contact

News

Newsroom

5 tips on how to spice up your compliance communication and inspire others

Are you familiar with this too? Your compliance team puts a lot of effort into the communication of a new regulation and in the end the message just gets lost in the flood of mails of the recipients. Find out how you can stop this circle of ineffective compliance communication with 5 tips by our guest author Dr Bettina Palazzo.

Read more

Newsroom

Transparency International's Corruption Index 2020

Transparency International's 2020 Corruption Index shows: Ranked 9th again, Germany's progress in fighting corruption is stagnating.

Read more

Newsroom

How to integrate the prevention of sexual harassment into your compliance management

What preventive strategies can be integrated into compliance management to successfully prevent sexual harassment in the workplace? In part 2 in the series, company ethics expert Dr Bettina Palazzo discusses prevention and intervention strategies.

Read more

Newsroom

Federal Ministry of Justice aims to extend Whistleblower Protection Directive to German law

The EU Parliament adopted the EU directive for the protection of whistleblowers exactly one year ago. Now the German Ministry of Justice has completed its proposed legislation for the planned whistleblower protection law. We put the draft in context and have summed up everything you need to know about the new law.

Read more

Newsroom

Joining forces to combat corruption in sport: FIFA and UNODC launch campaign against match-fixing

Recognise. Resist. Report. – To mark International Anti-Corruption Day, FIFA and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) aim to raise awareness of manipulation in sport.

Read more

Newsroom

Swiss financial supervisory authority warns of abuse with applications for short-time work subsidies

Fraud in connection with applications for financial support doesn’t stop at the Swiss border. The country’s financial supervisory authority is criticising the application process and counting on help from whistleblowers.

Read more

Newsroom

Christmas gifts for employees? Here’s what companies need to know

When in Rome, should you do as the Romans do? At least in terms of the annual tax-exempt amounts that are available to companies for, among other things, gifts for their employees, there are major differences across Europe. Find out just how big they are in this article.

Read more

Newsroom

Sexual harassment and Compliance Management: A fatal affair

How does the manner in which a company deals with sexual harassment allegations in the workplace influence compliance management and the perception and acceptance of compliance management amongst employees? Dr Palazzo on a disastrous relationship.

Read more

Newsroom

What will change for companies as a result of the planned Corporate Liability Act?

The federal government’s draft of the planned Corporate Liability Act (VerSanG) has been the subject of much discussion for quite some time. What can companies expect when the new law comes into force? Here is a brief summary of the most important changes.

Read more

Newsroom

Does a good compliance officer need to be a lawyer?

Most compliance officers are lawyers and having a degree in law is generally a prerequisite. However, the career path has been changing for a couple of years and is increasingly opening up to other areas of specialisation. Do good reasons exist for having a compliance officer who has not studied law?

Read more

Newsroom

ISO-27001 recertification confirms the secure operation of the entire BKMS® Compliance System again

Business Keeper is the first provider to have its entire BKMS® compliance platform certified in accordance with ISO-27001. Find out what exactly is behind this and what difference this double certification can make for your data and information security.

Read more

Newsroom

Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) on the national situation: significant increase in corruption in Germany

According to the Federal Criminal Police Office, corruption crimes increased significantly in Germany in 2019, in particular in the field of bribery and corruption. Public officials are particularly affected, however the State Office of Criminal Investigation (LKA) is observing a significant shift in the position of the suspects.

Read more

Newsroom

Business ethics consultant, Dr Bettina Palazzo on whistleblowing and the importance of the speak-up culture in companies

The company scandals from the recent past make one thing clear: many people in the organisation are aware of the ticking time bomb of malpractice and illegal activities before a company’s ethical disaster becomes public. The big question then is always: Why did nobody say anything?

Read more

Newsroom

IT security: Penetration tests as support in the fight against increasing cybercrime

Feared by many companies, and rightly so: large-scale hacker attacks have become commonplace and their numbers are rising. The hackers are often one step ahead of a company’s internal IT security. This is where the use of penetration tests can help. You will find out what exactly this involves here.

Read more

Newsroom

“Communication with whistleblower”: New dates for the two-day seminar in March 2021 - online or on-site (in German)

Due to the current situation, we are offering two event dates in March 2021 and you can choose whether you would like to participate online or on-site in Berlin.

Read more

Newsroom

After the collapse of the EU-US Privacy Shield

Following the “Schrems II” judgment of the ECJ on 16 July 2020, the Swiss Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner (FDPIC) has re-evaluated the appropriateness of data protection in the USA again within the framework of the annual evaluation of the CH-US Privacy Shield.

Read more

Newsroom

Transparency International asks the Austrian government to expand the EU Whistleblower Protection Directive

Like all other EU member states, Austria also has to adopt the EU Whistleblower Protection Directive in national law by the end of 2021. Transparency International is asking for a significant extension of reporter protection in the legal implementation of this.

