Corporate governance

Board of Directors

 

At the Annual General Meeting of May 3, 2016, Klaus-Michael Kuehne, Dr. Joerg Wolle, Karl Gernandt, Dr. Renato Fassbind, Juergen Fitschen, Hans Lerch, Dr. Thomas Staehelin, and Dr. Martin Wittig were re-elected to the Board of Directors for a one-year term. Hauke Stars was newly elected to the Board of Directors for a one-year term. Bernd Wrede, whose mandate expired at the Annual General Meeting, retired from the Board. Dr. Joerg Wolle was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors for a one-year term.

 

On the closing date the Board of Directors comprised nine members. Their biographical particulars are as follows:

 

Klaus-Michael Kuehne, Honorary Chairman, German, 1937

Commercial apprenticeship in banking industry. Other significant activities: Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Kuehne Foundation, Schindellegi (Feusisberg), and the Klaus-Michael Kuehne Foundation, Hamburg; Member of the Supervisory Board of Kuehne Logistics University GmbH (KLU), Hamburg.

 

Positions within the Kuehne + Nagel Group:

1958
Entrance into the family business followed by various management positions

1966–1975
Chief Executive Officer of the Group

1975–1992
Delegate and member of the Board of Directors

1992–2009
Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors 
Chairman of the Nomination and Compensation Committee

2009–2011
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Chairman of the Nomination and Compensation Committee

2010–2011
Chairman of the Chairman’s Committee

2011–today
Honorary Chairman of Kuehne + Nagel International AG
Member of the Board of Directors elected until the Annual General Meeting 2017
Member of the Chairman’s Committee
Member of the Nomination and Compensation Committee elected until the Annual General Meeting 2017

 

Dr. Joerg Wolle, Chairman, German/Swiss, 1957

Holds a PhD in engineering sciences. Since June 2002 President and CEO of DKSH Group. Previously he worked in the same function at SiberHegner since 2000. From 1991 to 1995 Dr. Joerg Wolle worked as a Director of Marketing and Sales at SiberHegner in Hong Kong and in 1995 became a member of the Management Board in Zurich. From 1988 to 1990 he was Project Manager at SKF. Since June 6, 2013, Dr. Joerg Wolle is member of the Board of Directors of Kuehne Holding AG, Schindellegi (Feusisberg).

Other significant activities: Honorary Professor for “Intercultural Communication” at the University of Applied Sciences, Zwickau, Germany. Member of the Board of Directors of Diethelm Keller Holding Ltd., Switzerland, and member of the Board of Directors of Louis Dreyfus Commodities Holding BV, Netherlands.

 

Positions within the Kuehne + Nagel Group:

2010–2012
Member of the Board of Directors

2011–May 2016
Chairman of the Nomination and Compensation Committee

2013–May 2016
Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors

May 2016–today
Chairman of the Board of Directors elected until the Annual General Meeting 2017
Chairman of the Chairman’s Committee

Karl Gernandt, Vice Chairman, German, 1960

After graduating as Master in business administration at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, Karl Gernandt worked for Deutsche Bank AG from 1988 to 1996. There he held positions in corporate and/ or retail banking in Germany, Asia and the USA. From 1997 to 1999 he set his mark on the Financial Institution Group of A.T. Kearney GmbH. In 1999, Karl Gernandt moved to Holcim (Deutschland) AG as CFO, in 2000, he was appointed CEO and at the same time member of the European Board of Holcim Ltd, Switzerland. In 2007, he became CEO of Holcim Western Europe, Brussels. On October 1, 2008, Karl Gernandt has been nominated as Delegate and as of May 2016 as Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kuehne Holding AG, Schindellegi (Feusisberg). He is also member of the Board of Trustees of the Kuehne Foundation, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Kuehne Logistics University GmbH (KLU), Hamburg, and member of the Board of Trustees of the Klaus-Michael Kuehne Foundation in Hamburg. Other significant activities: Member of the Board of Directors of Hapag-Lloyd AG, Hamburg; Member of the Board of Directors of HSV Fussball AG, Hamburg; Member of the Board of Directors of VTG AG, Hamburg.

