Disclosures relevant to corporate management practices: compliance management system, environmental and quality management, energy management
DEUTZ AG has a compliance management system that is firmly anchored in the Company’s organisational structure. The system is continually enhanced in order to meet changing requirements. Dr Hiller is the member of the Board of Management responsible for compliance.
The overriding objective of the compliance management system is to use preventive measures to ensure that the business practices of DEUTZ AG and the internal regulations and policies are known across the Group. This is primarily achieved through a structured policy management system in which existing policies are reviewed on an ongoing basis to see if they need updating and new policies are published. The policy management system is based on the code of conduct, which provides a framework for ensuring that behaviour towards business partners and employees is fair and in compliance with the law. Employees can access the code of conduct via the internal communications platform. Third parties can view the code of conduct on the DEUTZ AG website. The guidelines set out in the code of conduct are formalised in specific policies, including a zero-tolerance policy, a policy on gifts and entertainment, a policy on engaging external sales service providers, an anti-money laundering policy and an insider trading policy, that help to ensure that employees are aware of the relevant laws and policies and are able to apply them correctly.
The Board of Management supports and promotes ethical conduct. It is unreservedly committed to corporate compliance and declines to be involved in any transactions that are inconsistent with these values. The Board of Management does not tolerate any form of corruption and is fully committed to compliance with competition law and to incorporating the notion of sustainability into the Company’s activities.
Training is intended to ensure that employees are aware of the relevant laws and corporate policies, and that they comply with them at all times in their day-to-day work. Salaried staff in the head-office sales, purchasing, research and development and administration units, as well as in the subsidiaries, generally receive annual training sessions that are specifically tailored to their areas of activity. In the production plants, compliance training takes place in conjunction with the regular safety training.
A Compliance Officer appointed by the Board of Management coordinates compliance activities at DEUTZ AG. The individual business units and subsidiaries have their own compliance coordinators, who are responsible for compliance in their organisations and submit regular structured reports in writing to the Compliance Officer, who in turn reports to the Board of Management and Audit Committee. The basic principles of the compliance organisation are described in rules of procedure. The duties of the relevant employees are set out in job descriptions.
Employees can supply information or direct questions to line managers, compliance coordinators, the Compliance Officer or the managers responsible for the legal affairs or internal audit units. Furthermore, since the beginning of 2017, the DEUTZ AG website has featured a whistleblowing system that can also be accessed by non-employees. Any information supplied is rigorously followed up. Any necessary investigations are carried out by internal audit, with external support if required.
Regular meetings are held to develop, discuss and coordinate compliance initiatives. These activities focus on preventing corruption, tackling money laundering and complying with export regulations (including export controls). They also ensure safety in the workplace, IT & data security, corporate security and product safety. A further aim is to prevent breaches of environmental, antitrust and insider trading laws.
As and when needed, the Board of Management and the Compliance Officer take legal advice on establishing and continuously improving the compliance management system. In 2017, the compliance system was reviewed with assistance from an external consultancy in order to gather information for the system’s future refinement. The internal audit department reviews the activities, and the Audit Committee monitors them on behalf of the Supervisory Board.
Compliance activities during the year under review again centred on the continuation and stepping up of regular staff training (including for staff at affiliated companies abroad), focusing on the code of conduct, money laundering, gifts, commission, export controls, competition law and contract law. A further focus was the delivery of training courses via a web-based e-learning programme, which featured modules on antitrust law, data security and prevention of corruption.
In 2017, almost 1,100 employees took part in classroom-based training and around 1,800 employees successfully completed all or individual modules of the e-learning programme.
As part of the ongoing review of our organisational policies, we revised the policy on inhouse continuing professional development and the policy on conformity rules for engines destined for the EU or US market.
Another essential element of corporate management at DEUTZ AG is rigorous environmental, quality and energy management. In the year under review, DEUTZ AG continued to satisfy the quality management requirements in accordance with ISO 9001, the environmental management requirements in accordance with ISO 14001 and the energy management requirements in accordance with ISO 50001. The relevant certificates from TÜV Rheinland can be found on the DEUTZ website.
All standards set by the Deutsches Institut für Normung e.V., Berlin (DIN) can be inspected free of charge at DIN standards repositories.