Compliance @BWT

Change the world. Sip by Sip.
It is very impor­tant to BWT to do the right thing in our busi­ness
deal­ings.

As a company that has made water – the elixir of life – its business, we demand of ourselves that we act sustainably and responsibly in all our activities. We also express this by participating in the "50 Sustainability & Climate Leaders" initiative. We are guided by universal values and international standards. We have adopted the UN Global Compact as our guiding principle, and its fundamental principles in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption are anchored in our corporate values. We apply the 10 principles of the UN Global Compact in all our business activities, and commit in particular to:

  • Support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges,
  • Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility,
  • Work to promote development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies and products,
  • Conduct our business without corruption of any kind, including extortion and bribery,
  • Support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights in connection with all our business activities
  • Ensure that our own company is not complicit in human rights abuses,
  • Uphold the freedom of association and assembly and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining,
  • Campaign for the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour,
  • Advocate for the effective abolition of child labour, and
  • Support the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.

Our Code of Conduct

While this Code of Conduct is the ultimate instruction guiding our actions, it does not cover all the topics to be regulated; instead, it is to be understood as the apex of a document pyramid consisting of all our guidelines and instructions for action, all of which reflect the basic values of the Code of Conduct by which we are also bound in our actions.

DATA PROTECTION

The protection and security of the personal data of customers, suppliers, business partners and employees in accordance with the Europe-wide requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) are of particular concern to us. If you have any questions in this regard, please read our data protection regulations or contact us at [email protected]

Together let's focus on integrity and compliance.

With your assistance, we can identify and clarify deficits, grievances and misconduct at an early stage. Reliable information helps us counter and correct violations early on, and to prevent harm to our company. Tips and information may be submitted by any employee of the BWT Group, as well as any customers, suppliers or other third parties anywhere in the world.

We trust in your integrity and thank you for your trust and cooperation.

The single most important principle guiding our whistleblower system (BKMS® Incident Reporting) is to protect the whistleblower. Anonymity protection functions are certified by an independent body.

In order to be able to fully investigate tip-offs, it is often necessary to question the whistleblower. For this reason, it is important that the whistleblower disclose his or her identity. However, we understand that there may be obstacles to providing information and that whistleblowers may prefer to remain anonymous. The whistleblower system therefore also allows anonymous tip-offs.

Tip-offs are kept anonymous through encryption and other special security routines.

Certified security for your data

Business Keeper GmbH
Bayreuther Straße 35
10789 Berlin, Germany

www.business-keeper.com

What happens after I report something?


In order to be able to guarantee that all tip-offs undergo an objective initial assessment, all information received is first forwarded directly to our external trusted lawyer. who is professionally bound to confidentiality and will maintain the anonymity of the whistleblower – including towards BWT.

After submitting a tip-off, you can set up a protected mailbox in our system to which only you have access. You can use this mailbox to communicate with our trusted lawyer – and do so anonymously if you wish.

This lawyer will conduct an initial review. Once the review has been completed, the lawyer will forward the information and the results to the BWT Compliance Team.

The secure mailbox also allows you to communicate with our BWT Compliance Team.

Compli­ance Team & Anwalt

DR. BERND ILLICHMANN LL.M.
IPB Solicitors
Eberhard-Fugger-Str. 5
A-5020 Salzburg

www.ipblaw.at

What are the consequences when violations are found?

Every affected party is treated fairly and with respect when violations are investigated. This also means that all such matters are handled with the strictest confidentiality.
If you have further questions about the BWT whistleblower system, please contact our Compliance Team at [email protected]