For companies and employees, it is a joint responsibility to comply with all applicable rules and regulations. Part of a good compliance culture is that compliance violations and unethical behavior can be reported confidentially and without fear of retaliation. To this end, Heraeus offers the globally available compliance communication channel "Heraeus SpeakUp," which is available to all internal and external stakeholders.
Heraeus SpeakUp enables employees and other business partners, especially suppliers and customers, to inform Heraeus confidentially about unethical behavior and possible compliance violations.
Heraeus welcomes employees to first raise possible compliance violations with supervisors, local Compliance Officers (CO) or GBU Compliance Officers. If this does not seem possible or purposeful to the whistleblower, reporting of compliance violations should be done via Heraeus SpeakUp. Alternatively, reporting to the external ombudsman appointed by Heraeus is also possible.
Criminal offenses, in particular theft, fraud, corruption, violations of antitrust laws, money laundering
Violation of human rights or environmental standards, at Heraeus or in the supply chain, in particular violations of the Heraeus Supply Chain Due Diligence Policy
Data protection violations and information security breaches
Other significant violations of law
Significant violations of internal policies
The following issues cannot be covered by the Compliance Hotline:
Employment law conflicts
Misconduct by colleagues or supervisors not directly related to Heraeus business activities
Minor violations of internal guidelines, e.g., one-time violation of documentation requirements