Ethics and integrity are significant components of entrepreneurial practice at the Lufthansa Group. It is a matter of fact for the Group to adhere to current laws and voluntary commitments, and to consciously respect ethical principles. An important consideration is that business conduct characterized by integrity is a key prerequisite for the Company’s long-term success. The Lufthansa Group takes its orientation from the United Nations’ Global Compact in particular, but also from the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the four core work standards of the International Labor Organization (ILO).

Code of Conduct, which is binding for all Lufthansa Group employees, documents the values, principles and standards of conduct of the Lufthansa Group as a basis for fair competition.

Corporate Governance

The Lufthansa Group pays particular attention to realizing exemplary company management in the sense of effective corporate governance. It expresses this approach by means of company management and control aligned with responsible and sustainable methods of increasing the Company‘s value. This approach to management meets high international standards and is of central importance to maintain transparency in the relationship with shareholders and to increase trust in the Company’s management on a continuous basis. Significant foundations in this respect are the German Stock Corporation Act and the German Corporate Governance Code. The compliance declaration concerning the German Corporate Governance Code can be viewed here:

Corporate Governance Declaration, Section 289f HGB

Compliance and anti-corruption

Compliance describes all measures that ensure the lawful conduct of companies, their executive bodies and employees. The Lufthansa Group Compliance Program, established in 2004, aims at helping its employees adhere to current legal norms and keeping them from breaking the law. It comprises the modules Competition, Integrity, Capital Market and Embargo Compliance. 

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Respect for Human Rights

As a UN Global Compact participant and signatory of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Resolution against Trafficking in Persons, it is important to the Lufthansa Group to bring its actions in line with internationally recognized principles and to actively anchor respect for human rights in its day-to-day business. This is evident in several aspects, such as fair working conditions, the freedom of assembly and association, gender equality regulations, and diversity and inclusion. 

The Lufthansa Group states its explicit positioning on the recognition of and respect for human rights in its Policy Statement and Codes of Conduct.

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Sustainability in the purchasing processes

When selecting suppliers, Deutsche Lufthansa AG and its respective Group companies (Lufthansa Group) concentrate on total costs, quality, environmental awareness and compliance with the requirements of its Supplier Code of Conduct. The Lufthansa Group expects that its suppliers including their employees, agents and subcontractors respect and adhere to the standards of the Supplier Code of Conduct when conduction business with, for or in relation with the Lufthansa Group.

Supplier Code of Conduct