20. Conduct that Complies with the Law and Policy

The company discloses which measures, standards, systems and processes are in place to prevent unlawful conduct and, in particular, corruption, how they are verified, which results have been achieved to date and where it sees there to be risks. The company depicts how corruption and other contraventions in the company are prevented and exposed and what sanctions are imposed.

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft complies with the "Federal Government Directive on Prevention against Corruption". The internal audit department has a comprehensive right to assess all tasks and activities within the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. The individual organizational units are therefore systematically checked in a risk-oriented manner or incident-related. The examining of corruption risks is an integral part of the audits. In addition to that, the internal audit continuously assesses the work areas which are highly prone to corruption in order to sensitize the employees about the corruption risks.

All employees are instructed regarding the prevention of corruption and confirm this with their signature. Since March 2012 new employees and new appointed executives can use the new electronic learning software »corruption prevention for new employees« and »corruption prevention for new executives«. Employees in especially corruption-prone areas of operation have to use the learning software »Especially corruption-proneareas of operation« in constant intervals.