, 2017-10-10 18:26:25

Volkswagen Group's Code of Conduct for Business Partners

The following requirements define the Volkswagen Group’s expectations regarding the way business partners act in their corporate activities. The requirements are considered a basis for successful business relations between the Volkswagen Group and its partners.

To view the Volkswagen Group code of conduct please see below.

Ombudsman system

What is our Ombudsman system?

The Volkswagen Group ombudsman system creates a secure environment within which employees and business partners can help fight corruption. Corruption is not a trivial offense: on the contrary, it harms the company and its employees. That is why uncovering corruption is so important. The ombudsman system and the Anti-Corruption Guideline, among others, support this process. In regard to corruption, the Guideline aims to raise the awareness of each employee and sensitise them for the scope of the topic.

Two highly-respected lawyers act as independent ombudsmen (the term derives from the Swedish word for "commissioner" or "representative"). Any employee, business partner or third party who suspects corrupt practices can send their complaint to the ombudsmen. All information is treated in the strictest confidence and the identity of anyone disclosing information is kept strictly anonymous, the ombudsmen is bound by the oath of professional secrecy. Of course, the person who submits information does not have to fear any sanctions from the company.

To view the Volkswagen Group Ombudsman system please see below.

Reporting an incident

 The ombudsman is available as a point of contact to all persons including employees, franchisees, business partners and/or suppliers, who are willing to report confidential evidence of suspected crimes of this type or of similarly serious irregularities relating to the Volkswagen Group or one of the brands of the Group.

How can I report an incident?