Awards & Honors

Valero is committed to safety and producing environmentally clean products, to ensure the safety and health of employees, operations and communities. Because of this commitment, Valero has been recognized as a top-performing public company and honored as an industry leader. The company also has been recognized as a top employer and lauded for its commitment to community service.


Safety Awards

  • Most refineries (10) approved as Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star Sites, the highest plant safety designation of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), after voluntarily submitting to and passing rigorous safety audits
  • Three asphalt terminals with VPP Stars, as well as aviation department
  • Two additional refineries, in Quebec and Wales, approved for internal VPP Star Site designations
  • Four safety awards in 2019 from American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), including the Elite Silver Safety Award to the Valero Ardmore Refinery for performance in the top 5% of AFPM member companies
  • An ASTORS Award from American Security Today to the Valero Port Arthur Refinery for Best Maritime/Seaport Security Program, in conjunction with Allied Universal, for efforts to protect the nation's fastest-growing port complex critical to the U.S. defense and economy

Environmental Awards

  • The 2019 Eagle Ford Excellence Award for Environmental Stewardship, from the South Texas Energy & Economic Roundtable (STEER)
  • The 2019 Brookings County Conservation District Tree Stewardship Award to Valero Renewables-Aurora for its efforts in planting thousands of trees over many years as field windbreaks and to provide habitat for wildlife
  • Past recipient of the Texas Environmental Excellence Award, in the Technical/Technology category, from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, for Valero's wind farm at the McKee refinery
  • Past recipient of Environmental Leadership Program Award from the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, and the Joseph D. Martinez Environmental Achievement Award from Louisiana Air & Waste Management Association, for coker recycling program at Valero St. Charles Refinery
  • Past recipient of Recyc-Quebec Silver Grade-level recognition for the Valero Jean Gaulin Refinery's efforts in recycling, and improved management and reduction of waste generation

Business Accolades

  • The Award of Excellence-Downstream, the top international honor for independent refiners, from the 21st annual Global Energy Awards of S&P Global Platts
  • Institutional Investor magazine's Most Honored Companies list, based on its 2020 All-America Executive Team awards in the integrated oil sector; Joe Gorder, Best CEO, and overall top 2 rankings to Donna Titzman in the Best CFO category; Homer Bhullar, Best IR Professional category; and to Valero in the Best Investor Relations Program, Best IR Team, Best in Corporate Governance and Best in ESG/SRI Metrics (tie) categories
  • Included on Forbes magazine's 2019 lists of World's Best Employers, America's Best Employers and Best Employers for Women
  • Named for fifth consecutive year by 2020 Women on Boards to its Winning "W" Companies whose boards comprise 20% or more women, with three women on Valero's board
  • Selected to the 2020 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI) list of global companies for efforts supporting gender equality, setting an example to advance women in the workplace through measurement and transparency

Corporate Responsibility & Community Accomplishments

  • Named each time since 2013 to the list of America's 50 most community-minded companies -- The Civic 50, an initiative of Points of Light -- for corporate citizensip efforts, and the Energy Sector Leader on the list
  • Valero's Canadian operations recognized with the Solidaires Corporate Commitment award from Centraide (United Way in Canada) for conducting an exceptional campaign receiving support of senior management, a crowning achievement reflecting more than 20 years of support
  • Three awards to the Valero Memphis Refinery from the United Way of the Mid-South, for Best Team Effort, Best DIfference Maker and Best Game Changer
  • The Valero Wilmington Refinery recognized as Partner of the Year by the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor as well as honored as the Corporation of the Year by the Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce
  • The 2019 Eagle Ford Excellence Award for Community and Social Investment, from the South Texas Energy & Economic Roundtable (STEER)
  • In addition, Valero:
    • Generated more than $64 million for charities in 2019 through direct/in-kind donations, fundraising, commitments and value of volunteer hours
    • Generated more than $16 million to United Way for 2020, from employee pledges, projected company match and fundraising
    • Raised a record of more than $15 million in net proceeds for charities across the U.S. from the Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children in 2019, the largest charity event on the PGA TOUR that year
    • Logged approximately 150,000 volunteer hours for hundreds of community projects in 2019