Management guidelines and ethical principles

Management guidelines and ethical principles

AURELIUS Equity Opportunites is does not invest into the defense industry and is not involved in the sale of weapons or tobacco.

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)

Office Depot Europe

Office Depot Europe is a leading European vendor for office supplies, printing and document services, paper, computers and printers, business services such as facility management, and office furniture, with direct sales to over 1.2 million small and mid-sized firms across Europe via its two brands: Office Depot and Viking. According to its coverage, Office Depot developed various guiding principles for supplying or producing goods and providing services. Office Depot committed itself to report these guidelines transparently and to audit compliance by independent, accredited third parties. Examples of this are the independent assessment of environmental performance under ISO14001, greenhouse gas footprint under ISO14064 and environmental product claims by external consultants Newleaf Sustainability Practice. In that context, each supplier has to follow and adhere to Office Depot’s Supplier Guiding Principles – closely tracking and regularly inspecting them –, so that Office Depot can ensure that only goods and services sourced from ethically and environmentally sustainable production are being distributed.

Office Depot: Supplier Guiding Principles (PDF)

Environmental Responsibility at Office Depot Europe (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.