Our Shared Responsibility: Compliance of Our Business Partners

For us, integrity and compliance are the basis for a trustful partnership and cooperation. This can only be achieved if companies, employees and business partners have a common understanding of values and all work in unison.

At Daimler, compliance and integrity are key elements of our business life. We expect this attitude not only from all our employees but also from our partners.

Our Expectations of Business Partners

Integrity forms the foundation of our business activities. An integral part of this is that we abide by the law, respect basic ethical values, and behave in a sustainable manner. At Daimler, we promote a corporate culture in which we act in accordance with this value concept. We expect integrity from all our employees as well as from our business partners.

Integrity Checks on Our Business Partners

When selecting our direct business partners, we make sure that they comply with the law and follow ethical principles. We also continue to do so over the course of our business relationship. This is why both, our potential and existing business partners, are subject to risk-based integrity checks. Our aim is to identify possible integrity violations early on. We continuously improve our Due Diligence and monitoring processes.

If a partner fails to comply with our standards, we reserve the right to terminate the cooperation or the selection process.

We regularly inform our employees about the standards for our business partners and their selection processes. In this respect, we created an explanatory film to show how the integrity check on our sales partners works.

Daimler Supplier Sustainability Standards

Our Supplier Sustainability Standards summarize all the sustainable business requirements for our suppliers and convey our expectations regarding working conditions, respecting and upholding human rights, environmental protection, safety, as well as business ethics and compliance. The standards are basis for business relationships with suppliers worldwide. Our direct suppliers are required to not only to comply with our sustainability standards, but also to communicate them to their employees and to pass them on to their own suppliers. We support our direct suppliers in this with targeted information and qualification. The main communication platform for suppliers is the Daimler Supplier Portal.

Increasing Awareness: The Compliance Awareness Module

Based on the Supplier Sustainability Standards and our Integrity Code, we provide our suppliers as well as our sales partners with a specific compliance awareness module. This web-based module is intended to show our partners what Daimler expects in terms of integrity and compliance and to increase awareness of the compliance requirements in force.

This web-based “Supplier Compliance Awareness Module” informs our suppliers about the principles that Daimler follows in terms of integrity.

Our Business Partners Brochure

With the brochure Ethical Business: Our Expectations of Business Partners, Daimler explains its ethical principles and the respective expectations of its business partners. The brochure is aimed at all partners worldwide and is intended to help strengthen awareness of integrity and business ethics.

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