Declaration of Compliance

German Corporate Governance Code

In February 2002, the German Corporate Governance Code (hereinafter also “Code”) was adopted by the Government Commission responsible and continually updated with the goal of establishing principles for good corporate governance and bolstering trust in German companies. The Code is designed to make the German Corporate Governance system transparent and understandable. Its purpose is to promote the trust of international and national investors, customers, employees, and the general public in the management and supervision of listed German stock corporations.