Compliance is an integral component of the Celesio Group’s corporate and leadership culture and refers to the obligation to observe the law and internal guidelines. For Celesio, the aim of compliance is to avert and avoid negative consequences for the company. This does not simply mean following rules, however. More than that, it is a rolling process in which we reconsider our actions and adapt to new challenges and situations.

In addition to the relevant legal provisions, the organisation of management and control at Celesio is based mainly on the articles of association, the German Corporate Governance Code as well as the rules of procedure of the Supervisory Board and Management Board. At Celesio, internal corporate guidelines are drawn up and introduced by the Management Board or by the group departments.

The relevant departments monitor implementation of the framework, making adjustments as necessary. Our Code of Conduct goes beyond the formal legal requirements. In this document, we have defined principles for acting in an ethical, trustworthy and sustainable way.


Group Compliance and Corporate is running the compliance efforts at the head office and oversees and coordinates compliance functions in the countries. The function reports to the board member that is responsible for Legal, Compliance and External Affairs.

A compliance committee with representatives from Compliance and Corporate, Audit, Controlling, Accounting and Human Resources serves as a platform for integrated exchange at the head office.

The Country Compliance Officers appointed in each country are responsible for implementing the compliance management systems in the countries and work in close cooperation with the head office. A confidential helpline system gives all employees round-the-clock access to the external ombudsman free of charge and in all languages.

Compliance Management

Celesio is aware that the actions or inactions of just one person can impact our entire company. Therefore it is essential for a sustainable compliance culture to involve everyone within the company. Compliance at Celesio is a living topic which is steadily evolving and gaining even further importance. To meet this development and our self-set standards, we are constantly reviewing the compliance management system, keeping it suitable for our different operational areas and flexible to adapt to changes.

Code of Conduct (PDF 1.5 MB)

Tilo Köster
Tilo Köster
Member of the Management Board Legal and Compliance
+49 711 5001-00