Code of Ethics & Business Conduct
Advance Auto Parts, or the “Company” or “Advance,” is a leader in the automotive aftermarket industry.
The following information outlines the key principles of our Code of Ethics & Business Conduct, or
“Code.” Our Code provides information and guidance on our commitment to being honest and ethical in all
of our business dealings. Some parts of the Code may be more relevant to certain individuals or functions
than others. However, all Team Members, officers and directors, as well as other interested parties, should
be aware of the entire Code of Ethics & Business Conduct because our reputation rests on each and every
one of us complying with our high ethical standards.
The Code is neither a contract nor a comprehensive manual intended to cover every situation that might
Why We Have a Code
Our stockholders, our vendors, our Team Members, and, most importantly, our customers expect and
demand that we conduct our business with the highest degree of honesty and integrity. Advance Auto Parts
is committed to meeting these expectations. As a result, we expect and require all of our Team Members,
including our officers and directors, and any parties with whom we do business to conduct themselves in
accordance with the highest ethical standards.
The Code is designed to assist our Team Members, officers and directors with understanding their ethical
responsibilities and to highlight key issues and identify policies and resources to help them make decisions
that will reflect well on themselves, their teams and Advance Auto Parts. Further guidance on particular
issues may be found in other company documents such as the Team Member Handbook, and/or specific
departmental policies and procedures.
Who Must Follow Our Code
The reputation and integrity of Advance Auto Parts depends on the honorable actions of our Team
Members; therefore, each and every Team Member must maintain the highest standards of personal and
business conduct. Individuals at all levels of our Company are expected to know and follow our Code and
to conduct themselves consistent with the highest ethical standards, including:
This Code supersedes and replaces all previous codes of conduct or similar policies provided to Team
Members, including all codes issued by companies who have been acquired by or merged with Advance.
Any references to Company or Advance include all subsidiaries and affiliates of Advance Auto Parts.
- All employees and officers of Advance and its wholly-owned subsidiaries (our Team Members)
- All members of the Advance Board of Directors
- Any parties who conduct business with or on behalf of Advance
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Key Principles of Our Code
We must be honest and truthful in all of our dealings and relationships with our customers, our vendors,
our stockholders, our fellow Team Members and any other person or entity with whom we come into
- Fair Dealing
We must be fair and professional in all of our business dealings, including our dealings with our
customers, our vendors and suppliers, our fellow Team Members and our competitors. We must never
take advantage of anyone we do business with through manipulation, concealment, misuse of
confidential information, giving or accepting bribes or kickbacks, antitrust violations, misrepresentation
of material facts or any other unfair or dishonest business practice.
- Respect and Human Rights
We must treat each of our Team Members, customers, vendors, suppliers and any
other parties with whom we do business with dignity and respect. Team Members must be provided a
work environment that is safe and free from discrimination or harassment of any type. Advance strictly
prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual
orientation, gender identity or any other legally protected status. This applies to all areas of employment, including hiring, training, advancement, compensation, discipline and termination.
Advance believes that dignity and respect are fundamental rights of every individual and is committed to upholding basic human rights in all areas of our business. We do not condone human trafficking, forced labor, child labor, harassment or abuse of any kind, and we expect our vendors and others with whom we do business to operate consistently with these principles.
- Compliance With Laws
We must comply with all federal, state and local laws and regulations that apply to our business,
including insider trading laws. If there is any uncertainty about what is required by the law or our
company policies, further guidance should be sought without delay.
- Accurate Company Records and Public Disclosure
All company information and records, financial or otherwise, and all company disclosures and public
communications must accurately reflect transactions and events, be consistently applied, and conform
to both required accounting and reporting principles and Advance Auto Parts’ systems of internal
controls and policies.
- Conflicts of Interest
Business decisions must be based on the best interests of Advance Auto Parts and its stockholders, and
may not be motivated by personal considerations or relationships. Team Members are required to
disclose to their supervisors any transaction or relationship that may create an actual or perceived
conflict of interest. Officers and directors are required to disclose to the Chair of the Nominating and
Corporate Governance Committee of the Board of Directors or our General Counsel any transaction or
relationship that may create an actual or perceived conflict of interest..
- Corporate Opportunities
Team Members, officers and directors are prohibited from (a) taking for themselves personally any business opportunities that are discovered through the use of company property, information or position, (b) inappropriate use of company property, information or position for personal gain, and/or (c) competing with Advance Auto Parts.
- Confidential and Proprietary Information
We must properly use and protect the confidential and proprietary information of Advance Auto Parts,
as well as that of our customers, our fellow Team Members, and our vendors and other business
partners. Only those Team Members with a “need to know” should have access to confidential company information. Confidential information may only be disclosed to third parties as authorized or
- Protection of Company Assets
We must protect the assets of the company from loss, theft, damage, carelessness and waste. Company
assets and property may only be used for legitimate business purposes and with proper authorization
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Code of Ethics Violations
The Company has developed and communicated reporting procedures and systems to encourage all Team
Members, officers, directors and other interested parties to ask questions about the Code or to report a
violation. These systems include:
- Chain of command reporting options described in our Team Member Handbook;
- Contacting the appropriate Human Resources and/or Asset Protection partner; and/or
- Contacting the Advance Auto Parts Team Member Hotline by telephone (1-800-277-2900) or online
(www.ethicspoint.com). The anonymity of callers using the Team Member hotline will be respected.
Questions and complaints will be handled in an appropriate, prompt and confidential manner. Advance
Auto Parts will not retaliate and strictly prohibits retaliation against any party for reporting in good faith
any suspected violation of the Code, or any other company policy/procedure or federal, state or local law or
regulation. Similar protection extends to anyone giving information in relation to an investigation
conducted by Advance Auto Parts or a governmental agency.
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of the Code of Ethics & Business Conduct
Advance Auto Parts will promptly and thoroughly investigate all complaints of Code violations. Violations
of the Code by Team Members, officers or directors will result in discipline, up to and including
termination of employment or removal from office. Violations of this Code by vendors, suppliers or other
outside parties may result in termination of their relationship(s) with Advance Auto Parts. If applicable, the
Company may also pursue civil or criminal prosecution.
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Advance Auto Parts strictly prohibits any and all retaliation against Team Members or other individuals
who in good faith report possible violations of our Code. Any such retaliation will result in discipline up to
and including termination of employment, removal from office and all other appropriate remedial action.
A waiver of an action or conduct by any officer or director of Advance Auto Parts which is contrary to or
would otherwise constitute a violation of this Code may be made only by the Nominating and Corporate
Governance Committee of the Advance Board of Directors and will be promptly disclosed to stockholders.
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