DEUTA abides by the laws and other regulations in effect in the countries where it conducts business. In countries with a weak institutional framework DEUTA will carefully examine which good business practices from the home country should be applied to support responsible corporate management.
DEUTA orients its activities towards universally held ethical values and principles, in particular to integrity, transparency, honesty, respect of human dignity, openness and non-discrimination of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, or ideology, disability, age or sexual identity.
DEUTA rejects corruption and bribery as stated in the relevant UN Convention1. DEUTA promotes integrity, responsible leadership as well as company accountability and takes appropriate actions to prevent direct or indirect commitment of criminal acts, and in particular the following law infringements:
- fraudulent appropriation
- forgery of an instrument
- anticompetitive agreements in public tenders
- betrayal of trade secrets and industrial secrets
- unauthorised utilization of templates or instructions of technical nature
- corruptibility and bribery in business operations
- granting of undue advantages and grant of allowance or other benefits to employees of contractual partners, respectively acceptance of such allowances or benefits
DEUTA pursues reputable and recognised business practices and fair competition, in particular in compliance with antitrust and competition law requirements.
As far as consumer interests are affected, DEUTA abides by the applicable regulations of consumer protection.
DEUTA communicates openly and conversationally about the requirements of this CoC and its implementation with employees, customers, suppliers and other stakeholders.
Every document and all information will be duly produced. They will not be unfairly changed or destroyed. They will be stored properly. Trade secrets and industrial secrets of business partners are handled sensitively and confidentially; they are neither disseminated nor made accessible to third parties without authorization.
DEUTA is committed to promoting human rights. It respects human rights as stated in the Human Rights Charter of the United Nations2. DEUTA abides by the following ILO3 core work standards, to the extent referenced herein below.
4.5.1 Privacy and data protection
Privacy including personal data is protected
4.5.2 Health and safety
Health and safety at work are protected, particularly by granting a safe and health beneficial work environment, in order to avoid accidents and injuries.
4.5.3 Protection against harassment
Employees are protected from bodily punishment and physical, sexual, psychological or verbal harassment or abuse.
4.5.4 Freedom of opinion
Freedom of opinion and freedom of expression are granted and protected.
4.5.5 Ban of child labour
The ban of child labour, i.e. the employment of persons younger than 15 years of age, is observed provided the local legal requirements do not specify a higher age limit or no exceptions are permitted4.
4.5.6 Ban of forced labour
The ban on forced labour of any kind is observed5.
The work standards regarding remuneration, particularly concerning the level of remuneration according to applicable laws and regulations are observed6.
4.5.8 Employee rights
The employees rights of freedom of association, freedom of assembly and collective bargaining are respected to the extent this is legally permitted and possible in the respective country7.
4.5.9 Ban of discrimination
Employees of both gender are treated in a non-discriminatory way8.
4.5.10 Working hours
DEUTA abides by work standards concerning the maximum permitted time of work.
DEUTA fulfils the regulations and standards for protection of the environment that apply to their business and acts in an environmentally conscious way at all business sites. Based on the principles of the Rio Declaration9, DEUTA handles natural resources in a responsible way.
DEUTA actively contributes to the social and economic development of the countries and regions where it conducts business and promotes appropriate volunteer activities of its employees.
DEUTA makes every appropriate and reasonable effort to implement and continuously apply the principles and values described in this CoC. Upon request and on the basis of reprocity, the contractual partners will be informed about the essential measures so that it becomes comprehensible, how their observance is guaranteed in principle. Disclosure of industrial and trade secrets or any other information related to competition or otherwise deserving protection, may not be claimed.