Involvement in associations and networks

Rheinmetall is involved in associations and networks at both national and international level, including those that look at ethical conduct in business.

In Germany, Rheinmetall is a member of Bundesverband der Deutschen Sicherheits- und Verteidigungsindustrie e.V. [Federal Association of the German Security and Defense Industry] and of Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie e.V. [Federation of German Industries], the German federal association of in-house lawyers, the legal committee of the Düsseldorf Chamber of Industry and Commerce and Netzwerk Compliance e.V., to name a few.

Rheinmetall is a founding member of the Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD). Its Business Ethics Committee, in which Rheinmetall is also represented, developed the “Global Principles of Business Ethics for the Aerospace and Defence Industry” for the organization. Rheinmetall signed the declaration in September 2011. The then CEO of Rheinmetall AG, Klaus Eberhardt, held the position of President of the ASD in the period 2011-2012. Under his leadership, the ASD focused on the preparation of Europe-wide common industry standards (CIS) for the prevention of corruption.

Rheinmetall also attended the annual conference of the International Forum on Business Ethical Conduct (IFBEC) for the Aerospace and Defence Industry in Madrid in September 2012. This organization, whose members include large and well-known companies in the aerospace and defence industry, promotes responsible and ethical conduct in business dealings and is committed to global, industry-wide ethical standards in the aviation and defence industries.

Rheinmetall joined the Deutsches Institut für Compliance (German institute for compliance – DICO) in the reporting year. DICO is an association of companies and individuals aimed at promoting and developing compliance standards. Furthermore, Compliance Officers enrolled in the 2013 newly established Federation of German Compliance Managers.