A key function of the Code of Conduct is to make everyone in the company appropriately aware of applicable laws and corporate guidelines and to sensitize them to legal risks in their everyday work. The Code of Conduct summarizes laws and other rules that are of particular relevance to Bertelsmann companies and provides guidance.
As a binding guideline for legally compliant and ethically responsible action in our company, the Code of Conduct also defines the standard for responsible behaviour towards business partners and the public, but also in dealings with each other within the company. All in the company - employees, the Management Board and the Supervisory Board - are obliged to comply with the principles laid down in the Code.
The Code of Conduct comprises 20 principles, subdivided into the topics "Basic Requirements", "Dealing with Business Partners and Third Parties", "Handling Information" and "People and the Environment".
In addition, the Code of Conduct also provides guidance on appropriate decision-making and provides information on the speak-up procedures provided by the company, i.e. opportunities to seek advice, confidentially and securely express concerns about possible misconduct or to make suggestions for improving compliance processes.