Trade Control

The traffic of goods is essentially free but may be subject to restrictions or prohibitions that states impose to safeguard their national security interests and the peaceful coexistence of people, or to prevent the proliferation of weapons. These regulations may relate to purchases, sales, services, technology transfers or payments. Additional restrictions may target behavioral changes of individuals, entities or states, and the scope of such sanctions may encompass (but need not be limited to) asset freezes or travel bans, or may even take the form of total embargoes. 

Embargoes usually arise in response to United Nations Security Council resolutions, decisions of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) or common positions of the EU Council or the US government. Several countries, including Iran, Cuba, North Korea, Syria and Sudan, are currently subject to sanctions regulations.

Management Approach
Oerlikon’s top management attaches importance to the topic and directs all employees to practice unconditional compliance. Additionally, we support nonproliferation efforts and may refrain from a transaction in cases of continued concerns regarding the end-use application. This self-restraint prevails over commercial interest.

To ensure sustainable trade compliance, Oerlikon has implemented a robust Internal Control Program that is regularly monitored, continuously developed and safeguarded by state-of-the-art IT measures.

Given the complexity and fluid nature of this subject, we provide employees with training as well as updates on international trade control provisions and the company’s policies and procedures, which are designed to ensure that they:

  • Have information related to traded items, such as their nature, origin, components, value and technical characteristics.
  • Have confirmed the end use and the end user as well as third parties or agents involved.

Violation by any Oerlikon employee may lead to disciplinary action, including termination of employment.