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We promote dialog in the healthcare sector and ensure that costs are saved in a meaningful way. Everyone should benefit from medical progress with the help of IT.
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Since 1987, CompuGroup Medical has been working towards the vision of a digitized healthcare system. Ever since, we have been developing products to help healthcare professionals and citizens alike to improve their work and their lives.
But we do more than just that. As an active player in the healthcare industry, we consider our responsibility for people’s health to be part of our company’s DNA and we want to continue to make contributions in and beyond the industry.
Ethics and compliance are key at CompuGroup Medical - not only for the management, but for everyone. In addition to complying with legal regulations and rules, our responsibility also applies to compliance with ethical principles - regardless of whether they are laid down in the applicable laws. We want to set new standards and continuously strive for more.
In a time of increasing social and ecological challenges, we recognize our role actively, comprehensively, and sustainably and adhere to our values. In our business activities, we feel responsible towards our employees, investors, our customers, suppliers, the environment, and our communities as such.
Our values are an integral part of our corporate culture. A written code of ethics, which applies to all employees as well as all business partners and other third parties working on our behalf, serves as the basis of our daily activities.
As an active player in the healthcare sector, we consider our responsibility for people’s health to be part of our company’s DNA. With our products highly sensitive data of many millions of people are processed. Compliance with legal regulations and standards is therefore a central component of our daily activities. In addition, we have the responsibility to respect ethical principles that may not always be set forth in applicable laws.
All CGM employees contribute to ensuring that we as a company, meet these high expectations. We would therefore like to offer compact assistance with this Code of Ethics, as well as formulate an expectation.
The Code of Ethics is a summary of guiding principles and policies that apply to all CGM employees equally. It does not matter which position you hold, which task you perform or at which location you work.
A Code of Ethics primarily describes the rules for dealing with clients, business partners, other third parties, but also of course among us colleagues.
We are more than 8,500 people from 75 nations in 159 locations and 19 countries. We are very proud of this diversity. But cultural diversity also requires a common understanding of cooperation that complies both with the law as well as with our ethical principles.
Please read this Code of Ethics carefully, and on a regular basis. It is binding for all of us. If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact our colleagues in Group Compliance and Corporate Responsibility.
Thank you very much for your commitment.
Your Managing Directors
CompuGroup Medical SE & Co. KGaA and all its subsidiaries are committed to acting in a socially responsible manner and will always achieve their goals by acting ethically. As an expressed commitment to this social responsibility, this Code of Ethics sets out the specific requirements for business practice and personal conduct. The Code of Ethics applies to all employees, as well as to all business partners, and any third parties acting on our behalf.
We try to use gender-neutral wording. For reasons of better readability, we also use the generic masculine in the following, unless gender-neutral wording is used. All personal references equally apply to all genders.
Corporate values serve as a foundation and guidepost for achieving a vision. For this reason, we formulated our values in 2021.
Particularly, our values “Act with integrity and respect!”, and “Collaborate and take ownership!” underline our understanding of the legal framework and ethical principles.
CGM is committed to the free market and fair competition. For this reason, we do not tolerate any antitrust violations in our Group and always act responsibly, fair, and in accordance with national and international competition regulations, guidelines, and laws. We expect legally compliant behavior in all antitrust matters not only from our employees at all levels, but also from our business partners and all other market participants. Acting in compliance with applicable competition law is a top priority for CGM.
→ We stand for a fair approach to competition
CGM grows with the trust of our customers, business partners, and stakeholders. To uphold this trust, CGM clearly opposes all forms of corruption and bribery and supports efforts to combat them in all forms. Therefore, any offering, promising, or granting of benefits of any kind by our employees to induce action favorable to CGM (active corruption) is strictly prohibited. Furthermore, we do not accept offers, promises, or other benefits if this could create the impression that this influences our business decisions (passive corruption).
→ We convince through our products and not through bribery
To ensure that our business decisions are always made in the best interests of the Group, conflicts of interest of a private, economic, or other nature, including those of relatives or other related persons, should be prevented in advance. However, should a conflict arise with private matters or other interests, our employees are required to report this immediately to the relevant manager, so that any conflicts of interest that arise can be resolved transparently and in accordance with applicable law.
→ Our decision is not influenced by private interests
As a publicly traded company, it is important to us that our employees and business partners always treat insider information confidentially and that it is not misused or disclosed.
In addition, we do not tolerate money laundering or tax evasion, which we combat in every form and in full cooperation with the relevant authorities.
→ We treat insider information confidentially and do not tolerate tax evasion/money laundering
Aware of our responsibility as part of society, CGM is involved in numerous areas of public life, such as education, science, culture, and sports. In doing so, we always donate in compliance with the legal regulations and without any expectation of receiving anything in return. CGM actively promotes transparency by disclosing all donation and sponsorship activities.
→ We donate transparently and do not expect anything in return
Our business partners (e.g., customers, sales partners, and suppliers) rely on CGM as a legally compliant business partner. At the same time, we are also in dialog with our business partners and suppliers around the world and share our basic principles for ethical behavior, compliance with legal standards, and environmentally friendly actions. We expect them, as we do from ourselves, to base their actions on these same principles.
