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Strengthening trust

Steinau, 7 April 2015. Many companies have already set up systems to monitor and ensure compliance with laws, regulations, statutes and guidelines like the “Code of Conduct”. Anvis, the world market leader in anti-vibration systems, is now expanding its commitment to this area by launching a global compliance helpline on April 1st. “With the helpline, we are providing not only our employees, customers and suppliers with an opportunity to report violations, but also all residents in our business locations,” says Olaf Hahn, the Managing Director of the Anvis Group. This clear commitment to transparency and openness is being supported and encouraged by Anvis’ parent company, Sumitomo Riko. “The key to successful compliance is anonymity,” said Group Legal Manager Rainer Einmal. This is the only way to achieve the goals of compliance management and strengthen trust over the long term. The helpline can be reached by telephone and e-mail through its own portal. An external attorney will ensure that information can be provided anonymously to the Compliance Committee. He can also be reached by telephone or e-mail.
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Companies with international business operations must practice serious compliance management. Such a system needs structures that are capable of effectively fighting the denial of equal opportunity, harassment, corruption, child labour and much more. “Our customers also demand such a commitment,” Hahn said in reference to the business terms and conditions of OEMs.
A complex compliance system is now mandatory for listed companies. At small and midsized enterprises like the Anvis Group, such structures are being introduced on a step-by-step basis. “Anvis’ risk management has been given an important boost through its close relationship with our Japanese parent company, Sumitomo Riko,” Einmal said in describing another reason for the introduction of the global helpline.

Full impact
The procedures are simple and effective. Complaints and violations can be reported through a special portal that can be accessed on the Anvis website or anonymously through the external attorney. These reports will then be sent directly to the Compliance Committee, which will then open an investigation into the allegations. Should violations be found, a systematic reform effort will be initiated. “By ensuring anonymity, our compliance management system can have its full impact.” Group Risk Manager Prasarth Rabindran is certain that this is the only way to achieve such goals as minimising risk and improving efficiency and effectiveness.

About the Anvis Group
Whether engine, gearbox and chassis mounts, or exhaust suspensions and vibration dampers, Anvis components are installed in all parts of automobiles. Its main focus is the development of anti-vibration systems, i.e. systems to decouple vibrating parts in vehicles. The group achieves a turnover of over €300 million at its 14 sites around the world. Its customers mainly include leading automobile manufacturers such as the VW Group, BMW, Mercedes, Renault-Nissan or General Motors. The company also has expertise in other industries such as the rail and aviation industry. In 2013, the Anvis Group was taken over in full by Sumitomo Riko Company Limited (formerly Tokai Rubber Industries). Sumitomo Riko is the global market leader in the automotive vibration technology sector.
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