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As of: November 2010
Adopted: November 29, 2010
A letter from the Chairman
Our work and choices demonstrate what we value. Each one of us makes decisions that could affect our company and its reputation. The FLEETCOR Code of Conduct is a set of expectations we establish for ourselves to help us comply with laws and good ethical practices. We review and update it as business and the world at large become more complex, and as the need increases for such guidelines.
But this is not just about compliance with the law and general standards of ethics. By establishing these guidelines and giving them the weight of a governing document, we are acknowledging that our choices and actions help define FLEETCOR for others. We are ensuring that our relationships with customers, investors, colleagues and the communities in which we live and work are built on trust.
I ask you to read this Code of Conduct and commit yourself to uphold it. In addition to establishing a baseline for behavior throughout FLEETCOR, it provides some excellent examples of how we build trust as a company.
December 14, 2010
FLEETCOR TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
This Code of Business Conduct and Ethics (the “Code”) embodies the commitment of FLEETCOR Technologies, Inc. and its subsidiaries (the “Company”) to conduct its business in accordance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations and the highest ethical standards. All employees, including officers, and members of the Board of Directors of the Company are expected to adhere to those principles and procedures set forth in this Code that apply to them. The employee handbook applicable to your business unit also supplements this Code and applies to subjects that are not covered in this Code or where more restrictive with respect to a subject covered in this Code. Please contact your human resources representative if you have questions.
For purposes of Section 406 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and the rules promulgated thereunder, this Code shall be the code of ethics for the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and President, Chief Financial Officer, Controller or other chief accounting officer, and any other senior executive or financial officers of the Company performing similar functions and so designated from time to time by the Chief Executive Officer of the Company (collectively, the “Senior Executive and Financial Officers”).
The policy of the Company is to comply with all laws governing its operations and to conduct its affairs in keeping with the highest moral, legal and ethical standards. In particular, Senior Executive and Financial Officers hold an important and elevated role in maintaining a commitment to (i) honest and ethical conduct, (ii) full, fair, accurate, timely and understandable disclosure in the Company’s public communications, and (iii) compliance with applicable governmental rules and regulations. Accordingly, the Company has adopted this Code. This Code shall be approved initially by the Board of Directors of the Company and thereafter periodically by the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors (the “Committee”) and shall be available on the Company’s website at www.FLEETCOR.com.
2. Honest and Ethical Conduct
Employees and directors are expected to exhibit and promote the highest standards of honest and ethical conduct, by, among other things, their adherence to the following policies and procedures:
3. Conflicts of Interest
Employees are expected to devote their best efforts and substantially full business time to the performance of their duties and the advancement of the business and affairs of the Company. The Company’s resources and information should not be used for personal gain, whether financial or otherwise. No employee or director shall use their position or contacts to further private interests.
Employees and directors shall avoid any personal relationship, activity, investment or association that competes with the Company, impairs such employee’s or director’s ability to fulfill his or her responsibility to the Company, could appear to interfere with such employee’s or director’s good judgment concerning the Company’s best interests or involves or may involve an actual or potential conflict between his or her personal interest and the interest of the Company. For example, a conflict of interest may exist if an employee or director:
Employees dealing with clients, suppliers, contractors, competitors or any person seeking to do business with the Company shall act in the best interest of the Company at all times. Employees must make prompt and full disclosure in writing to their supervisor of any potential situation that may involve a conflict of interest, whether it concerns such employee or any other employee or director of the Company. Directors should report any potential conflict of interest to the Chairman of the Committee. The Committee is responsible for assessing any conflict of interest, reporting to the Board of Directors whether the situation impacts the independence of the director and recommending whether the situation should, or should not, result in a change in Committee assignments for directors or the individual’s continued service as a director or employee.
Employees wishing to engage in any “moonlighting” activities should notify their supervisor in writing prior to beginning the activity. The Company will review any such employee’s proposed activity and advise whether approval is given to proceed. The Company shall not approve proposed “moonlighting” activity that (a) involves use of the Company’s facilities, information or materials; (b) is conducted during the employee’s hours of employment with the Company; (c) involves the Company’s clients or business partners; (d) relates to the Company’s current or proposed business activities; or (e) is in an area of the employee’s expertise at the Company. The Company will not approve any activity that it believes to be in conflict with any such employee’s duties to the Company, and any approved moonlighting activities must not adversely impact any such employee’s ability to fulfill his or her job responsibilities at the Company.
