The Würth Elektronik
Legal Compliance Management System

Our Legal Compliance Management System strives for conformance with national and international laws and regulations as well as the company's own commitments and guidelines.

The term "compliance" refers to issues people have been dealing with for a very long time. Matters of antitrust legislation and monopolies in Europe were already being discussed 500 years ago. In the 1920s, the International Labour Organization (ILO) in London dealt with compliance issues such as human rights, working conditions, environmental protection provisions and anti-corruption. In the 1980s the financial industry added such aspects as money laundering and insider trading.

Over the last 10 years, various corruption scandals in large industrial and insurance companies have made headlines, underpinning the importance of compliance.

Since the 1970s, the Würth Group holds a basic Corporate policy which governs corporate culture and corporate ethics including recommendations and mandatory regulations for all managers and employees of the Würth Group.

We want to ensure that ethical and lawful behaviour and thinking become an integral part of the daily business for all management levels, staff representatives and employees of the Würth Elektronik Group. We have implemented a Legal Compliance Management System in our daily business operations.

Training all employees makes an essential contribution toward practicing our compliance mind-set on a daily basis so that improper behaviour will not have a chance.

For employees or outside observers who should notice any irregularities at Würth Elektronik, following secure reporting methods are available:

To the Würth Elektronik eiSos Group:
(as letter - also anonymously - to the Business Unit Compliance Officer)

Würth Elektronik GmbH & Co. KG
c/o Mr Axel Wagner
Max-Eyth-Straße 1
74638 Waldenburg
Tel.: +49 7942 945-5265

Confidentiality is of highest importance when investigating compliance- relevant reports. Corresponding to the Würth Elektronik Group’s self-committed principles, it is warranted that whistle-blowers will not have to fear any disadvantage resulting from their reporting activities.

If a notice turns out to be justified, corresponding measures will be taken.

Employees must be aware that any compliance-related wrongdoing will be sanctioned and can result in labour law-related consequences up to the termination of the employment.

National and international audits along with compliance officers in all our branches shall ensure comprehensive feedback. This allows solving of infringements to secure confidence in the Würth Elektronik Group and ensure a safe and compliant work environment.

Both regular training of employees and the Würth Elektronik Compliance Hotline are reviewed on a regular basis for topicality and efficiency. The Chief Compliance Officer authorizes and is responsible for investigating information about possible wrongdoing that is provided to the company through the Compliance Hotline or governmental investigative authorities.