ABS electronic Meiningen GmbH (hereinafter referred to as ABS) has set high-quality standards to be professional, transparent, and compliant with the law. However, no company is immune to the risk of things going wrong and errors occurring. To prevent this as much as possible, ABS has created a confidential framework for whistleblowers to report complaints and violations of legal and internal regulations. The complaints may relate to the following elements but are not limited to: fraud, corruption, criminal activities, violations of EU law (e.g., procurement procedures), concealing conflicts of interest, or abuse of power, including sexual harassment.
If someone wishes to make a complaint of this nature, we kindly ask them to consider whether they can first inform the relevant departments at ABS directly. If for any reason, this does not seem advisable, a complaint can be sent to the following email address in accordance with the EU Whistleblower Directive: Contact
ABS provides a confidential contact person for the examination and, if necessary, further investigation of indications, who oversees the protected communication channel via email in a neutral and discreet manner.
In order to conduct an examination of the complaint, the reports should ideally include all relevant details of the matter in question, available evidence, and information on whether the individual’s identity should remain confidential. Each investigation is conducted without regard to the relationship a person has with ABS, their position, or the duration of their employment. It is also possible to provide reports anonymously, but their examination is limited, as no follow-up questions can be asked. If email is used as the method of reporting, care should be taken to ensure that the email address of the reporting person does not reveal their identity.
ABS will take all reports of misconduct seriously. Whistleblowers are protected from retaliation resulting from their complaints. Employees who use the described procedure do not need to fear disciplinary actions or unfair treatment, even if their reports are found to be unsubstantiated. However, ABS reserves the right to take disciplinary or legal action against whistleblowers who knowingly provide false information.