For Daimler, the lawful execution of labor and service contracts is a fundamental core requirement in terms of corporate and social responsibility. Daimler AG strictly opposes any form of abuse of labor and service contracts. For this reason, a team of experts in the purchasing department for services and non-production materials checks whether the suppliers comply with legal and collectively agreed framework conditions as well as Daimler's own requirements. The auditors for example examine the suppliers’ compliance with legal and collectively agreed regulations regarding working hours, remuneration, as well as accommodation and health and safety standards. These supplier audits focus, among other things, on service providers in the low-wage segment and on business areas with lower visibility.
The supplier audits are selected based on an internal risk assessment of the purchased products and services, and mainly throughout Germany. In addition, the supplier auditors also follow specific hints, for example through the Daimler whistleblowing system BPO (Business Practices Office).
In case of findings during the audits, measures for remediation are developed and agreed with the suppliers. The supplier auditors also follow up on the subsequent implementation of the agreed measures.
The learnings from the supplier audits are incorporated into the further development of Daimler’s Human Rights Respect System (HRRS) and are taken into account for the design of the Good Practice Sharing Workshops.