 

Positions within the Kuehne + Nagel Group:

2008–2011
Member of the Board of Directors

2009–2011
Executive Vice Chairman and Delegate of the Board of Directors

2010–2011
Member of the Chairman’s Committee

08.05.2013 – 14.08.2013
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Group

2011–May 2016
Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors
Chairman of the Chairman’s Committee
Member of the Audit Committee
Member of the Nomination and Compensation Committee

May 2016–today
Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors elected until the Annual General Meeting 2017
Chairman of the Nomination and Compensation Committee elected until the Annual General Meeting 2017
Member of the Chairman’s Committee
Member of the Audit Committee

Dr. Renato Fassbind, Swiss, 1955

After graduating from his studies in economics at the University of Zurich, Dr. Renato Fassbind worked as an assistant in the “Institut fuer Schweizerisches Bankwesen” at the University of Zurich between 1979 and 1982. In 1984 he joined Hoffmann-La Roche AG in Basel and advanced to the Head of Internal Audit. In 1990 he joined ABB AG being the Chief Financial Officer from 1997 until 2002; from 2002 until 2004 he was the Chief Executive Officer of Diethelm Keller Group, Zurich. In 2004 Dr. Renato Fassbind joined the Credit Suisse Group as the Chief Financial Officer of Credit Suisse Group AG and Credit Suisse AG until October 2010. In this function he was a member of the Executive Boards of Credit Suisse Group AG and of Credit Suisse AG since 2004.

Other significant activities: Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Swiss Re Ltd., Zurich; Member of the Board of Directors of Nestlé S.A., Vevey.

 

Positions within the Kuehne + Nagel Group:

2011–today
Member of the Board of Directors elected until the Annual General Meeting 2017

2011–today
Member of the Audit Committee

Juergen Fitschen, German, 1948

Trained as a wholesale and export trader, then graduated in business administration from Hamburg University. Juergen Fitschen started his career in 1975 at Citibank in Hamburg. In 1983 he was appointed member of the Executive Committee of Citibank Germany. In 1987 he joined Deutsche Bank and after various management positions in Thailand, Japan, Singapore and UK he was appointed member of the Management Board in 2001 responsible for “Corporate and Investment Bank”. Juergen Fitschen left the Management Board in 2002 and became a member of the newly created Group Executive Committee of Deutsche Bank until its resolution in 2015. In 2004 he took over the responsibilities as Global Head of Regional Management and CEO of Deutsche Bank Germany. In 2009 he rejoined the Management Board of Deutsche Bank AG retaining both responsibilities. Juergen Fitschen was Co-Chairman of the Management Board of Deutsche Bank AG from June 1, 2012 until his departure on May 19, 2016. Since June 1, 2016 he has served as a Senior Advisor of Deutsche Bank AG. Other significant activities: Member of the Supervisory Board of Metro AG.

 

Positions within the Kuehne + Nagel Group:

2008–2009
Member of the Economic Council

2008–today
Member of the Board of Directors elected until the Annual General Meeting 2017

Hans Lerch, Swiss, 1950

Commercial apprenticeship in the travel and tourism industry with a 35 years career at Kuoni Travel Holding Ltd. Assignments in the Far East from 1975–1985, President and CEO from 1999–2005. Chairman and CEO of SR Technics in Zurich from 2005–2008. Other significant activities: Executive Vice Chairman of Abercrombie & Kent Group of companies, London; Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of New Venturetec Ltd., Zug; Chairman of the International School of Tourism Management, Zurich; Member of the Board of Directors of Best of Switzerland Tours, Zurich; Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the move>med Foundation, Zurich.

 

Positions within the Kuehne + Nagel Group:

2005-today
Member of the Board of Directors elected until the Annual General Meeting 2017

2006-today
Member of the Nomination and Compensation Committee elected until the Annual General Meeting 2017

Dr. Thomas Staehelin, Swiss, 1947

Holds a Ph.D. in law from the University of Basel; Lawyer. Dr. Thomas Staehelin is a Swiss Corporate and Tax Attorney and Partner in the Basel-based law firm Fromer Advokatur und Notariat. Other significant activities: Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kuehne Holding AG, Schindellegi (Feusisberg) and of Kuehne Foundation; Member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Inficon Holding AG, Bad Ragaz; Member of the Board of Directors of Swissport International Ltd, Opfikon; Chairman of the Board of Directors of Scobag Privatbank AG, Basel; Chairman of the Board of Directors of Lantal Textiles, Langenthal and of Stamm Bau AG, Arlesheim; Member of the Board of Directors of economiesuisse (Swiss Business Federation); Chairman of the Basel Chamber of Commerce.

