Along with the performance of our employees, reliable social framework conditions, fair and trusting cooperation with partners, and an appreciative relationship with our natural environment are essential to the success of the Salzgitter Group.
For this reason, it is important to observe generally accepted basic values in our dealings with other people and companies, to comply with the law and to behave fairly towards people and nature. In short: We act responsibly at all times.
In addition to the legal requirements for corporate governance and the recommendations of the German Corporate Governance Code, we have developed the mission statement "YOUNITED" for our Group. Among other things, employees from all Group companies and hierarchical levels have defined a common set of values. It includes values such as reliability, fairness and sustainability.
Our Executive Board has defined a set of clear principles of conduct for all employees of the Group in the form of a Code of Conduct. They provide guidance in our daily work, which is to be aligned to these principles. These include lawful conduct and ethical behavior, a commitment to fair and honest competition, the rejection of all forms of corruption as well as respect for internationally recognized human rights. It also serves to promote trusting cooperation and honest dealings among employees and with business partners.
The rules of the Code of Conduct form a core element of the Salzgitter Group's corporate culture. The Group's Corporate Compliance Guideline obligates all Group employees to comply with the law and internal guidelines and provides them with concrete rules of conduct for the prevention of corruption, correct behavior in terms of antitrust and competition law, and for the avoidance of money laundering risks.
Our compliance training program provides all employees with the necessary knowledge on corruption prevention, competition/antitrust law and money laundering prevention to better identify and avoid the risk of violations in relation to their assigned tasks and areas of responsibility.
The legal departments of the Salzgitter Group are available to all Group companies and employees as contacts in legal matters and guarantee comprehensive legal advice.
Employee communication tools are used to continuously raise awareness of compliance-relevant issues among all Group employees.
The whistleblower system of the Salzgitter Group gives everyone the opportunity to point out violations of the law and misconduct.
Appropriate sanctions are applied in response to any violations identified. Improvement measures are taken to prevent recurrence.
The compliance reporting system ensures that the Executive Board is kept up to date on compliance events. The Executive Board and the Supervisory Board are also regularly informed about the further development of the compliance management system and significant compliance events at the Salzgitter Group.
All Group employees, business partners and anyone else affected by the activities of the Salzgitter Group can contact the Salzgitter Group's reporting offices to submit information. "Fair together." offers the opportunity to point out violations of the law or other circumstances through which people, the environment, Salzgitter AG or one of its Group companies are harmed, unjustly disadvantaged or natural resources unlawfully impaired in connection with the economic activities of the Salzgitter Group or one of its suppliers. Reports can generally be submitted in German or English. Reports in other languages are accepted by e-mail or letter.
Confidentiality and anonymity
All tips are treated confidentially. The information they contain about persons and facts is accessible internally only to those employees who need it to process the case.
Anonymous reports can be made by letter or to the ombudswoman. The ombudswoman will not disclose the identity of the whistleblower or other parties involved to the Salzgitter Group at the whistleblower's request.
Frequently, inquiries arise regarding tips received. We are grateful to whistleblowers who give us the opportunity to contact them. Accordingly, we ask whistleblowers to provide us with their contact information. If anonymity is to be maintained, we ask that you contact us via the ombudswoman so that we can make inquiries.
No disadvantages for whistleblowers
No whistleblower who reports information that he or she could reasonably trust to be correct when making the report need fear any disadvantage. The protection of Salzgitter Group employees who provide information is specifically regulated in the Group's Corporate Compliance Guideline.
Reporting inaccurate information may unfairly expose affected individuals and companies to suspicion. Therefore, please handle the opportunity to provide information responsibly.
Every whistleblower who gives us the opportunity to contact him or her will receive confirmation within seven days that his or her report has been received. After three months at the latest, we inform the whistleblower about planned follow-up measures and those already taken. Every report is checked for validity by the responsible Compliance Office. The underlying facts are clarified either by the Group Internal Audit department of Salzgitter AG or by the management of the Group company concerned, if necessary with the support of the responsible legal department. Once the facts of the matter have been clarified, the management of the Group company concerned decides on the measures to be taken.
For more detailed information on data protection and the processing of your personal data within the whistleblower system, please refer to our Whistleblower System – Data Privacy.
Group Legal Department of Salzgitter AG