Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.

Fraunhofer whistleblowing system for serious misconduct

As the largest organization for applied research in Europe and a non-profit organization, we have a social responsibility. Our self-image is based on legal and value-oriented actions. We rely on your help to identify inappropriate behaviour. Illegal acts, white collar crimes or serious violations of Fraunhofer rules can result not only in financial losses but also in damages to Fraunhofer's reputation and loss of funding or, in extreme cases, even endanger our existence – and thereby jobs as well.

We have therefore decided to supplement the existing communication channels for rules violations (direct managers, responsible persons at the institutes, competent persons at the head office or Internal Audit) with a whistleblower portal. The electronic system offered here is intended to offer the secure (even anonymous, if necessary) submission of a report concerning serious malpractices.

The reports submitted via the system are initially received by Internal Audit. Internal Audit will either directly handle the processing of the report or delegate this work to the department with competence over the specific case, which will then systematically and consistently investigate the report.

Thank you very much for your help and cooperation!
Sincerely, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

Why should I submit a report?
What kinds of report are useful to the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft?
How will my report be processed? What is a postbox and how do I set up one?
How do I receive feedback and remain anonymous at the same time?