Code of Conduct

Just the first step: we have defined social standards and rules regarding environmental protection and occupational health and safety in our Code of Conduct. This applies to all employees, business partners and suppliers.

The Otto Group Code of Conduct was developed in 1996 and is based on the core working standards of the International Labour Organization (ILO), the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. Further components include BSCI guidelines and the Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises set out by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Alongside the Code of Conduct for Merchandising Goods, and in accordance with our sourcing structure, the Otto Group has additionally introduced a specific Code of Conduct for Services and Non-Merchandising Goods (which affects external cleaning services at our own locations, for instance).

On entering into a business relationship with the Otto Group, suppliers and business partners commit not only to upholding the Code of Conduct’s standards in their factories, but also to ensure their subcontractors abide by them. The Code additionally forms the basis for checking whether all trading and business partners are complying with the standards.

Around half of the merchandising goods that the Otto Group purchases is for our own and licensed brands, with third-party brands accounting for the other half. In this case, the brand producers are responsible for upholding social and environmental standards in production.