Ethics & Compliance
At AEP, we are guided by high standards of ethics and compliance. Our employees strongly believe we are committed to health, safety and environmental compliance, and that it is unacceptable to bend the rules to get the job done. AEP’s Board of Directors, management and every employee are guided by principles of business conduct and are held accountable for maintaining the highest level of ethical behavior.
We encourage employees to speak up when they see something that falls short of these expectations. If employees are unwilling to report an ethics or compliance violation because of fear of retaliation, our corporate culture, our reputation and the financial health of the company are at risk. We maintain a confidential 24/7 hotline that allows employees to report concerns anonymously or to seek guidance on ethical, safety or compliance issues.
We also provide annual, mandatory training to all employees on the Principles of Business Conduct. This training includes evaluation of several distinct scenarios in some of our higher risk areas – including conflicts of interest, misuse of company assets, management of personally identifiable information, and our anti-retaliation policy – which helps our employees consider the Principles in the context of “real world” risks that might arise in their day-to-day job duties. Significant portions of our employee population also receive regular compliance training on the federal and state codes of conduct that govern our business activities.