Task of the ombudsman
Siltronic AG and its subsidiaries are strongly opposed to all forms of corruption, fraud, other forms of economic crime and any other kind of legal infringement. The appointment of an external ombudsman is an integral part of the compliance management system with which Siltronic strives to prevent, detect and sanction legal violations in the company context.
Lawyer Dr. Niklas Auffermann has been appointed as an ombudsman for employees and business partners of Siltronic, who want to disclose information about corruption, economic crimes or other serious legal violations anonymously.
The task of the ombudsman is limited to accepting leads on corruption, offenses and other law infringements of serious consequence. The ombudsman is not a complaints office for employees or business partners.
For anyone who would like to speak with Dr. Auffermann in German or English in his capacity as Siltronic AG’s ombudsman, a telephone number is provided. Outside the business hours of the law office, an answering machine will record messages. Dr. Auffermann will return your call as soon as possible. The ombudsman can also be contacted by e-mail in German and English.
Information will only ever be passed on to the company if it is expressly permitted by the whistleblower to the ombudsman. If requested, the informant will remain anonymous.
For whistleblowers, contact with the ombudsman is without risk. He will not forward any information to the company without the whistleblower’s permission. Disclosure of information will be done anonymously if the whistleblower wants this.
The ombudsman’s client is Siltronic AG. He may never grant legal advice to a whistleblower which is contrary to the interests of the companies of the Siltronic Group. He may, however, explain the details of internal procedures when dealing with whistleblowing.