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Henkel is strongly committed to corporate governance and corporate compliance on both a local and global level. Responsible management processes as well as to comply with many different legal requirements and cultural conventions are a cornerstone to be successful in our international markets.
As a company that operates in an ethically and legally correct manner, Henkel’s image and reputation is inseparable from the appropriate conduct of each of its employees. Henkel employees are expected to respect laws and standards, avoid conflicts of interest, and show consideration and appreciation for the local customs, traditions and social behaviors of the various countries and cultures in which Henkel conducts business. Henkel does not take ethical shortcuts. Improper conduct is never in Henkel’s interest and violations are not tolerated. Compliance is an integral component of Henkel’s business processes.
The Management Board bears the overall responsibility for the compliance organization. Henkel’s compliance organization ensures global compliance with laws and internal standards. Under the direction of the globally responsible General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer (CCO), Henkel has established a group-wide Compliance organization with a central Corporate Compliance Office as well as local and regional Compliance Officers. The CCO is supported by an interdisciplinary Compliance & Risk Committee (CRC) and by various members of Henkel’s functions and businesses. Different tasks and responsibilities are clearly defined.
The compliance organization acts at the three levels: “Prevention”, “Detection” and “Reaction”. It manages group-wide compliance activities, coordinates training courses, oversees fulfillment of both internal and external regulations, and supports the development and implementation of globally binding internal standards.
Compliance topics are regularly reported, discussed, and aligned with the Management Board, the Audit Committee of the Supervisory Board, the Shareholders’ Committee, and multiple other bodies on corporate and local levels.
Henkel’s compliance culture involves continuous monitoring and improvement of the compliance process. As a result, our global compliance management system was audited by external auditors in 2013 based on the IDW PS 980 auditing standard with respect to the appropriateness, implementation, and effectiveness of the compliance processes in the areas of competition law and anticorruption. Henkel is one of the few German corporations to successfully pass this special audit.
Corporate Audit’s purpose is to independently & objectively evaluate and improve Henkel’s governance, processes and controls.
Regular audits at our production and administration sites and, increasingly, at our subcontractors and logistics centers to verify compliance with our codes and standards are carried out. The audits are our key instrument for identifying risks and potential improvements. World wide audits in the areas of purchasing, sales, marketing, finance, IT, human resources, supply chain, operations as well as in safety, health and environment (SHE) are conducted.