Policies, Procedures and Standards

Openness and maintaining public trust are core values of Port Houston; to help maintain these values, this page makes available policies that document its governance practices, its code of ethics and other policy and procedures.

Port Commission policies on this website are in effect as of the posting date shown. The Port Commission may adopt, revise, or delete policies, and any such changes will take effect at the time adopted. Port Houston strives to keep this site current. However, if you are relying on a current policy for specific action or guidance, please contact Port Houston at 713-670-2400 to ensure the policy posted is up to date.

We invite you to click any of the following links for policy, procedure and standards that document Port Houston’s governance practices:

Approving and Funding Employee Meals (Standards)
Approving and Funding Local Port Commissioner and Employee Meals (Policy)
Barge Fleeting Leasing Policy
Barge Fleeting Leasing Standards and Procedures
Code of Ethics
Community and Stakeholder Engagement Policy
Cybersecurity Policy
Environmental Policy
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Compliance Policy
Health and Safety Policy
Insurance Program and Indemnification Policy – 2018
Amended and Restated Small Business Development Policy
Minority- and Woman-Owned Business Enterprise Development Policy
Misconduct Reporting Policy
Office of Foreign Assets Control Compliance Policy
Procurement Policy
Promotion and Development Fund Policy and Standards
Public Comment Policy 
Security Management Policy
Standards for Employee Interaction with Interested Parties 
Strategic Planning Policy 
Travel, Meals, Business Entertainment and Reimbursement Policy
Travel, Meals, Business Entertainment and Reimbursement Policy, Amendment No. 1
Travel, Meals, Business Entertainment and Reimbursement Policy, Amendment No. 2
Vendor Protest Procedure

The Port Commission currently has four standing committees and a task force, each comprised of three or more commissioners. The Audit Committee advises on Port Houston’s financial statements, its accounting and financial reporting processes and financial statement audits. The Community Relations Committee primarily assists the Port Commission in creating, updating and monitoring Port Houston’s Community Relations Program policies and procedures. The Compensation Committee oversees Port Houston’s compensation and succession planning programs and practices. Governance Committee prepares and updates Port Houston’s governance policies and procedures for the Port Commission’s consideration and action, and also reviews governance-related matters. The Pension and Benefits Committee primarily advises on the administration of Port Houston’s Restated Retirement Plan, the investment of the Plan’s assets and other benefits offered to employees. The Business Equity Committee prepares and updates procurement policies and procedures for the Port Commission’s consideration and action. This committee also updates the Business Equity Program policies and procedures and advises on other small, minority-owned, and woman-owned development matters.

The four committees and the task force have charters which may be viewed by clicking the appropriate link below.

Charter – Audit Committee
Charter – Community Relations Committee
Charter – Compensation Committee
Charter – Governance Committee 
Charter – Internal Audit
Charter – Business Equity Committee

Investment Policy, Promotion and Development Fund Reports, Annual Audit Reports and Plans, adopted budgets and similar documents may be found on the Financial Transparency page:

Financial Transparency