Compliance at Ottobock
Our company structure is shaped by numerous different stakeholders and business activities which are subject to varying degrees of freedom.
We have a culture of compliance
Complex requirements and continuously changing legal and normative frameworks demand clear standards and rules for corporate governance and for our collaboration.
In order to comply with these rules – which include applicable laws, guidelines, standards and agreements – the management of Ottobock has introduced a compliance management system. The Code of Conduct, the internal anti-corruption policy and our compliance culture based on trust are important pillars of the Ottobock compliance management system. We continually develop and update this system to ensure it reflects general social values and complies with the most recent legal requirements.
Compliance Management System
We’re a family business, which means we place special value on open communication, honesty and cooperative relationships between all employees as well as with our customers and business partners as we implement our compliance goals.
“Encourage others to correct errors, be proactive and make decisions.”
Otto Bock, 1944, company founder
Code of conduct
Every Ottobock employee is responsible for their own actions and behaviour at all times. They must respect our corporate values and observe the company’s code of conduct to the best of their ability in everything they do. Our interactions with each other are fair, respectful and based on mutual trust, giving us a solid foundation for integrity and honesty.
By taking into account international standards for human rights, employment, environmental protection and anti-corruption, Ottobock follows the universally recognised principles of the United Nations Global Compact with its code of conduct.
The following eleven principles of conduct also apply:
Professor Hans Georg Näder, Inhaber
“Nearly 100 years on, our values – such as honesty, trust and reliability – are still intact. As the head of the family in its third generation, and as the owner and Chairman of the Board, I’m proud that our culture of mutual respect is alive and well.”
The reporting office has been set up to provide all employees, customers and business partners with the opportunity to report breaches of compliance. This allows us to resolve these issues internally and prevent damage to our customers or the company itself in future. Notifications regarding serious violations of laws or our internal provisions regarding fraud, corruption, theft, discrimination, sexual harassment, extortion, breaches of secrecy, export control, accounting irregularities, environmental protection, occupational health and safety and child and forced labour are reported to the reporting office.
Data protection violations must be reported exclusively to our Global Data Privacy Office in order to comply with legal requirements. To do so, please use the encrypted contact form.
Reports can be submitted worldwide via two channels that protect your anonymity:
Ottobock has additionally appointed an external ombudsperson. Lawyer Dr André Große Vorholt will review your case and investigate it to the greatest possible extent. Your anonymity will be protected as he reports the case to the Compliance department at Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA.
Contact information for the ombudsperson:
Dr André Große Vorholt
Phone: +49 89 23714 12460
Digital reporting office
The Compliance department at Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA takes a professional approach in handling your report with the greatest possible discretion:
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