The whistleblower system is an elementary element of KACO’s corporate governance in order to receive and pursue violations of rules and regulations in KACO’s own business units and at direct or indirect KACO suppliers.
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Only if laws, rules and standards are complied with can damage to KACO and its stakeholders be averted. Compliance with laws, contractual agreements and internal regulations is a top priority for KACO. Misconduct must therefore be recognised and remedied at an early stage. In order to avoid indications of violations with a high risk for KACO and its stakeholders such as
- Violations of human rights
- Violations of the law
- Serious violations of working conditions, equal opportunities and diversity (e.g. child labour, forced and compulsory labour, discrimination, racism, sexual harassment, physical and mental integrity, legal minimum wages and working hours, etc.).
- Criminally relevant violations of data protection laws
- Violations of environmental regulations
- Corruption and antitrust offences
In order to fairly and appropriately investigate such violations, KACO has established various channels for whistleblowers. On the one hand, analogue channels such as telephone or mail, on the other hand, electronic channels such as e-mail, internet, social media (e.g. twitter, instagram, Facebook, Xing, LinkedIn) or the KACO homepage can be used by whistleblowers (KACO employees and external whistleblowers).
KACO GmbH + Co. KG
74912 Kirchardt, Germany
Telefon: +49 7266 913-1212
In order to maintain anonymity, the respective works council can also be contacted in the European plants, which will then maintain contact with the whistleblower and inform him/her of the further procedure.
The KACO works council can be contacted as follows:
KACO GmbH + Co. KG
KACO Dichtungstechnik Ges.m.b.H.
KACO Hungary Kft.
After receiving the tip-off, the management carries out an initial assessment of the potential rule violation and, if necessary, delegates the processing to the specialist departments. The highest level of confidentiality is ensured. KACO attaches great importance to fairness – both in dealing with whistleblowers and those affected. Therefore, both incriminating and exculpatory facts are taken into account equally in the assessment and the principle of proportionality is always observed. If you are aware of specific indications of legal violations or breaches of rules with a high risk for KACO, you can also submit these directly to KACO using the following reporting template.
Please note that, for legal reasons, KACO is not permitted to process information without sufficient concrete evidence.