The Whistleblower Protection Act (HinSchG, BGBl. 2023 I Nr. 140) aims to facilitate the reporting of misconduct and wrongdoing within a company and to protect individuals who have knowledge of violations of legal regulations or other binding rules and report them. The key points are summarized as follows:
- Protection of Whistleblowers: The law provides protection to whistleblowers against disadvantages, sanctions, or discrimination due to their reports. This ensures that individuals can report misconduct without fear of reprisal.
- Confidentiality: Maintaining confidentiality under the Whistleblower Protection Act is of utmost importance. According to legal requirements and our commitment, the identity of whistleblowers is treated with strict confidentiality. This means that reports can only be accessed and processed by designated whistleblower protection officers. The investigation of your report is also carried out with strict confidentiality. Confidential discussions with employees, contractors, or other relevant persons are conducted only when necessary to ensure a thorough and accurate investigation of the matter. These measures provide comprehensive protection and help to ensure the integrity of the overall process.
- Processing of Reports: After submitting your report, you will receive a confirmation of receipt within 7 days. If the initial contact does not contain sufficient information, we will get in touch with you. We will check whether the reported violation falls within the scope of the Whistleblower Protection Act and provide feedback within three months on planned or taken follow-up actions and their reasons, as long as this feedback does not compromise the investigations or involved persons.
We thank you in advance for your trust and cooperation in implementing this important law. For questions or further information, we are always at your disposal.