July 31, 2019 - During the past few days, German media have reported about a film published on the Internet by “Zentrum Automobil”, a works council faction. The film is about two notices of termination, which were given at our plant in Stuttgart-Untertürkheim in 2018. The reason for the terminations were massive racist and xenophobic insults against one colleague, also by using Nazi symbols. We do not tolerate this kind of behavior. Daimler won the lawsuit on these terminations in the first instance, the court approved that the behavior in question was racist and xenophobic.
We usually do not comment on terminations or ongoing proceedings. But the film and the leaflet distributed by “Zentrum Automobil” at the Untertürkheim plant caused confusion. Many allegations made in this film distort the facts. Some of them are simply untrue. From the perspective of our company, the film in an alarming way distorts the perception of who is victim and who is offender.
In this light, it is of utmost importance to our Board of Management to take a clear stand on this matter.
Even though I didn’t grow up in Germany, it is the place where my job is now – and the place I call home. Daimler is not only an engine for innovations and jobs but also for integration. We are as diverse as our customers. And it is this diversity that makes us strong. That's why xenophobia and intolerance have no place at Daimler.
Daimler stands for tolerance, open-mindedness, trust and fairness. Our company backs those who engage AGAINST discrimination and xenophobia and FOR treating each other respectfully.
All over Germany, people from more than 150 nations work at Daimler – day by day, side by side. Respect, openness and cooperativeness are the values that make us successful. That’s why we take a stand for these values instead of looking the other way.