Corporate Governance and Business Ethics

At Crestwood, we prioritize best-in-class corporate governance, which we believe is critical to achieving our goals and maintaining the trust of our stakeholders. We have established processes and foundational principles that govern the way we do business, and we believe it is our obligation to operate with ethics and integrity, promote open and transparent communication and maintain our commitment to social and environmental responsibility.

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Governance Highlights

*Bolded highlights were implemented in 2022.

  • Independent Lead Director 
  • Annual Board, Committee and Director evaluation process administered by our Independent Lead Director 
  • Annual advisory vote on executive compensation
  • Employee and executive compensation tied to sustainability, safety and key financial metrics 
  • ESG oversight by Board and Sustainability Committee
  • Cybersecurity oversight by Audit Committee 
  • Annual enterprise risk assessment with Board and senior leadership team involvement


Crestwood’s Board of Directors provides oversight of the management of our company for the benefit of our stakeholders. Our Corporate Governance Guidelines support the Board and senior management team in executing our business strategy in alignment with our core values and stakeholder expectations. 

Enhancing Our Board Profile

We are committed to continuously evaluating and enhancing our Board structure. In alignment with our sustainability strategy, we transitioned to a publicly-elected Board with oversight like that of a traditional public corporation. We are one of only three master limited partnership midstream companies to take this voluntary step. 

Crestwood is one of three MLP midstream companies to transition to a publicly-elected Board.

In 2022, we held our first unitholder meeting, released our inaugural Proxy Statement and established a Nominating and Governance Committee that oversees the composition of the Board, its committees and our corporate governance practices. The Nominating and Governance Committee held their first meeting in January 2022. 

Board of Directors

We continued to evolve our Board structure in 2022, with several appointments that align with our long-term business strategy. We currently have nine members on the Board, including three members who joined in 2022. Our Board members are all independent except for one—our Founder, Chairman and CEO.

Board Profile

Three graphs depciting the profile of Crestwood's Board of Directors

Board Members

Our Corporate Governance Guidelines and our committee charters are reviewed annually. Our five Board-level committees oversee company policies and business decisions in the following areas: Audit, Compensation, Finance, Nominating & Governance and Sustainability. In alignment with Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass Lewis, our Board committees are each solely chaired by and comprised of independent directors.

   Audit  Compensation Finance Nominating Sustainability
Robert G. Phillips          
Warren H. Gfeller^       *The crestwood logo with an asterisk next to it  
Janeen S. Judah       The Crestwood logo The crestwood logo with an asterisk next to it *
David Lumpkins The Crestwood logo   The crestwood logo with an asterisk next to it *    
Angela A.Minas The crestwood logo with an asterisk next to it * The Crestwood logo      
Gary D. Reaves     The Crestwood logo    
John J. Sherman     The Crestwood logo   The Crestwood logo
Frances M. Vallejo The Crestwood logo The Crestwood logo     The Crestwood logo
Clay C. Williams   The crestwood logo with an asterisk next to it *   The Crestwood logo  

*Denotes Chairperson    ^Denotes Lead Independent Director

For more information about Board meetings and committees, see our Proxy Statement. For more information about how our Board committees provide oversight of enterprise risks, see our Risk Management section.

Board-Level ESG Oversight 

Our Board of Directors is responsible for overseeing our ESG strategy, integrating ESG into our business planning and decision making and monitoring our ESG-related risks, opportunities and performance. The Board delegates certain elements of its oversight functions to one or more of its standing five committees. 

Committees and Their ESG Oversight Responsibilities

Trees representing the Sustainability Committee

Sustainability Committee

  • Provides oversight of sustainability risks and ensures they are incorporated into Crestwood’s long-term business strategy (climate-related risks, Indigenous rights, regulatory risk, etc.)
  • Oversees the progression of the sustainability strategy and carbon management plan
  • Reviews and approves ESG reporting and disclosures

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Nominating and Governance Committee

  • Oversees the Board composition and its committees, including the enhanced Board skills matrix process
  • Reviews succession planning for the CEO and other key executives
  • Ensures the company is following corporate governance best practices

