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Information on Corporate Governance practices


The business operations of the Audi Group are based on the following corporate governance practices, implemented beyond the requirements laid down by law.

Board Directives and Company Regulations

Board Directives and Company Regulations stipulate binding procedures in respect of workflows and other business processes as well as recording fundamental organizational policy decisions. They thereby ensure fulfillment of assigned tasks based on the efficient deployment of resources within the framework of the corporate goals and ensure clear definition of competencies and responsibilities. They aim to promote an understanding of the implemented business processes and of the essential need for cooperation between the organizational units concerned.

The Board Directives and Company Regulations are available to all employees on the Intranet.

Ombudsman System

Corruption is not a trivial offense: On the contrary, it harms the company and its employees. The Audi Group devotes great attention to combating and investigating corruption. Firstly, the auditing department of the Audi Group helps in combating corruption. Moreover, the Audi Group is linked in to the Volkswagen Group Anti-Corruption System, the Ombudsman System.

As part of this system, two leading attorneys-at-law are designated as neutral Ombudsmen (Ombudsman being a term deriving from the Swedish word for “mediator”). Employees and business partners can contact an Ombudsman if they discover evidence of corruption. The Ombudsmen are subject to the attorney’s duty of confidentiality. All reports are treated in the strictest confidence.

The Volkswagen Group Anti-Corruption System

Contacts

Ombudsmen
Dr. Rainer Buchert (Lawyer)
Phone: +49 6105 921355 or +49 69 71033330
email: dr-buchert@dr-buchert.de

 

Thomas Rohrbach (Lawyer)
Phone: +49 69 65300356
email: rohrbach@ra-rohrbach.de

 

Hotline
Details on how to contact the Ombudsmen are available in the main Group languages (German, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Czech, Chinese, Italian, Russian and Japanese) by calling the hotline on +49 69 65300490. Information on corruption which is available in languages other than English or German can also be forwarded by fax to +49 69 65009523.

 

Volkswagen Group Anti-Corruption Officer
Dr. Peter Dörfler
Head of Internal Auditing of Volkswagen AG
Phone: +49 5361 923488
Fax: +49 5361 939309
email: peter.doerfler@volkswagen.de

 

Head of Auditing, AUDI AG
Geert Deweerdt
Phone: +49 841 89-32160
Fax: +49 841 89-36069
email: geert.deweerdt@audi.de