Integrity and compliant conduct enjoy top priority at Wintershall Dea. A strong Compliance organisation ensures that this standard is met day after day.
We want to strengthen the trust of our employees, stakeholders, business partners and shareholders for the long term. Our aim is therefore to comply with rules and the law in our conduct in every situation and relationship. Because we are convinced that a strong compliance culture is indispensable and makes a major contribution to achieving our corporate objectives.
Code of Conduct
The Code of Conduct forms the basis for our business activities and is of key importance both for the company and for all employees. That’s because it defines standards of conduct for our actions and offers all employees guidance for making the right decisions in daily business life. In addition to topics such as dealing with each other, the environment, safety requirements and information, it’s also about the right conduct with respect to invitations and gifts, conflicts of interest and on social media. It also provides information about who employees can contact if they have questions about the topics in the Code of Conduct, but also if they want to report violations of the Code of Conduct.
Both our employees and third parties have the opportunity to report potential compliance violations via our whistleblower portal SpeakUp. The report can be made in different languages, in total anonymity, either by telephone or via a secure website. Our Compliance department will verify the plausibility of every report received and, if necessary, contact the whistleblower via the SpeakUp portal. Whistleblowers can rest assured that their report will be treated confidentially and that Wintershall Dea will never make efforts to reveal the identity of an anonymous whistleblower. Persons who make reports in good faith will not suffer any disadvantages. Wintershall Dea encourages you to use SpeakUp as internal reporting channel - besides this, the EU Whistleblower Directive obliges the EU member states to have external whistleblower reporting channels established by competent authorities. In Germany, the external reporting channel of the federal government has now been established at the Federal Office of Justice (BfJ), and the existing reporting systems at the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) and the „Bundeskartellamt” (Federal Cartel Office) continue to operate for their specific areas of responsibility.
We consider respecting human rights as a central element of our corporate responsibility and implemented procedures to investigate complaints and reports and to deal with them appropriately. The document “Complaints procedure GSCA” describes the handling of complaints relating to human rights or environmental risks in accordance with the German Supply Chain Act (GSCA).
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Compliance is not just paying lip service for us, but rather an integral part of our corporate culture. We therefore take the topic very seriously.