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Our donors, partners, and beneficiaries repose a great deal of trust in us to carry out our work in a responsible and effective manner. This means that making our operations as open and transparent as possible is a key concern for Malteser International. We do this by publishing a range of information in our Annual Report and on our website. Furthermore, Malteser International has voluntarily committed itself to the Transparent Civil Society Initiative, which requires organizations to publish a range of key information about themselves. You can find this information about Malteser International here.

We seek to underline and support responsibility and effectiveness in our work by adhering to a range of international guidelines. One of these is the VENRO Code of Conduct Transparency, organisational management and monitoring, which guides our activity in matters of transparency.

Code of Conduct

Malteser International is committed to the international fight against corruption and exploitation. Malteser International's Code of Conduct is binding on all members of staff, and helps to ensure that our work is undertaken professionally and according to international standards. It is available to read in full here:


Malteser International has subscribed to the VENRO Code of Conduct Transparency, organisational management and monitoring.

Safe Disclosure and Ombudsperson

Staff, partners and members of the general public with serious concerns that the Malteser International Code of Conduct is being breached are encouraged to report these concerns to Malteser International managers. For guidance, please consult the Malteser International Safe Disclosure Guideline:

Reporting Points:

Via our web-based digital safe disclosure system “Hintbox”. The protected and confidential system is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It can be used with any internet-enabled device (smartphone, laptop, tablet, etc.) and in several languages. The reporting language can be selected in the upper right corner of the following website:

To assure the report reaches Malteser International it must be selected from the list of Malteser companies in the drop-down list.

For reporting in English or German, reports can be sent as well by email.

For reports related to sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment - SEAH

For reports related to Fraud and Corruption:

In cases where complainants do not feel able to approach any members of the Malteser International management, they should contact the Ombudsperson. For more information, see:

Malteser International Ombudsperson

An external lawyer (ombudsperson), who is bound by law to professional secrecy, is available as a reporting office. The ombudsperson can be contacted by telephone, e-mail or letter.

Dr. Karl Sidhu has been a lawyer for over 20 years and is specialized in business crime law.

Dr. Sidhu studied law at the Humboldt University in Berlin. After his legal clerkship in Berlin and numerous foreign stations, he obtained his doctorate at the University of Osnabrück. He then worked for the auditing firm KPMG and the law firm Roxin before founding the law firm SvS Rechtsanwälte in 2018.

Dr. Karl Sidhu is a board member of Deutscher Strafverteidiger e.V. (Editor) and the German Ombudsman Association - Vereinigung deutscher Vertrauensanwälte e.V. (Vice Chairman). He is also a co-founder of the international lawyers' network Concilium.

Karl Sidhu is the author of numerous publications in the field of commercial criminal law.

Contact details:

Counsellor at Law Dr. Karl Sidhu, LL.M.
Phone: 089 2441334-60 
E-mail: sidhu(at)svs-legal.de 

Address: SvS Attorneys at Law, Widenmayerstrasse 36,
80538 Munich,

Please note that anonymous reports are possible. However, a contact address (e-mail) should be provided for further clarification of the reports received. Disciplinary proceedings or appropriate criminal charges may be brought against individuals who knowingly make a false report.

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