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Corporate statement

Respecting Human Rights

Respecting Human Rights

The following statement constitutes the Modern Slavery Statement of the Continental Group submitted by Continental AG as the parent company. The statement covers all subsidiaries and minority holdings where Continental exercises management control. 

Company Profile

Continental develops pioneering technologies and services for sustainable and connected mobility of people and their goods. 

Founded in 1871, the technology company offers safe, efficient, intelligent and affordable solutions for vehicles, machines, traffic and transportation. In 2019, Continental currently employs more than 233,000 people in 59 countries and markets. 


Continental has implemented binding codes of conduct on human rights across the entire Group. In these policies, we commit to respect for human rights and the core labor standards of the International Labor Organization (ILO), in accordance with the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. We expect the same from our business partners.

Our Continental Code of Conduct mandates the respect for human rights and fair working conditions for every employee and executive freedom of association, the prohibition of child labour and forced labour as well as freedom of discrimination. 

The Business Partner Code of Conduct, established by the Continental Executive Board, requires all suppliers to be in alignment with our stance on such topics. 

Due Diligence

Continental pursues a twofold and inclusive human rights due diligence approach. This covers our own locations worldwide as well as the entire supply and value chain. All employees are informed in detail about the Code of Conduct, which is part of the employment contract. To this end, mandatory on-line and on-site training are provided, including a specific training module on human rights and good working conditions. Additionally, human rights-specific training courses with relevant management functions within the company are held, to promote the integration of the topic in management processes and business decisions.

Case Management

Employees and third parties outside of the company have the possibility to report violations of the Codes of Conduct or suspected cases through a Anti-corruption & Compliance Hotline. If permitted by law, notices and information may also be handed-in anonymously. Infringements of our codes of conduct are followed up and, where appropriate, sanctioned. If business partners fail to comply Continental reserves the right to request improvement measures or to terminate the business relationship.