Fraunhofer is Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is one of the world’s major international research organizations. An undertaking of this size and significance needs a decentralized organizational structure which nevertheless incorporates line functions that allow it to develop an efficient strategic orientation on the basis of centralized control mechanisms.

Principles of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft regarding cooperation

The mission, vision and principles of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft e.V. are described in our statutes and guiding principles. As a publicly funded, non-profit organization we naturally ensure to realize our mission in accordance with the legal requirements.

The requirements which apply to us are implemented in our internal regulations. All employees receive our internal Code of Conduct, which transparently summarizes these regulations as well as the principles which are important for us. To systematically ensure compliance, we operate a compliance management system, which was successfully evaluated for appropriateness in 2015.

With the following principles concerning cooperation with our external partners, we want to position ourselves proactively regarding topics important to us.

We also expect that our partners comply with the applicable regulations and agreements, sensitize their employees in terms of lawful and responsible action and that they do not expect or demand any illegitimate action from us.

We appreciate your trust and look forward to a positive and successful cooperation.

  1. Respect and fairness in dealing with business partners
  2. Respect and fairness in dealing with employees
  3. Quality and professionalism in performance and cooperation
  4. Social responsibility