Good partnerships are built on trust. For this reason, we hold ourselves to a high standard of integrity and transparency in our day-to-day dealings. To promote these high standards, an active corruption prevention policy is in place at VDI/VDE Innovation + Technology GmbH. As part of our compliance programme for this policy, we have established a whistleblowing system.

Ombudsman

We have appointed an external ombudsman to act as a point of contact, both for individuals we deal with and for our employees. The ombudsman’s main task is to receive tip-offs about improper activity – especially in connection with any potential corruption or any other fraudulent activity – while ensuring that confidentiality is maintained. The appointed ombudsman is:

Portrait Edgar Joussen

Dr. Edgar Joussen (Lawyer)
Tel: ++49 (0)30 / 31 51 87 – 0
E-Mail: ombudsmann@ra-js.de

Once you have contacted Dr Joussen, he will discuss the possible courses of action with you. The information you provide and details about yourself will only be passed on to us in the extent to which you give your explicit consent. This enables you to remain anonymous – if you wish to do so. The confidential processing of the information you give is provided for by contractual agreements, by the obligation of professional secrecy for lawyers and by Dr Joussen’s right to refuse to testify.
For more information about the ombudsman, visit the website of the Berlin-based law firm ‘Joussen & Schranner Partnerschaft mbH’ at www.ra-js.de/ombudsmann.

Note

Please note that the ombudsman is only responsible for dealing with information that relates to the improper activities described above. For any other concerns or complains, please get in touch with your usual in-house contact person.

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Image source: Edgar Joussen