Information is the currency of democracy
Thomas Jefferson

Who can I turn to if colleagues or business partners violate the law?

Should I address them directly? What if I’m wrong? How can I be sure that the information does not end up in the wrong hands? Must I testify as a witness at court if I go to the police? Will my colleagues see me as a “snitch” or “whistle-blower”?

Any employee or business partner of a company who feels “something is odd” is often in a difficult situation.

The ombudsman is there to find a way out of this situation.

Anybody who has information about possible criminal acts and infringements within a company can turn in confidence to an ombudsman. This first step does not yet mean that the information will be disclosed to third parties.


The ombudsman will not pass on the information to the company until and to the extent the informer expressly authorizes him to.

An informer can even decide to not disclose any information whatsoever after the first confidential meeting with the ombudsman. This causes him no disadvantage.


If the informer does decide to keep confidential all or merely some information (for example names, positions in the company) the ombudsman is not authorized to provide any information about the same, not even at court.


The companies Dr. Tobias Rudolph represents are interested in clarifying and fighting crimes related to business activities. They will assess the information received from the ombudsman in an orderly process and undertake the necessary legal steps.


The informer will be informed by the ombudsman in individual cases upon agreement with the company about what consequences were taken due to the information released.