As follows, you will find the countermotions and election proposals from shareholders as defined by Sections 126 and 127 of the German Stock Corporation Act on the items of the agenda of the Annual Meeting to be held on March 29, 2017. The following motions are listed in the same order as they were received by Daimler.
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Mr. Paul Russmann, Stuttgart
Regarding Items 3 and 4 of the Agenda:
The actions of the members of the Board of Management and the Supervisory Board are not to be ratified.
According to statements made in Annual Report 2016 of Daimler AG, “the ten principles of the UN Global Compact constitute a fundamental guideline for our business operations, to which we are especially committed as a founding member of and participant in the LEAD Group.” With the ten principles, the signatory companies are obliged to take action for a social and ecological world economic order. For example, Daimler AG is obliged to protect human rights and to accelerate the spread of environmentally friendly technologies.
On the other hand, Daimler AG does not say a word in its Annual Report 2016 about three darker sides of the three-pointed star, which, in the opinion of the Critical Shareholders (www.kritischeaktionaere.de), contradict the principles of the Global Compact:
1. The supply of military vehicles to states that violate human rights.
2. The poisoning of drinking water in South Sudan by Formula One partner Petronas.
3. Indications of the grave effects on health of emissions from diesel engines.
On point 1: In financial year 2015 alone, Daimler AG exported a total of 3,465 military vehicles to 16 countries. The recipients of military Unimogs and tank transporters from the Daimler plant in Wörth, include(d) in recent years Egypt, Abu Dhabi, Algeria, Angola, Bahrain, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Qatar, Kuwait, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates – countries in which human rights are trodden underfoot and which are located in crisis regions or war zones.
It is true that those exports were approved by the German government; but legality does not automatically mean ethical legitimacy. Especially as Daimler AG boasts of giving the highest priority to “respecting and maintaining human rights.” Information on Mercedes military vehicles is available only at http://www.mb-military-vehicles.com.
On point 2: First place in Formula 1? This dream was fulfilled for the Daimler works team “Mercedes AMG Petronas” once again in 2016 with Nico Rosberg winning the drivers’ world championship. The oil company Petronas has contaminated the drinking water of more than 180,000 people in South Sudan. Many people have already been poisoned with lead and barium and have to continue drinking poisoned water or have to drink water from swamps instead.
Daimler AG tacitly observes this from Germany. A solution would be simple: the amount of money spent on sponsoring in a single year would suffice to drill deep wells for clean water for the affected people in that area (www.keingiftwasser.de).
On point 3: Although the emissions from diesel engines cause respiratory and cardiac illnesses, Daimler AG continues to invest billions of euros in new diesel engines, also for cars. In the year 2013, according to the European Environmental Agency, 10,610 people died prematurely as a result of nitrogen-oxide concentration in the air in Germany alone (www.eea.europa.eu/publications/air-quality-in-europe-2016).
Unfortunately, most of the brand new Euro 6 cars with diesel engines comply with the statutory NOx limit of 80 mg/km only on the test bench in a laboratory. In real operation, however, levels are measured of up to 312 mg/km with the Mercedes-Benz V250 Bluetec 2.1 (figure based on official measurements by the Federal Ministry of Transport). Daimler AG should no longer put such vehicles with excessive real emissions on the roads.
In the shadow of the three-pointed star, people have been desperately waiting for years for the fulfillment of their dreams: They are dreaming of clean water like in cities such as Stuttgart, of drinking water free of poisons in South Sudan, or of a peaceful life in numerous theaters of war on our planet. As a founding member of the UN Global Compact for Responsible Corporate Governance, the Critical Shareholders see the Board of Management and Supervisory Board of Daimler AG as obliged to make a contribution so that these dreams become reality.