FBB welcomes rigorous investigative work: Zero tolerance of corruption27.10.2014
The public prosecutor’s office in Neuruppin today announced that a former employee of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH had been given a one-year suspended sentence for fraud and corruption. In response, CEO of Berlin Airports Hartmut Mehdorn said on Monday: “Thanks to its rigorous investigative work, Neuruppin public prosecutor’s office was able to corroborate the suspicion of corruption very quickly. We believe that the results of this investigation bear out our zero-tolerance approach to corruption.” The FBB had handed the case over to the public prosecutor and publicised the details in May 2014 after receiving information from a planning consultancy.
FBB has been actively taking steps to prevent corruption for many years. At the beginning of 2005, even before construction at BER began, FBB concluded an integrity agreement aimed at preventing corruption and illegal agreements during building work with the independent organisation Transparency International Deutschland e.V. The airport company also became the first company in Germany to engage an impartial outside observer – Professor Peter Oettel – who has been monitoring compliance with the integrity agreement since then. FBB recently strengthened its compliance management and appointed the company’s previous ombudswoman, the lawyer Elke Schaefer, to the newly created position of compliance officer.