The Board of Directors of Doğuş Otomotiv believes that independent companies should have good and balanced corporate governance structures to be successful and grow. Company leaders lay the foundations of good corporate governance by identifying the strategies and targets of the Company, and creating Company values and an ethical approach. This leadership approach also requires behaviors and practices needed to improve the sustainability performance of the Company.
The Board of Directors of Doğuş Otomotiv considers the short and long term effects of corporate strategies on economy, society and ecological environment as well. Doğuş Otomotiv Code of Ethics is a Company policy that reflects the core values of our Company and regulates its relations with the stakeholders, as well as being an important commitment showing that Doğuş Otomotiv carries out its operations in highest ethical standards.
Doğuş Otomotiv Code of Ethics includes our Sustainability approach across the entire value chain of Doğuş Otomotiv and our commitments within the scope of United Nations Global Compact principles.
Our Code of Ethics has been approved by Doğuş Otomotiv Senior Management. Doğuş Otomotiv Code of Ethics has been prepared to regulate the behavior of all executives and employees, as well as the relationship between our employees and customers, competitors and suppliers.
Doğuş Otomotiv expects all of its suppliers, customers, shareholders, subsidiaries and all other stakeholders to fully understand our Company’s ways of doing business, guide their expectations in this direction, and fully comply with Doğuş Otomotiv Code of Ethics.
Compliance with Code of Ethics
Doğuş Otomotiv Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is responsible for full implementation of the Code of Ethics within the Company and monitoring issues related to compliance with the Code of Ethics. The Company CEO is supported by the Audit, Disciplinary, and Corporate Governance and Sustainability committees that all report to the Board of Directors on these issues.
Violation of the Code of Ethics reported to Department Managers through Ethics Line or via other channels are evaluated by Internal Audit Department, and reported to the Audit Committee and the CEO. If deemed necessary by Audit Committee and the CEO, outcomes are shared with the Board of Directors for their opinion and final decision. Internal Audit Department is responsible for maintaining confidentiality of such notifications and taking appropriate actions.
It is not possible to capture all forms of unethical behaviors or define all illegal business processes within the scope of the Code of Ethics. The best guiding force is the individual conscience, shared wisdom, common sense, and the unconditional approach of employees to Doğuş Otomotiv’s policies and its responsibilities stemming from laws, regulations and contractual obligations. When undecided about how to behave, employees and executives are encouraged to contact Ethics Hotline or ask for support, ask questions and inform the relevant departments about misconduct without hesitation. Doğuş Otomotiv’s principles and policies strictly prohibit confrontation, or retaliation against an employee that has reported any behavior that constitutes a crime or a violation of the Code of Ethics. Violating laws and regulations, Doğuş Otomotiv Code of Ethics and other Company policies, procedures, regulations, rules, principles may result in punitive enforcements that may lead to termination of employment contracts. Such disciplinary actions also apply to senior executives who tolerate or permit inappropriate behaviors knowingly, delay action for taking preventive actions such as providing necessary training in related issues and managing the work of its team as required, and fail to report such misbehavior.
Doğuş Otomotiv Code of Ethics
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Doğuş Otomotiv Ethics Line
All Doğuş Otomotiv employees can report incidents in conflict or potentially in conflict with the Code of Ethics by calling 444 38 45 (ETIK) Ethics Line openly or anonymously, if preferred. In all notifications to Doğuş Otomotiv Ethics Line, fully monitored by an independent institution, our employees are free to disclose or to conceal their identities.
Notifications of Doğuş Otomotiv Code of Ethics infringements protect the identity of the reporting person during the potential investigation phase conducted by our Company within the limits of legal obligations, except when required by law. Doğuş Otomotiv prohibits any kind of retaliation by coworkers, protects the reporting person from any harm due to the notification, and makes no compromises whatsoever on this matter.
Anti-bribery and Anti-corruption Policy
Doğuş Otomotiv’s business ethics approach contains the highest level of ethical standards in our corporate policies, our ways of doing business and in our behaviors. In other words, they are the reflection of our moral standards in every area of business life. Our company departments, technological assets, financial and operational activities, in short all of our business processes are expected to clearly reflect our ethical business conduct approach beyond all other moral traditions and values.
The most valuable assets of Doğuş Otomotiv are the trust of its customers, suppliers, employees and shareholders to our Company, and the corporate reputation we have maintained since the inception of our commercial activities. Our stakeholders’ trust and the protection of our reputation are the reasons of our existence that we never compromise.
In accordance with its policies and corporate ethics, Doğuş Otomotiv absolutely rejects bribery and corruption.
Doğuş Otomotiv is committed to complying with the principle of doing fair and transparent business in its relations with all stakeholders. As with other stakeholders, Doğuş Otomotiv’s executives, employees and business partners are not allowed to gain any benefits against laws and regulations, make payments to influence the decisions of individuals or organizations, give gifts, offer payments or gifts in their relations with government institutions. Making a contribution, offering gifts or making commitments on such issues to a political party, a political party member or related institutions and organizations is similarly in violation of Doğuş Otomotiv Code of Ethics.
At Doğuş Otomotiv, offering, accepting or giving bribes or kickbacks that constitute a legal crime, are strictly prohibited. All executives and employees encountering such an offer must immediately report the situation to the Ethics Line. In addition, asking customers, suppliers, Doğuş Otomotiv competitors or third parties for personal loans, special privileges or discounts different from those offered to everyone, are strictly prohibited as well. Doğuş Otomotiv employees will not be penalized when they refuse to bribe or make an anti-corruption statement.
Doğuş Otomotiv’s Anti-bribery and Anti-corruption Policy and the commitments within the scope of this policy cover employees, executives, senior management, suppliers and business partners, Authorized Dealers and After-sales Service Centers and their employees, and all third parties across the entire Doğuş Otomotiv value chain.
The Board of Directors of Doğuş Otomotiv is responsible for implementing the anti-bribery and anti-corruption policy across the entire Doğuş Otomotiv value chain.
Doğuş Otomotiv observes OEM policies while appointing Authorized Dealers and After-sales Service Centers, and in their reimbursements. Doğuş Otomotiv reimburses Authorized Dealers and After-sales Service Centers in exchange for legitimate services strictly in line with these standards.