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2022 Corporate Responsibility Report

Values and Guiding Principles

Corporate responsibility (CR) is based on shared values. Our fundamental values are defined in binding Guiding Principles. We have made these Principles part of the everyday work of our employees through a variety of measures, such as reviews, updates, and our annual “Living Culture Day”. And the measures have been successful. According to our pulse survey to determine employee satisfaction in November 2022, 80 percent of our employees agree that the Guiding Principles are actually being applied to our everyday work (previous year: 79 percent). The corresponding agreement figure among our executive staff was even higher, at 88 percent.

We want to ensure that everyone in our Group and with our partner companies knows how to act responsibly and respect human rights. Our Code of Conduct, our policy statement Code of Human Rights & Social Principles, and our Supplier Code of Conduct all serve to this end. The Codes also serve as the basis for our compliance management system, which guarantees that our business activities are in compliance with laws and regulations.

Reporting against standards


Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) 

  • GRI 2-23 (General Disclosures)

Global Compact

  • Principle 1 (Support and respect for internationally proclaimed human rights)
  • Principle 2 (No complicity in human rights abuses)
  • Principle 3 (Uphold freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining)
  • Principle 4 (Elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labor)
  • Principle 5 (Abolition of child labor)
  • Principle 6 (Elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation)
  • Principle 8 (Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility)