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Whistleblower system

Employees or external persons can use the whistleblower system BDO Legal to report possible violations of laws, rules, or company policies confidentially and anonymously. 

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  • Faber-Castell employees  
  • Third parties (e.g. Suppliers, business partners, customers, trade unions, non-governmental organizations and other organizations that become aware of risks or violations and/or support those affected, other third parties, e.g. residents of local sites) 

What can be reported? 

  • Discrimination 
  • Sexual harassment  
  • Conflicts of interest 
  • Data Protection 
  • Theft 
  • Money Laundering 
  • Corruption 
  • Disclosure of confidential information 
  • Violation of internal regulations  

The BDO Legal whistleblowing system is currently available in 18 different languages. 

Protection of the Whistleblower 

Faber-Castell guarantees that no employee will suffer any disadvantages within the company simply by using the system. Exceptions to this are cases in which the system is misused through denunciation.   

The theoretical possibility of the system being misused - for example to damage an employee's reputation - is being considered for every report. Furthermore, is a fundamental presumption of innocence until proven otherwise.  

The system is based on a confidential treatment of all information and the identity of the whistleblower. However, it is also possible to make an anonymous report via the BDO Legal digital complaints procedure. Furthermore, all data protection regulations are complied with.  

Legal obligations to provide information to authorities and legal exceptions to the confidentiality requirement are complied with. 

Note: For complete anonymity, the report should be submitted via the Faber-Castell website outside the Faber-Castell network, for example using a personal device. 


The ombudsperson acts as an external and therefore neutral point of contact for reports (including anonymous reports) from Faber-Castell employees and external third parties. The ombudsperson ensures can be reached during normal business hours via a compliance hotline. The ombudsperson can also be contacted by e-mail and by post using the following contact details: 

Jesko Trahms 
BDO Legal Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH 
Zielstattstraße 40 
81379 München 
Phone: +49 (0) 1733091491 
Mail: jesko.trahms@bdolegal.de 

External Reporting Procedure 

Alternatively, the external reporting procedures listed on the homepage of the German Federal Office of Justice can be used.