We consider lawful, ethical, and responsible behaviour to be an essential part of our corporate and social responsibility. This is what we at BHS Corrugated stand for – together with our employees as well as business partners and suppliers – worldwide and without compromise.
The management of our company is subject to the highest ethical and legal standards. For us, compliance is a self-evident prerequisite for sustainable management. No business that is beneficial to us justifies violating the law or ethical values that are important to us. We consider compliance with legal and internal company regulations as a natural basis for every business activity.
The basic understanding and foundations of our compliance value system reflect our Code of Conduct for employees as well as the applicable group guidelines.
We expect legally compliant and ethical behaviour not only from ourselves, but also from our suppliers and business partners in order to respect human rights and environmental standards worldwide.
The Compliance management of BHS Corrugated is clearly committed to comply with the principles of the Compliance Management Systems (CMS). A corporate culture that promotes integrity towards employees, customers, business partners and authorities is the focus of our business activities.
The CMS of BHS Corrugated includes the following criteria in particular:
With the CMS, BHS Corrugated aims to ensure that all employees and bodies align their actions with the existing compliance culture and legal requirements.
Compliance with these core issues should therefore ensure the following:
Setting the course – and a good example
Compliance means observing laws, guidelines and voluntary codes of behavior. Naturally, every effort is made to maintain proper business practices. However, it is not always easy to know in every situation whether a given action is compliant or not. This is why it is so important for a company to include a trustworthy office that keeps staff informed and listens to their concerns but also consistently tracks violations.
Avoiding risk – protecting your reputation
Our Compliance Management system strives to protect both our employees and our company from liability risks and to safeguard our reputation. Compliance is the responsibility of every individual. We do not tolerate legal violations, even those ostensibly committed in the interest of our company.
In-house guidance and obligations
Our business practices are based on our company-wide Code of Conduct. This Code of Conduct provides an orientation framework and applies to every one of us – the management and executives as well as every employee of BHS Corrugated.
Working together the right way
We expect legitimate and ethical conduct not only from ourselves but from our business partners, as well. The principles of conduct and values that we expect from our business partners are therefore stated in our Code of Conduct.
Naturally, the principles of ethical business practices likewise apply to our relationship with our suppliers. Our Code of Conduct provides clearly defined “dos and don’ts” and is available for download.
As a Lifecycle company in the digital age, BHS Corrugated is known for individual, tailor-made solutions. Each order – regardless of whether it is a complete corrugator, a single machine, upgrades or corrugating rolls – always reflects the very special requirements of our customers.
In addition to the requirements for a product itself, increasing and changing expectations of the supply chain are of central importance for a company today. This is not unfamiliar to us in the corrugated industry and is an omnipresent challenge for everyone every day. That is why we face up to our corporate responsibility to respect human rights and the associated environmental standards.
As the basis of our activities, internationally recognized standards, international human rights charters, the UN guiding principles for business and human rights, UN Global Compact, are decisive for our daily work.
With the entry into force of the Supply Chain Due Diligence Act, the companies falling under the scope of application are obliged to observe human rights and environmental due diligence in their supply chains in an appropriate manner. It includes all steps in Germany and abroad that are required to manufacture the products and provide the services. It applies to actions in one’s own business area and the actions of direct and indirect suppliers.
Risk management and accountability
Clear responsibilities for the effective implementation and control of due diligence requirements are required throughout the company. The responsibilities are divided between different departments. This includes the respective departments and the management of the company, Compliance Officer and the human rights officer.
A systematic process for the analysis and definition of compliance risks was established based on the defined compliance goals. The focus here is on finding out about fields of action and urgency. Annual and ad hoc investigations and assessments of the risks to people and the environment are carried out here.
Prevention, control and remedial action
Internal company measures are established to reduce or avoid the identified risks. The measures to be taken include the implementation of relevant guidelines, the implementation of training courses as well as process-integrated approval steps and control obligations.
Various complaints mechanisms give internal and external whistleblowers the opportunity to report possible violations of human rights and the associated environmental standards. Confidentiality and protection of whistleblowers have top priority. The whistleblower also has the option of submitting the report anonymously if they wish.
Reporting and documentation requirements
By documenting the complaints and risks, it should be transparently shown how due diligence is exercised, safeguarded and protected. To ensure the effectiveness of the compliance measures, compliance relevant processes and controls are documented and summarized in a report.
We want to be informed about any unlawful behavior in our company in order to be able to clarify and eliminate such behavior. Therefore we have introduced a Group-wide whistleblower system.
We encourage everyone - regardless of whether they are an employee, former colleague, customer, supplier or third party - to inform us of any violations of the law or of our guidelines or the Code of Conduct.
This should ensure the timely discovery, tracking and, if necessary, punishment of compliance violations. Please also use our reporting system to report human rights and environmental violations in relation to the Supply Chain Due Diligence Act.
The whistleblower system is only used to receive and process reports of actual or suspected violations and is not available for general complaints. With this reporting channel, employees of BHS Corrugated and external third parties can report concerns, information and violations confidentially and, if desired, anonymously.
With every report you help to clarify and eliminate misconduct and abuses. All information, including references to the whistleblower, will be processed confidentially and within the framework of the applicable laws.
You can use the following reporting channels to submit a report:
- Anonymous Integrity Channel To the whistleblower portal
- Managers of a department
- Works Council
- Compliance Officer email@example.com
In addition to the internal reporting channels, there is also the option contacting external authorities responsible for the individual case with your complaint or report.