Our code of conduct describes the key elements of the corporate culture at CHG-MERIDIAN. We have once again expanded its contents to take into account society’s growing expectations, while also refining the value system set out in the code.
It now includes important memberships such as the UN Global Compact, and additions in the areas of equal opportunities and workers’ rights. We have also changed our ombudsman in the wake of the EU Whistleblower Directive.
A lot has happened at CHG-MERIDIAN in recent months. We have refined our management systems and updated our system of values to meet stricter regulatory requirements and as a result of stepping up our sustainability activities. We have also joined a number of initiatives, including the UN Global Compact and the Diversity Charter, with the aim of highlighting these changes. All this has been incorporated into the new edition of our code of conduct. The key changes are outlined below:
Our code of conduct provides guidance for daily interactions with customers, business partners, and colleagues. It shows in a clear way which values and rules are important to us and guide our actions both internally and externally. We have deliberately dispensed with a separate supplier code to ensure a uniform behavior in interaction with each other. In addition, we constantly consider the expectations and needs of our business partners. When updating the code of conduct, we therefore also included points that are regularly requested by them. This makes it easier to monitor whether our value systems match up, which is important in a relationship based on trust. The code of conduct applies to all employees of the CHG-MERIDIAN Group.
Since 2014, we have been working with an external ombudsman as the central and anonymous point of contact for our whistleblowing system. We have changed our partner in order to comply with the new EU Whistleblowing Directive and the associated requirements. In addition to the ombudsman, the whistleblower system at CHG-MERIDIAN also includes the Board of Management, the relevant line managers, the Group Regulatory Officer, and the Compliance Officer.