Responsible and sustainable management is an integral part of our company culture and our daily business. It is important for us to fulfill our legal and ethical responsibilities as a company in order to be perceived as a reliable partner of integrity for patients, customers, government agencies and the general public in the health care system. Therefore we established a Compliance Program at Fresenius and adopted the Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA Code of Conduct.
Supporting employees in complying with applicable laws, regulations and the company’s principles of conduct is the aim of our Compliance Program. A corresponding Compliance Organization has been established for implementing compliance measures and monitoring purposes: As corporate governance function, the Corporate Compliance division reports to the Chief Compliance Officer, the member of the Fresenius Management Board responsible for Legal Affairs, Compliance and Human Resources. The division supports the Chief Compliance Officer in establishing and implementing guidelines and procedures which shall ensure that the applicable statutory requirements as well as the requirements of the Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA Compliance Program are adhered to. Compliance activities and guidelines have been implemented in each business segment and a chief compliance officer has been appointed who is responsible for communicating information and for introducing, elaborating, and monitoring the compliance procedures in the respective business segment.
The Chief Compliance Officer reports regularly to the Fresenius Management Board and the Supervisory Boards’ Audit Committee on status and efficacy of the Compliance measures implemented based on the report on Compliance activities.
The Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA Code of Conduct is the key element of the Compliance Program. It contains the main principles and rules for conduct within the Fresenius Group and when dealing with external business partners or the general public.
Fresenius regularly offers training for employees to extend their knowledge of the principles of this Code of Conduct. In case of questions regarding appropriate behavior, superiors and Compliance Officers / Delegates can be consulted at any time.
The implementation of the Compliance Program as well as compliance with the Code’s principles of conduct is monitored regularly.
Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA Code of Conduct
The Code of Conduct shall help us all to make the right decisions in our daily work. All Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA employees are bound by the principles of this Code of Conduct as well as by the rules on compliance with these principles. Internal guidelines and standard operating procedures reflect these rules in greater detail. Additionally, this Code of Conduct serves as a role model for establishing and enhancing individual Codes of Conduct within all business segments.
The Code of Conduct is currently available in German and English.