The GFZ is committed to responsible corporate governance.
Compliance, which covers the observance of legal provisions, voluntary commitments as well as internal guidelines and basic ethical values, is an essential element of this corporate governance.
To ensure compliance with laws and internal regulations, a Compliance Management System is being introduced at the GFZ.
An important component of the GFZ's compliance management system is the compliance reporting procedure, which can be used to report suspected cases of criminal offences, administrative offences and serious internal breaches of regulations against the GFZ ("compliance violations"). The following points of contact are available for such reports, which can be reached by our employees and business and research partners:
Contact details: GFZ Internal Reporting Channel
The Internal Reporting Channel is the Compliance Office, which can be reached as follows:
By post: Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Compliance Office, House G, Telegrafenberg, 14473 Potsdam, Germany
or directly: GFZ mailbox on the Telegrafenberg, entrance area House G.
Contact details: External Ombudsperson
Alternatively, a possible compliance violation can be reported– anonymously if desired– to our external ombudsperson. The ombudsperson has been appointed by the GFZ to receive notices and, as a lawyer, is bound to professional secrecy. The ombudsperson can protect the identity of whistleblowers in a very special way. The ombudsperson will not reveal the identity of the person providing the tip-off without the consent of that person. The following persons have been appointed as ombudspersons:
Address: Law Office Hirt, Kurfürstendamm 57, 10707 Berlin
Tel.: (+49) 030 / 403 63 37 - 60
Fax: (+49) 030 / 403 63 37 - 69
In order to be able to follow up on indications of breaches of the rules or misconduct in a targeted and timely manner, we ask you to provide the following information in any case: Specific description of the alleged violation, time frame and parties involved.
Your personal data will be treated strictly confidentially within the framework of the legal requirements. Please note the General Data Protection Information on the Whistleblowing System at GFZ.