Due to different legal requirements and at the same time a growing awareness of the practical necessities, companies are increasingly devoting more attention to the topic of compliance. Part of this attention is particularly directed at fighting corruption and other business criminal acts through professional preventative measures. Therefore, the appointment of external ombudspersons as recommended by Transparency International and other independent experts is of the utmost importance.
An essential aspect of the ombudsman system is that informants can approach the ombudsperson confidentially. A lawyer's obligation to maintain secrecy, the right to refuse to give evidence and supplementary contractual obligations combine to guarantee that the identity of the informant is protected and his name will not be disclosed. It is only with the informant's explicit agreement that information can be divulged to the company's investigative bodies. Protection begins with and includes the first contact with the ombudsperson. The informant incurs no costs.