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Funding is usually earmarked for a specific purpose. If funding is used improperly, i.e. for other purposes, or even misappropriated, you can report it here.
If tenders are not awarded to the best bidder, serious economic damage can result. In many cases, incorrect procurement decisions not only lead to unlawful discrimination of bidding companies, but also inflict direct economic damage on the procuring organisation.
Data protection, protection of business secrets, data and system security →
Concerns breaches of regulations on the protection of personal data such as the GDPR, breaches of regulations on the protection of trade and business secrets as well as lack of data and system security. This includes, in particular, cases involving a large number of data or sensitive personal data. For example:
the improper use of personal data
the unlawful disclosure of trade and business secrets
the inadequate protection of internal computer networks
Public health →
Should you have information about practices that lead to the endangerment of public health, you can report them to us here. Often such information will be related to disease prevention.
Product safety →
Compliance with safety requirements for products is also an essential need of the general public, so that basic safety expectations for goods are protected. In the context of unsafe products, further information may emerge, particularly in organisations involved in their manufacture and distribution, about possible improper or illegal manufacturing, import or distribution practices.
Animal welfare, environmental protection and radiation protection →
Here you can report violations against animal welfare as well as environmental offences and other environmental damage. For example:
unauthorised animal testing
illegal waste disposal
improper handling of radioactive substances
water, soil or air pollution
Interference with the organisation's property →
Damage to and unjust enrichment of the organisation's assets can be reported here, especially property offences such as theft, embezzlement or misappropriation. For example:
theft of university property
embezzlement of funds of the organisation
private use of work materials
Conflicts of interest and corruption offences →
In conflicts of interest, there is a risk that individuals/organisations are motivated by interests that run counter to their duties, so that decision-making processes are corrupted. Thus, personal interests of employees that appear incompatible with the organisation's interest in unbiased decision-making take on particular importance.
Manipulation of business documents/balance sheets →
This refers in particular to infringements of applicable accounting regulations or the principles of proper accounting, that lead to an inaccurate presentation in the organisation's financial reporting. For example: improper preparation or falsification of invoices, credit notes, financial statements, audit reports, etc.
Financial services →
Especially in the context of financial services, financial products and financial markets, regulation and control are indispensable, e.g. to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing. Since the financial crisis, which brought to light serious deficiencies in the enforcement of existing regulations, numerous new regulations have been supporting the early detection of risky or damaging practices in the financial sector.
Antitrust and competition law →
Violations of antitrust and competition law regulations adversely affect effective competition and thus the functioning of markets. An anti-competitive situation exists, for example, in the case of secret agreements or an exchange of competition-relevant information between a company and its competitors.
Academic integrity →
The correct application of scientific methods is indispensable for scientific activity. In order to maintain trust in the honesty of academic work, universities, as important sites of science, must point out malpractices and consistently prevent negative developments.
Code of conduct at the workplace →
Violations of the principles of conduct at the workplace that result in unacceptable, undue working conditions can be reported here, e.g. improper behaviour such as:
working time violations
Of course, deficiencies in other subject areas also run counter to the interests of the organisation. Should you have sufficient reason to believe that such irregularities exist, you can report them here.