In 2018, we once again had our compliance management system certified with a focus on anti-corruption measures. This is our way of ensuring that we can confront risks consistently and that we have established effective processes in the company. Three further international companies were certified in 2018 (2017: 12 companies; 2016: 10).
The certification focused on processes in Procurement, Sales, HR, and Mergers & Acquisitions, as well as on events, donations, and sponsorships. The potential danger of corruption is greatest in these areas. The auditors completed their audit of the effectiveness of our compliance management system, and the system passed with flying colors. We document details regarding audit content and corporate departments that have undergone anti-corruption audits in our audit report.
Certificates and audit assessments play an ever-increasing role, for instance in bidding processes and decisions to award bids, offering a clear advantage whenever we are in competition with other companies. External auditors previously certified our compliance management system with a focus on anti-corruption measures and anti-trust law in 2010 and 2013.