Our corporate guidelines, Code of Conduct, CSR Principles and Corporate Governance Principles are the foundation of our sustainability management.
In line with the law and the Articles of Incorporation, the company's executive bodies are the Executive Board, the Supervisory Board, and the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting. As a German stock corporation, Continental AG has a dual management system characterized by a strict personnel division between the Executive Board as the management body and the Supervisory Board as the monitoring body.
A Corporate Sustainability Council was established to manage sustainability and corporate responsibility. It comprises two members of the Executive Board and representatives from the areas of environment, HR, legal and compliance, corporate safety and health, investor relations, accounting, corporate auditing, corporate accounting and corporate communications. The Executive Board member for HR is the chairperson. The Sustainability Council convenes four times a year as well as on relevant occasions. The Environment department is under the direct control of the chairman of the Executive Board.
Questions of sustainability are also the subject of regular reports from the Executive Board to the Supervisory Board concerning ongoing business development, and at the strategy meeting, which takes place once a year. The Audit Committee of the Supervisory Board is closely linked to Compliance and Risk Management.
The most important documents at corporation level are:
- Corporate guidelines: Our BASICS describe our vision, our mission, our four values and how we want to work together.
- Code of Conduct: The Continental Code of Conduct describes ethical standards and requirements concerning employee behavior.
- Principles of our Corporate Social Responsibility (PDF, 334.3 KB) : They provide an overview of our CSR principles.
- Corporate Governance Principles: Based on applicable legal provisions, the German Corporate Governance Code, and the corporate guidelines, these principles describe in detail the corporation's managerial and supervisory tasks and processes.