirk Saffell

We continue to make significant expenditures for environmental initiatives, demonstrating our commitment to a cleaner environment.

 

Kirk Saffell

Senior Vice President-Health, Safety & Environmental

 

The Environment

We are committed to producing environmentally clean products, while striving to improve and enhance the environmental quality of our operations within our local communities.

 

Valero is investing in an array of improvements such as new-generation flue-gas scrubbers and flare-gas recovery systems that dramatically reduce emissions.

 

State-of-the-art scrubbers at most of our refineries significantly decrease sulfur dioxide emissions from our main processing units – a massive technology improvement from just a few years ago. Other improvements include infrared technology that affords us the ability to quickly find and repair leaks of gaseous hydrocarbons, thereby reducing emissions into the environment.

 

Valero also is committed to protecting water resources. Since 2005, the company has spent up to $70 million per year for capital improvements under a program to reduce waste-water discharge, and is also focused on reducing all spills to water.

 

Because of these and other efforts, Valero has achieved a 59 percent reduction in environmental incidents since 2006, and has received considerable recognition for overall environmental stewardship.

Guy Young
Valero refineries have made significant progress in key reliability measures, which not only makes them more competitive in the industry but helps them achieve our goal of safe, stable and reliable operations.

Guy Young
Vice President Reliability, Energy & Industrial Gases

Valero ranks in the first quartile, or top 25 percent, of U.S. refineries in mechanical availability, the highest-level indicator of refinery reliability, referring to the percentage of time units are available for scheduled operation.

Reliability improvement is driven by intense reliability assessments to identify areas and issues that could keep a unit, process or plant out of service. Valero’s goal is to continuously reduce incidents by focusing first on the main causes of unplanned shutdowns that also can lead to injury: piping and equipment leaks, and rotating equipment and electrical failures.
 
Our Materials and Inspection Network (MAIN) team addresses common corrosion, metallurgy and inspection issues with refinery pressure equipment. For example, a comprehensive program of "Retro PMI," or retrospective positive material identification, tests piping and other fixed equipment to identify their metal composition to ensure it is the correct material and to guard against corrosion.
 
Under Valero's Rotating Equipment Reliability Network at refineries, stepped-up inspections and other measures have significantly expanded the time between needed repairs. There has also been steady improvement in electrical reliability at Valero refineries, under Valero's stringent Electrical Safety and Reliability Network (ESARN) standards, ramping up preventive maintenance of electrical equipment.
 
All programs are intended to move Valero’s refinery operations to more predictable and continually improving performance to ensure the highest level of reliability and safety.
Martin Parrish

Valero understands the importance of pursuing alternative-energy opportunities to protect the environment, enhance our energy security and create domestic jobs.

 

Martin Parrish

Corporate Vice President 

 

 

Alternative Energy

Valero's efforts in alternative energy range from production of corn ethanol to wind energy to "green" diesel.

 

Valero entered the renewable fuels business and became the first traditional refiner to invest in large-scale ethanol production with the acquisition of seven state-of-the-art ethanol plants in the Midwest in spring 2009 – under subsidiary Valero Renewable Fuels LLC, or Valero Renewables for short. We acquired three additional plants in early 2010, and now are one of America's largest ethanol producers at 1.2 billion gallons capacity per year.

 

Ethanol is a clean-burning, high-octane renewable fuel produced by fermenting converted corn starch with yeast. Valero blends ethanol with its gasoline, resulting in a cleaner-burning product. In addition, the product left after the ethanol is removed from the fermented corn mash is sold as a valuable livestock feed called distillers grains.

 

Under Sunray Wind, Valero also operates 33 wind turbines in the Texas Panhandle capable of producing 50 megawatts of electricity, enough to run our McKee Refinery next door under peak wind conditions. And our Diamond Alternative Energy LLC subsidiary is completing construction of a 10,000-barrel-per-day renewable diesel refinery, in partnership with Darling International Inc. called Diamond Green Diesel, marking our first advanced biofuels production. The plant will process recycled animal fat and cooking oil into renewable, or green, diesel.
Sylvia Rodriguez

Valero knows that being a good operator also means being a good neighbor.

 

Sylvia Rodriguez

Director-Community Relations

 

 

Community

We are committed to taking a leadership role in the communities where we live and work by providing company support and encouraging employee involvement.

 

We demonstrate our commitment to all of our communities through a variety of philanthropic efforts, volunteer activities and educational support programs.

 

For example, Valero and its employees pledged $11.3 million to the United Way for 2012. We helped raise $9 million for children's charities nationwide through the 2012 Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children Golf Classic, in connection with the PGA TOUR. The contribution always is among the largest charity gifts of any tournament on the PGA TOUR. All told, Valero and its philanthropic arm – the Valero Energy Foundation – annually generate more than $43 million through direct donations or fundraising to improve the lives of those who live in or near the communities where Valero has major operations.

 

In addition to financial support, Valero employees logged more than 143,000 volunteer hours in 2011 for hundreds of community projects, including building homes for Habitat for Humanity, coordinating food drives for local food banks, mentoring at-risk youths, supporting wounded soldiers and children's shelters, and providing meals to needy children and senior citizens. More than 200 nonprofit boards nationwide include a Valero employee. Our company believes in social responsibility, and we are proud of the impact our caring employees have on communities where they live and work.

 

 

Ruth Pina

Valero believes that an investment in its employees – from competitive pay and best-in-class benefits to a caring company culture – is an investment in the future of Valero and its communities.

 

Ruth Pina

Vice President-HR Employee Relations

 

 

Employees

Our employees are our No. 1 asset. We are committed to providing a challenging, enjoyable and rewarding work environment which fosters creative thinking, teamwork, open communication, respect and opportunity for individual professional growth and development.

 

From top management to part-timers, Valero's workforce is the heart of its success.

 

Resources that fuel growth and job satisfaction are critical. Core competencies, communicated through a systemwide learning and development program and nurtured by respect for the individual, help employees understand the expectations of the company and realize the breadth of opportunity that exists in their career tracks. Valero is thankful to have the support of approximately 22,000 employees who, year after year, earn special industry and community recognition for the company.

 

Valero is proud to employ hard-working individuals with incredible dedication. The company is honored to be an employer of choice in the refining industry, and its global family of employees continues to invest time and talent to achieve returns for shareholders and communities alike.