19. Political Influence

All significant input relating to legislative procedures, all entries in lobby lists, all significant payments of membership fees, all contributions to governments as well as all donations to political parties and politicians should be disclosed by country in a differentiated way.

As a public sector organisation which is always in the public eye, Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH (HMC) operates according to the rules of its political environment. HMC is determined to maintain and strengthen its positive image. It conducts its business based on applicable legal stipulations, the rules of peaceful coexistence, and ethical standards, all of which impose a wide range of obligations on the organisation and its employees.

Therefore, in fulfilling its public obligations, HMC contributes to the implementation of the political goals of the Senate of Hamburg. Some of the most important guidelines to be implemented at this time include the Climate Protection Act / Climate Protection Plan and the Hamburg Code of Corporate Governance (HCGK). In pursuit of these goals, HMC remains committed to sustainability and the reduction of CO2 emissions.

Furthermore, the stipulations of the 2017 version of the Industrial Waste Ordinance (Gewerbeabfallverordnung, GewAbfV) are relevant with regard to the obligation to separate, recycle and pre-treat waste from commercial operations. The underlying goal is to improve the reuse of waste from events. Additional relevant legal stipulations HMC complies with include the German Minimum Wage Law (Mindestlohngesetz, MiLoG) and the Hamburg Tendering Act (HmbVgG).

To ensure future compliance with legal requirements and their effects on HMC's development, HMC maintains a constant dialogue with the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg (FHH) and its authorities. HMC places great emphasis on creating and maintaining a cooperative and open relationship with all relevant authorities.

As a public sector organisation, HMC is generally subject to a zero political donations policy. This precludes any political influence-taking through political party donations. This principle is part of the Corporate Compliance Programme.

HMC's interests as a trade fair organisation are mainly represented by AUMA, the Exhibition and Trade Fair Board of the German Industry (Ausstellungs- und Messeausschuss der Deutschen Wirtschaft e. V.), one of the key representatives in the political sphere.

Other relevant association memberships include:
Also refer to: Our Contribution to The United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals