Whistleblower system

Regulatory violation reporting system

Complying with statutory regulations and internal rules, and the principles laid down in our Code of Conduct and the Code of Conduct for Business Partners has top priority at Ducati. The success of our company is based on Integrity and Compliance. To meet this standard, it is important to learn of potential employee misconduct or supplier misconduct and to put a stop to it. Therefore, we entrusted the Audi Investigation Office to operate an independent, impartial and confidential Whistleblower System on our behalf.

A key pillar of our Whistleblower System is the principle of procedural fairness. It also guarantees the greatest possible protection for whistleblowers, persons implicated and employees contributing to the investigation of reported misconduct.

This also includes offering opportunities for anonymous reporting and communication. We assure not to perform any steps in order to identify anonymous whistleblowers, who do not misuse our Whistleblower System. Retaliation of whistleblowers and all persons who contribute to investigations at Ducati will not be tolerated. Persons implicated are presumed innocent until the violation is proven. Investigations will be conducted with the utmost confidentiality. The information will be processed in a fair, fast and protected process.

How do we process your report?

The qualified and experienced colleagues at the Investigation Office examine every report for potential misconduct by a Volkswagen Group employee thoroughly and follow it up systematically. First, you will get a confirmation of receipt. The Investigation Office then assesses your report. This includes gathering facts particularly from the whistleblower. Only if this initial evaluation shows grounds for suspicion of a violation an investigation by a dedicated Investigating Unit will be started. Afterwards, the results of the investigation will be assessed by the Investigation Office and appropriate measures will be recommended. Information about the status* and the outcome of the procedure will be given to the whistleblower without undue delay.

Potential violations of the Code of Conduct for Business Partners by suppliers, including serious risks and violations of human rights and environment by direct and indirect suppliers, can also be reported to the Investigation Office – as well as reports requiring otherwise immediate action. The Investigation Office will inform the responsible departments, who will process the issue accordingly. This particularly includes taking the necessary measures to minimize or end violations and/or risks.

Find more information on the procedural principles of the Group Whistleblower System here.

* The processing time varies depending on the subject of the procedure.

Do you have any concern or feedback regarding a Ducati product or service?

If you have any questions or inquiries regarding products [your new or used vehicle, etc.], feedback or complaints about services provided by Ducati or our business partners (e.g. motorcycle dealerships, workshops), please contact our Customer Care by clicking here. We kindly ask for your understanding that the Whistleblower System unfortunately cannot process customer complaints.

Making a report to our Whistleblower System

The Whistleblower System offers various channels to report potential employee misconduct that allow a swift review and reaction by our company if necessary.

However, this does not affect the statutory right to contact designated authorities.

24/7 Hotline

You can make a report at 365 days, 24 hours, using the international toll-free number: +800 444 46300*.

If your local telephone provider does not support the toll-free service, you can call the following chargeable number: +49 5361 946300.

* Depending on the country you are calling from it is possible that the international toll-free hotline is not available since some telephone network providers do not support the service. If so, please use the offered chargeable number or your country specific number at this link.

Online Reporting Channel

You have the option of using the web-based communication platform https://www.bkms-system.com/bkwebanon/report/clientInfo?cin=1audi9&c=it&language=eng to contact the Investigation Office in many languages. This system is confidential and technically secured.

Even if your preferred language is not offered in the reporting channel, you can use any language to submit your report. You can also contact the Investigation Office in any language via e-Mail or mail.

Link: https://www.bkms-system.com/bkwebanon/report/clientInfo?cin=1audi9&c=it&language=eng

Ombudspersons

VW has appointed external lawyers to act as Ombudspersons. They advise on the Whistleblower System or ensure that reports from whistleblowers are forwarded anonymously to the relevant Investigation Office if desired.

If you want to get in contact with the Ombudspersons you can find their contact details here: http://www.ombudsmen-of-volkswagen.com/

E-Mail

You can get in contact with the Audi Investigation Office competent for Ducati via e-mail: whistleblower-audi@audi.de

Postal address/in person

Contact details for the Investigation Office:

  • Postal address: Whistleblower System, 85045 Ingolstadt, Germany
  • In person: Audi Investigation Office, AUDI AG, I/GC-H, 85045 Ingolstadt, Germany
  • Appointments may be arranged in advance via: whistleblower-office@audi.de
Independent Body

The Whistleblower System at Ducati coexists with the Independent Body appointed under the Italian Legislative Decree no. 231/2001. The two systems are linked via the responsible Chief Compliance Officer that allows a bidirectional information flow and a continuous harmonization.

As a result, anyone of the Addressees who is aware of any violation of the principles of the Code of Conduct can also report it to the Independent Body appointed by the Company pursuant to the Legislative Decree 231/2001.

The Independent Body is composed by 3 members: one appointed within the company’s organization and two external professionals. It can be contacted at the following addresses:

Contact details for the Independent Body:

  • E-mail: odv@ducati.com
  • Anonymous e-mail: odv-anonymous@ducati.com. For anonymous reports. It is accessible only by the two attorneys at law who are external members of the Independent Body.
  • Postal address: Independent Body, Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A., Via Cavalieri Ducati n. 3, 40132, Bologna (IT).

Do you have further questions or do you need a local contact?

Questions or suggestions for improvement concerning the Whistleblower System at Ducati can also be addressed to the Investigation Office.

If you have been interviewed in terms of an investigation, you have the possibility to give feedback to the Ombudsperson as independent body.

Furthermore, our local Compliance Officer/responsible function can also be addressed in all matters of the Whistleblower System by writing to compliance@ducati.com.

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