The Code of Conduct of the Sanner Group defines how we – that is, the management, executives and each individual employee – intend to conduct ourselves within the company as well as externally in our everyday work, at all times and in all places. We hereby assume responsibility for our company.
The principles of this Code of Conduct identify potential areas of risk and conflict and lay down how we handle them. As such, it serves as a rulebook for our day-to-day work. It is supplemented by internal guidelines and policies, as well as by contractual agreements. In addition, we comply with all national and international laws and regulations. Violations of the Code of Conduct will not be tolerated.
It is therefore the responsibility of each individual to familiarise themselves with the content of the Sanner Group Code of Conduct in order to meet our shared responsibility with regard to sustainability, social interactions, respect for human rights, fair business practices and legal requirements.
Our responsibility in our interactions with each other
It is one of SANNER’s fundamental principles to comply with the applicable laws and regulations. All employees must comply with these laws and regulations, the Code of Conduct and the applicable corporate rules and policies of Sanner. Violations should be avoided at all costs and will be consistently investigated and sanctioned by Sanner.
Respect, honesty & integrity
At Sanner, our conduct is based on universal values and principles, in particular those of respect, honesty and integrity.
Sanner is committed to sound and recognised business practices. In doing so, we base our decisions towards employees and business partners exclusively on appropriate and objective considerations.
Recognition & consideration
All employees have a responsibility to comply with the principles enshrined in our Code of Conduct.
Managers always act as role models and trustworthy points of contact for their employees. In addition, as part of their management responsibilities, they ensure that the applicable laws and regulations, the Code of Conduct and Sanner’s rules and policies are disseminated, monitored and adhered to by their subordinates.
Our responsibility to people
Sanner is committed to protecting human rights in accordance with the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In this context, we undertake to uphold internationally recognised labour and social standards. Our aim is to value all employees equally and to support them in achieving their personal potential.
We recognise and respect the right of our workers to freedom of association, assembly and collective bargaining – insofar as this is legally permissible and possible in the respective country. We neither favour nor discriminate against members of workers’ organisations or trade unions.
Freedom of opinion
We will protect and uphold the freedom of expression and opinion of all employees.
Remuneration & working hours
Sanner complies with the applicable laws and regulations on compensation and ensures that employees are adequately remunerated. We comply with the applicable rules for the protection of workers and the regulations on working hours worldwide.
Employee development & non-discrimination
At Sanner, we value and welcome differences between people, cultures, opinions and perspectives. That is why we require and encourage the creation of interdisciplinary and intercultural teams, made up of colleagues from different hierarchical levels and genders. Together, we are building a global culture of diversity in which our employees feel integrated.
This is another reason why any form of discrimination, harassment or insult will not be tolerated at Sanner under any circumstances.
All employees have the right to be treated fairly, courteously and respectfully by their managers and colleagues. We thus expect all our employees to respect the privacy as well as the personal rights of other individuals. Sexual harassment and bullying, discrimination or insults will not be tolerated and will result in disciplinary action.
Prohibition of child & forced labour
No one may be forced to work or employed against their will.
Sanner complies with the prohibition of child labour in accordance with the standards of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and rejects all forms of child labour, forced labour, slavery and practices similar to slavery, human trafficking, as well as the use, procurement or offering of illicit activities.
Health & safety
In our business activities and in our relationships with our suppliers, we maintain high standards of health and safety, which also helps us to maintain the trust of our employees, business partners and other stakeholders. In this regard, we take a wide range of measures to continuously improve the health, performance and occupational safety of our employees.
At Sanner, we work continuously to prevent accidents and injuries. Furthermore, we take protective measures to avoid exposure to chemical, physical or biological substances.
In doing so, we not only ensure compliance with the applicable laws and regulations, but also create a culture in which every individual feels responsible for minimising risks and promoting safe work practices. This includes regular training of employees to ensure occupational safety, improve risk awareness and promote a culture of safety.
Promoting responsible supply chains
In accordance with the Guiding Principles of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Sanner takes care to ensure that no minerals are sourced from conflict and high-risk areas whose extraction would contribute to the financing of armed conflicts or be carried out in violation of the human rights of mine workers.
Our responsibility to the environment
For Sanner, the protection of the environment and the conservation and efficient use of resources, as well as the use of secondary raw materials where possible, are corporate goals of high priority.
This is a matter of social responsibility. At a time when resources are being rapidly depleted and the environment is in serious danger, we strive to find ways of using resources responsibly. Where possible, this includes, in particular, the use of energy-efficient, climate-neutral and environmentally friendly technologies and the reduction of waste and our emissions to air, water, soil and through noise.
Our responsibility as a business partner
In accordance with our value system, which governs and guides Sanner’s entrepreneurial activities and actions, we always act with integrity towards our business partners, drive innovation and thus create value for our customers.
All employees are obliged to comply with the rules of fair competition. They may not enter into any anti-competitive agreements with competitors, in particular to fix prices, agree on offers, set production limits or quotas, or divide up customers or markets.
As a rule, the exchange of market-sensitive, non-public information with competitors is also prohibited.
Prevention of corruption
Sanner rejects any form of corruption. This applies in relation to individuals, companies as well as authorities and other institutions.
Invitations, gifts and other benefits exceeding a symbolic value and the limits of what is appropriate are to be politely but firmly declined.
Orders or consultancy contracts may not be abused to give unjustified advantages to public officials, employees of business partners or their relatives or business associates. Individuals acting on behalf of Sanner will be remunerated appropriately, in proportion to the service provided, and only in return for legitimate services.
Conflicts of interest
Employees may not pursue business activities or personal interests that conflict with the legitimate interests of Sanner.
Conflicts of interest may arise in particular if employees have private (business) relationships with business partners of Sanner or their employees, or are themselves involved in a company with which Sanner has a business relationship.
Employees of Sanner may not work for or manage a company that competes with Sanner, or engage in activities that would put them in competition with Sanner.
Anti-money laundering & terrorist financing
Sanner only conducts business activities with reputable business partners who have been vetted in advance, comply with anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing regulations and laws, and obtain their resources from legitimate sources.
Export control & customs
Sanner complies with export control and customs regulations in the countries where we do business. All employees involved in the import and export of goods, services, software or technology must comply with these regulations.
Sanner manufactures innovative products of high quality. It is therefore goes without saying that our products comply with the applicable laws and regulations, as well as the quality requirements of our customers.
Already during the product development stage, we emphasise the importance of environmentally friendly design, technical safety and health and safety.
Through their expertise and candour, all employees help to ensure that Sanner lives up to this responsibility.
Our responsibility for information
In a digital society, it is an essential part of our business to handle information of any kind in a responsible manner.
Sanner only collects, processes or uses personal data insofar as this is necessary for specific, clear and lawful purposes. Furthermore, we store personal data in accordance with the state of the art and only transmit them using secure means of communication in compliance with the law.
We use data in a way that is transparent for the data subjects while respecting their rights to information and, if applicable, their rights to object to the use of their data, to restrict the processing of their data and to delete their data.
Protecting Sanner’s internal information and trade secrets – including those of our business partners – is critical to Sanner’s success and continued existence.
To ensure that information is handled in a security-conscious manner, we have implemented organisational, technical and legal safeguards that all employees must adhere to in their areas of responsibility in order to guarantee an appropriate level of information security at Sanner.
In an environment of ever-changing cyber threats, it is of great importance to maintain the confidentiality, availability and integrity of computer systems and networks and the information they contain, as well as to protect production facilities. The safeguards implemented at Sanner for this purpose are based on the requirements of ISO 27001. To ensure that they are effective, all employees must actively contribute to cybersecurity through their own security-conscious behaviour.
Our responsibility for compliance
If you are unsure whether your actions or the actions of third parties do not comply with applicable laws and regulations, the Code of Conduct or other Sanner corporate rules and policies, you may contact Sanner’s senior management, the Executive Board, the Works Council or Sanner’s local management.
Possible compliance violations can also be reported confidentially via the Sanner whistleblower system. The information will then be forwarded electronically to a trusted third party. The individual’s identity will only be disclosed to the Sanner whistleblower system with their express consent.
The responsibilities of our business partners
With this Code of Conduct, Sanner has set itself important goals – and we expect the same from our business partners. In particular, we want to engage with our suppliers to achieve these goals and are working with them to improve sustainability performance.
Scope & implementation
This Code of Conduct applies to all Sanner employees worldwide. Rules and policies within the Group may elaborate on this Code of Conduct, provided that they do not contradict the basic principles it contains.
As a responsible company, Sanner actively promotes the observance of and compliance with the aforementioned principles.
We regularly review this Code of Conduct and our compliance with it. Changes must be approved by Sanner’s management.
If you suspect that a violation of the Compliance Guidelines has occurred, please report it to the following email address: Compliance@sanner-group.com