The Executive Board and Supervisory Board consider good corporate governance to be an essential component of responsible and transparent management that is geared toward long-term value creation. Further information can be found in particular in the Management Declaration in accordance with sections 289f and 315d of the German Commercial Code (HGB). In addition to the annual Declaration of Compliance pursuant to section 161 of the German Stock Corporation Act (AktG), this includes other relevant information on ProSiebenSat.1 Group’s corporate governance practices.

The DVFA Scorecard for Corporate Governance is a tool that investment professionals can use to get a good picture of a company's corporate governance performance and compare it with that of other companies. The scorecard is not only based on the German Corporate Governance Code, but also takes into account legal requirements and international standards. In the evaluation of the DVFA Scorecard for Corporate Governance, the companies included in the DAX and MDAX were analyzed again in 2020. ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE ranked 3rd in the MDAX.

The Executive Board of ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE is also convinced that sustainable economic success in a competitive environment can be achieved only by ensuring that business practices comply with the applicable laws. In addition to preventing corruption, the Company particularly focuses on antitrust legislation and media law, as well as legal provisions on data protection. ProSiebenSat.1 Group has implemented a compliance management system (CMS) to monitor compliance with the law.

Data Protection

Owing to progressive digitalization and new business models, more and more personal data is being generated and processed in a wide variety of ways. That also applies to ProSiebenSat.1 Group with its diverse range of entertainment services and the different commerce companies in the portfolio. In this context, data protection protects the right to privacy and to information control, i.e. the right of each individual to control the disclosure and use of his or her own personal data. Our goal is to handle this data carefully and protect it from misuse.

Data protection compliance

Performance of an initial risk analysis including a compliance check in the context of introducing/changing automated procedures for processing personal data in order to meet the requirements of data protection law (Articles 5, 6 GDPR).

Commissioned processing

Process for legally compliant preparation of agreements under data protection law in order to meet the requirements of Articles 26, 28 GDPR.

Information to public authorities

Process for legally compliant disclosure of personal data to public authorities.

Information to be provided and rights of the data subject

Legally compliant information and processing of data subjects’ requests for the fulfillment of articles:

  • Transparent information (Articles 12 et seq. GDPR)
  • Rights of access (Article 15 GDPR)
  • Right to rectification and erasure (Article 16 GDPR)
  • Right to erasure (Article 17 GDPR)
  • Data portability (Article 20 GDPR)
  • Rights to object (Article 21 GDPR)
Data breach notification

Process for legally compliant reporting of data breaches (= third parties unlawfully obtaining personal data) in accordance with Articles 33, 34 GDPR.

Youth Protection

Provisions for the protection of youth are also covered by the CMS in the context of media regulation. A key role is given to the youth protection officers at ProSiebenSat.1 Group, who are tasked with making sure that all TV and online content for which the Group is responsible is offered in an age-appropriate way. The goal is to make it difficult for children and underaged people to gain access to content that is unsuitable for their age group.

Sustainability Chapter in the Annual Report