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As an international, family-owned and long-established company, the Festo Group enjoys an excellent reputation amongst its business partners and employees, places great value on integrity and has high standards when it comes to ethical and lawful conduct. We recognise that we have a responsibility towards our business environment and society, as well as our employees worldwide.
Compliance describes the applicable laws, specifications, standards and internal guidelines that are the basis for the way we do business. Our Code of Conduct is a binding standard for the business conduct of all Festo employees and reflects our understanding of the law and our own values.
Festo expects its business partners to also uphold this standard. In addition to our Code of Conduct, the minimum standards for business partners defined in the Code of Conduct for Business Partners set out the principles of conduct that we consider appropriate and essential for all types of business activity.
Our Compliance Office supports the global implementation of our Codes of Conduct and is the point of contact for any questions our customers and employees may have within this context.
Compliance should protect against inappropriate and illegal behaviour (prevention) and consequently clarify, evaluate and sanction such behaviour (reaction). All violations receive an appropriate sanction (zero tolerance).
The protection covers our most valuable assets and our business activities, including how we treat each other. This includes the classic compliance areas of corruption, damage to assets, cartels/collusion and organisational culture. Other compliance-relevant areas include, for example, tax law, export/duty, quality and environment, data protection and employment law. The relevant departments bear the responsibility for these other areas, including the respective risk management (e.g. corporate tax for tax compliance).
Consequently, Festo has implemented a Compliance Management System (CMS) that comprises all the necessary principles, processes and measures to ensure compliance with the rules and laws in the above mentioned classic compliance areas. The Festo CMS was audited by external auditors in accordance with the German IDW PS 980 standard and confirmed to be appropriate and effective.
We want to live up to our own standards and continuously improve ourselves as a learning company. If you would like to report any misconduct or a possible breach of our Codes of Conduct, please contact our Compliance Office or – in cases of human rights and environmental violations – Corporate Responsibility. Alternatively, you can get in touch with us securely and anonymously via our whistle-blower portal.
Festo wants to be an attractive employer and reliable business partner. As part of being a learning company, we want to continuously improve our processes and our conduct. Your information helps us to do that.
Compliance reports regarding the violation of laws, internal regulations and the Codes of Conduct are reviewed and corrections or improvements are implemented.
If you have the impression that our business conduct might contradict our Codes of Conduct or might not comply with the applicable law, please get in touch using the contact details above. We appreciate your openness.
However, if you prefer, you can submit an anonymous report, for example by using an anonymous email address or via our anonymous and secure whistle-blower portal. If we need to clarify any of the details, we can contact you directly or anonymously with our questions via the email address or the whistle-blower portal.
Our whistle-blower system enables employees and external third parties around the world to report potential misconduct of individual employees of the Festo Group in various languages.
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo and neighbouring countries, raw materials are mined that may be used to finance violent conflicts. These materials are known as "conflict minerals". We therefore make every effort not to purchase any materials from the region of Congo.
Festo is required to disclose the sources of its materials within the supply chain. We fulfil this obligation to the best of our ability by providing an up-to-date CMRT (Conflict Minerals Reporting Template). If you have any questions about this, please contact your local technical support .