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Audit Committee

  • Provides oversight of cybersecurity practices and controls
  • Oversees internal controls for the annual sustainability report
  • Provides oversight of the annual enterprise risk management process
  • Oversees compliance and business ethics including our independently managed, confidential ethics hotline

Three dollar signs representing the Compensation Committee

Compensation Committee

  • Oversees compensation decisions for members of the Board and executive officers and provides oversight of sustainability key performance indicators
  • Assists with administering equity-based compensation plans
  • Reviews gender pay ratio data on an annual basis
  • Oversees employee retention and performance including talent development

Board Skills Composition

The diversity of perspectives, industry experience and thought leadership among our individual Board members continues to be a strength for our company and we are dedicated to maintaining our focus on enhancing Board diversity. 

In 2022, as part of our commitment to continuously enhance our governance practices and provide meaningful disclosures to unitholders, we developed a detailed skills matrix for evaluating the composition of our Board. The matrix is aligned with the expectations established by Glass Lewis.  

For additional information about our Board of Directors, including how we evaluate potential Board candidates, see our Proxy Statement.

A matrix showing Crestwood's Board of Directors' skills

Board Evaluation

Our Board of Directors conducts an annual self-evaluation. The process includes an open dialogue led by the Board’s Independent Lead Director, who also meets with each director individually to receive and provide feedback. 

In 2022, the process resulted in several recommendations that Crestwood has implemented or plans to implement, including: 

For additional information about our Board evaluation process, see our Proxy Statement


Case Study

Board Visit to the Williston Basin

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Board Visit to the Williston Basin

The Crestwood Board of Directors visiting the Williston Basin facility

In June 2022, members of our executive management team and Board conducted a two-day tour of our Williston Basin assets. Crestwood has 550,000 acres across North Dakota and eastern Montana with a processing capacity of 430 MMcf/d between our Bear Den and Wild Basin Processing Plants.

The team visited the COLT Hub facility, Bear Den I & II Gas Processing Plants and the Wild Basin Gas Plant, which was acquired from Oasis Midstream in early 2022. Due to the importance of Crestwood’s footprint in the basin, the group also met with the Governor of North Dakota, Doug Burgum, and the former Lt. Governor, Brent Sanford, to discuss the importance of the energy industry in the region.

Business Ethics

We are committed to establishing a corporate culture centered on our values and operating principles, guided by ethical business practices and reinforced by our policies, robust management systems and processes. 

Our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics (Code) serves as a guide for our business and sets forth our core principles and expectations for employees, contractors, suppliers and vendors. Every two years, all employees and our Board of Directors are required to complete ethics training on our Code. 

Our general counsel is also our chief compliance officer and oversees the implementation and compliance of our Code, including a biennial internal audit evaluating the success of our ethical standards. 

We expect our suppliers and vendors to adhere to our fundamental values, policies and procedures. For more information on our supplier and vendor requirements and expectations, please visit our Supply Chain Management section. 

Ethics Hotline 

Any stakeholder who witnesses a violation of the Code is asked to report their concern through our independent, confidential, third-party-maintained ethics hotline, which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

All employees and other relevant stakeholders receive regular communication about the hotline. Our compliance team takes all concerns seriously and follows the necessary protocols and processes to quickly resolve them. We have specialists who investigate concerns or allegations about Code violations, and we maintain a stringent no retaliation policy to protect any person making an allegation in good faith. We maintain complete anonymity, whenever possible. 

We track the number of concerns reported and the length of time from reporting to resolution to evaluate the success of the hotline. Our chief compliance officer shares ethics violations and whistleblower hotline results with the Audit Committee and provides quarterly ethics updates with the Board. For more information, see our Whistleblower Policy

Business Ethics Metrics

  2020 2021 2022
Whistleblower Calls 0 3 0


Percentage of Employees Who Signed the Code

A graphic showing 100% signage of Crestwood's code of ethics in their company from 2020 to 2022

Freedom of Association

As outlined in our Professional Associations Policy, employees are encouraged to join or participate in any association, trade union, organization or group they believe promotes their professional and/or personal interests without fear of retaliation or interference.

Looking Ahead

In 2023, we will continue to build on our robust governance practices and systems with a focus on: 

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