Declaration of principles to protect and respect human rights
AZO pledges to respect human rights in accordance with the provisions in the National Action Plan for Business and Human Rights and the United Nations (UN) Principles for Business and Human Rights. Hence we support implementation of nationally and internationally recognised standards for human rights, both within the company and at partners and associates throughout the entire value chain.
Our declaration of principles defines the conduct and standards for human-rights due diligence in the company and at our business associates. AZO accepts without reservation the principles for business and human rights advocated by the UN and the International Labour Organization (ILO) and expects that its business associates and suppliers respect and comply with human rights and labour laws in their business activities.
Every business associate should undertake to apply and observe all relevant statutory instruments, ILO standards and the ETI Base Code (Ethical Trading Initiative) and, as far as possible, encourage and request subcontractors to also apply them.
Among others, this includes the following criteria:
At AZO, our underlying principle is to provide our customers with solutions for innovative automation of raw materials. These solutions are manufactured in accordance with responsible and ethical practices. Our focus is on sustained development that is based on economic, ecological and social aspects. Sustainable value creation and growth should safeguard the company as an independent family business for future generations too.
Fundamental to our actions are the principles of accountability, integrity, loyalty and respect for both other people and the environment in accordance with the “AZO Company Guidelines
”. Managerial staff assume a special responsibility here.
The following Code of Conduct explains these principles. The goal is to prevent situations which could call the integrity of our conduct and trust in our services into question. At the same time, all employees are to be encouraged to assume responsibility for their own actions and given guidance to do so.
The underlying rules, standards and practices required to achieve these aims are set forth in this Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct applies to all of us working in or for the AZO Group. These are the governing bodies, managerial staff, employees (incl. temporary workers) and other people working for the AZO Group. When the AZO Group is mentioned in the Code of Conduct, this refers to AZO GmbH & Co. KG and all companies that are directly or indirectly controlled by AZO Holding.
Principled, careful, responsible and ethical business operations in the AZO Group
We have established ethical and legal standards as the basis of our strategic considerations and in our daily business activities. Our AZO Code of Conduct governs both internal teamwork and behaviour towards external business associates. It applies without exception to all employees in the AZO Group and the senior and middle management and stipulates, among other things
- observance of the law,
- mutual respect,
- honesty and
It is our AZO Code of Conduct, as the main guideline, that forms the cornerstone of our Compliance Programme. In this context, compliance means conduct that complies with the law. Legislation and statutory instruments, also the company’s own regulations in the narrower sense, set the standards for conduct that complies with the law.
In our business dealings, we reject
- “white-collar crime” such as fraud, embezzlement, theft and misappropriation.
- breach of competition laws,
- money laundering,
- violations of human rights,
- violations of national and international laws, and any activities that aid and abet child labour or forced labour.
The Code of Conduct is supplemented by guidelines for responsible and ethical business in addition to other guidelines, such as the Social Media Guideline and the guideline for interactions with our business associates. We can only achieve these goals if everyone involved plays their part. This is why the Code of Conduct stipulates mandatory requirements for all employees.
All employees are expressly encouraged to inform their supervisor or compliance officer, if they discover that someone’s behaviour possibly does not comply with the rules in the above-mentioned areas/spheres of activity. This can prevent minor problems becoming major ones. No employee who submits information in good faith need fear any disadvantage, even if the information turns out to be unfounded. However this will not be the case, if it is clear that allegations were only made because of scandalmongering in order to cause harm to a colleague. In cases like this, it can be expected that this will result in disciplinary action. It is not our goal to foster an informer culture at AZO under any circumstances. The Management will vouch for this. Messages can also be sent anonymously via our website.
All employees and managerial staff at all levels must confirm that they have read and understood the guidelines. In confirming this, each individual states that he/she will comply with the guidelines and will report any non-compliance without delay. In the event that someone does not submit his/her confirmation, this does not exempt him/her from the obligation to observe these compliance guidelines.
Fundamental requirements for proper conduct