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 raise awareness of legal risks in everyday working life. The Code of Conduct summarises 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 conduct in our company, the Code of Conduct also defines the standard for responsible behaviour towards business partners and the public, as well as in dealings with each other within the company. Everyone in the company - employees, Executive Board and Supervisory Board - is obliged to comply with the principles laid down in it.
The Code of Conduct comprises 21 principles, divided into the topics "Basic requirements", "Responsibility with business partners and third parties", "Content, information and finances".
In addition, the Code of Conduct also provides guidance on appropriate decision-making and information on the speak-up channels provided by the company, i.e. ways to seek advice or raise concerns about possible misconduct confidentially and safely.