4. Securities Trading
Every employee and director of the Company is subject to, and has a personal responsibility to review and understand, the Company’s Insider Trading Policy. If any employee or director of the Company has any questions regarding the policy or its requirements, he or she should contact the Company’s General Counsel.
5. Financial Records and Periodic Reports
The Company is committed to full, fair, accurate, timely and understandable disclosure in reports and documents that it files with, or submits to, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and in other public communications made by the Company. In support of this commitment, the Company has, among other measures, (i) designed and implemented disclosure controls and procedures (within the meaning of applicable SEC rules) and (ii) required the maintenance of accurate and complete records, the prohibition of false, misleading or artificial entries on its books and records, and the full and complete documentation and recording of transactions in the Company’s accounting records. In addition to performing their duties and responsibilities under these requirements, all employees involved in the Company’s SEC reporting process, including each of the Senior Executive and Financial Officers, will establish and manage the Company’s reporting systems and procedures with due care and diligence to ensure that:
6. Recording, reporting, and retaining information
Employees must record and report all information accurately and honestly. Every employee records information of some kind and submits it to the company. For example: a developer reports the benefits of a new program or enhancement; a sales representative reports prospect calls and new orders; an accountant records revenues and costs; and a customer services representative completes a call report. As another example, employees who are required to record hours worked must record them accurately, and those eligible for overtime must record all hours worked including all overtime hours, which must be management approved in line with Company guidelines. Each employee must accurately and honestly complete reports.
One very important report that many employees use is the expense report. Employees are entitled to reimbursement for reasonable expenses--but only if those expenses were actually incurred. To submit an expense for meals not eaten, miles not driven, airline tickets not used or for any other expense not incurred is dishonest reporting and is prohibited.
Under various laws, such as the tax laws or the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Company is required to maintain books and records reflecting the Company’s transactions. It is essential that these books and records are accurate. Regardless of whether reporting is required by law, dishonest reporting within the Company, for example to Company management or auditors or during an internal investigation, or to organizations and people outside the Company, such as external auditors, is strictly prohibited. This includes not only reporting information inaccurately but also organizing it in a way that is intended to mislead or misinform those who receive it. Employees must ensure that they do not make false or misleading statements in external reports and other documents submitted to or maintained for government agencies, or status reports on contracts, particularly in situations where the Company is selling goods or providing services to a government customer. Dishonest reporting can lead to civil or even criminal liability for employees or the Company.
Employees must also comply with the Company guidelines in the Company Records Management Policy in their retention and disposal of Company documents. The Policy applies to information in any media, including both hard copy and electronic records such as e-mail. It requires that information defined as "essential" must be retained in a recoverable format for the duration of its assigned retention period. Information that is not essential or whose retention period has expired should be disposed of as soon as possible, unless it is subject to a hold order issued by Company counsel or finance.
7. Compliance with Applicable Laws, Rules and Regulations
All employees and directors will comply with all applicable governmental laws, rules and regulations, and the Company’s Senior Executive and Financial Officers will establish and maintain mechanisms to:
8. Corporate Opportunities
Employees and directors owe a duty to the Company to advance the Company’s legitimate business interests when the opportunity to do so arises. Employees and directors are prohibited from taking for themselves personally opportunities that are discovered through the use of corporate property, information or position, using corporate property, information or position for personal gain or competing with the Company.
9. Protection and Proper Use of Company Assets
All employees and directors should protect the Company’s assets and ensure their efficient use. Company assets include, but are not limited to, confidential information, software, computers, office equipment, manufacturing equipment and supplies. All Company employees must appropriately secure all company property within his or her control to prevent its unauthorized use. All Company assets should be used for legitimate business purposes only. Company employees and directors shall make sure that any use of Company assets that is not solely for the benefit of the Company is approved beforehand through the Company’s General Counsel.
In carrying out the Company’s business, employees and directors often learn confidential or proprietary information about the Company, its customers, prospective customers or other third parties. Employees and directors must maintain the confidentiality of all information so entrusted to them, except when disclosure is authorized or legally mandated. Confidential or proprietary information includes, among other things, any non-public information concerning the Company, including its business, marketing, product and service plans, business and pricing strategies, financial information, forecasts, designs, databases, personnel information, customer and supplier lists and data and similar types of information provided by clients, suppliers and business partners.
