That calls for vigilance on the part of everyone along with a willingness to draw attention to possible Serious Regulatory Violations on the basis of a Reasonable Suspicion. We also value information of this nature from business partners, customers and other third parties. Reports to the Whistleblower System can be made at any time and in any language.
The Whistleblower System guarantees the greatest possible protection for whistleblowers and persons implicated. An investigation is only initiated after very careful examination of the facts and reasonable suspicion of a regulatory violation. There will be strict confidentiality and secrecy throughout the investigative process. Information will be reviewed fairly, promptly and in a sensitive manner.
Where do I send my report?
The Investigation Office of the AUDI AG can be contacted as follows:
It is possible to use an internet-based communication platform to contact the Investigation Office, exchange documents and remain in contact via a separate mailbox. This system is confidential and protected. Whistleblowers can decide for themselves whether they want to provide their name. A confidential report via the protected AUDI AG reporting channel can be submitted to the Investigation Office via the following link:
Important notice: Even if your preferred language is not offered in the reporting channel, you can use any language to submit your report. You can also contact the Central Investigation Office in any language via e-mail or mail.
Before submitting a report, whistleblowers should read the respective data privacy statement and statement of consent.
The Central Investigation Office can be contacted via the following email address:
You can make a report at any time using the international toll-free number: +800 444 46300*
If your local telephone provider does not support the toll-free service, you can call the following chargeable number: +49 5361 946300.
* Depending on the country you are calling from, it is possible that the international toll-free hotline is not available since some telephone network providers do not support the service. If so, please use the offered chargeable number or your country specific number.
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Postal address and in person
Audi Investigation Office
Please make an appointment in advance by writing an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ombudspersons in the Volkswagen Group
“Ombudsman” is a term taken from the Swedish word for mediator or legal representative. Dr. Rainer Buchert and Thomas Rohrbach, the external ombudspersons appointed by the Volkswagen Group, act as special counsel to accept reports of potential statutory or internal violation of regulations or any other kind of harmful conduct in the Group, and to review these with respect to plausibility and substantiality.
They consult with the whistleblower if necessary and if the identity of the whistleblower is known. Finally, they forward all the information that has been agreed with the whistleblower to the Investigation Office for further processing. All information is treated as confidential and it is the whistleblower who decides whether he or she wishes to protect his or her identity vis-à-vis the Group. The ombudspersons appointed by the Group ensure that reports from whistleblowers who do not wish to be identified by the company are forwarded to the Investigation Office anonymously.
How do I make a report?
It is important to make sure the information contained in the report you submit to the Investigation Office is as concrete as possible so that it can be processed and investigated in an appropriate manner.
It is helpful if your report covers the following five questions:
- Who? – Who is it about? Who is affected?
- What? – What happened? Explanation of the circumstances.
- When? – When did the incident take place?
- How? – How many times did it happen?
- Where? – Where did the incident take place?
Whistleblowers should make sure that that their descriptions contained in their report can be easily understood by persons who are not specialists with the subject area. It would be helpful if the whistleblower is available to answer further questions. If the whistleblower is willing to do so, but wish to remain anonymous toward Audi, the anonymous reporting channels can be used.
In case of violations of regulations on data protection we kindly ask you to contact the Data-Breach Hotline (+49 841 89-36565) of the AUDI AG.
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