Compliance or adherence to rules is more complex today than ever before. In the global environment, legal challenges are constantly growing. That is why we are constantly adapting our processes and systems to the legal framework. To emphasize the importance of compliance with the law, we have established it as a corporate principle: “We comply with applicable law and internal policies.” Compliance is therefore an integral part of our corporate culture. We operate a compliance management system that enables you as a customer, business partner or company employee to act according to uniform and binding structures.

In order to comply with our corporate principle, it is important to identify potential misconduct at an early stage. We achieve this by, among other things, reporting possible compliance violations to us.

A compliance violation occurs if applicable law or internal guidelines are violated by or towards our employees in Germany or abroad in the course of their official duties. Such offenses include, for example, corruption offenses, competition and antitrust offenses, data protection offenses, and offenses in accounting, finance and taxation. To detect and prevent compliance violations, we rely on our employees as well as our customers and business partners. If you notice signs of a compliance violation, you can report them through a variety of channels. Whichever way you choose, we assure you that every report will be treated in strict confidence – anonymously if you wish.

Compliance Team

If you would like to report indications of compliance violations or have any questions about compliance, please contact our compliance team.

Grossgartacher Street 61
74080 Heilbronn

External Compliance Counsel

We invite you to direct your concerns to our external compliance counsel, Dr. Margarete von Galen. You may contact her at any time and report information on potential company-related or employment-related criminal acts and offenses. We assure you that Dr. von Galen will carefully review the details of your report and forward your report to our compliance officer if there is concrete evidence indicating a compliance violation.

As our external compliance counsel, Dr. von Galen is bound to professional secrecy. She will only forward your personal information to us with your express consent.

You may contact Dr. von Galen as follows:

Dr. Margarete Gräfin von Galen
Specialist lawyer for criminal law
Mommsenstraße 45
10629 Berlin, Germany
Phone +49 (0)30 – 3101820
Fax +49 (0)30 – 31018220

Please be assured that we will handle all indications of compliance violations with utmost care and in strict confidentiality and act on any confirmed misconduct in a firm and appropriate manner. Please note that matters bearing no relation to non-compliance will not be dealt with.