Governance

At G+D, we engineer trust to secure the essential values of the world. Our business success is based on us acting in a manner that builds trust and is moral and responsible.

The principles of good governance, compliance with national and international laws and directives, as well as acting in accordance with our values, form the basis for our trust-based collaboration with our customers and for our reputation as a company. With both our compliance and data management systems as well as the G+D Code of Conduct, we anchor integrity and lawful action in our company and our business relationships. As a values-driven company, we align our financing but also our investments and business models with sustainable criteria.

Compliance and Integrity

Responsible governance, legal compliance and integrity are the foundation of what we do. Our G+D Code of Conduct serves as a point of reference for legally compliant and correct conduct in everyday work. Our Group-wide Compliance Management System (CMS) helps us to comply with laws, identify risks and problems, and look into legal breaches.  Concerns can also be reported anonymously via our Whistleblower tool. Find out more on our Compliance pages. Our goal is for G+D to remain a trusted company, and to strengthen it in this position. Responsible management as well as the integrity of all employees play a crucial role in this.

Our goals:

We will continue regular training of employees, maintenance and constant further development of our Compliance Management System, and our zero-tolerance approach towards corruption.

Human rights & responsible supply chains

The observance and protection of human rights are part of our core values and for us are a component of responsible governance. In our Code of Conduct, we have committed ourselves to complying with nationally and internationally applicable principles and standards. For us this includes, among other aspects, the UN General Declaration of Human Rights as well as the UN’s Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. It is our aspiration that human rights are maintained in all our subsidiaries and are also observed by our suppliers. We aim to determine human-rights-related risks in our supply chains and eliminate or minimize them. This approach is not only in line with legal requirements but also our own understanding of our values.

Our goals:

Based on our CMS, we will introduce a Management System to ensure compliance with duties of care concerning human rights within the supply chain.

Data protection

Within the topic of Corporate Digital Responsibility, we feel particular obligations in the area of data protection and data security – with respect to our employees and business partners, but also primarily to our customers. We have established a global data management system, with the goal of implementing standardized data protection and data security standards group-wide. Find out more about our Data protection pages and Security pages. We set the highest standards for the level of data protection in the Group. G+D was the first company in Germany to achieve the “Gold Standard” in data protection as our Binding Corporate Rules were recognized by the public authorities both as a “controller” and a “processor”.

Our goals:

We want to maintain the existing high level of data protection by complying with the requirements of the Binding Corporate Rules on an ongoing basis.

Sustainable investments

In the future development of our portfolio, we will focus on technologies and investments that make a contribution to increased sustainability. In the event of conflicting goals, in future there will be a veto right available to the newly founded ESG committee. We are currently developing a comprehensive evaluation schedule that enables us to identify risks to our sustainable development goals at an early stage, and to react accordingly.

Our goals:

We want to align 95 percent of our investments with ESG criteria by 2030.

ESG-compatible financing

We want to align our financing so that it is ESG-compatible. We are therefore seeking out partners which give as much attention to achieving sustainable development targets as we do, and which align their financing conditions with such targets. Here we focus on our goals in the areas of greenhouse gas emissions, diversity, and water consumption

Our goals:

We have agreed long-term goals with our financing partners. We will develop annual interim targets for these goals, enabling us to monitor on a regular basis whether we are still on the target path, and to react promptly when necessary.

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