Compliance – acting in accordance with our values and the law
As an industrial enterprise and an employer, we are aware of our significant responsibility towards our neighborhood, the environment, customers, and business partners, as well as our employees.
In order to fulfill this responsibility, we have developed common guiding principles and defined them in our Code of Conduct.
The Code of Conduct summarizes the common values that serve as our compass. It defines principles that we can implement in daily life. It establishes binding guidelines where legal provisions dictate our actions.
The first letters of our corporate values spell the German word “prima,” meaning “great”. The letters stand for:
Observing our company's values (PRIMA), legal provisions, and internal policies holds great significance at Aurubis, as illegal conduct can cause considerable damage and lead to offense proceedings or criminal proceedings. Furthermore, there is the danger of harming the company's reputation and thus its market position.
The term "compliance" refers to conduct that is consistent with specific requirements. These include laws, regulations, and internal company policies, e.g., a code of conduct or ethics.
Since the Aurubis Group acts through its employees, every employee is obligated to follow applicable laws. Internal corporate conduct policies (e.g., Code of Conduct, Compliance Policy, Antitrust Law Policy, Anti-Corruption Policy) provide employees with standards for lawful conduct. The principles formulated in these policies apply in particular to interactions with customers, suppliers, other companies, shareholders, authorities, employees, and supervisors and include adherence to anti-discrimination provisions, product and occupational safety regulations, and environmental protection, in addition to prohibiting anti-competitive behavior and corruption.
Observance of legal provisions and conduct policies is ensured by three factors: prevention, monitoring, and sanctions. Preventive measures include internal policies, consultation, and especially employee training. For example, employees regularly participate in face-to-face and online training related to the topics of antitrust law and anti-corruption. Corporate auditing has a monitoring function. It verifies whether provisions and internal policies are being observed. If breaches of the law or internal policies are discovered, sanctions come into effect under labor law, civil law, or even criminal law.
Aurubis has appointed a Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) in order to better fulfill the extensive requirements resulting from legal standards and conduct policies. The CCO is the central contact for all questions relevant to compliance and is responsible for further incorporating the issue of compliance into the company culture. He ensures that the same rules apply to all employees in the Group.
Local compliance officers at the individual Group sites are also available to answer employees’ questions.
Your compliance contact at Aurubis
Aurubis works to counter company-related grievances and internal misconduct effectively and consistently. The Chief Compliance Officer is the central contact for all issues relevant to compliance. Employees and third parties (e.g. customers, service providers) can refer to him in confidence if they have questions or comments about compliance issues.