UN Global Compact



UN Global Compact Principles



Principle 1
Support of human rights


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 a vehicle manufacturer, 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 assigned the responsibility for human rights issues to the Integrity and Legal Affairs department in the Group’s Board of Management. In addition, we emphasize these issues in our corporate governance structure for sustainability. The support of human rights is therefore a key element of our sustainable business strategy. Our Human Rights Respect System aims to address human rights issues at Daimler’s majority holdings as well as in the supply chain.


Recognizing risks, taking targeted action > How we respect and uphold human rights

Principle 2
Exclusion of human rights abuses




Principle 3
Freedom of association




Principle 4
Elimination of all forms of forced labor




Principle 5
Abolition of child labor




Principle 6
Prevention of discrimination


In order to exclude gender-specific or any other discrimination in our recruitment processes, the fixed base remuneration is based on the individual’s function and level. For the same purpose, we have implemented a regular income review that includes mandatory documentation, the inclusion of multiple assessors and a central HR system, which ensures transparency on all levels. Our in-house income reviews have shown that the amount of the individual remuneration paid for comparable tasks is determined by factors such as individual performance and experience in a particular function.


Promoting diversity and equal opportunity > How we shape diversity within the company

Principle 7
Precautionary environmental protection


Our precautionary principle 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. We have defined structures and processes in our environmental management system with the aim of enabling transparent reporting for our production sites around the world and clear areas of responsibility at all levels. Our environmental protection requirements are passed on to our suppliers along the supply chain. Around 98 percent of our employees work at locations with environmental management systems that are audited and certified according to ISO 14001. In addition, we regularly conduct environmental due diligence analyses at our locations. Our holistic precautionary approach includes a clear definition of environmental protection targets. For example, we want production to be CO2-neutral at all of our European locations beginning in 2022.


Reducing the emissions of our vehicles > Climate protection: Targets and measures for more climate-friendly vehicles

On the road to CO2-neutral production > How we make our production more environmentally and climate-friendly

Environmentally friendly and resource-conserving production > How we are reducing resource consumption in production

Climate protection in the supply chain > Targets and measures for a more climate-friendly supply chain

Sustainability strategically integrated > Sustainable supply chain management

Principle 8
Initiatives for promoting environmental responsibility


Daimler systematically compiles key environmental data from its plants in Germany and abroad. The data in this report reflects the structure of the Group in the reporting year 2019 and includes all the relevant production plants of which the Daimler Group is a majority shareholder as well as the German and other European sales locations, which encompass logistics, service, and sales. It does not include the locations of Daimler Financial Services. The environmental data for 2019 refer to a total of 69 production locations and subordinate sites as well as 26 research and development, service, and sales locations.

We accept responsibility for making our vehicles climate-friendly and environmentally compatible throughout their entire life cycle: from the procurement of the raw materials and production to the use phase and the disposal and recycling of the vehicles. In addition, we aim to increase our employees’ environmental consciousness through our internal governance structures, including the use of non-financial remuneration components.


Reducing the emissions of our vehicles > Climate protection: Targets and measures for more climate-friendly vehicles

On the road to CO2-neutral production > How we make our production more environmentally and climate-friendly

Environmentally friendly and resource-conserving production > How we are reducing resource consumption in production

Resource-efficient vehicles > Measures for reducing resource consumption

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. Our vehicles are developed with the aim to maximize fuel economy, and to set the standard for low pollutant emissions in the automotive industry. In order to further reduce the emissions of our vehicles, we are electrifying our entire product portfolio and expanding our range of plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles. In our “Ambition 2039” we have set ourselves the target of making our fleet of new passenger cars CO2-neutral over the vehicles’ entire life cycle by 2039. Our target for new trucks and buses is to become CO2-neutral with regard to driving operation (tank-to-wheel) in the triad markets of Europe, Japan, and NAFTA between now and 2039.


Reducing the emissions of our vehicles > Climate protection: Targets and measures for more climate-friendly vehicles

Resource-efficient vehicles > Measures for reducing resource consumption

Principle 10
Measures against corruption


Our objective is to ensure that all of our employees worldwide always carry out their work in a manner that is in compliance with applicable laws, regulations, agreements with workers’ representative bodies, voluntary commitments, and our values, as set out in binding form in our Integrity Code. One of the main objectives of our compliance activities is to ensure that all applicable anti-corruption regulations are complied with. Daimler has committed itself to fighting corruption in its business activities. Along with complying with all applicable laws, this also involves adhering to the rules of the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions (1997) and the United Nations Convention against Corruption (2003). As a founding member of the UN Global Compact, Daimler also seeks to ensure that not only the company itself but also its business partners act in accordance with the principles of the UN Global Compact. The most important goals here are to fight corruption around the world in order to enable fair competition, eliminate the damage corruption does to society, and thus improve conditions for everyone.

Our anti-corruption compliance program is based on our comprehensive Compliance Management System. The program is globally valid and primarily consists of an integrated risk assessment process that takes into account internal information such as a unit’s business model and external information such as the Corruption Perceptions Index from Transparency International. The results of our risk assessments form the basis of risk-based measures for avoiding corruption in all business activities (e.g. reviews of business partners and transactions), and measures to ensure that special care is taken in contacts with authorities and public officials. Our risk-minimization measures focus in particular on sales companies in high-risk countries and business relationships with wholesalers and general agencies worldwide.


Compliance management: Complying with laws and regulations > Main topics for compliance management


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Represented by the Board of Management: Ola Källenius (Chairman), Martin Daum, Renata Jungo Brüngger, Wilfried Porth, Markus Schäfer, Britta Seeger, Hubertus Troska, Harald Wilhelm

Chairman of the Supervisory Board: Bernd Pischetsrieder

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