Compliance at the BMW Group.
Driving the right way.
The BMW Group’s corporate culture is characterised by clear responsibility, mutual respect and trust. Lawful conduct and fair competition are integral to our business activities and an important condition for securing the long-term success of our company. Our primary goal is to avoid risks which could jeopardise the trust our customers, shareholders, business partners and the general public place in the BMW Group. For this purpose, the BMW Group has established a Compliance Management System equipped with instruments and measures to help associates and managers handle legal risks and therefore ensure legal compliance.
Lawful conduct and fair competition are vital to the long-term business success of the BMW Group. They create a basis of trust for our relations with customers and business partners.
BMW Group Legal Compliance Code.
Our company-wide network.
The BMW Group Compliance Committee comprises the heads of the Legal Affairs/Patents, Corporate and Governmental Affairs, Corporate Audit, Group Reporting, Organisational Development, and Corporate HR departments, and is the highest authority in the BMW Group Compliance Organisation. It manages and monitors the activities necessary to avoid non-compliance with the law, and reports on a regular basis to the Board of Management and the Supervisory Board of BMW AG on all compliance-related issues at the BMW Group.
The BMW Group Compliance Committee operates through the BMW Group Compliance Committee Office with ten staff members based at the Group’s Munich headquarters. Its tasks are divided into two areas: “Compliance Development and Services” (design of prevention and control measures) and “Group Compliance Operations” (support and mentoring of markets). The BMW Group Compliance Committee Office is assigned to the Chairman of the Board of Management for organisational purposes.
The BMW Group’s Compliance Operations Network comprises around 180 BMW Group Compliance Responsibles (heads of the local units), as well as approx. 140 Local Compliance Officers, Compliance Coordinators and Compliance Consultants (contacts at operational level). This international network is supported by Regional Compliance Managers for the regions Germany, Europe, North and South America, and Asia/Pacific/Africa based at headquarters in Munich.
Compliance Management System.
The BMW Group Compliance Management System includes a large number of instruments and measures to support compliance with legal requirements. These apply to all BMW Group units worldwide. Where additional compliance requirements exist in individual countries or business units (e.g. Financial Services), these are met by applying local or business-specific compliance regulations and instruments.
The BMW Group Legal Compliance Code covers all aspects of legal compliance relevant to the BMW Group and provides an appropriate compliance framework for all associates. It applies to all locations worldwide and to all business areas, as well as dealings with co-workers, customers, suppliers, business partners and public agencies.
Web-based training is used to educate associates about the basics of legal compliance and increase their awareness of the specific legal risks the company faces. Courses on special compliance topics, such as anti-trust law and corruption prevention, are held for specific target groups.
Associates and external parties may contact the BMW Group Compliance Contact with compliance-related questions. The BMW Group also offers its associates the option of providing information regarding possible violations of the law within the company on an anonymous and confidential basis via the BMW Group SpeakUP Line.
BMW Group Business Relations Compliance.
The BMW Group is firmly committed to responsible and lawful conduct. We also expect this of our business partners.
Therefore, as part of the “BMW Group Business Relations Compliance” programme, we implement a structured process of Compliance Due Diligence for selected business relationships with business partners. This is particularly relevant for BMW Group sales partners and certain service providers, such as sales intermediaries and consultants. On this basis, measures to avoid compliance risks are implemented with our business partners. These may include implementation of compliance training and specific monitoring activities.
The primary objective is to create a long-term, reliable basis for our business relations.
BMW Group Business Relations Compliance.
Helpline for compliance questions.
To avoid legal risks, associates may discuss any questions they have with their managers and the BMW Group departments responsible – in particular, the Legal Affairs, Corporate Audit, and Corporate Security departments.
The BMW Group Compliance Contact also serves as an additional point of contact for associates, customers, suppliers and other external parties on compliance-related matters.
The same applies if deficiencies or other circumstances are identified that could lead to non-compliance with the law. Information may also be provided on an anonymous basis, if desired.
The BMW Group assures informants that it will not take any steps to identify the source of information provided anonymously. This does not apply if the BMW Group Compliance Contact is used inappropriately.
The BMW Group Compliance Contact is available in German and English and can be reached as follows.
+49 89 382-60000 / Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (CET)