In the event of a significant violation of our requirements, we initiate an escalation process.
The escalation process comes into effect whenever a supplier refuses to meet our sustainability requirements in full and to our satisfaction. The procurement organization is primarily responsible for the process, with the GCR unit always on hand to offer advice and support. If the focused discussions held with the relevant supplier on various levels during the escalation process do not lead to the desired outcome, the last resort is to involve the Board of Management. The Board will then make the final decision about how to proceed with the supplier. In the worst case, this could lead to the business relationship with the supplier being terminated.
If someone in our supply chain identifies irregularities regarding compliance with laws, internal guidelines, and standards of conduct, they can report these anonymously using our Tell me! portal, which is publicly accessible to all our stakeholders.