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Whistleblower system

Our Whistleblower 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 Bentley Motors Ltd. The success of our company is based on Integrity and Compliance. It is important to learn of potential employee or supplier misconduct and to put a stop to it.

Therefore, we have entrusted the Audi Investigation Office to operate an independent, impartial and confidential Whistleblower System on our behalf. Based on the principle of procedural fairness, the Whistleblower System guarantees the greatest possible protection for whistleblowers, persons implicated and employees contributing to the investigation of reported misconduct.

If your report concerns potential serious violations with regards to human rights and environment by suppliers, the Investigation Office will inform the responsible departments, who will process the issue accordingly.
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 Bentley 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.

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

If you have any questions or inquiries regarding a product you have purchased or feedback or complaints about services provided by Bentley, please contact your Customer Care Contact. 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 and or potential violations of the Code of Conduct for Business Partners by suppliers in our Supply Chain, that allow a swift review and reaction by our company if necessary. Reports can be made 24/7 in every language.

Online Reporting:
You have the option of using a web-based communication platform 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/audi

You can get in contact with the Investigation Office of Bentley via e-mail:
Email: whistleblower-office@audi.de

You can make a report 24 hours, 365 days, using the international toll-free number:
Toll free: 00 800 444 46300*

If your local telephone provider does not support the toll-free service, you can call the following chargeable number for Germany: 0049 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.

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0800 444 46300



Postal address:
Audi AG Whistleblower System
85045 Ingolstadt, Germany

In Person:
Audi Investigation Office
85045 Ingolstadt, Germany
Appointments may be arranged in advance via whistleblower-office@audi.de.

Ombudsperson process:
External lawyers have been appointed to act as Ombudspersons. They advise on the Whistleblower System or ensure that reports from whistleblowers are forwarded anonymously to the 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/

How do we process your report?
The qualified and experienced colleagues at the Investigation Office examine every report for potential misconduct by a Bentley 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 you 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.

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

Find more information on the procedural principles of the Audi Group Complaint Procedure here.

Do you have further questions?
Questions or suggestions for improvement concerning the Whistleblower System can also be addressed to the Audi 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 can also be addressed in all matters of the Whistleblower System via compliance@bentley.co.uk.