Management guidelines and ethical principles

Management guidelines and ethical principles

AURELIUS Equity Opportunites does not invest into the defense industry and is not involved in the sale of weapons or tobacco. Furthermore AURELIUS does not have any equity investments in companies that are undertaking animal testing.

Code of conduct for Suppliers and Service Providers

These principles encompass the minimum standards for all suppliers of the AURELIUS Group that are defned in this Code of Conduct for Suppliers.

AURELIUS requires all its group companies to implement these principles appropriately. The goal is to continuously improve the entire procurement process, quality, environmental sustainability and productivity in close collaboration with suppliers.

Code of conduct for Suppliers and Service Providers of the AURELIUS Group (PDF)

Whistleblowing Policy

AURELIUS is committed to conducting business with honesty and integrity. We expect all staff to maintain high standards. Any suspected wrongdoing should be reported as soon as possible.

This policy covers all employees, officers, consultants, contractors, interns, casual workers and agency workers. 

What is whistleblowing? 

Whistleblowing is the reporting of suspected wrongdoing or dangers in relation to our activities. This includes bribery, fraud or other criminal activity, miscarriages of justice, health and safety risks, damage to the environment and any breach of legal or professional obligations.

Protection and support for whistleblowers

We aim to encourage openness and will support whistleblowers who raise genuine concerns under this policy, even if they turn out to be mistaken. 

Whistleblowers must not suffer any detrimental treatment as a result of raising a genuine concern. If you believe that you have suffered any such treatment, you should inform the Whistleblowing Officer immediately. If the matter is not remedied you should raise it formally using our Grievance Procedure. 

You must not threaten or retaliate against whistleblowers in any way. If you are involved in such conduct you may be subject to disciplinary action. In some cases the whistleblower could have a right to sue you personally for compensation in an employment tribunal. 

However, if we conclude that a whistleblower has made false allegations maliciously or with a view to personal gain, the whistleblower may be subject to disciplinary action.

Anti Corruption / Anti Bribery

We pride ourselves on our reputation for acting fairly and ethically wherever we do business. Our reputation is built on our values as a company, the values of our employees and our collective commitment to acting with integrity throughout our organisation. 

We condemn corruption in all its forms and we will not tolerate it in our business or in those we do business with. It is sometimes difficult to grasp the scale of the damage that bribery does to societies. 

"Corruption … undermines democracy and the rule of law, leads to violations of human rights, distorts markets, erodes the quality of life and allows organised crime, terrorism and other threats to human security to flourish. This evil phenomenon is found in all countries - big and small, rich and poor…corruption hurts the poor disproportionately by diverting funds intended for development, undermining a government's ability to provide basic services, feeding inequality and injustice and discouraging foreign aid and investment. Corruption is a key element in economic under-performance and a major obstacle to poverty alleviation and development."
(Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary General) 

It is our policy to conduct all of our business in an honest and ethical manner. We take a zero-tolerance approach to bribery and corruption and are committed to acting professionally, fairly and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships wherever we operate and implementing and enforcing effective systems to counter bribery. 

We will uphold all laws relevant to countering bribery and corruption in all the jurisdictions in which we operate.