The whist­le­b­lower sys­tem ser­ves to imple­ment Direc­ti­ve (EU) 2019/1937 on the pro­tec­tion of per­sons who report inf­rin­ge­ments of Uni­on law (so-called “Whist­le­b­lower Direc­ti­ve”) in the form of the natio­nal Whist­le­b­lower Pro­tec­tion Act (“HinschG”) pro­mul­ga­ted on 02.06.2023. From 17 Decem­ber 2023 at the latest, all com­pa­nies with more than 50 employees are obli­ged to set up and ope­ra­te inter­nal report­ing chan­nels or whist­le­b­lower sys­tems. By means of this whist­le­b­lo­wing sys­tem, employees of a com­pa­ny, sup­pli­ers, appli­cants and other per­sons asso­cia­ted with the com­pa­ny can report open or anony­mous infor­ma­ti­on about vio­la­ti­ons of the com­pa­ny against the regu­la­ti­ons spe­ci­fied in the HinschG under § 2 HinschG.

The com­pa­ny is not allo­wed to nega­tively dis­ad­van­ta­ge the whist­le­b­lo­wers in any way.

In addi­ti­on, this whist­le­b­lower sys­tem is also sui­ta­ble for report­ing vio­la­ti­ons of the Sup­p­ly Chain Due Dili­gence Act in accordance with § 8 LkSG.