11. Use of Technology and Software
Company and thirty party technology and software may be distributed and disclosed only to persons authorized to use such technology or software. Company and thirty party technology and software may not be copied without specific authorization and may only be used to perform assigned responsibilities.
All third party technology and software must be properly licensed. The license agreements for such third party technology and software may place various restrictions on the disclosure, use and copying of such technology and software.
12. Fair Dealing and Antitrust laws
The Company has a history of succeeding through honest business competition. We do not seek competitive advantages through illegal or unethical business practices. Each employee and director should endeavor to deal fairly with the Company’s customers, vendors, service providers, suppliers, competitors and employees. No employee or director should take unfair advantage of anyone through manipulation, concealment, abuse of privileged information, misrepresentation of material facts, or any unfair dealing practice.
The Company complies with all antitrust laws. Antitrust laws are designed to protect customers and the competitive process. These laws generally prohibit the Company from:
Noncompliance with antitrust laws can have extremely negative consequences for the Company. If any employee has questions regarding antitrust laws or is uncertain whether a contemplated action raises unfair competition or antirust issues, such employee shall contact the Company’s General Counsel.
13. Equal Employment Opportunity and Harassment
The Company’s focus in personnel decisions is on merit and contribution to the Company’s success. The Company affords equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons without regard to any impermissible criterion or circumstance. This means equal opportunity in regard to each individual’s terms and conditions of employment and in regard to any other matter that affects in any way the working environment of the employee. We do not tolerate or condone any type of discrimination prohibited by law, including harassment.
All employees and directors must be careful to avoid even the appearance of impropriety in giving or receiving gifts and entertainment. In general, gifts, favors and payments may not be offered or provided, unless they are consistent with accepted business practices, sufficiently limited in value, in a form not construed as a gratuity, bribe or payoff, not in violation of applicable law and generally accepted ethical standards, and of a type such that public disclosure of the facts surrounding such gift would not cause embarrassment or harm to the Company. Government employees and contractors are subject to varied and complex rules regarding acceptance of gratuities, often prohibiting them from accepting anything of value unless expressly authorized by applicable statute or regulation, and certain commercial enterprises may be subject to Government limitations or gratuities. Further, under certain statutes, such as the United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, giving anything of value to a government official to obtain or retain business or favorable treatment is a criminal act subject to prosecution and conviction.
An employee or director may accept for themselves and members of their family common courtesies usually employed with customary business practices, but shall not seek or accept for themselves any gifts, favors, entertainment or payments without a legitimate business purpose and without disclosure to the Company. In addition, no employee or director shall seek or accept personal loans (other than conventional loans at market rates from lending institutions) from any person or business organization that does or seeks to do business with or that is a competitor of the Company.
All employees and directors shall discuss with the Company’s General Counsel any proposed entertainment or gifts if such employee or director is uncertain about the appropriateness of the proposed entertainment or gift.
15. Relationships with government employees
Acceptable practices in the commercial business environment, such as providing education, transportation, meals, entertainment or other things of value, may be entirely unacceptable, and may even violate certain federal, state, local or foreign laws and regulations, when we are dealing with government employees or those who act on the government's behalf. Therefore, you must be aware of, and adhere to, the relevant laws and regulations governing relations between government employees and customers, business associates, and suppliers in every country where you conduct business. You should contact FLEETCOR counsel for guidance.
You must not give money or a gift to an official or an employee of a governmental entity if doing so could be reasonably construed as having any connection with Company’s business relationship. U.S. and foreign laws often prohibit such actions: for example, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), a U.S. law, makes it a crime to pay money or to give anything of value to a foreign official to assist the company or another to obtain or retain business with the government, whether the improper payment or gift is made directly by a company or indirectly through someone acting for the company. Many other countries have adopted similar laws. Any proposed payment or gift to a foreign official, political party or candidate must have prior review by local Company counsel, even if such payment is common in that country. Keep in mind that foreign officials, under the FCPA, can include executives and employees of government-owned corporations, universities, and other entities. Always ask if you have some doubt regarding government ownership.
In countries where local customs call for giving gifts to customers or others on special occasions, you may, with prior approval from management and Company counsel, present gifts that are lawful, appropriate, and of nominal value, provided the action cannot be seen as seeking special favor.