 

Positions within the Kuehne + Nagel Group:

1978–today
Member of the Board of Directors elected until the Annual General Meeting 2017

2006–today
Chairman of the Audit Committee

Hauke Stars, German, 1967

Engineering degree in applied computer science from Otto-von-Guericke University in Magdeburg, MSc by research in Engineering from University of Warwick, Coventry. Since December 2012 Hauke Stars is member of the Executive Board, Deutsche Boerse AG. She started her professional career in 1992 at Bertelsmann media-Systems GmbH, Guetersloh, Germany. From 1998 to 2004 she worked for ThyssenKrupp Information Systems GmbH, Krefeld, renamed to Triaton GmbH in 2000. In 2004 Hauke Stars joined Hewlett Packard Netherlands B.V., Utrecht, as member of the Country Management Board. From 2007 to 2012 she was Managing Director of Hewlett Packard Switzerland GmbH and Country Manager Enterprise Business. Other significant activities: Member of the Supervisory Board of Eurex Frankfurt AG; Member of the Supervisory Board of Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA; Member of the Board of Directors of Eurex Zuerich AG; Member of the Regional Advisory Council of Deutsche Bank AG; Member of the Senate of National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech); Member of the Executive Committee of Deutsches Aktieninstitut e.V.; Member of the Executive Committee of Frankfurt Main Finance e.V.

 

Position within the Kuehne + Nagel Group:

May 2016–today
Member of the Board of Directors elected until the Annual General Meeting 2017

Dr. Martin C. Wittig, German, 1964

Studies in mining engineering and business administration at RWTH Aachen followed by a Ph.D. in engineering at the Technical University of Berlin. After his studies he worked as a lecturer at the Technical University of Berlin and in project finance for the mining industry. In 1995 he joined Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and was elected Partner in 1999. In 2001 he became Managing Partner and Head of Roland Berger’s office in Zurich and was elected to the global Executive Committee in 2003, where he held the position as CFO. From 2010 to 2013 he was Global Managing Partner and CEO of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. Currently he advises CEOs of leading international companies. Other significant activities: Adjunct lecturer at the University of St. Gallen and he was elected to the HSG International and Alumni Advisory Board in 2011. Honorary Consul of Germany in Switzerland. Member of the Supervisory Board and Chairman of the Audit Committee of UBS SE, Frankfurt.

 

Positions within the Kuehne + Nagel Group:

2014–today
Member of the Board of Directors elected until the Annual General Meeting 2017

May 2016–today
Member of the Audit Committee 

 

All members of the Board of Directors are non-executive directors, none of them serves as a member of the Management Board and with the exception of the Honorary Chairman, Klaus-Michael Kuehne, none of them has important business connections with Kuehne + Nagel.

 

The Articles of Association (AoA) of Kuehne + Nagel International AG limit the number of mandates that members of the Board of Directors may hold outside the Kuehne + Nagel Group. Article 21 of the AoA limits the maximum number of permitted additional mandates of members of the Board of Directors to 25 board memberships, whereof no more than four may be held in stock-listed companies. Mandates in companies, which are controlled by Kuehne + Nagel or which control Kuehne + Nagel, are not subject to this limitation. In addition, members of the Board of Directors may hold no more than 25 mandates at Kuehne + Nagel’s request, and no more than 25 mandates in associations, charitable organisations, foundations, trusts, and employee welfare foundations.


Election and duration of tenure

The General Meeting elects the members of the Board of Directors as well as the members of the Compensation Committee individually. The General Meeting elects one of the members of the Board of Directors as Chairman of the Board of Directors. The duration of tenure of the Chairman, the members of the Board of Directors, and the members of the Compensation Committee ends at the conclusion of the next ordinary General Meeting. Re-election is possible.


Internal organisation, Board committees and meetings in 2016

The Chairman of the Board of Directors and the members of the Compensation Committee are elected by the General Meeting. The Board of Directors constitutes itself and appoints the Vice Chairman, the Chairman of the Nomination and Compensation Committee, the members of the Nomination Committee as well as the Chairman and the members of the Audit and the Chairman’s Committee. 

