|We are managed under the direction of our Board of Directors. We currently have ten directors, including nine independent, non-employee directors. All of our directors are elected annually for a one year term. Our Board presently has four committees: the Audit Committee, the Compensation Committee, the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee and the Executive Committee. Our Board of Directors has adopted written charters for each committee.
Ethics and integrity are fundamental to how Alliance Data conducts its business, and we invite you to read our Code of Ethics to learn more about our values and how Alliance Data associates put those values into practice every day. Our Board of Directors has also adopted Corporate Governance Guidelines and customized Codes of Ethics that apply to our Chief Financial Officer, other senior financial executives and members of our Board of Directors.
Alliance Data provides its stakeholders with access to the Ethics & Compliance Helpline, an independent, third-party service giving stakeholders the ability to confidentially report conduct that appears to be illegal, unethical or otherwise inconsistent with our Code of Ethics. The Helpline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and callers can choose to remain anonymous. The toll-free Ethics & Compliance Helpline number is 1-877-217-6218.
In order to supplement our ongoing compliance efforts, in 2005 Alliance Data created the Enterprise Compliance Council. This cross-functional council acts to unite the company's compliance initiatives in a way that allows us to intelligently address regulatory and other demands while preserving our ability to focus on our Mission and Vision.