Our founders established the firm in 1976 based on these beliefs, as well as their own unique partnership and lifelong friendship. The same core values are ingrained in the organization today. Not only are they well-understood throughout the firm, they are also fundamental to how we recruit, evaluate and reward people.

Teamwork is at the heart of how we operate. We pride ourselves on our one-firm approach, working proactively and collaboratively across businesses and geographies to achieve the best possible results. We continually look for ways to help one another, no matter the issue or where the opportunity resides. In keeping with this approach, every person at KKR is an owner of our firm and shares in our success. We subscribe to the ethos that we can achieve much more collectively than any of us could individually.

We conduct ourselves with Integrity in everything we do. Our reputations — as individuals and as a firm — are paramount. Our word is our bond — we say what we mean and we do what we say we will do. As a learning organization, we are self- critical — acknowledging our mistakes and trying always to learn from them.

People do business with people they like and trust. As a Relationship-Driven firm, we are deeply committed to building and sustaining long-term partnerships — internally and externally — grounded in trust and transparency. We know it takes years to build a strong partnership, while one can be ruined in just a few minutes. We work hard to understand and align the interests of all stakeholders, and we treat others as we would like to be treated — with fairness, compassion and respect. We believe that “arrogance kills” and has no place at KKR.

We readily accept Accountability for our actions, inactions and decisions, both individually and as a firm. We also embrace the implied responsibilities of our one-firm approach: the obligation to speak up and say what we think and to respect and listen to those who do the same. We also have the fortitude to say “no,” even at the eleventh hour. We deliver on our commitments — to our stake- holders, our partners and one another.

We constantly strive to be Innovative — questioning accepted wisdom, creating new ideas and new approaches, and never resting on our laurels. We are self-starters with a “can-do” approach and a willingness to take prudent risks. We work passionately to retain the entrepreneurial spirit that created our firm and to fight against politics and bureaucracy.

In our pursuit of Excellence, we aspire to be the best at what we do and lead by example. We set high standards — each of us as individuals and the firm as whole — and consistently try to exceed them. We attract self-motivated, highly capable, results-oriented people and invest heavily in their development. We strive for diversity, recognizing that people with different backgrounds, experi- ences, and perspectives make us a stronger and more effective organization. Our focus on impact and results creates a vibrant and meritocratic environment, directly linking individual performance with the firm’s success.