 

The scope of responsibilities of the Board of Directors, the Chairman and the Vice Chairman are stipulated in the Articles of Association, the Organisational Rules, and the Committee Rules, in particular, to the extent not already determined by applicable law. In accordance with the Articles of Association and Swiss corporate law, the main tasks and responsibilities of the Board of Directors, as further defined in the Organisational Rules, comprise the following:

 

  • the ultimate management of the Company
  • issuance and review of business policies and guidelines especially regarding the strategic direction and management of the Company as well as any changes thereof;
  • establishment of the organisation, determination of the main organisational topics and conduct of the business including the issuance of the Organisational Rules for the Board of Directors and the Management Board;
  • approval and regular monitoring of the main elements of Corporate Governance considering the applicable laws and provisions for listed companies in Switzerland;
  • monitoring, assessment and control of risks;
  • nomination of the external auditors;
  • determination of accounting and financial control structure, as well as the financial planning and dividend policies;
  • approval of budgets, capital commitments and accounts;
  • approval of interim financial statements and the annual report;
  • the ultimate supervision of the Management Board, in particular in view of compliance with the law, Articles of Association, and internal regulations and directives;
  • appointing and dismissing of Management Board members and other senior executives;
  • preparation of the Annual General Meeting including submission of proposals and the implementation of its resolutions;
  • maintainance of the share register.

 

Dr. Joerg Wolle is the Chairman of the Board of Directors, and Klaus-Michael Kuehne is Honorary Chairman of Kuehne + Nagel International AG. The entire Board of Directors, however, is responsible for decisions on such above-mentioned aspects that are of significant importance to the Group. Certain tasks of the Board of Directors have been delegated to the Chairman and comprise the following:

 

  • supervision towards the Management Board and the internal audit;
  • supervision of compliance with internal regulations and directives regarding general management, organisation and quality;
  • nomination of external consultants, in case of significant fees;
  • definition of the corporate identity;
  • approval of significant purchases, sales and lendings on securities or similar titles;
  • approval of significant transactions outside the normal course of business;
  • review of the yearly budgets as well as any supplements, consolidated or per country and business field;
  • approval of significant credit limits to customers and other debtors;
  • supervision of management and approval of settlement of significant litigations, legal cases, arbitrations and other administrative proceedings;
  • approval of appointments and dismissals of regional presidents;
  • approval of significant senior management remunerations.

 

The Board of Directors usually convenes for a two day meeting quarterly with the Management Board being represented by the CEO and the CFO. The Board of Directors can invite other members of the Management Board to attend these meetings at its discretion. The Board of Directors has appointed a Secretary, who is not (and does not need to be) a member of the Board of Directors. 

 

The Board of Directors takes decisions during the meetings or by written circular resolutions. All Committees meet as often as required but usually quarterly.


Audit Committee

The Audit Committee consists of three to five non-executive, predominantly independent members of the Board of Directors elected for a period of one year. Re-election as a member of the Audit Committee is possible. Members of the Management Board cannot be members of the Audit Committee.

 

As part of the regular contacts between the Audit Committee and both the internal and external auditors, the quality and effectiveness of the internal control mechanisms and the risk assessments are reviewed and evaluated continously on the basis of written reports of the internal audit department as well as of management letters of the external auditors based on their interim audits. Furthermore, a regular contact with the external auditors throughout the year enables the Audit Committee to obtain knowledge of problem areas at an early stage. This allows proposing the timely introduction of any corrective actions to the Management Board.

 

Dr. Thomas Staehelin was the Chairman of the Audit Committee on the closing date, and Karl Gernandt, Dr. Renato Fassbind, and Dr. Martin C. Wittig were members.

 

The Audit Committee holds at a minimum four meetings a year, usually quarterly before the publication of the financial results. The Honorary Chairman can take part in the meetings as an advisor. Unless otherwise determined by the Audit Committee, the CEO, the CFO and the auditor in charge take part in all meetings, whilst the Head of Internal Audit, and the Group General Counsel or the Chief Compliance Officer, each, are invited as advisors whenever needed. In 2016 the auditor in charge attended three meetings of the Audit Committee. The Committee’s Chairman informs the other members of the Board of Directors about the topics discussed in detail and decisions to be submitted to the entire Board of Directors for approval.

 

The main responsibilities of the Audit Committee with regards to the external auditors are:

 

  • securing of a comprehensive and efficient audit concept for the Kuehne + Nagel Group;
  • commenting on the audit planning and findings, if any;
  • the evaluation of the recommendations made by the external auditors and review of actions, if any;
  • the proposal to the Board of Directors regarding the nomination of the independent external auditors for approval by the Annual General Meeting;
  • the approval of the audit fees invoiced by the external auditors.


