Bertelsmann continuously pursues the strategic development of its corporate responsibility (CR). This includes Group-wide objectives, cross-divisional coordination, collaboration and transparency of non-financial information. The Bertelsmann Corporate Responsibility Council, chaired by the Chief Human Resources Officer, regularly brings together senior representatives from various operating divisions. Together, they work to advance the strategic development of CR at Bertelsmann. At the Group level, the Corporate Responsibility & Diversity Management department, a central staff function of the HR executive portfolio, coordinates and supports the work of the CR Council. At Bertelsmann, the divisions and companies implement CR projects and measures decentrally.
Integrity & Compliance
Bertelsmann has established an extensive Integrity & Compliance program. The fundamental
document is the Bertelsmann Code of Conduct, which builds on the Bertelsmann Essentials
and lays down the obligations of ethical and legal behavior for all employees. Further guidelines
were issued on key topics such as anti-corruption, antitrust legislation, external transactions
and compliance by business partners. Employees are comprehensively trained and advised.
Compliance violations are not tolerated. Suspected infringements are promptly investigated,
and any infringements are immediately remedied. The effectiveness of the program is ensured
through regular evaluation and risk-oriented adjustments.
Further information on corporate responsibility at Bertelsmann and the annual Corporate Responsibility Report can be found online at: www.bertelsmann.com/responsibility