For Wanzl, compliance means that all co-workers abide by legal requirements, regulatory standards and other ethical standards and requirements set by the company itself. We have summarised the norms and values that apply to all Wanzl co-workers worldwide in the Wanzl code of conduct.

Wanzl's basic philosophy is responsible conduct towards employees, customers, business partners, the environment and society, and this is inseparably connected to our corporate identity. This reliability is a key reason why Wanzl has been a world leader for many decades and has become a partner to global customers and business partners.

As a family company, we are interested in maintaining a stable working relationship with our business partners which is based on the exceptional quality of deliveries and services and a clear commitment to fair conduct.

Discover our norms and values and download the Wanzl code of conduct here:  

Wanzl Code of Conduct (4.28MB)
Code of conduct  for suppliers and business partners  (1.74MB)

Whistleblower system

As a high-performance and value-oriented family business, we place high demands on ourselves. Compliance with legal requirements and internal rules is of the utmost importance for Wanzl worldwide. Violations are not tolerated and are consistently pursued by Wanzl everywhere in the world. In order to identify potential violations in good time and to initiate the right measures, Wanzl has established a whistleblower system that can be used by both Wanzl employees and business partners (hereinafter referred to as the “whistleblowers”).

Violations of the law may include, for example, the following:

  • Bribery / corruption (advantages are granted by Wanzl employees)
  • Bribery / corruption (benefits are granted to Wanzl employees)
  • Granting advantages to public officials
  • Embezzlement
  • Manipulation (selected items) of the annual financial statements or internal reporting
  • Violations of antitrust and competition law
  • Violations of export control requirements
  • Discrimination based on sex, skin color, ethnic origin, sexual identity, disability, religious affiliation or belief

Who can a whistleblower turn to?

In the event of suspicions, whistleblowers can, on the one hand, contact Wanzl directly (e.g. their supervisor or the Compliance department) or use a reporting channel operated by independent ombudsmen (middlemen) of the auditing company BDO engaged by Wanzl. Information can be reported openly or anonymously. Even if whistleblowers wish to disclose their identity to the ombudsmen, the ombudsmen may, if the whistleblower so wishes, refuse disclosure to Wanzl; this is an important contribution for protecting whistleblowers.

Wanzl will examine the incoming reports very carefully and follow them up consistently. It is also important not to jump to conclusions and to protect wrongly accused employees from inappropriate sanctions. All in all, a fair process must be maintained for all the parties involved.

How to submit a report to the ombudsmen:

1. Internet platform
You can reach the ombudsmen at BDO at any time via an Internet-based communication platform. If you wish, you can even remain anonymous to the ombudsmen at BDO and still have an anonymous exchange with them.
2. Telephone
Alternatively, you can call the ombudsmen on working days between 3 a.m. and 1 p.m. (EST) at the following numbers:
Country of whistleblower or outgoing call Telephone number
United States 877 803 5575
3. By post
Another option is to reach the ombudsmen by sending a letter to the following address:

Private/strictly confidential
Mr Markus Brinkmann
Mr Benedict Benz
BDO AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft Fuhlentwiete
12 20355 Hamburg

Please note that this whistleblower system has been set up for reporting compliance-related matters. We kindly ask for your understanding that other concerns cannot be addressed.