The AEP Board of Directors has assigned responsibility for monitoring and overseeing the company’s sustainability initiatives to the Board’s Committee on Directors and Corporate Governance. This is the fifth year AEP has integrated its sustainability reporting with financial reporting. The Committee fully supports this approach. Stakeholders have expressed approval and appreciation for AEP’s leadership with this integrated approach to corporate reporting.
Throughout the year, the Committee and company management reviewed the company’s sustainability objectives, challenges, targets and progress. The Committee reviewed and discussed the final text of this report before recommending its approval by the full Board of Directors.
The AEP Board of Directors receives frequent reports both from management and from the Committee on Directors and Corporate Governance about the company’s sustainability initiatives and from management and Board committees about the company’s financial reporting and economic performance. Topics in this report have been the subject of active discussion at the Board and Committee meetings. All members of the Board reviewed the report in detail and at the conclusion of this review process the Board of Directors adopted a formal resolution approving the report.
The Board believes this document is a reasonable and transparent presentation of the company’s plans and of its environmental, social and financial performance. The Board has emphasized to management that it will continue to be evaluated by its success in executing the company’s strategic plan to meet stakeholders’ and the Board’s expectations, including being agile in responding to changing circumstances while respecting the commitments in this report.
Thomas E, Hoaglin
Lead Director of the AEP Board of Directors
April 7, 2014