You can make good faith reports concerning potential violations in the following categories:
Violation of antitrust law
Violations of laws designed to ensure and maintain a proper competition in the market by protecting trade from abusive practices such as anti-competitive agreements between competitors and monopolization.
Corruption and bribery
Corruption can be defined as dishonest or fraudulent conduct by a person in power, typically to achieve an improper benefit. One form of corruption is bribery. Bribery includes the improper use of gratuities, such as gifts, entertainment and hospitality, in exchange for improper gain. Corruption can be committed both actively (such as asking, offering, promising or granting an improper gratuity) and passively (such as acceptance of improper gratuities).
Conflict of interest
A conflict of interest is a situation where a person or company is involved in multiple interests, and one or more of these interests could possibly corrupt the motivation or decision-making of that person or company. For example, a conflict of interest includes a situation in which an employee has a personal interest, especially economic, that could possibly influence or interfere with the employee’s job responsibilities.
Fraud and financial reporting concerns
Fraud can be defined as wrongful or criminal actions that are intended to deceive others in order to result in improper personal or financial gain. Fraud can include the intentional distortion of facts to others in order to induce them to grant benefits to the person behaving fraudulently. Fraudulent actions can include actions taken to benefit the individual or the company.Financial reporting concerns comprise any activity that is in violation of generally accepted accounting principles and thereby violates financial reporting policies or practices of the company. Financial reporting concerns can include improper reporting or accounting of items, causing misrepresentation on the company’s books and records.
Violations of national employment law in the country where you work, company policy, or negotiated terms and conditions of employment. This can include claims of mobbing, harassment, discrimination, compensation, or violations of specific company policy.
Other material violations of policies or law
This category is for other materials violations of ZF policies or laws. This includes crimes, violations and breaches that put ZF at risk of signification financial loss or serious reputational damages.
As examples, topics can include material violations that relate to: money laundering laws, export control and customs laws, theft, blackmail, spying or sabotage, bankruptcy laws, and product compliance topics.
In addition, violations of occupational health and safety regulations, such as laws that protect employee safety, can constitute a criminal offense and serious violation for ZF. Also, violations of environmental protection laws and regulations can pose a serious threat for ZF, such as environmental pollution and improper handling of hazardous waste.