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OCC Purpose, Mission, and Values


We ensure confidence in the financial markets and broader economy.


We promote stability and market integrity through effective and efficient clearance settlement and risk management services while providing thought leadership and education to market participants and the public about the prudent use of products we clear.


We take pride in our collaborative workplace – a workplace that fosters respect for each other’s views and perceptions in order to achieve better outcomes.

INNOVATION & AGILITY:  We lead and embrace change

We are curious and creative with each other and stakeholders
We welcome challenges and learn from successes and failures
We anticipate market trends and respond quickly to changing needs
We are innovators

STEWARDSHIP:  We serve industry participants and the greater public interest

We understand our duty to ensure sound markets
We connect our actions to their impact on the financial market
We promote resiliency in ourselves, our systems and the markets we serve

COLLABORATION:  We build success together

We are one team focused on achieving the goals of the organization
We strive to build trusting relationships with our peers and external partners
We communicate and collaborate across areas to maximize our results
We take ownership for our personal growth and development


We take the initiative and strive to be an industry leader
We are accountable for living our values
We ask questions and seek to fully understand what is expected of us
We honor our word and we follow through with our commitments

ETHICS AND INTEGRITY:  We do the right thing

We are transparent, honest and candid
We act with integrity in everything we do
We identify concerns and raise them until they are adequately addressed
We embrace and follow the spirit of all rules and regulations


OCC is committed to achieving a diverse workforce through application of its equal opportunity policy. OCC provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, national origin, ancestry, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity and/or expression, or as otherwise protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws.

This web site discusses exchange-traded options issued by The Options Clearing Corporation. No statement in this web site is to be construed as an endorsement, recommendation or solicitation to purchase or sell a security, or to provide investment advice. Options involve risk and are not suitable for all investors. Prior to buying or selling an option, a person must receive a copy of the disclosure document, Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options. Individuals should not enter into option transactions until they have read and understood this document. To obtain copies, contact your broker, any exchange on which options are traded, or The Options Clearing Corporation, 125 S. Franklin Street, Suite 1200, Chicago, IL 60606 (investorservices@theocc.com).