What is compliance

"Compliance" means observing rules and laws. The FAUN Compliance Organisation helps to explain rules, to observe them in everyday life and to control them. In this way we can reduce possible risks to a minimum.


Guiding principle of the KIRCHHOFF GROUP

"The employees:inside the KIRCHHOFF Group undertake to act at all times in accordance with the applicable national and international guidelines and conventions on business ethics and social responsibility."

Code of Conduct


This Code of Conduct is based on the corporate values of KIRCHHOFF Ecotec GmbH, which form the basis of our culture.
Values influence our daily behaviour.

The present Code of Conduct is a more concrete addition to this.
The Code of Conduct does not claim to be exhaustive. This means that there will always be a number of situations where the guidelines are not sufficient and where staff members need to rely on the values and common sense or seek advice.
This Code of Conduct applies to KIRCHHOFF Ecotec GmbH and the companies of the FAUN Group, ZOELLER Group, HIDRO-MAK, FARID and Superior-Pak and forms an umbrella for all other KIRCHHOFF Ecotec policies.
KIRCHHOFF Ecotec GmbH expects all employees at all levels and all those who work on behalf of KIRCHHOFF Ecotec, FAUN, ZOELLER and HIDRO-MAK, FARID and Superior-Pak, such as sales representatives, consultants and other business partners, to comply with the Code of Conduct.
If local laws or internal regulations impose more comprehensive requirements on KIRCHHOFF Ecotec GmbH than those set out in the Code of Conduct, these take precedence and must be followed. It is the responsibility of the employee to know and understand this Code of Conduct, as well as the laws that apply in the performance of his or her duties, and to comply with these laws in word and spirit. All managers of the KIRCHHOFF Ecotec Group act as role models in complying with the Code of Conduct.
Managers are obliged to inform their subordinates about the Code of Conduct and to encourage and monitor their compliance with the Code of Conduct.
If you have any questions or need advice regarding the content, interpretation or application of this Code of Conduct, please contact your line manager.

Failure to comply with this Code of Conduct will not be tolerated and may result in disciplinary action by the employer. All employees are required to take immediate action when confronted with a violation of this Code of Conduct. Such cases may be reported to the immediate supervisor or to the members of the Ethics Committee.

Corporate integrity (Integrity)

Bribery and corruption
(Fraud and Corruption)
We refuse to offer, make or receive bribes or unlawful payments or to behave corruptly in any way, whether directly or through third parties.

Assets of the company
(Secure the Assets of the Company)
We respect and protect the property and resources of KIRCHHOFF Ecotec GmbH, both tangible and intangible, and do not use them for unlawful purposes. We think long-term in our entrepreneurial ventures. Our goal is to increase the assets of the company.

Gifts and hospitality
(Gifts and Invitations)
We ensure that work-related gifts, meals or entertainment are appropriate and we never offer or accept them if they could unlawfully influence a business decision or compromise our independence or judgement.

Conflicts of interest
(Conflict of Interest)
We try to avoid situations where our personal interests or actions could conflict or appear to conflict with the objectives of KIRCHHOFF Ecotec GmbH.

We are committed to intelligent competition based on price, quality and service and seek our competitive advantage exclusively through legal means. We conduct competition with the aim of increasing the assets of the overall company KIRCHHOFF Ecotec GmbH.

Communication and reporting
(Communication and Reporting)
We communicate information about the company in a timely and accurate manner. We provide information that is relevant and not misleading. We ensure that our financial and other reports and records are complete and accurate. We ensure
honest, transparent and reliable reporting - both in internal and external communication.

Confidential information
(Confidential Information)
We keep confidential information safe and prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. We respect the intellectual property rights of internal and external business partners.

Third parties, sales representatives and suppliers
(Third Party)
We only contract with sales representatives, third party agents or suppliers if their standards of conduct comply with our Code.

Menschen (People)

Diversity, Racism, Fair Treatment and Labour Standards
(Diversity, Variety, Rascim, Standards)
We treat all people equally and accept differences. We uphold labour standards and respect freedom of association.

Human rights
(Human Rights)
We protect and uphold human rights.

We respect and protect everyone's privacy and comply with data protection and privacy laws.

Harassment and discrimination
We do not tolerate harassment or discrimination against anyone who works for or with us.

Health & Safety
(Health & Safety)
The safety and health of the people who work for or with us is our top priority.

Role in society (social responsibility)

We are committed to environmental protection and take responsibility for continuously improving environmental protection.

We meet high standards of quality and product safety and are committed to producing the highest quality and safest products.

(Customer Focus)
We always treat our internal and external customers with respect. Our ultimate goal is to satisfy our internal and external customers in terms of quality, cost and service. We work continuously to improve internal and external customer satisfaction.

We develop innovative products, technologies and processes that serve society.

(Social Responsibility)
We respect the community around us, engage in social issues, participate in public debates and maintain an active dialogue with our shareholders.

Lobbying and sponsoring
We participate in legitimate national and international policy-making activities. Our sponsorship is transparent.

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In addition to questions and information on compliance-relevant topics, the above-mentioned channels are also available for complaints regarding risks and violations of human rights, environmental aspects, product safety, information security and cybersecurity, as well as type approval issues at FAUN and its direct suppliers.

Questions, comments and complaints can be submitted anonymously or by name. We guarantee that your concerns will be handled confidentially. We assure internal and external whistleblowers that no discrimination or punishment will take place.

If you submit your request by name, you will receive written confirmation of receipt from us within five working days.

The FAUN representatives will then work with you on the facts of the case. Your contact person is committed to confidentiality and acts impartially, independently and without instructions.

In the course of processing the incident, necessary remedial measures are defined and implemented.

Information and complaints received are processed with the decision-makers in the company as part of the regular analysis under the protection of confidentiality.

The entire process is documented according to a predefined standard. Upon request, the documentation can be made available to the whistleblower in the event of a report by name.

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