our guiding principle
Our governance objective
Atotech’s corporate governance objective is to transparently meet the highest possible standards of responsible governance and business ethics. Our Code of Conduct applies to everyone at Atotech, including employees, supervisors, executive management, and board members. In addition, we expect third parties, including suppliers, distributors, contract workers, customers, and agents with whom we do business, to act in a way that is consistent with the principles and values of our Code. We expect employees working with our third parties to hold them accountable to our standards.
Our compliance function
Atotech has appointed a Head of Integrity and Compliance to ensure we are living up to the highest ethical standards. This function sits within the legal department and operates via a network of local compliance officers and a dedicated compliance control program with localized checks and balances. Additionally, we have employed a Global Internal Audit (GIA) team that independently evaluates all our processes and risks and provides risk-based assurance and consulting services.
Our policy framework
Atotech has formalized policies for Health and Safety, Anti-discrimination, Data Privacy, Child Labor & Forced Labor in place. These are reviewed on an annual basis and across the business. We apply our ethical standards to our suppliers and conduct regular supplier audits to ensure they meet our high requirements. Employees are required to participate in e-Learnings to familiarize themselves with the policies in our framework. Atotech also conducts compliance reporting, across all countries, twice a year. Currently, we are implementing a new automated reporting system and plan to extend this reporting to every quarter.
To prevent corruption and fraud, Atotech provides mandatory anti-corruption and anti-fraud training for our staff. Face-to-face trainings are held worldwide to inform all employees of our ethical behavior standards. These include a presentation on several subject matters and real-life examples, followed by a Q&A session providing the opportunity to ask questions and gain further understanding. When dealing with customers and suppliers, Atotech has established a robust due-diligence process that takes into account essential aspects of fraud and corruption prevention.
Atotech has established dedicated channels and reporting structures to identify any sort of fraudulent activity and non-compliant behavior within our company. These channels are accessible to internal and external stakeholders and are maintained by our compliance management team – for example, we have established a whistleblowing hotline. In addition, we have introduced a dedicated whistleblowing email address that is maintained by an external party. All information provided through this channel can be shared anonymously and is treated with high confidentiality.
Our greatest asset to ensuring compliance is you!
We support you in reporting your compliance concerns:
To even further support our compliance efforts, we trust in the thoughtfulness of everyone around us. It is our goal to identify any potential risk in advance and so avoid harm to the company, our employees, our partners and customers. We offer our employees and partners different kinds of opportunities to speak up if they suspect any non-compliant behavior. Please use any of the options below to let us know. All information will be treated with high confidentially and can be given anonymously.
Thank you very much for your support!
Whistleblowing hotline (anonymously if required)
Via phone (Global compliance team)
Phone: +49 30 349 85 1652
Via mail (Global compliance team)
Atotech Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG
10553 Berlin, Germany
Attorneys-of-trust (anonymously if required)
10787 Berlin, Germany
“At Atotech, compliance is of the utmost importance and is central to everything we do. Our goal is to ensure complete transparency – for our people, customers, vendors, and partners.”
Marc Gloeckner-Kaiser, Head of Integrity and Compliance at Atotech Group