As a globally active company, we have to comply with a wide range of statutory regulations and cultural standards. Because of its worldwide business activities, Evonik is facing a particular challenge to observe all applicable rules. To be successful in international business, we have to carefully comply with many different legal requirements and cultural conventions.
Compliance therefore must be fully integrated into our daily work and must be lived, by Board members, executives, and every single employee alike. Together they all shape the interior and exterior image of Evonik and decide whether Evonik is perceived as a reliable partner and attractive employer.
Evonik has recognized the extraordinary importance of compliance from the start and has made it a high priority. The Executive Board ratified a Code of Conduct in 2007 to support employees with their daily work and to serve as an orientation aid. This Code of Conduct is the overarching principle of all compliance activities in the Evonik Group and establishes minimum requirements that are mandatory for all employees around the world.
However, the effort to ensure the proper conduct of the company and its employees has to go even further. Evonik challenges itself to observe all applicable laws, internal corporate regulations, and ethical standards. After all, any violation of regulations damages the company in the long term.
To prevent violations from happening, the Compliance Officers offer comprehensive training measures throughout the Group. In addition to classroom training sessions offered at domestic and international sites, the company also provides an E-learning training program on the Code of Conduct, in which over 10,000 employees have already taken part. Apprentices receive information about observing regulations in their first year of training in the context of target-group specific compliance training sessions.