Furthermore, certain legal or ethical restrictions may exist with respect to the hiring by the Company of current or former employees of the government or their family members. You should consult with Company management and Company counsel before any attempts, even preliminary discussions, are made to hire any such persons.
16. Political Contributions
No Company funds may be given directly to political candidates, political parties or political intermediary organizations. Employees and directors may, however, engage in political activity with his or her individual resources and on his or her personal time. Any such political activity shall not be conducted in a way that might appear to be an endorsement or contribution by the Company. The Company will not reimburse its directors or employees for political contributions.
17. International Laws
Employees and directors are expected to comply with all applicable laws where the Company and its subsidiaries conduct business, and whenever and wherever they travel on Company business. The employee handbook applicable to your business unit includes compliance obligations particular to your business unit and supplements this Code of Conduct. Countries have various laws prohibiting bribery, corruption or the conduct of business with specified individuals, companies or countries. In addition, employees must comply with U.S. laws, rules and regulations governing the conduct of business by U.S. citizens and corporations outside of the United States, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, embargoes, export controls and anti-boycott compliance. If any employee or director has a question as to whether an activity is restricted or prohibited, please contact your manager, your human resources representative, or the Company’s General Counsel prior to taking any action.
18. Public Communications
It is the Company’s policy to disclose material information concerning the Company to the public only in accordance with the Company’s Disclosure Policy in order to avoid inappropriate publicity and ensure that all such information is communicated in a way that is reasonably designed to provide broad, non-exclusionary distribution of information to the public. Only those individuals designated as authorized speakers in the Disclosure Policy may disclose material information concerning the Company to the public. Please see the Disclosure Policy for additional information.
19. Reporting Process
The Committee has established the following procedures for (a) the receipt, retention and treatment of complaints received by the Company regarding ethical concerns, including accounting, internal accounting controls or auditing matters, and (b) the confidential and anonymous submission by employees of ethical concerns, including questionable accounting or auditing matters.
Employees and directors of the Company are encouraged to and should strive to identify and raise potential issues before they lead to problems, and should ask about the application of this Code whenever in doubt. An employee who witnesses but is unable to stop suspected misconduct or discovers it after it has occurred, should report it immediately to their manager, their human resources representative, the Company’s General Counsel, or the Chairman of the Committee.
The Company has established a toll-free “ethics hotline” through which employees and directors may anonymously report any ethical concern or violation, including without limitation, the confidential and anonymous submission of concerns regarding questionable accounting or auditing matters.
The Company shall maintain on its website directions for submitting Complaints by (1) telephone through the toll-free “ethics hotline,” (2) mail and (3) electronic mail. If an employee or any other person has complaints or concerns regarding accounting, internal accounting controls or auditing matters, such persons are encouraged to report these complaints or concerns directly to the Committee. Employees may submit such complaints or concerns to the Committee on an anonymous or confidential basis; however, the Company may, in certain circumstances, be obligated by law to disclose the information or the identity of the person providing the information.
The Committee has established the following additional procedures relating to such complaints or concerns:
Investigations relating to a reported ethical violation will be conducted in a full and fair manner. Retaliation against any employee or director, who, in good faith, reports a concern to the Company about illegal or unethical conduct, or a violation of this Code, will not be tolerated under any circumstances.
Any questions relating to how these policies should be interpreted or applied should be addressed to the Company’s General Counsel.
This Code shall be administered and monitored by the Company’s General Counsel. The Company’s General Counsel will handle day-to-day compliance matters, including:
The Company’s General Counsel may seek the advice of the Committee as to interpretation of this Code.
21. Waivers of this Code
From time to time, the Company may waive certain provisions of this Code. Any employee or director who believes that a waiver may be called for should discuss the matter with the Company’s General Counsel. Waivers for officers (including Senior Executive and Financial Officers) or directors of the Company may be made only by the Committee or the full Board of Directors and shall be promptly disclosed to the Company’s stockholders in accordance with the SEC’s rules and regulations. Any other waiver must be approved by the Company’s Chief Executive Officer.
The Committee will periodically assess this Code and approve any amendments.
23. No Rights Created
This Code is a statement of fundamental principles, policies and procedures that govern the Company’s employees and directors in the conduct of Company business. It is not intended to and does not create any legal rights for any customer, supplier, competitor, stockholder or any other non-employee or entity.