A Commitment to 10 Principles of Responsible Conduct

Bertelsmann has been a signatory of the United Nations (UN) Global Compact since October 2008. The initiative was launched in 2000 by Kofi Annan, then Secretary-General of the United Nations.

It calls on companies around the world to abide by ten principles in the areas of human rights, labor standards, environmental protection and anti-corruption measures. With over 12,000 participating companies and other stakeholders from over 160 countries, the UN Global Compact is the largest voluntary corporate responsibility initiative in the world.

Globalization Comes with Obligations

Bertelsmann and its companies have operations in more than 50 countries. The global responsibility implied for the company and its employees – in their dealings with each other, with business partners and with the public – are reflected in Bertelsmann’s participation in the UN Global Compact.

The Group's Code of Conduct, which came into force at the end of October 2008, familiarizes all employees with the principles of the Global Compact.

An annual Communication on Progress to the UN Global Compact documents relevant objectives, measures and results of efforts to integrate and implement the ten principles into our company's business practices.

The 10 Principles

Human Rights

Principle 01: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and

Principle 02: make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.