Comply with and anticipate laws Our compliance policies
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GRI 307: Environmental compliance; 419: Socio-economic compliance; 416: Customer health and safety; 417: Marketing and labelling. And also 205: Anti-corruption; 206: Anti-competitive behaviour; 406: Non-discrimination; 407: Freedom of association; 408: Child labour; 409: Forced labour; 411: Rights of indigenous peoples; 412: Human rights compliance; 413: Local communities; 415: Political lobbying UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), No. 8: Decent working conditions and economic growth; No. 10: Fewer inequalities; No. 12: Sustainable consumption and production; No. 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions

Lawful action

As a leading security company, acting in accordance with the law is a matter of course for EVVA. At EVVA, there have also been no significant changes in the reporting period from 2015.

  • no penalties or sanctions for non-compliance with environmental or other laws
  • no violations relating to political lobbying
  • no violations of regulations with relating to product and service information, labelling (e.g. on packaging) and marketing/communication. For more information on customer safety, see Quality and Certifications

EVVA documents and monitors all laws and directives including those relating to industrial facilities law, in its own legal software. It contains all ordinances and legal changes that are relevant for a production company such as EVVA, e.g. with regard to occupational safety, old appliances, etc. Together with other guidelines such as the environmental protection register – which includes statutory provisions on the topic of the environment – and external audits (e.g. as part of "ISO 9001: Quality management") provides EVVA with an optimum overview.

For the transport of hazardous goods (e.g. batteries), EVVA has nominated its own hazardous goods officer who is informed about all the relevant laws. He also knows which products must be labelled as hazardous goods in which countries, such as lithium batteries, e.g. in the Arab world.
 

Challenges since 2015

In the reporting period, there were two incidents after which EVVA strengthened its protective measures in those areas.

  • 1) Electroplating accident: During the reporting period, two chemical processes in the headquarters' electroplating department were not carried out properly. An employee had to take sick leave for a longer period of time. As there was an individual human error, no proceedings were brought against EVVA. For more information, see Occupational Safety & Health Protection
     
  • 2) Exceedance of limit value in waste water sewer: In 2019, a contamination in the sewer at the headquarters was appraised. The cause was immediately rectified and there have been no prosecutions against EVVA. More information under Recycling Water

 

Provision and anticipation

In addition to the aforementioned measures, EVVA also helps to comply with laws in the future or even anticipate them:

  • At EVVA, we want to be role models and act according to our values as a family-owned business.
    For this reason, EVVA has been formulating its own Code of Conduct for many years – with rules designed to prevent corruption, the acceptance of gifts, discrimination or violations of competition. This Code of Conduct was handed over to all employees within the entire EVVA Group by the management or their managers. New employees receive it in a compact "EVVA Culture" box, together with our vision, mission statement and values. All employees in all EVVA subsidiaries are instructed to inform their manager or the managing director directly if they become aware of any breaches of the law or conflicts of interest 
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    EVVA legal training courses are prepared in the Legal Office
    Anti-corruption training
    Since 2019, preventative anti-corruption awareness training courses for employees have also been held at the EVVA headquarters, which are organised and carried out by the Legal Department. "With the help of clear examples, it is immediately clear what is in violation of laws or the internal EVVA Code of Conduct guidelines, such as when accepting gifts", summarises Dr Karin Frank from EVVA Legal. There have never been problems or criminal proceedings at EVVA 

  • Training courses "Antitrust law" (since 2015) and "Basis of contract law for non-lawyers" (since 2019). These two employee training sessions are also held regularly by EVVA’s Legal Department. Every employee receives valuable tips on how to recognise antitrust hazards and how to correctly understand and design contracts
     
  • Supply chain check. For more information, see Supplier sustainability
     
  • Strong data protection. EVVA complies with the EU's strict GDPR regulations (in some cases even before they become legally binding) and implements comprehensive data protection measures. For more information, see Data Protection

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