Our corporate guidelines, Code of Conduct, CSR Principles and Corporate Governance Principles are the foundation of our sustainability management.
In line with the law and the Articles of Incorporation, the company's executive bodies are the Executive Board, the Supervisory Board, and the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting. As a German stock corporation, Continental AG has a dual management system characterized by a strict personnel division between the Executive Board as the management body and the Supervisory Board as the monitoring body.
At Continental, sustainability is a strategic task for corporate development and therefore a task for the Executive Board. Dr. Ariane Reinhart is the head of Human Relations and Sustainability. She is therefore also responsible for the Sustainability department, which was newly created in the reporting year and coordinates the sustainability strategy, its development and an interdepartmental Sustainability Committe. All relevant business units and central functions are represented on the Sustainability Committee alongside Dr. Reinhart and another Executive Board member. The Environment department is under the direct control of the chairman of the Executive Board.
Questions of sustainability are also the subject of regular reports from the Executive Board to the Supervisory Board concerning ongoing business development, and at the strategy meeting, which takes place once a year. The Audit Committee of the Supervisory Board is closely linked to Compliance and Risk Management.
The most important documents at corporation level are:
- Corporate guidelines: Our BASICS describe our vision, our mission, our four values and how we want to work together.
- Code of Conduct: The Continental Code of Conduct describes ethical standards and requirements concerning employee behavior.
- Principles of our Corporate Social Responsibility (PDF, 334.3 KB) : They provide an overview of our CSR principles.
- Corporate Governance Principles: Based on applicable legal provisions, the German Corporate Governance Code, and the corporate guidelines, these principles describe in detail the corporation's managerial and supervisory tasks and processes.