This whistleblower system makes it quick and easy for you to report any concerns about misconduct relating to our company or the wellbeing of employees and third parties.

Go to the Whistleblower Hotline

We are committed to social responsibility, and to protecting human rights and the environment.

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You can rely on us to place the same high demands on our suppliers as we do on ourselves.

Protecting the environment and human rights in global supply chains

The objective of the Supply Chain Due Diligence Act is to guarantee the protection of human rights in global supply chains. Effective January 1, 2023, it applies to all companies with over 3000 employees. That means SEW-EURODRIVE is subject to the Supply Chain Due Diligence Act. The Procurement team is working with the Legal & Compliance department on applying the regulations of this federal law.

SEW-EURODRIVE has always placed its focus firmly on people "It's people who make the difference". Strict compliance with the regulations of the Supply Chain Due Diligence Act is a further demonstration of this.


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Adopting a policy statement

In its policy statement, SEW-EURODRIVE commits to its corporate strategy on human rights. This statement defines our ethical principles and specific approaches to the corporate due diligence obligations relating to environmental protection and human rights.

SEW-EURODRIVE's policy statement forms an integral part of the Code of conduct   (PDF, 997 KB) followed by the company.

Establishing a risk management system and performing a risk analysis

As part of the risk management system that has been established, a periodic, event-driven risk analysis is conducted. The aim is to identify where in the supply chain and the company's own business operations violations of human rights or infringements of environmental regulations as specified by the Supply Chain Due Diligence Act could potentially occur.

SEW-EURODRIVE conducts an annual, event-driven risk analysis that includes a supplier risk rating based on various criteria. A distinction is made between the company's own business operations and direct and indirect suppliers.

Firmly establishing preventive measures and taking remedial measures in the event of statutory violations being identified

If defined risks are identified during the risk analysis, the company has appropriate, firmly established preventive measures in place to avoid potential violations. These measures are aimed at countering the specific risks described in the Supply Chain Due Diligence Act. The preventive measures in place at SEW-EURODRIVE are geared toward the sectors in which our suppliers operate and their countries of origin.

If human rights infringements or environmental violations are identified, there is a requirement for defined remedial measures to be taken. The company structures these measures in an escalation hierarchy, based on the severity of human rights infringements or environmental protection violations.

Establishing a complaints procedure

Establishing a complaints procedure at the company enables people directly affected and whistleblowers to anonymously report risks and infringements. The whistleblower system can be accessed by people both inside and outside the company and is intended to serve as a channel for informing the company about environmental and human rights risks and infringements.

This system takes the form of a Whistleblower Hotline. The reported risks and infringements are reported to and handled by the responsible persons.

Appointing a human rights officer

SEW-EURODRIVE has defined the area of responsibility of the human rights officer within the company. This officer is responsible for compliance with human rights. In the event of complaints and potential risks, the officer takes action within the supply chain and the company’s own business operations.

The human rights officer can be contacted via the Whistleblower Hotline.

Documentation and reporting obligation

The company submits an annual report on compliance with due diligence obligations over the course of the past fiscal year to Germany’s Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (BAFA).

This report includes the following points and contents:

  • Whether human rights or environmental risks have been identified and, if so, what these are
  • What action is being taken to comply with due diligence obligations
  • How the impact and effectiveness of measures are evaluated
  • Conclusions for designing future measures
  • Validation of risk management

Following its annual publication, you will find this report under "Documentation and reporting obligation" on this website.