The Bertelsmann Stiftung and its organizational bodies act in accordance with all applicable laws. Germany's legal code supplies the framework within which the Bertelsmann Stiftung conducts its nonprofit activities. This compliance with legal requirements includes the observance and fulfillment of contractual agreements.
For the Bertelsmann Stiftung, one important responsibility is ensuring its employees comply with the law, and it therefore provides them with a Code of Conduct. All employees are required to adhere to this code, which reflects the foundation's basic principles.
Moreover, its Information for Business Partners requires all its business partners to act within the law, adhere to ethical principles and abstain from engaging in any form of corruption.
Preventing corruption and bribery
The Bertelsmann Stiftung proactively prevents corruption in all its areas of activity. All employees are sensitized to the topic of corruption and are encouraged to speak with their supervisor immediately should any suspicion of wrongdoing arise.
When working together with business partners and external service providers, the Bertelsmann Stiftung ensures that both sides operate conscientiously and with integrity. If one of the foundation's partners is found guilty of engaging in corruption or bribery, the business relationship is terminated immediately.
Donors do not receive favors or concessions of any kind for their donation. The Bertelsmann Stiftung reserves the right to accept or reject any donation.
Bribery is not tolerated at the Bertelsmann Stiftung, and measures have been put in place to proactively prevent it. If employees are offered a gift or benefit as part of their work, they must immediately inform their supervisor to ascertain whether accepting it is legally permissible. This does not apply to occasional, customary gifts of less than €25 in value. This policy ensures that gifts or offers made within a business relationship do not violate any applicable laws.