We comply with the laws for protecting competition and do not come to any agreements with competitors concerning our competitive conduct.
The following are forbidden in particular: agreeing on prices and terms and conditions, dividing up markets and regions, allocating customers and agreeing on quote preparation strategies or production strategies. In this respect, it is not only explicit agreements which are prohibited but also agreed conduct. Even simply sharing information which could form the basis of agreed conduct of this nature (e.g. prices, costs, margins, terms and conditions, customers, production capacities etc.) with competitors is prohibited. Infringements to these prohibited actions are prosecuted systematically by the monopolies authorities and can result in sanctions which put the company in jeopardy.
Bribery is unlawful and constitutes a high degree of risk for our employees and our group of companies. It must be refrained from in all situations. We do not offer our business partners any unlawful gains and do not accept any ourselves.
We act with caution when it comes to accepting and giving presents and other benefits. On no account are these to be in a form that necessitates the recipient keeping its acceptance a secret or obliges the recipient to give anything significant in return. In the case of doubt, consult your superior. Particular caution is to be shown in connection with holders of official posts. The very strict legal stipulations throughout the world are to be complied with at all costs.
Commission and remuneration received by dealers, agents or consultants may only be paid for authorised services which have actually been provided and must be in suitable proportion to these services.
We comply with the regulations applicable to cross-border trade. This applies, first and foremost, to complying with existing import and export restrictions, obtaining necessary authorisations and paying the stipulated customs fees and taxes. In the event of uncertainty, the export officers are to be consulted. Compliance with these stipulations is subject to regular checks on the part of the authorities. In the event of infringements, the responsible parties and the company are at risk of significant sanctions.
Business-related secondary employment on the part of an employee must be agreed on with the appropriate management team in advance. This applies in particular in relation to secondary employment with competitors, customers or suppliers or a financial interest in the above. If close relatives are involved in employment or financial interests such as this, this must be reported to the central Human Resources department.
We keep business and private interests strictly separate and do not use our employment with the Handtmann group of companies for private gain. Commissioning business partners for private purposes is to be avoided. Business partners must not be favoured due to reasons of private interest.