In this Sustainability Report we assess the economic, environmental, and social impact of our business operations in the 2014 financial year and present our current sustainability program. Our interactive online Sustainability Report details and supplements the present printed report with additional information and offers additional possibilities for use: The website features a search function, an extensive thematically linked GRI Index, and a key figures tool, with which you can create tables and graphics adapted to your information needs.
The information provided in our Sustainability Report applies to the entire Daimler Group with its business divisions. The reporting period corresponds to our financial year, which runs from January 1 to December 31.
In 2006, Daimler joined the multi-stakeholder network of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) as organizational stakeholder. This report was prepared in accordance with the internationally recognized guidelines on sustainability reporting GRI G4.
Audit certification according to ISAE 3000
Daimler engaged the auditing and consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers to examine the Corporate Sustainability Report. The review was based on the International Standard on Assurance Engagements 3000: Assurance Engagements other than Audits or Reviews of Historical Financial Information (ISAE 3000), published by the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB), which has been in effect since January 1, 2005.
During the review the Sustainability Report was subjected to a critical assessment of its correctness, completeness, comparability, comprehensibility, and relevance. This was supported by sampling of documentary evidence. The areas included in the review are
- the internal management systems and processes at corporate level used for recording, gathering, consolidation, and processing of the data published in the report;
- the internal control processes for sustainability reporting at corporate level;
- the accuracy of data at the corporate level (figures in tables and statements on production-related key figures “CO2 emissions, water consumption, and recycling rate” and “average CO2 emissions of the European passenger cars fleet of Mercedes-Benz,” and statements on accident key figures as well as donations and sponsorships).
The main focus of the review was on the corporate level and was supplemented by samples from individual production plants.
As result of the review and as a formal conclusion, Daimler received the review certificate, which presents the aim and purpose of assurance, its basic principles, work performed, and its conclusions. The internal reporting takes place via the Corporate Sustainability Board (CSB).
UN Global Compact Progress Report
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. In addition, we were among the first participants of the UN Global Compact LEAD group established in January 2011. Since 2013, we have continuously monitored and expanded our involvement in thematic and regional task forces and initiatives. With this Sustainability Report we are meeting our obligation to report regularly on our initiatives regarding human rights, labor standards and employee rights, environmental protection, and the fight against corruption.
In July 2014, we submitted the Sustainability Report 2013 together with the following overview as our official UN Global Compact Progress Report. The next Progress Report will be presented by us in July 2015. Please note that all references in this Progress Report relate to the previous year’s report.
We want to become better and better
In recent years we have continuously strengthened our commitment to sustainability and have made our reporting in this area more transparent and easier to understand. As always, our reporting is in line with the principles of materiality, stakeholder inclusiveness, completeness, and sustainability. G4-22, G4-23
Scope of reporting and data acquisition methods
Economy. The information about economic relationships presented in the Sustainability Report for 2014 is based mainly on data from the 2014 Daimler Annual Report. The Management Report and Notes sections, from which we have quoted in this report, were attested to with an unqualified opinion by the auditing firm KPMG Deutsche Treuhand-Gesellschaft AG. Further information can be found in the Annual Report 2014.
Ecology. Daimler has been systematically compiling key environmental data from its German plants since 1992. In 1997 and 1998 its data acquisition activities were gradually extended to include production plants outside Germany. Since 2002 the data acquisition and analysis have been handled with the aid of a database. The data in this report reflects the structure of the Group in 2014 and includes all relevant production plants and the German sales locations. To ensure comparability with the data for previous years, the data for the entire reporting period does not include parts of the company in which Daimler is no longer the majority shareholder. For this reason, the time lines may differ from those of previously published data. New parts of the company have been included from the time at which they became part of Daimler. The environmental data for 2014 refers to a total of 75 locations and satellite sites.
Employees. The facts and figures in the Employees section are based on the 2014 Daimler Annual Report. The reporting on human resources data is based mainly on the “HR ePARS” electronic human resources planning and reporting tool, which combines the data of all consolidated companies within the Daimler Group. This information has been supplemented with data acquired with the aid of the ePeople or HR EARTH electronic human resources management systems. The texts and diagrams in this section indicate whether the data refers to the entire Group or only to parts thereof.
New features in this report
The 2014 Daimler Sustainability Report prioritizes the areas of action which arise from the analysis of the business model, strategy and the materiality analysis even more strongly. G4-23
On the basis of the materiality analysis, we have evaluated internal and external sustainability requirements for our company, and have summarized the results in the materiality matrix. G4-20, G4-21
The materiality matrix outlines the thematic structure of our Sustainability Report, which we have designed to be even more clearly structured than before. We have also taken into account the wishes of important target groups such as rating agencies, which need to find key figures, data, and facts as quickly as possible and therefore view brief summaries of important issues as an important quality criterion. We have therefore concentrated on the key figures of the GRI Index. The comprehensive Index is available here. G4-23
In the first part of the Daimler Sustainability Report 2014 we address company-specific topics, which demonstrate our commitment to act responsibly in the context of our international business operations. The topics are determined in line with the materiality matrix and represent issues which are also under public scrutiny.
The supplement “Overview of the Corporate Group” is a new feature, with which we satisfy the requirements of the Reporting Standard GRI G4, which is mandatory starting this year. In it we present our business purpose and tie it to the action fields of the materiality matrix and the resulting Sustainability Program 2020. G4-23
The reporting process and quality assurance
In addition to a system and data quality audit by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), we also perform detailed benchmark analyses. In parallel we also have an internal process for the review of targets, measures, and fields of action.
We have exercised extreme care in the compilation of the data contained in this report. Nevertheless, we cannot entirely exclude the possibility of error. Insofar as this report contains forward-looking statements, these are based exclusively on data and forecasts that were available at the time of publication. Although such projections are drawn up with extreme care, a great variety of factors that were unforeseeable at the time of publication may lead to deviations. The content of the report was examined by the responsible specialist staff. Parts of the report were examined by PricewaterhouseCoopers.
The last Sustainability Report appeared in April 2014 under the title “Sustainability Report 2013.” Our next report will be published in mid-April 2016.
Editorial deadline for this report: February 13, 2015