Fair, legally compliant and respectful conduct towards employees, business partners and the public are the cornerstone of corporate responsibility, which in the end creates the basis of trust for the sustainable business success of GEA.
To help guide employees in their day-to-day work, GEA, in cooperation with the European as well as Group’s Work Council, has drawn up very clear rules in the new “Code of Corporate Responsibility” (CoCR). The code gives form to the company’s values and contains the basic rules for their implementation. In these, GEA commits uncompromisingly to respecting human rights, to fair business practices and to the protection of the environment.
As of March 2019, the Code of Corporate Responsibility fully replaces the Codes of Conduct which had been in place as of 2007. The updated code is based on ISO 26000 Guidance on social responsibility.
A professional whistleblower system is an effective tool for ensuring and monitoring compliance with the principles of social responsibility and compliance rules. Since 2014, GEA has offered its employees and third parties the certified Business Keeper Monitoring System (BKMS), a secure portal that may be used for reporting such violations.
The integrity system does not constitute a general platform for voicing complaints. It embraces selected reporting categories that imply particular risks to the company, its employees and any other stakeholders. These categories include corruption, fraud and breach of trust, money-laundering, violations of antitrust and competition law, export control regulations, data protection as well as accounting regulations. Breaches of the principles of social responsibility come under a distinct reporting category that also includes reports on potential human rights violations.