Ombudsmen (confidential lawyers) of the Volkswagen Group
As a further step in the fight against corruption and other economic criminal activities, the Volkswagen Group has appointed two external lawyers as ombudsmen (confidential lawyers) as part of its whistle-blower system. They are available as points of contact to all persons, who are willing to report confidential evidence of suspected crimes of this type or of similarly serious irregularities relating to the Volkswagen Group or one of the brands of the Group. Evidence is forwarded to the Volkswagen Group after examination by the ombudsmen. Because of the lawyers' duty of confidentiality and the lawyers' right to refuse to give evidence, it is ensured that the identity of the whistle-blower is reliably protected and not disclosed to Volkswagen or to third parties.
There are various ways for the whistle-blower to contact the ombudsmen. Either by telephone, fax, email or letter. Furthermore, it is also possible to set up confidential one-on-one meetings.
Online Platform (BKMS® System)
In addition to the ombudsmen of the Volkswagen Group, employees, business partners and third parties have the opportunity to submit evidence in a specially protected technological space. Through the BKMS® System, the ombudsmen provide a communications platform for the submittance of confidential messages protected by extensive technological measures.
For detailed information please follow the Link to the BKMS® System. Accessing the BKMS® System is already secured. There are no costs incurred.