Declaration of Conformity regarding the German Corporate Governance Code

The German Corporate Governance Code (the “Code”) contains principles, recommendations and suggestions for the Management Board and the Supervisory Board that are intended to ensure that the company is managed in its best interests. The Code highlights the obligation of Management Boards and Supervisory Boards – in line with the principles of the social market economy – to take into account the interests of stakeholders to ensure the continued existence of the enterprise and its sustainable value creation (the enterprise’s best interests). These principles not only require compliance with the law, but also ethically sound and responsible behaviour (the “reputable businessperson” concept, Leitbild des Ehrbaren Kaufmanns). 

Through the declaration of conformity pursuant to § 161 AktG, the code has a legal basis. Accordingly, the recommendations and suggestions are not mandatory. However, deviations from the recommendations – not the suggestions – have to be explained and disclosed with the annual declaration of conformity.


freenet AG has published the following statement on the German Corporate Governance Code pursuant to § 161 AktG: