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Virtue & Talents Dimension: Our Values


Of all the proven principles of human progress, these eight are the foundational values of our culture and thus are among the most important for all of us to exemplify daily. They are an essential aspect of our Virtue and Talents dimension.  They define who we are as an organization and are necessary for the long-term success of Koch and each of us.

Our Values

Have the courage to always act with integrity.

What has changed*




Act with proper regard for the rights of others, especially regarding safety and the environment. Comply with all laws and regulations. Stop, think and ask.

Clarified that our focus on safety and the environment is driven by our regard for the rights of others.


Create virtuous cycles of mutual benefit by becoming a preferred partner of customers, employees, suppliers, communities and other core constituencies. Continually seek to identify and close the gaps between what you are and what you could be accomplishing if you were fully applying Principle Based Management™.

Changed to focus on virtuous cycles of mutual benefit, closing gaps and applying Principle Based Management™.


Transform yourself and help the company and others to do the same. Develop the visions, strategies, capabilities, products and services that will enable us to satisfy unmet needs and create superior value.

Broadened to include helping others transform themselves.


Seek and acquire the best knowledge from any and all sources that will enable you to innovate and improve results. Share your knowledge proactively. Provide and solicit challenge consistently and respectfully.

Added that we need to seek as well as acquire the best knowledge and use it to innovate.


Be humble, intellectually honest and deal with reality constructively. Develop an accurate sense of self-worth based on your strengths, limitations and contributions. Hold yourself and others accountable to these standards.



Treat everyone with honesty, dignity, respect and sensitivity. Include and embrace different perspectives, experiences, aptitudes, knowledge and skills in order to leverage the power of diversity.

Broadened by adding the word include.


Be all you can be. Identify, develop and apply your gifts and passions so you can best contribute in ways that are most meaningful to you. Be a lifelong learner.

Changed the name to clarify that self-actualizing is a never-ending process, not an end state. Also changed to describe the requirements for self-actualizing rather than the benefits.