Our Ethical Practices in Motion

Why It's Important to PNC:

In today’s competitive environment, it is vital to have a clear vision and strong principles to guide our actions. Our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics and our values convey our strengths and create a solid foundation for ethical business behavior. For PNC, adherence to our Code, compliance with laws and regulations, and support of fundamental human rights, such as those expressed by the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, are cornerstones in conducting business.

 

Code of Business Conduct & Ethics

PNC has long demonstrated a commitment to integrity and corporate responsibility, and its commitment has only deepened as it has grown into one of the leading financial services companies in the country. PNC employees are responsible for implementing the company’s seven values, including Performance, Customer Focus, Respect, Integrity, Diversity, Teamwork and Quality of Life, which inform how we conduct business.

Similarly, PNC’s Code of Business Conduct and Ethics and ethics-related policies provide important guidance for conducting daily business activities, including complying with laws, managing and reporting conflicts of interest, upholding fair dealing and protecting confidential information.

The company does not tolerate unethical or inappropriate behavior and also incorporated a risk management section into its performance reviews to ensure that all employees remain focused on and accountable for the ethical and risk implications of their work.

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Anti-Corruption

PNC has a strict Anti-Corruption Policy that prohibits its employees from engaging in or tolerating bribery or any other form of corruption. PNC’s Anti-Corruption Policy states that all employees must comply with all applicable anti-bribery laws, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Bank Bribery Act, the United Kingdom’s Bribery Act and Canada’s Corruption of Public Officials Act. It also states that violations of these laws can result in serious consequences, up to and including criminal and civil penalties, and specifically prohibits the following:

  • Bribing a government employee/government official
  • Bribing a private party
  • Accepting a bribe
  • Failing to prevent a bribe
  • Failing to maintain accurate records of expenditures and proper expenditure authorization

Employees are required to complete ethics training when their employment commences and annually thereafter.

Ethics training provides an overview of the Code and ethics policies, including PNC’s Anti-Corruption Policy. Training is updated regularly to reflect changes in PNC’s business and in laws and regulations. The Code and all ethics policies are available to employees through the company intranet. The Corporate Ethics Office serves as a valuable resource to employees, ensuring that the company’s ethics policies are enforced and providing further guidance on ethical matters. PNC has a defined set of procedures for employees to follow should they suspect that an employee or third party is violating these policies. The Business Conduct and Ethics Hotline, which employees may choose to use anonymously, is available 24/7 to report concerns. In addition, PNC’s Code of Business Conduct and Ethics expressly prohibits retaliation for good faith reporting.

Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), Anti-Money Laundering (AML) & Sanctions Program

PNC strictly complies with all applicable laws and regulations regarding sanctions, money laundering, terrorist financing and other financial crimes.

Further, PNC has a written BSA/AML and Sanctions Compliance Program approved by its Board of Directors. This program includes a system of internal controls for reporting BSA-related information and for preventing, detecting and reporting sanctions violations, money laundering, terrorist financing, and other financial crimes and suspicious activity in a timely manner.

The Risk Committee of the Board of Directors has appointed an enterprise-wide BSA/AML Compliance Officer who serves as PNC’s primary point of contact with PNC’s regulatory authorities on AML and sanctions matters and oversees PNC’s compliance with BSA/AML and sanctions requirements.

All PNC employees are required to complete annual AML, BSA and sanctions compliance training, which also includes details on identifying and escalating unusual or suspicious activity.

Finally, PNC’s Internal Audit Department coordinates and conducts an independent review and validation of the BSA/AML and Sanctions Compliance Program.

Ethical Sales Practices

PNC’s culture and business philosophy are predicated on understanding the financial objectives and needs of our customers and then providing product and service options that fit those objectives and needs. While sales are important to PNC, as they are to any bank, the overall customer experience and maintaining the trust of our customers, as well as other stakeholders, are fundamental to our long-term success.

Our sales programs reflect our overarching commitment to our customers. At PNC, sales goals define what we believe is achievable - not what must be achieved regardless of customer desires or circumstances. These goals are developed in partnership across distribution, product management and marketing, and we strive to ensure that the goals set for a particular geographic market, region or branch take into consideration local opportunity, market competition, and PNC’s staffing and market presence, among other factors.

Ethical Sales Practices

Our sales programs reflect our overarching commitment to our customers. At PNC, sales goals define what we believe is achievable - not what must be achieved regardless of customer desires or circumstances.

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Our Anti-Corruption Policy Prohibits:

  • Bribing a government employee/government official
  • Bribing a private party
  • Accepting a bribe
  • Failing to prevent a bribe
  • Failing to maintain accurate records of expenditures and proper expenditure authorization.


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Recognized for our Efforts

Corporate Awards & Recognition

High-Performance Franchise

  • Most Admired Companies (superregional banks), Fortune (2017)
  • Fortune 200 company (2016)

Diversity & Inclusion

  • "Best-of-the-Best" Top 30 Corporations for Inclusion, National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce/National Business Inclusion Consortium (2016)
  • One of the Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign (2016)
  • Top 50 Companies for Executive Women, National Association for Female Executives (2016)
  • Diversity Leader Award, Profiles in Diversity Journal (2015)
  • Top 10 Regional Companies for Diversity, DiversityInc (2016)
  • Top 25 U.S. ERG & Diversity Councils, Association of Diversity Councils (2015)
  • Top 50 Employers, CAREERS & disABLED (2015)

Employer of Choice

  • Great Workplace Award for Employee Engagement, Gallup (2016)
  • 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers, Working Mother (2016)
  • 2020 Women on Boards Winning "W" Company, 2020 Women on Boards (2015)
  • Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles®, National Business Group on Health® (2015)

Military & Veteran Support

  • Top 100 Military-Friendly Companies, G.I. Jobs (2016)
  • Top Veteran-Friendly Companies, U.S. Veterans (2016)
  • Top 25 Military-Friendly Supplier Diversity Programs, National Association for Veteran-Owned Businesses (2016)

Community

  • Community Reinvestment Award, Excellence in Cross-Sector Community & Collaboration Development for PNC’s Grow Up Great Early Education Initiative (2014)
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Awards, Best Commitment to Education (2014)
  • Outstanding CRA Rating

Environmental

  • Net-Zero Energy Certification (PNC's net-zero energy branch in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), International Living Future Institute (2016)
  • Game Changer Award for Project Finance Innovation, Canadian Solar Industries Association (2016)
  • Leader in Climate Disclosure, Carbon Disclosure Project (2015)