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Ethics & compliance

Corporate compliance

Dear visitor,

Defence technology products are not just any commodity. As a production site and exporter of defence technology, Germany has a special responsibility: both in light of its own history as well as in current global affairs. For that reason, the sale of defence technology is regulated rigorously in our country. We adhere strictly to all of these statutory regulations and take our responsibility extremely seriously.

As a subsidiary of the KNDS Group, we have gained an excellent reputation over the decades. This reputation is based on the performance of our employees and the values we at KNDS Deutschland Mission Electronics GmbH practice. Managing directors, supervisors and employees are obliged to comply with national and international law and observe the principles of fair competition. For this purpose, we have established a system of guidelines, obligations and procedures which have proven themselves over the long term – including in cooperation with our business partners in Germany and abroad.

Corruption prevention is part of the core of this system. No individual employee can represent the company alone, because the principle of dual-control principle is in effect without exception. We instruct our employees about all aspects of corruption problems in regular training courses and train them on detecting corruption risks at an early stage and handling them properly. Anyone who reports a suspicious situation can depend on being protected by the company management. The Compliance Officer of KNDS Deutschland Mission Electronics GmbH is the direct point of contact for all employees at all times concerning matters of compliance risks in general or corruption risks in particular.

We undertake to comply with all laws relevant and applicable to our business and all regulations on foreign trade. This also includes continuously promoting strict export compliance. Our employees may not export or re-export any goods, technology or software unless a valid permit has been issued to do so. No actions are taken which would violate applicable regulations promoting the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and monitoring of carrier technology, chemical and biological weapons.

We take this very seriously and the management board requests everyone to assist it in this effort. Our foreign trade officer is ready to assist with questions as to the legality of a transaction or a possible violation concerning export regulations.

The KNDS Deutschland Mission Electronics GmbH management board stands for zero tolerance in case of violations of the law and of the values we practise. And anyone can take us at our word.

We want to make our world safer – and not only through our technologies, but also through our conduct. This is our daily task.

Best regards,


Friedhelm Lachenmaier

Managing Director of KNDS Deutschland Mission Electronics GmbH

Ethics Charter

KNDS Deutschland Mission Electronics GmbH is proud to be part of the Franco-German KNDS Group. Here, the best companies in the German and French land defence industry are combined in a single group.

KNDS Deutschland Mission Electronics brings in their knowledge and experience from more than four decades to the collective future of the group of companies. This future is based on integrity, respect, quality and the courage to stand up for the values and convictions of KNDS Deutschland Mission Electronics and the  KNDS Group.

The development of the business of KNDS Deutschland Mission Electronics is key to its success, and this means the integrity of its business conduct is crucial.

The Ethics Charter of the KNDS Group supplements the local laws and rules applicable within the company and country where our employees work. The Ethics Charter provides guidance on the ethics and values shared by all members of the Group. This way, it helps in situations where decisions have to be made or conflicts have to be avoided. The goal is for all employees to fully understand the values we consider important in our daily work.

It is the responsibility of every employee to live up to commitment to integrity and ethical conduct established in the Ethics Charter.

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You can download the Ethics Charter as a PDF file here

Mission statement

We offer you holistic solutions.
Not every successful concept has to follow on from a current problem – we like to think ahead! For that reason, we are always open to new ideas and creative lateral thinking. Over many years of partnership, innovative ideas develop and mature – we want to put them into practice with you.

We combine continuity and innovation.
In our book, there is no conflict between these two concepts. Our customers know us and have valued us as a high-quality supplier for over four decades. But a tradition of quality does not mean being stuck in the mud. On the contrary, we aim to combine new technologies with proven components. With the help of your feedback, your ideas and our development capabilities, we create solutions that combine the best of both worlds – consistent quality and innovation.

We make people our top priority.
The transition from the industrial age to the information age demands new answers and new concepts. KNDS Deutschland Mission Electronics GmbH meets these new challenges with innovative products and a high level of expertise. But our main focus is always on the person who will use our products, so we have made it our goal to offer user-friendly and flexible IT solutions.

We guarantee reliability.
You can depend on us. On the performance of our company and our staff, and on our high-quality products, which function optimally and reliably even under extreme conditions.

Reporting compliance violations

Misconduct has no place at KNDS Deutschland Mission Electronics

Compliance with laws and the KNDS Ethics Charter is a top priority for KNDS Deutschland Mission Electronics GmbH. In order to live up to this claim, it is important to learn of possible misconduct at an early stage and to follow it up immediately.

The KNDS Group, which includes KNDS Deutschland Mission Electronics, provides all employees of the KNDS Group, as well as customers, suppliers and other third parties, with reporting channels for submitting indications of compliance violations.

Digital whistleblowing system

The KNDS Integrity Line offers the possibility of reporting violations at any time and in various languages via an Internet-based communication platform – anonymously if desired. Incoming reports are always treated confidentially. At the same time, by setting up a protected mailbox, you can receive feedback on the status of processing and answer follow-up questions about your report.


Access to the KNDS Integrity Line


Other reporting channels

Reports can also be sent to the Compliance Department by mail or e-mail:

KNDS Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG
Krauss-Maffei Str. 11
80997 Munich
Email: compliance (at)

For more information on the principles of the complaints procedure and the process flow for potential human rights and environmental violations in the supply chain, please refer to the Rules of Procedure.