The foundation of all Group policies
Our Code of Conduct, since its last revision in 2012, contains a separate chapter that formulates explicit provisions calling for the respect of human rights and the rejection of child and forced labor. In addition, we also state therein our employees’ freedom of association. In the earlier version we made a reference in this context to compliance with principles of the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the United Nation Global Compact. The new version of the Code of Conduct was communicated across the Group in the reporting year. It is available in 21 languages.
Our Code of Conduct reflects our commitment to responsible, ethically sound and legally compliant behavior. Its rules and guidelines afford all employees the orientation and certainty they need to carry out their day-to-day operations. Furthermore, it also allows us to demonstrate to our customers and investors that Deutsche Post DHL is a reliable and trustworthy partner.
Our Code of Conduct is the source from which all other Group policies as well as regional guidelines or codes of conduct derive.
For our company the Code of Conduct is of overarching importance and is designed as a lasting body of rules. Nevertheless, it is regularly reviewed to determine the extent to which it corresponds with societal requirements and legal frameworks.
Responding to the stakeholder perspective & new requirements
The Integrity Board contributes to the further elaboration of the Code of Conduct and the establishment of its values in the Group. This committee consists of Group management representatives, including two Board of Management members – Larry Rosen, Angela Titzrath – and prominent external individuals. They discuss how we can develop our strategy and processes in comparison with other companies and in the context of changing political or social requirements, and submit recommendations.