Read more

Newsroom

Reflection on our BK live webinar “Data privacy 2020 & Schrems II"

What challenges are resulting for companies after the “Schrems II” judgment? Our live webinar engaged with the issues and solution approaches on the topic of data protection.

Read more

Newsroom

Communication with reporters: Two-day seminar on 21 and 22 September in Berlin

Since the seminar on “Communication with reporters” could not take place in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, Business Keeper is even more pleased about the successful implementation of the training session in September 2020.

Read more

Newsroom

Business Keeper is recognised again for its excellent training quality

Promoting young talent is a high priority at Business Keeper, which means that we have our training quality reviewed regularly. We have been certified with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry seal for excellent training quality again.

Read more

Newsroom

BKAG publishes UN Global Compact Progress Report 2020

Business Keeper AG, one of the first participants in the UN Global Compact since 2002, published its Progress Report for 2020 in September. The active participants of Global Compact detail their progress each year with regard to the 10 principles of UN Global Compact in a report to provide stakeholders with information about efforts and further…

Read more

Newsroom

eco IT security study 2020: the number of serious security incidents is increasing

What is the situation with IT security in companies? Eco, the Association of the Internet Industry, addressed this question in its current study and brought some interesting results to light.

Read more

Newsroom

Global Goals Yearbook 2020: Planet under Pressure

The new edition of the Global Goals Yearbook has been published and the book studies the key decade of the 2020s... a decade which is urgently tackling the implementation of sustainability and has to deal with the challenge of shaping a society and economy which are in harmony with planet Earth.

Read more

Newsroom

BKMS® Incident Reporting is the first barrier-free certified whistleblower system and European web application with the WACA seal of accessibility according to the new WCAG 2.1 test criteria

Accessibility on the Internet, i.e. the unrestricted and simple accessibility of web offers for all people, becomes more and more important for our social interaction. The BKMS® Incident Reporting as part of the modular platform BKMS® Compliance System is the first barrier-free whistleblowing system and at the same time the first WACA-certified web…

Read more

Newsroom

Whistleblower Reporting Office of the Swiss Federal Audit Office receives more reports every year

Since 2017, the BKMS® Incident Reporting (formerly known as BKMS® System) has been supporting the Swiss Federal Audit Office in the fight against corruption, embezzlement, abuse of power and tax fraud. And the federal corruption hunters have a lot to do: Last year, they received more leads than ever before. In 2019, the Financial Controllers were…

Read more

Newsroom

The Baden-Württemberg Police Department expands use of the BKMS® whistleblower system

Last year the number of politically motivated crimes rose by around 14 percent to 41,177. This means that politically motivated crime is at the second highest level since these statistics were introduced in 2001.[1] Particularly in the past few weeks there has been a massive increase in the militancy of the violent left-wing extremist scene in…

Read more

Newsroom

Successful EuroPriSe certification: BKMS® Compliance System is GDPR compliant

Data protection is one of the most important topics nowadays and we all react sensitive when it comes to our data. Business Keeper has steadily expanded its role as the pioneer in this area. We are pleased that all the weeks of intensive work are also recognized externally and that the BKMS® Compliance System has successfully passed the data…

Read more

Newsroom

BKMS® System supports victims of domestic violence as a confidential reporting channel

The corona crisis is a special situation for all of us, which turns the familiar world upside down. Children and young people in particular are affected by these restrictions. Due to the increasing pressure on families and, at the same time, a lack of social balance and “control”, experts expect a strong increase in domestic violence and child…

Read more

Newsroom

Preventing misuse of Corona funds through online reporting systems

Berlin, 23 April 2020 – After weeks of restrictions on public life in the wake of the Sars-CoV-2 virus pandemic, the first nationwide easing of restrictions was decided this week. Will these take effect or will they lead to a new wave of infection, which would possibly result in a second lockdown? The long-term effects of the worldwide pandemic are…

Read more

Newsroom

Strong increase in subsidy fraud in Corona times

Berlin, 08.04.2020 – With around 1173 billion euros, the German government has set up one of the world's largest rescue packages to deal with the effects of the corona crisis. Unfortunately, with such a high sum of money, fraud cases always go hand in hand. Subsidy fraud is a widespread crime from the country level to the EU and the damage to the…

Read more

Newsroom

Business Keeper and Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft (sdw) sensitize students for business ethics in working life

Berlin, 02/17/2020 – Especially young job starters can find themselves quickly in a moral dilemma situation in which they are expected to act correctly, but the necessary life and work experience is not yet available. To raise awareness of economic-ethical issues in society and business among the next generation was one of the aims of the event…

Read more

Newsroom

imh special day "The new EU-Whistleblowing Directive" offered helpful overview for companies and organisations

Berlin, 01/30/2020 – The Institute Manfred Hämmerle (imh) took the new "EU Whistleblowing Directive" as an opportunity to give an overview of the legal framework and challenges as well as to present practical examples of implemented whistleblowing systems at a conference on 30 January at the Steigenberger Hotel in Vienna.

Read more