Velcro Companies is committed to creating an ethical and flourishing culture based on values. Such a culture needs, among other things, the trust of each colleague that he or she can raise issues in a confidential and anonymous way without fear of retaliation.

If you are aware of a violation of the Code of Conduct of Velcro Companies or other company policies, or of fraudulent activities or incidents of intimidation of yourself or another colleague, or if you suspect such a violation, you must report this immediately to your supervisor, manager or local HR department or representative. If you prefer not to report this to one of these people, you can use the anonymous Velcro Companies Compliance Hotline which is offered by an external service company. You can report your concerns anonymously and without fear of retaliation.

The hotline offers you two simple ways to report issues anonymously. Both ways are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

1. Report issues via the Internet on Compliance Hotline . It is possible to display the report form in your preferred language, or;

2. Report issues by telephone on a toll-free number:

United States: (800) 461-9330 Germany: (800) 1777-9999
Canada: (800) 461-9330 Italy (800) 1777-9999
Mexico: 001 (866) 376-0139 Belgium: (800) 1777-9999
Brazil: 0021 (800) 1777-9999 The Netherlands: (800) 1777-9999
Uruguay: 001 (720) 514-4400 * Poland: (800) 116-3819
United Kingdom: (800) 1777-9999 China: (800) 1777-9999 / (400) 120-3062
France: (800) 1777-9999 Hong Kong: 001 (800) 1777-9999
Spain: (800) 1777-9999 Australia: 0011 (800) 1777-9999

* Local costs can be calculated.

Once your issue has been reported, it will immediately be forwarded to the Compliance Governance Committee (GGC) for review. The CGC consists of our Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operations Officer, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Vice President of Human Resources, General Counsel and myself.

You also get a confidential access number for the report and you are asked to provide a personal password and a security question. With the access number and password you can view the status of your report on the hotline website and send and receive anonymous messages about your report at any time. If you have provided an e-mail address, you will also receive notifications via e-mail if the status of the report changes.

We encourage you to report breaches of our Code of Conduct and other company policies, fraudulent activity or harassment incidents if you know this.