Capital One is dedicated to strong and effective corporate governance that creates an appropriate framework for the Board to provide ongoing oversight of the Company’s activities, and for management to operate in an ethical environment that fosters strong risk management.
The Board of Directors has adopted Corporate Governance Guidelines to formalize the Board’s governance practices and to provide its view of effective governance. Our Corporate Governance Guidelines embody many of our long-standing practices, policies and procedures, which collectively form a corporate governance framework that promotes the long-term interests of our stockholders, ensures responsible decision-making and accountability, and fosters a culture that allows our Board and management to pursue Capital One’s strategic objectives. The Board reviews and periodically updates these principles and practices as legal, regulatory, and best practice developments evolve.
The Board has also adopted Capital One’s Code of Conduct which applies to Capital One’s directors and associates, including Capital One’s Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Principal Accounting Officer and other persons performing similar functions. The Code of Conduct reflects Capital One’s commitment to honesty, fair dealing and integrity and guides the ethical actions and working relationships of Capital One’s directors, officers and associates in their interactions with investors, current and potential customers, fellow associates, competitors, governmental entities, the media and other third parties with whom Capital One has contact. Capital One's Board of Directors has approved a Revised Code of Conduct that became effective as of January 1, 2020. This official memo outlines material changes included in the Revised Code of Conduct.
The Board of Directors believes that these policies, principles and practices are vital to the future success and growth of Capital One and create a foundation for the effective functioning of the Board of Directors, its committees and Capital One as a whole. They are also critical to preserving the trust of our stakeholders, including stockholders, associates, customers, suppliers, governmental entities and the general public.