Preventive measures are the first line of defense of an efficient Compliance management system. Comprehensive training programs to that end have been carried out across the Group in recent years. E-learning systems, in particular, are increasingly being used in addition to face-to-face training in order to achieve the broadest possible training effect. For example, to date web-based courses have been used to train some 12,700 Group employees in antitrust law and 27,200 employees with respect to the Code of Conduct; learning outcomes were verified through final tests. Face-to-face training is tailored to target groups, for one, and generally carried out as part of executive training programs and in connection with specific training programs for non-executive employees in sales and procurement, for another. In the business year 2020/21, the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting governmental restrictions and/or internal protection and security measures made it largely impossible to carry out such face-to-face training; it was replaced by training via video conference only in part. Over and above these measures, Compliance issues are repeatedly brought to the attention of voestalpine’s personnel through regular communications, especially employee magazines and poster campaigns or in the context of Group and divisional events.
Information on the subject of Compliance in the voestalpine Group is also available on the website of voestalpine AG and, specifically for employees, on the Group’s intranet.