Whistle blowing

Whistle blowing / information in accordance with the Whistleblower Protection Act and the German Supply Chain Act (LkSG)

  • Why should I submit a report?
  • What can I report?
  • When should I submit a report?
  • How should I submit a report and what happens after I have submitted a report?
  • How can I make enquiries about my report?
  • What happens if the reported matter cannot be proven?

Why should I submit a report?

Maschinenfabrik Berthold HERMLE AG is committed to fostering an environment of integrity and legality, promoting respectful conduct towards our employees internally and when engaging with our business partners externally. We are dedicated to adhering to all pertinent legal standards in our business operations, encompassing a wide range of rules and regulations, from A for occupational health and safety to Z for customs regulations.

To facilitate this objective, HERMLE has established a compliance management system which includes training, documentation and a review of key processes and regulations.

HERMLE expects ethically and legally impeccable conduct from everyone. We have a zero tolerance policy towards any type of non-compliance with internal instructions or in case of unlawful behaviour.

Your report is invaluable in assisting us with this endeavour.
We take every report seriously.

What can I report?

We encourage you to report any significant concerns you may have.

The legislator intends for this channel to be used specifically for reporting facts which may entail criminal penalties and fines, thereby ensuring a systematic investigation. Examples include money laundering, insider trading, corruption, antitrust violations, breaches of export control regulations, non-compliance with product safety guidelines and matters related to the German Supply Chain Act (LkSG).

We kindly request that you report such incidents, even if they ultimately reflect unfavourably on you, as your assistance will help us to guarantee future compliance with these regulations. Even those individuals directly involved in the misconduct can expect significantly reduced consequences.

Confidentiality is assured to both you and any individuals mentioned in the report. Your report is greatly appreciated, and there are no disadvantages for you to be concerned about.

When should I submit a report?

Please notify us of any potential misconduct as soon as you have thoughtfully and responsibly concluded that it is necessary for Maschinenfabrik Berthold HERMLE AG or one of its subsidiaries to be made aware of it.

How should I submit a report? What happens after the report?

Please use the link below to the reporting system which we have provided. By emailing your report to our electronic mailbox compliance@hermle.de, you can be sure that

  • you will receive electronic confirmation of receipt of your report to your sender email address within the legal time frame,
  • your report will be assessed and investigated confidentially
  • You will receive feedback on the result or the planned measures no later than three months after receipt of the report

How can I make enquiries about my report?

Please contact us at compliance@hermle.de for your first report to ensure initial recording, documentation and feedback regarding its receipt. If you want to make enquiries about your report, please contact our Compliance Department directly.

To do so, send an email to compliance@hermle.de

Please refer to your original report.

What happens if the reported matter cannot be proven?

We protect you and take your rights seriously.

Those who submit a thoughtful and responsible report need not fear any disadvantages whatsoever. This also applies even if, during the process of investigation and clarification, it is determined that the facts described in the report are not accurate.

Even in such cases, rest assured that we will maintain strict confidentiality regarding your identity. 

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