January 27, 2021 - To mark the International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27, Daimler, Volkswagen, Deutsche Bahn, Deutsche Bank and Borussia Dortmund have signed a joint declaration against antisemitism and racism.
In their declaration, the companies adopt the working definition of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, of which Germany currently holds the chairmanship. They are committed to continuing to fight against antisemitism and actively foster tolerance, openness and integration, as a sign of their support for freedom, democracy and diversity.
The project came about in cooperation with the Friends of Yad Vashem in Germany, which actively promotes a culture of remembrance and opposition to antisemitism. Friends of Yad Vashem in Germany also supports the Remembrance Center in Jerusalem as a link to the German-speaking countries.
It is also in the full knowledge of its own historical responsibility that Daimler has committed itself against antisemitism and racism for many years. With the Action Reconciliation Service for Peace, for example, or the campaign "Diversity makes us strong!", with which the Group sets a sign against racism and for diversity.
Action Reconciliation Service for Peace
To promote a culture of remembrance and to convey values such as peace, freedom and tolerance, Daimler has been sending several trainees to Poland every year since 2014 in cooperation with Action Reconciliation Service for Peace via an exchange program, and since 2019, also to the Netherlands. Over a two-week period, young people have the opportunity to converse with contemporary witnesses, visit memorials and participate in social projects and institutions, e.g. the Anne Frank House or the Resistance Museum in Amsterdam, or a home for Jewish senior citizens. Action Reconciliation Service for Peace is an organization of the peace movement that for more than 60 years has been sensitizing people to the consequences of National Socialism with numerous programs. The organization has set itself the goal to cultivate a culture of remembrance and stimulating the confrontation with the crimes of the Nazi regime through international meeting centers.
Due to the Corona pandemic, the exchange program cannot be carried out in 2020 and 2021. Instead, Daimler is inviting trainees in Germany to participate in a livestream to mark the 76th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, and in a webinar on the history of the Buchenwald concentration camp.
Daimler is committed to diversity
Diversity is an integral part of the sustainable business strategy of Daimler. Indeed the Diversity & Inclusion Management already formulated the principles for this in 2005 which are actively supported by the Board of Management. One of these is that the corporation, and also every employee, respects and values diversity, and that each individual contributes to creating a corresponding working environment.
Daimler also clearly conveys its stance with the campaign "Diversity makes us strong!" in opposing racism and discrimination, and fosters respectful interpersonal relationships. Each and every colleague must be treated with respect, regardless of job or position in the company, gender, sexual identity or orientation, age, physical or mental abilities, religion, skin color, ethnic origin or nationality. In Germany alone, people representing about 150 different nationalities work together at Daimler - day after day, shoulder to shoulder. Respect, fairness, openness, trust and collegial behavior are the values that make Daimler successful.