Respect for the individual person
KHB condemns and does not tolerate disrespectful behaviour or harassment of any kind.
The question whether the disrespectful conduct or harassment was intentional is not always the authoritative point.
Harassment based on personal characteristics - known as protected characteristics - is illegal in many jurisdictions.
Even disrespectful behaviour is illegal or punishable in many jurisdictions.
The ethical values of KHB go far beyond the legal requirements.
At KHB, we aim for a working environment that is free from disrespectful behaviour or harassment, regardless of whether the behaviour is sanctioned by law or not.
What matters is how the behaviour is understood by the affected person.
Disrespectful behaviour and harassment takes many forms and are met with zero tolerance at KHB.
Every instance is reported immediately!
Contributing our opinion / insights
We share our opinion – we get ourselves actively involved!
At KHB, we value dialogue, exchange and knowledge – in personal conversations, discussions on specialist level and also across all organisational levels!
Constructive, open friction is crucial for avoiding a standstill, and for reaching our common goals of “being the best we can, always”.
A crucial element is to understand the voices, opinions and insights from all the company’s role models – because everyone has an important role to play!
Only in this way can we see what we should “tackle” and thereby lift our game even further.
We take advantage of our company’s flat hierarchies that allow contact persons to directly familiarise themselves with requests.
We are committed to taking each other seriously, we value the opinions of our counterpart, and we count on dialogue because we know that it will lead us to the goal!
Well, there might be a few exceptions, i.e. things that are supposedly more difficult to communicate.
But we also solve these issues together, because we can also address such concerns and information at any time, without fear of retaliation – also anonymously via the internal whistleblower box.
For anonymous external comments, write to: violi[at]khboddin.com
If reports are made anonymously, it is important to ensure that the issue is made as clear as possible, because follow up questions cannot be asked in the case of an anonymous report.
We expressly emphasise: KHB endorses a policy of zero tolerance for retaliation against anyone who raises their concerns in good faith.
Retaliation means any kind of unfair treatment, whether subtle or obvious.
Equal opportunities / equality / no discrimination
As an international company, we enjoy working together internally and externally with people from different regions / cultures of the world, and we do so with great pleasure and success.
We gratefully perceive this as a stimulating personal, multi-faceted and intercultural gain!
We live every day in such a way that we value and complement each other humanly and professionally – as different personalities, with different backgrounds, desires, preferences and ways of life!
We value this diversity as a great asset.
As a result, we strongly oppose any discrimination on the basis of, for example , origin, religion, religious affiliation, skin colour, gender, pregnancy, maternity protection, civil status, age, physical or mental disability, ancestry, hereditary information, national or ethnic origin, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression of sexuality, political conviction, trade union membership or any other status protected under applicable local law,regardless of the reason!
Only objectively assessed performance counts for us
We are a company in the social market economy and therefore we evaluate employees at KHB solely on the basis of their demonstrable contributions and skills with respect to them fulfilling the respective business requirements.
This applies without exception to all decisions, regardless of whether they concern remuneration, recruitment, further training, promotion or freedom of decision, or aspects not mentioned here.
We clearly distinguish between our possibly existing private interests / involvement in politics and KHB’s position on the subject.
We are convinced that politics and systems only work with and through people who are free to contribute and engage, who struggle with each other in respectful disagreement for the best solution and then achieve it.
For KHB employees who have a corresponding political involvement in private, it is important to ensure (whether in personal dialogue, via the media, in writing or by other means) that it is made clear that their personal-private, political views and opinions are theirs only and do not represent KHB.
As a company supported by many different people and their diversity, we believe that the right thing to do is for the company to refrain from political activity and therefore steer clear entirely from monetary support for political parties or their representatives.
Individual-personal conflicts of interest
This concerns any
situation in which personal interests (which may well be interests of third parties) make it difficult to act in the best interests of KHB.
It may also be that these interests influence personal objectivity and in turn affect the loyalty to KHB.
Such a conflict of interest is usually easy to resolve (if necessary by official resolution/approval) if it is disclosed in a timely and pro-active manner.
Because we understand that there will always be professional-private overlaps – such is life – openness is and remains the building block for trust!
At KHB, we always ensure that private and business interests are kept clearly separate.