→ We select our business partners carefully
The property and assets of CGM are used to achieve our company objectives. It is, therefore, the responsibility of each employee to use them properly, carefully, and only for appropriate and authorized purposes, and to protect them from theft, misuse, or loss. This applies to the protection of intellectual property of CGM, such as trade secrets, confidential information, trademark, and patent protection rights.
→ We treat the property and assets of the company carefully and responsibly
Being a corporation in the IT and eHealth sector, information and data protection is of the utmost importance to CGM. By law, especially, personal data of our employees, customers, and business partners is particularly worthy of protection. Confidential processing of such data in compliance with data protection regulations is a basic prerequisite for the trust of our customers and business partners in our products and business activities. Our employees are therefore obliged to protect the data they are entrusted with in the course of their work, from unlawful processing or other misuse.
→ We protect personal data and privacy
Information security is also a top priority for CGM. We therefore protect all company, customer, business partner, stakeholder, and employee data from unauthorized access, misuse, loss, etc. using all available and technically suitable means.
Each CGM employee is required to share all information about CGM internally and externally only with authorized persons and to protect confidential information and business documents from being viewed by unauthorized persons.
→ We treat information confidentially
We strictly comply with applicable legal requirements for the protection of employee rights.
We are committed to diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity, and we stand for a working environment characterized by respect and tolerance. Bullying, abuse of power, intimidation, threats, and other forms of harassment will not be tolerated.
We reject any form of discrimination. This includes any kind of unequal treatment, rejection, or preference based on gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, political opinion, national or ethnic origin, and any other circumstances that may lead to a violation of the principle of equality.
Every manager is a role model with their own behavior and must ensure a working environment free of discrimination and harassment.
Decisions regarding hiring, salary, development opportunities, as well as any promotion are made solely based on skills, experience, job performance, and potential related to the position.
→ We live our diversity and do not discriminate
We respect human rights, personal rights, and the dignity of our employees and all third parties. Forced labor, child labor, slavery, and human trafficking as well as any form of exploitation are prohibited at CGM. We ensure strict compliance with the relevant laws both within our organization and with our suppliers and business partners.
Within our sphere of influence, we protect human rights in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and respect the International Labour Organization's Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work in accordance with applicable laws and practices.
We respect the rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. Our employees are free to choose to join or not join a union/employee representation of choice without threat or intimidation.
→ We stand up for human rights
The safety and health of our employees is extremely important to us. We expect our managers to ensure a healthy working environment and to pay attention to the mental and physical well-being of their employees.
Nevertheless, all CGM employees are called upon to take personal responsibility for their own health, to work together with their managers to shape their own healthy work environment, and to take advantage of the preventive and precautionary measures offered.
→ Our health is important to us
Protecting the environment and the climate forms an essential part of our corporate responsibility. We comply with all applicable environmental regulations, and we procure and use resources such as energy and water responsibly.
We actively work to minimize dependence and impact on natural resources, as well as to foster environmental sustainability.
→ We make our contribution
We count on each CGM employee to implement the guidelines and values underlying this Code. First and foremost, our managers have a role model function and are the first point of contact for questions of understanding regarding this Code. They ensure that the guidelines are adhered to and take appropriate measures to prevent violations.
Information about possible violations of laws or CGM guidelines can also be passed on to us (also anonymously to the extent permitted by law) through our “Ethics Line” whistleblower system (see below).
For further questions or concerns regarding the Code of Ethics, Group Compliance can be reached as follows:
Adr.: CompuGroup Medical SE & Co. KGaA, Maria Trost 21, 56070, c/o Sven Büschgens
Compliance with legal requirements and internal guidelines is a top priority for CompuGroup Medical ("CGM"). CGM strives to resolve incidents that are not compliant with legal requirements or guidelines as quickly as possible to avoid violations. The CGM Ethics Line provides our employees, business partners, clients and other third parties with a dedicated communication channel to report such incidents. Any information provided to CGM through the CGM Ethics Line will be investigated promptly.
CGM assures whistleblowers of the best possible protection of their identity. It is CGM's top priority to protect whistleblowers from any negative consequences. Upon request, the CGM Ethics Line therefore assures whistleblowers of anonymity to the extent permitted by law. In its actions, CGM will always seek to consider legitimate interests of the persons affected by a report.
In view of potentially far-reaching consequences of a report, we ask you to make use of the CGM Ethics Line in a responsible manner.
Web based platform
The web-based communication platform allows for the electronic submission of reports as well as the provision of relevant documents. It offers the possibility to enter into a dialogue with CGM’s Group Compliance Team.
The web-based communication platform can be reached via the following link: https://wb.compliancesolutions.com/COMPUGROUP/
A report by phone may be submitted via our dedicated hotline:
A postal or personal can be submitted to the following address:
CompuGroup Medical SE & Co. KGaA
Maria Trost 21
Telefon: +49 261 8000-2237