Our Code of Conduct
The Code of Conduct is underpinned by additional Group policies such as the Anti-Corruption Policy, which provides clear instructions on how to handle gifts, benefits and offers of hospitality. The Competition Compliance Policy prohibits agreements with competitors.
The Code of Conduct has been an integral part of our corporate culture since 2006, bonding us together across divisions and regions around the world.
It is guided by the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the principles of the UN Global Compact and those of the 1998 International Labour Organization (ILO) Declaration on the Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, as well as the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.
The Code of Conduct, which establishes the expectation of ethical behavior for our staff, provides the guiding principle for all of our company’s business practices.
Key principles and Group policies
Supplier Code of Conduct
The Supplier Code of Conduct is included in all procurement contracts concluded since 2008. It obliges suppliers to adhere to ethical and ecological standards and explicitly embraces, for example the prohibition of child and forced labor and the preservation of general human rights.
Furthermore, suppliers undertake to comply with the applicable regulations related to the environment, labor, and occupational health as laid out in the internationally accepted anti-bribery standards of the UN Global Compact and in local anti-corruption and anti-bribery laws. Suppliers also pledge to eschew every form of discrimination based on race, religion, disability, age, sexual orientation or gender.
Group policies for download
|Code of Conduct||PDF (625 kB)|
|Supplier Code of Conduct (SCoC)||PDF (misc. languages)
Interactive SCoC (English,
Chinese or Spanish version)
|Corporate Diversity & Inclusion Statement||PDF (16 kB)|
|Corporate Health Policy||PDF (152 kB)|
|Declaration of Conformity with the German Corporate Governance Code||Investor Relations|
|Environmental and Energy Policy||PDF (153 kB)|
|Occupational Health & Safety Policy Statement||PDF (521 kB)|
|Paper Policy||PDF (74 kB)|
|Road Safety Code||PDF (97 kB)|
|Stakeholder Engagement Guideline||PDF (64 kB)|