We take responsibility and want to encourage all those involved – whether our employees or external parties – to report suspicions of possible wrongdoing, misconduct and irregularities within the GROB Group.
Transparency and openness are elementary values of our compliance culture. Only those who are aware of possible weaknesses in their organization can independently remedy occurring misconduct and optimize processes for the future. In the sense of an early warning system, it is important for us to be made aware of any misconduct as early as possible.
We are certain that a functioning whistleblowing system will sustainably strengthen the integrity of our Group and the trust of our employees, customers, suppliers, partners and other stakeholders, thus enabling us to remain a recognized business partner in the long term. At the same time, we are aware that despite conscientious prevention and the greatest prudence, (new) compliance risks and (unintentional) compliance violations can never be completely ruled out, and we are therefore dependent on information revealing such issues to us. We see every report as an important contribution to our ability to meet our compliance responsibilities.
Every interested whistleblower should therefore be able to address concerns as simply as possible. To this end, whistleblowers are free to contact the compliance team directly using the contact data below, or to submit their report via our digital whistleblowing system, which also allows anonymous reporting. The reporting platform is operated by the external service provider otris, for which the submitted tips are encrypted and cannot be traced to the compliance team in Mindelheim. This team processes the reports and initiates the necessary steps as quickly as possible.
Even after submitting a report, whistleblowers can use the encrypted chat function of the reporting platform to contact the compliance team and receive messages from the compliance team on the processing status or factual queries – anonymously, of course.
All information is treated confidentially and promptly. The protection of whistleblowers is a top priority for GROB. A person who has reported information in good faith is protected against any form of discrimination. This also applies if the report subsequently proves to be unfounded. However, deliberate abuse of the Whistleblower System will not be tolerated and may result in legal action being taken.
In view of the entry into force of the Supply Chain Due Diligence Act (German 'Lieferkettensorgfaltspflichtengesetz' or LkSG) on January 1, 2023, we expressly point out that reports on human rights and/or environmental risks and violations can also be submitted via the Whistleblower System. For details, please refer to the procedure rules provided for under Section 8 (2) of the LkSG.