Compliance at Wienerberger
As a company with worldwide operations, Wienerberger is fully aware of its responsibility and takes compliance with clearly defined corporate social responsibility (CSR) standards very seriously.
Expertise, passion, integrity and respect, customer orientation, entrepreneurial spirit, quality and responsibility: These values provide the basis for our activity as a company and our daily cooperation. As firmly rooted components of our corporate culture, they are reflected in a number of rules, regulations and policies of the Wienerberger Group. Their message is absolutely clear: Any form of illegal and unethical conduct as well as breaches of compliance requirements will not be tolerated!
In the World of Wienerberger, for all of us – employees, customers, suppliers, and partners – it is our ambition to live by the highest standards of integrity, business ethics, and sustainability, ensuring correct behavior throughout the Group.
Data Protection and Cyber Security
Protecting its data and information systems has always been a matter of high priority for Wienerberger, which we take into account in all our business relations.
We therefore treat all personal data confidentially and in line with the data protection regulations in effect. Moreover, we continuously invest in security measures to ensure the best possible protection for our information systems and the data saved there.
Within the Wienerberger Group, a special team responsible for information and data security is working on the introduction, operation and continuous improvement of information security measures. Alongside IT risk management, these include the coordination of training measures for all employees, the simulation of phishing and cyberattacks, the management and monitoring of technical security measures, and the continuous monitoring and improvement of the security maturity level of our sites. The team at Wienerberger’s headquarters is supported by regional IT security coordinators and the cyber security officers of the local country organizations. The high quality of their work is guaranteed through consistent analyses of security-relevant indicators. To detect potential threats and react to them as quickly as possible, the Wienerberger Group also cooperates with renowned partners, who are available around the clock, if necessary.
Protection of personal data
All personal data – be it data of employees, customers or business partners – are treated confidentially and in line with the data protection regulations in force. Violations of data protection rules may entail disciplinary measures. To maintain the high quality of data protection, an international team of data protection coordinators is working on this topic at Wienerberger and in the country organizations.
Together with external specialists, we elaborated a quality standard for data protection, which has been successfully implemented throughout the Group. Regular internal checks serve to verify compliance and optimize the standard. These checks cover all business areas, country organizations, and partner companies processing data on our behalf.
Cyber security incidents can have a disruptive effect and cause damage to employees, customers, or the company as a whole. To mitigate cyber risks, we regularly save backup data, protect our devices and networks, encrypt important information, and demand that passwords be changed at regular intervals. Our employees are responsible for compliance with these rules. They are expected to use strong passwords, update programs and systems regularly, and refrain from any attempt to circumvent access restrictions. In order to guarantee data integrity, system availability, confidentiality, and accountability, all employees have to be fully informed about the rules applicable to the use of IT systems and other physical assets. This requirement is met through onsite training, e-learning, information videos and simulation exercises.
Whistleblowing: When something is not quite right
It is our responsibility to promote a corporate culture that reflects our principles. This includes the obligation of all those who are responsible for compliance within Wienerberger, to ensure that policies and processes are implemented and observed. Internal and external audits are performed to verify the effectiveness of all rules and regulations and to initiate further improvements.
If you have reason to suspect that our standards of behavior are being violated or disregarded, do not hesitate to speak up! Wienerberger encourages all its employees, suppliers, and partners to report any potential wrongdoing, breach or violation of our code of conduct!
SeeHearSpeakUp is an external and independent whistleblowing service set up to ensure that employees, customers, suppliers, and partners can voice possible concerns on a confidential and anonymous basis. The SeeHearSpeakUp service enables us to verify any illegal, unethical or inappropriate behavior reported and to process and investigate the complaints received through the Wienerberger Whistleblowing Committee.
Whistleblowing Channels: This is how it works!
Are you aware of any illegal, unethical or inappropriate behavior in your workplace? Please report the matter in one of the following confidential ways:
Call 00800 9687 4357
Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Or report online via seehearspeakup.co.uk/wienerberger