The Heidelberg Group stands for integrity, reliability and fairness. For the Heidelberg Group, compliance means not only acting in accordance with applicable laws and internal regulations, but rather shaping the corporate culture. The integrity of Heidelberg Group’s employees, managers and governing bodies build the basis for the good image and reputation in the public and reflect also the trust into Heidelberg Group’s goods and services.
Each individual of the Heidelberg Group contributes to the long-term success of the company and job security by acting and behaving with integrity. Compliance misconducts as well as violations against applicable laws and internal regulations are strictly pursued and punished.
The Compliance Management System (CMS) of the Heidelberg Group is orientated towards the Auditing and Assurance Standard 980 of the Institute of Public Auditors in Germany, Incorporated Association (IDW). With its seven basic elements, it constitutes significant structural, organizational, process-related requirements in regard to the operational implementation in the Heidelberg Group. Therefore, the group-wide CMS includes measures, controls and processes to ensure that the day-to-day actions and decisions of Heidelberg Group’s employees, managers and governing bodies are compliant with applicable laws and regulations as well as internal values and guidelines. Hereby, a key focus lies on the compliance risk management, to identify, measure and manage risks at an early stage. Through thus, compliance misconducts or violations are identified early and prevented in a timely manner. Furthermore, the employees, managers and governing bodies of the Heidelberg-Group are advised and addressee-oriented trained.
The Group-wide compliance function is the responsibility of the Chief Financial Officer. Its tasks are performed by the Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) and the Compliance Office. They are supported in this by regional compliance officers based around the world.
For further questions please contact our Compliance Office.
The Code of Conduct of the Heidelberg Group builds the basis for the CMS of the Heidelberg Group. It is both a binding framework as well as orientation for day-to-day actions and decisions within the Heidelberg Group. Within this framework, each individual is called upon to take responsibility and to act with integrity, reliability and fairness. The managers of the Heidelberg Group are called upon to act as role models hereby and to support their employees in complying with our Code of Conduct.
The Heidelberg Group stands for free and fair competition in all business relationships with customers, suppliers, business partners, and competitors as well as for responsible and lawful day-to-day actions and decisions. Therefore, the Heidelberg Group's business partners are carefully selected and reviewed. These business relationships build the basis for the entrepreneurial success of the Heidelberg Group.
The Heidelberg Group expects its business partners to share and promote the values, principles, and policies of the Heidelberg Group. The Business Partner Code of Conduct of the Heidelberg Group serves as the basis for a compliance, continuous and long-term partnership. It stipulates an operational framework for the business partners of the Heidelberg Group for their day-to-day business actions and decisions.
The Heidelberg Group implemented direct and confiding reporting channels for its employees, customers, suppliers and business partners to disclose compliance misconducts or violations at an early stage and to be able to thoroughly investigate and clarify.
The Heidelberg Group provides various reporting channels to its internal and external whistleblowers. The ombudsman is the central point of contact. Through thus, the Heidelberg Group guarantees a direct, confiding and, if desired, anonymously reporting channel for employees, customers, suppliers and business partners to confide any compliance misconducts or violation. The protection of all internal and external whistleblowers is a matter of course for the Heidelberg Group.
Furthermore, compliance misconducts or violations can also be reported via the Management Board members, the employee representatives as well as managers to the compliance function, in particular to the Compliance Office and the global regional compliance officers.
The ombudsman is a neutral point of contact and he can be contacted by our employees, customers, suppliers and business partners on a confidential basis and, if desired, anonymously to confide any compliance misconducts or violations within the Heidelberg Group.
He is bound in his function as external attorney to his professional obligation to maintain confidentiality. Therefore, he is not allowed to forward any personal information without explicit permission of the whistleblower to the Heidelberg Group. The ombudsman decides after his own dutiful examination whether and to what extent he discloses any information submitted to him to the Heidelberg Group. The whistleblower will not be charged for using the ombudsman.
Ombudsman of the Heidelberg Group:
Attorney Felix Rettenmaier
60325 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Phone: +49 69 8740 30018
Vanessa Kerbusch, LL.M.
Legal Counsel/Compliance Manager
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
69168 Wiesloch, Germany
Phone: +49 (6222) 8267 113
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