UN Global Compact

In 2000 Daimler became one of the first signatories of the UN Global Compact. We have committed ourselves to uphold this international initiative’s ten universally recognized principles. Daimler was also one of the first participants of the UN Global Compact LEAD group, which was established in January 2011.

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  UN Global Compact Prinzipien Verweis
Principle 1
Support of human rights
Principle 2
Exclusion of human rights abuses
Principle 3
Freedom of association
Principle 4
Elimination of forced labor
Principle 5
Abolition of child labor
We assign a very high priority to recognizing and protecting human rights within our company and in the locations where we operate. For us as an automaker, the emphasis is on employee rights, fair working conditions, and the rejection of every form of discrimination and of forced labor and child labor. We have firmly grounded our sense of responsibility for human rights issues in the Integrity and Legal Affairs area of responsibility in the Group’s Board of Management. Principle 1
Materiality Analysis
Stakeholder dialog
Human rights
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Targets
Sustainability Management
Principle 2
Stakeholder dialog
Risk provisions
Human rights
Suppliers
Targets
Principle 3
Compliance
Employees
Prevention and risk management
Principle 4
Human rights
Compliance
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Principle 5
Human rights
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Principle 6
Elimination of discrimination
To ensure that our hiring processes are free of discrimination, whether gender-specific or in other forms, the fixed base salary depends on the individual’s position and level. The same goal is served within our regular income reviews by mandatory documentation, the inclusion of several
people in each process, and a central HR system that ensures transparency. Our in-house income
reviews have shown that the amount of the remuneration paid for comparable tasks is affected
by factors such as individual performance and the amount of experience a person has gained in a
particular position, but not by the person’s gender.
Principle 6
Human rights
Diversity Management
Principle 7
Precautionary environmental protection
Risk prevention is particularly important when it comes to managing the local effects of our business activities. This applies, for example, to environmental protection in the production process. Our environmental management system defines structures and processes that ensure transparent reporting and clear areas of responsibility at all levels of our production facilities around the world. More than 98 percent of our employees work at locations with environmental management systems audited and certified according to ISO14001. In addition, we regularly conduct environmental due diligence processes at our locations. Principle 7
Risk provisions
Chapter environmental protection
Principle 8
Promotion of environmental responsibility
Daimler has been systematically compiling key environmental data from its German plants since 1992. In 1997 and 1998 its data acquisition was gradually extended to include production plants outside Germany. Since 2002 the acquisition and analysis of the data have been handled with the aid of a database. The data in this report reflect the structure of the Group in 2013 and include all relevant production plants and the German sales locations. New parts of the company have been included from the time at which they became part of Daimler. The environmental data for 2013 refer to a total of 75 business locations or subordinate sites. Principle 8
Chapter environmental protection
Principle 9
Development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies
The requirements regarding our vehicles’ environmental compatibility are integral aspects of automobile development at Daimler and are discussed by the corresponding committees and implemented accordingly. The vehicle specifications and the quality gates in the development process document the environmental impact and requirements during the entire product development process. Principle 9
Chapter product  responsibility
Principle 10
Work against corruption
In our Integrity Code, we have made a binding pledge to comply with all relevant laws, voluntary commitments, and internal regulations, and to do business in accordance with ethical principles at all times. In doing so, our main focus is on the observance of all applicable anti-corruption regulations as well as the protection and promotion of fair competition. In this respect, our managers have a special responsibility due to their role model function. Consequently, integrity and compliance are key criteria in the annual target agreement process and target achievement of our managers. Based on our Integrity Code, we offer web-based training which clearly conveys our standards of good conduct and shared values. The training course contains sections on ethical conduct in daily operations, corruption prevention, our whistleblower system BPO, and antitrust law. In addition to the Group-wide dialogs concerning ethical conduct across all hierarchies, we are also assisted by our Compliance Management System in ensuring ethical practices in accordance with the regulations in our daily business.

Our divisional Compliance organization serves as a partner for the business divisions in their detection and treatment of market-specific risks. Each division is supported by a divisional or regional Compliance Officer, who advises the business units on compliance issues. Moreover, local compliance partners around the world ensure that our standards are observed. 

Ethical conduct and compliance with the regulations by our business partners is a required prerequisite for trusted collaboration. In our selection of direct business partners, we take care to ensure that we act within the law and observe ethical principles.
Principle 10
Stakeholder dialog
Compliance
Chapter Suppliers