In order to provide optimum services for our partner countries and Austria, integrity and professionalism are prerequisites. The comprehensive precautions of the Austrian Development Cooperation for preventing and combating corruption include the ADA Code of Conduct, anti-corruption clauses in ADA contracts and the institution of internal and an external information contact point(s).

Integrity agents

In the event of justified suspicion of violations of the Code of Conduct or contracts, ADA employees should approach their superior. Information can also be addressed to the authorized agents Mrs Christa Schwarz and Mrs Charlotte Lippert via the email address integritaet@ada.gv.at. This email address can also be used by partners of ADA and interested members of the general public.

The authorized agents are not subject to directives for their activities as authorized agents.

ADA has instructed an external ombudsperson as an additional contact in the event of particularly serious irregularities, i.e. judicially punishable acts or contract violations which can lead to a financial loss for ADA. The function of the external ombudsperson is exercised by the law firm Petsche/Pollak, represented by Mr. Pollak. Employees of ADA shall not be discriminated against on account of information submitted in good faith.

Ombudsperson

The ADA has instructed the law firm Petsche/Pollak, represented by Mr. Pollak, to act as an external ombudsperson as of 1 March 2016. The institution of an external independent ombudsperson shall guarantee the utmost objectivity. The ombudsperson allows informants to discuss suspicions confidentially with an external person, before ADA is informed.

ADA employees, contract partners and interested members of the public can contact the ombudsperson in the event of justified suspicion of particularly serious irregularities, i.e. judicially punishable acts of which ADA is the victim, or contract violations which can lead to a financial loss for ADA.

Calling on its many years of professional experience, the ombudsperson investigates reported facts independently and autonomously. ADA bears all costs of the work of the ombudsperson. There is no client-attorney relationship between an informant and the ombudsperson. Employees of ADA shall not be discriminated against on account of information submitted in good faith.