With regards to the internal audit function of the Group, the Audit Committee has the following responsibilities:

 

  • issuance of regulations and directives;
  • review of the audit plan and findings, if any;
  • evaluation of recommendations made by the internal auditors and discussion with the Management Board;
  • proposal for the nomination of the Head of Internal Audit;
  • assessment of the performance of the Group’s internal audit function. 

 

With regards to the tasks of the Management Board the Audit Committee has the following responsibilities:

 

  • review and evaluation of annual and interim financial statements in respect to compliance with accounting policies and any changes thereof, going concern assumption, adherence to listing regulations, and material risks;
  • recommendation to the Board of Directors for approval of the financial statements;
  • assessment of existence and effectiveness of the Group’s internal control system;
  • assessment of the fiscal situation of the Group and reporting to the Board of Directors.

Chairman’s Committee

The Chairman’s Committee consists of the Chairman, the Vice Chairman and the Honorary Chairman of the Board of Directors for the period of their tenure in the Board of Directors. The Chairman’s Committee advises the Board of Directors on the financial performance of the Group, its economic development and measures of optimisation as well as of any other significant developments within the Group. In its advisory role the Chairman’s Committee reports to the Board of Directors for decisions.

 

The Chairman’s Committee has the following responsibilities:

 

  • evaluate significant capital expenditures and acquisitions of the Kuehne + Nagel Group which are subject to approval of the Board of Directors;
  • any matters of significance that require the approval of the Board of Directors can be discussed by the Chairman’s Committee and subsequently be submitted to the Board of Directors for resolution.

 

On the closing date, Dr. Joerg Wolle was the Chairman of the Chairman’s Committee and Klaus-Michael Kuehne and Karl Gernandt were members.

 

On invitation of the Chairman, the Chairman’s Committee convenes as often as business requires but typically four times a year, once each quarter. The Committee invites Members of the Management Board at its discretion, being usually represented by the CEO and the CFO, to attend these meetings.

 

The Board of Directors is informed by the Chairman of the Chairman’s Committee about all issues discussed, in particular, about all topics that need approval of the Board of Directors.


Nomination and Compensation Committee

The Nomination and Compensation Committee consists of two to six members of the Board of Directors elected at the Annual General Meeting (Compensation Committee) on the one hand and designated by the Board of Directors (Nomination Committee) on the other hand, each for a period of one year and meeting regularly as one joint Committee. 

 

On the closing date December 31, 2016, Karl Gernandt was the Chairman of the Nomination and Compensation Committee; Klaus-Michael Kuehne and Hans Lerch were members.

 

On invitation of the Chairman, the Nomination and Compensation Committee convenes as often as business requires but at least three times a year, usually quarterly. Members of the Management Board can take part in the Nomination and Compensation Committee meetings by invitation.

 

The Nomination and Compensation Committee supports the Board of Directors with the determination and validation of the remuneration policy, defines the remuneration concepts, and the principles of remuneration for the members of the Board of Directors and the Management Board. The principles of remuneration, post-employment benefits and share-based compensations are reviewed annually.

 

The Nomination and Compensation Committee discusses the amounts of compensation for each member of the Board of Directors individually, evaluates the performance of each member of the Management Board and recommends their remuneration. The General Meeting approves the maximum total remuneration of the Boards.

 

The Nomination and Compensation Committee develops guidelines and criteria for the selection of candidates and reviews new candidates to ensure competent staffing of the Management Board.

 

The Nomination and Compensation Committee has the following responsibilities:

 

  • definition and validation of the remuneration policy and concepts;
  • definition of the principles of remuneration for the members of the Board of Directors and the Management Board;
  • nomination of competent staff of the Management Board;
  • yearly review of the individual performance of members of the Management Board;
  • approval of terms and conditions of employment of the members of the Management Board;
  • determination and approval of pension schemes;
  • approval of mandates outside the Kuehne + Nagel Group by members of the Management Board;
  • determination of the variable and fixed remuneration components of the Management Board;
  • approval of share-based compensation plans for the Management Board and other selected employees;
  • preparation of the remuneration report.

 

The Chairman of the Nomination and Compensation Committee informs the Board of Directors about all issues discussed, in particular, about all topics that need approval by the Board of Directors. 

