Fighting corruption and promoting the rule of law – that is the main content of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 of the United Nations.
To ensure compliance, we follow an approach comprising three elements: prevention, identification and response.
In 2016 we introduced our “Compliance-based Corporate Culture” initiative to prevent misconduct from happening in the first place. With this initiative, we offer all employees compliance training and online learning opportunities, for example, and thereby strengthen our compliance culture. Above and beyond this, our employees can take advantage of the “Ask me!” advice portal to get tips and help on the right way to act in uncertain situations.
Using our whistleblower portal “Tell me!”, anyone can report potential compliance violations anonymously. Tip-offs are treated as strictly confidential and reviewed by specially trained employees.
We have clear rules on what is allowed and what isn’t. Misconduct is not tolerated. We thoroughly investigate every tip-off. If a suspicion is confirmed, we initiate appropriate measures.
In Germany alone, around 3,000 employees took part in “Speak Up!” training courses in 2019. Owing to the coronavirus pandemic, no “Speak Up!” sessions were held in 2020.