Faced with unsettled markets and unsettling events, in 2001 the people of Goldman Sachs continued to develop successful strategies and execute transactions with our clients. We did so in the same way that our predecessors at Goldman Sachs faced the unprecedented challenges of their timesby building on the foundation of values embodied in our fourteen Business Principles.
These Principles reflect a set of ethics that have become ingrained in our firm's character over more than 130 years. They serve as the bedrock of our determination to provide clients with our industry's premier counsel and services. For our shareholders, they remain an enduring source of confidence.
The Business Principles characterize not only the high standards and aspirations of the people who built this firm, but of our people today. If we do what is right, and apply our Principles as the examples on the following pages demonstrate, we believe that the people of Goldman Sachs will continue to be known for their commitment, their excellence and their integrity.