 

 

Board and committees: Membership, attendance, number and duration of meetings

Board and committees Board of Directors Audit Committee Chairman’s Committee Nomination and Compensation Committee
Number of meetings in 2016 4 5 5 4
Approximate duration of each meeting 8 hours 4 hours 5 hours 2 hours
Klaus-Michael Kuehne 4   5 4
Dr. Joerg Wolle 4   5
Karl Gernandt 4 5 5 4
Bernd Wrede 1 2 2 1 2
Dr. Renato Fassbind 4 5    
Juergen Fitschen 4      
Hans Lerch 4     4
Dr. Thomas Staehelin 4 5    
Hauke Stars 2 2      
Dr. Martin C. Wittig 4 3    

1  Retired from the Board of Directors on May 3, 2016.

2  Member of the Board of Directors as of May 4, 2016.


Rules of competence between the Board of Directors and the Management Board

The Board of Directors executes the non-transferable and inalienable duties of the ultimate management of the Group. As far as the non-transferable and inalienable duties of the Board of Directors are not concerned, the Chairman of the Board of Directors overlooks the responsibilities of the assigned members of the Management Board of the Kuehne + Nagel Group. As per the Organisational Rules the responsibilities and competences relating to the operational management are transferred to the Management Board. The Management Board is responsible for the development, execution, and supervision of the day-to-day operations of the Group and the Group companies to the extent they are not incumbent on the Annual General Meeting, the Statutory Auditor, the Board of Directors, or the Chairman of the Board of Directors by applicable law, by the Articles of Association, or by the Organisational Rules. The Organisational Rules define which businesses can be approved by the Management Board and which ones require the approval of the Chairman of the Board of Directors or the Board of Directors pursuant to approval requirements based on the extent and nature of the respective business.


Information and control system of the Management Board

The Management Board informs the Board of Directors on a regular and timely basis about the course of business primarily by means of a comprehensive financial Management Information System (MIS) report which provides monthly worldwide consolidated results by segment and country including comparative actual, budgeted and prior-year figures as well as consolidated Balance Sheet and Cash Flow analysis.

 

The CEO and the CFO are generally invited to meetings of the Board of Directors, the Audit Committee as well as to the meetings of the Chairman’s Committee. Members of the Management Board can take part in Nomination and Compensation Committee meetings by invitation.


Risk Management

Risk management is a fundamental element of the Group’s business practice at all levels and covers different types of risks. At Group level, risk management is an integral part of the business planning and controlling processes. Material risks are monitored and regularly discussed with the Audit Committee or the Risk and Compliance Committee, the latter of which is consisting of the CEO and the CFO, the Chief Compliance Officer, the Corporate Head of Internal Audit and the Group General Counsel. The risk management system within the Group covers both financial and operational risks. Risk management is part of the Internal Control System (ICS). Preventive and risk-reducing measures to control risks are proactively taken on different levels and are a fundamental part of the management responsibility. The finance and accounting department conducts, in collaboration with regional management and the Management Board, a risk assessment at least once a year. Details on risk management, including identified risks, are provided in the Status Report


Compliance

Integrity as key element of business behaviour creates trust amongst business partners. Therewith the Group is able to carry the responsibility as a reliable and successful business partner. The Chairman of the Board of Directors and the CEO issued an updated release of the KN Ethics & Compliance Programme in December 2016. This KN Ethics & Compliance Programme includes clear and consistent guidance for policies and procedures, providing guidance for legal, regulatory, and other compliance requirements, as well as global communication and training initiatives. Ongoing compliance live and computer-based trainings resume to form key element to ensure that members of all levels of the Group are and remain adequately knowledgeable and skilled to apply the KN Ethics & Compliance Programme in their day-to-day work. This includes top-down live KN Code of Conduct trainings as well as comprehensive live anti-bribery, anti-corruption, and anti-trust training initiatives. The Group encourages employees to raise concerns of potential violations of the KN Code of Conduct, amongst other channels, to a global 24/7 Confidential Reporting Line enabling reports in a safe, confident and, if desired, anonymous manner.

 

The Kuehne + Nagel Group applies a risk-based Integrity Due Diligence (“IDD”) process for evaluating business partners.


Internal Audit

The Internal Audit function reports directly to the Chairman of the Board of Directors about ongoing activities and audit reports and acts under the supervision of the Audit Committee. Kuehne + Nagel’s Internal Audit is an independent, objective assurance and consulting activity that assists the Management to exercise their responsibilities efficiently by assessing the adequacy and effectiveness of internal controls.