FBB Strengthens Compliance Management: Appointment of New Compliance Officer and Ombudsman23.10.2014
Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH has strengthened its compliance management and appointed the company’s previous ombudswoman, the lawyer Elke Schaefer, to the newly created position of compliance officer. Her primary responsibilities will be the prevention and discovery of any compliance violations and determination of the appropriate response. Hartmut Mehdorn, CEO of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH: “The Airport Company has further strengthened its position with respect to compliance issues. Our policy is clear: zero tolerance for corruption or other violations. By establishing the position of a compliance officer, we have created a central office within the company for the prevention of white-collar crime and other violations.”
New compliance officer
The new compliance officer is the lawyer Elke Schaefer. Ms Schaefer is already familiar with the company from her work in the position of ombudswoman for Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH. She brings to the job many years of experience in the prevention of white-collar crime and in consulting on compliance management systems. In addition, Ms Schaefer has served as ombudswoman in various public and private sectors.
External ombudsman’s office
Airport Company associates and external third parties such as contractors, service providers or business partners can turn to the internal compliance officer and/or an external ombudsman to submit possible alerts and questions related to the subject of compliance, especially corruption. Dr Rainer Frank, founding partner of the Fachanwälte für Strafrecht on Potsdamer Platz, assumed the position of ombudsman for the prevention of corruption at FBB on 1 September 2014. The 56-year-old will act as an external and impartial expert to support the company’s compliance officer in the acceptance and investigation of any allegations of corruption, fraud, embezzlement or other white-collar crimes in the company. In his capacity as ombudsman, Dr Frank will accept in confidence any alerts to criminal acts or serious administrative offences committed by associates, contractors, service providers or business partners of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH.
Transparency and prevention
Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH long ago instituted a strict policy of transparency and the prevention of white-collar crime in the company.
- At the beginning of 2005, even before construction at BER began, FBB concluded an integrity agreement aimed at preventing corruption and illegal agreements during construction work with the independent organisation Transparency International Deutschland e.V. The Airport Company engaged Professor Peter Oettel to act as an impartial outside observer, and he has been monitoring compliance with the integrity agreement since then. This was the first time any company in Germany had taken this step.
- In 2010, FBB reinforced its corruption prevention measures even further. Since that time, Airport Company associates and external third parties such as contractors, service providers or business partners have been able to turn to an internal anti-corruption officer and/or an external ombudsman’s office to submit possible alerts and questions. Both of these positions investigate any alerts and suspected cases of corruption, fraud, white-collar crime, embezzlement or similar crimes.
- In addition, FBB has been in compliance with the Corporate Governance Code for Holdings of the State of Brandenburg in Private-law Companies (CGK Brandenburg) and the rules for companies it contains (Section VI) since 2011. The Code contains rules for good and responsible corporate management and control.