In 2020, we continued the regular audits of our compliance management system that began in 2010 in accordance with audit standard 980 of the Institute of Public Auditors in Germany, with “anti-corruption” as its main emphasis. This is how we aim to constantly ensure that we can confront risks of corruption consistently and have established effective processes in the company.
Between 2016 and 2018, we verified compliance management at a total of 25 German and international companies. A new audit cycle began in 2020: Nine audits were carried out at German companies in the reporting year. 14 international companies will follow in 2021. The audit focuses on processes that are exposed to an increased risk of corruption, for example, in procurement, sales, events, donations, sponsorships, and human resources.
For the companies audited in 2020, auditors again confirmed the appropriateness, functionality and effectiveness of the compliance management system. Please see the relevant audit reports for details.