Operations-related environmental protection
We have formulated our requirements for a comprehensive approach to environmental protection in the Daimler Environmental Guidelines. In addition, the Environmental Management Manual provides detailed guidance on the company’s groupwide system of environmental management. Added to this are in-house standards for the handling of hazardous materials, waste management, soil and groundwater contamination, and other issues.
Organization. On behalf of the Daimler Board of Management, the Board of Management member responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development is also charged with the company’s environmental protection activities. The following individual and organizational units are responsible for the central management, networking, and communication of environmental issues:
The Chief Environmental Officer is mandated by the Board of Management to coordinate the Group-wide environmental management activities and advise the company’s management concerning environmental issues.
The Corporate Environmental Protection unit coordinates the operational requirements of Group-wide environmental management. Its tasks include analyzing the legal requirements, defining and refining environmental protection standards, providing environmental reporting, and carrying out production-related risk management associated with environmental protection.
The Corporate Environmental Council examines environmental protection issues to determine their relevance to the Group and initiates and coordinates cross-divisional and cross-unit environmental protection tasks and projects. The council is made up of executives responsible for Design for Environment, the environmental management officers from the individual divisions, and representatives of the Corporate Strategy and Communications units.
Regional committees ensure that local and regional conditions are taken into account in production-related environmental protection measures and that the related activities are appropriately managed in coordination with the Corporate Environmental Protection unit and the Group’s Chief Environmental Officer.
Training. Daimler regularly organizes awareness and training programs for its employees and managers. The programs focus on the practical application of environmental protection at the company and address questions concerning environmental responsibility. We also train our auditors, who monitor the environmental management systems of our plants, and provide training to supplier auditors. In addition, we offer refresher courses that allow participants to share ideas and experiences.
Regulations. We regularly analyze the environmental risks at our locations in accordance with globally uniform standards so that the risks can be negated or reduced before they fully materialize. Suppliers have to fulfill our sustainability guidelines for suppliers. These guidelines require suppliers to have an environmental management system that is certified according to ISO 14001, EMAS, or other comparable standards. Our specifications also define the environmental compatibility standards for delivered components. In addition, the Mercedes-Benz contract conditions contain provisions regarding materials selection, banned substances, recycling requirements, and compliance with environmental legislation.
Certification. All of our production locations worldwide are certified in accordance with the ISO 14001 standard and are regularly audited to determine whether they meet the requirements of this environmental management system. As a result, more than 98 percent of our employees work within the framework of a certified environmental management system. In addition, almost all of our German locations are certified according to the EU’s Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS). More than ten locations, including our major plants, have energy management systems that are certified in accordance with ISO 50001.