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Our Commitment to Ethics

Ethics

Honesty and integrity are at the core of all we do.

The Highest Standards 

Our dedication to ethics applies to everyone at Duke Energy, including our board of directors. It drives our relationships with each other, as well as our customers, suppliers and public officials. We value accountability and transparency. We recognize the essential nature of our service and strive for excellence in all we do. We work our hardest to earn your confidence and trust every day.

Conducting Business with
Honesty & Integrity

We're committed to honesty and integrity in everything we do — from our financial statements and business practices to workplace behaviors.

As one of the most heavily regulated industries in the nation, we strive to maintain trust. Regulators, elected officials, community leaders, customers, suppliers, competitors, investors, the news media and advocacy groups all pay close attention to what we do and how we do it. To maintain their confidence, we are committed to a culture of transparency, high performance and pride among employees.

Behaviors, as well as results, matter in our company. We remain committed to doing the right things – big and small – every day.

The Highest Standards for Everyone

Our Ethics and Compliance Program is designed to foster a culture of ethical and compliant behavior. The Audit Committee of the board of directors exercises oversight with respect to the implementation and effectiveness of the program. Senior management promotes a culture that encourages ethical conduct and compliance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations. The chief ethics and compliance officer is responsible for the program’s effectiveness for preventing, detecting and responding to illegal or unethical conduct.

A Culture of Accountability

Employees and contingent workers are encouraged to report suspected wrongdoing and may do so anonymously without fear of reprisal through an independent third party, which provides a 24-hour telephone line and an online reporting option. The Audit Committee is apprised of any allegations targeting senior management or complaints of fraud, accounting and internal controls, or auditing matters that relate to the fair and accurate presentation of information in our financial statements. All allegations are investigated to ensure consistent enforcement. When violations are detected, appropriate actions are taken. These measures include disciplinary action and enhanced controls to prevent further offenses.

A Diverse Workforce

Diversity and inclusion are central to our long-term business success and to being the kind of employer and company we always want to be. We strive for a diverse, fully engaged workforce, and as a company we are stronger and better when we value and respect everyone. This work environment helps us attract and retain the talented employees we need, and it helps us live up to our potential as a company and as individuals.

An Engaged Environmental Steward

We're committed to responsible stewardship of the environment, with a focus on renewable energy sources and efficient energy use. We believe renewable sources will play an increasingly important role in the transition to cleaner energy, which is why we're developing innovative renewable power projects to fuel the homes and businesses we serve. Learn more about sustainability.

Regulatory Requirements Guidance

For questions or guidance about Regulatory Conditions and Requirements, please contact the Chief Compliance Officer via the Requesting Guidance and Reporting Concerns section of our Code of Business Ethics (CoBE). Also, for additional information about the Chief Compliance Officer please see the Chief Compliance Officer Bio.