The Advisory Board for Integrity and Corporate Responsibility, which consists of independent external experts from various countries, has been an important source of input for our sustainability work since 2012. Its members from science, business, and civil society provide critical and constructive support for the integrity and corporate responsibility process at Daimler from an external point of view.
The internationally staffed Advisory Board meets at regular intervals and holds discussions with members of the Board of Management and other Daimler executives from various departments. The Advisory Board’s members have extensive experience and possess diverse specialized knowledge regarding environmental and social policy, various human rights and ethical issues, and the development of transport, traffic, and mobility. In this way, they contribute their different points of view to the discussions. Meetings of the Advisory Board focus on current topics and challenges, including the transformation of the automotive industry, the further development of the sustainable business strategies, and measures for dealing with the covid-19 pandemic.
Members of the Advisory Board
Global, collective and systemic action is crucial to accelerate the system transformations needed for a net-zero, nature-positive and equitable future. We need to unleash the power of sustainable business and set the course for systemic transformations through business action.
Peter Bakker is President and CEO of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) since 2012. Until June 2011, he served as CFO and then CEO of TNT NV, the global transport and logistics company. He has been recipient of the Clinton Global Citizen Award (2009) and the Sustainability Leadership Award (2010). Peter Bakker serves as a member of several corporate sustainability advisory boards. He received the royal order Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau in 2018 in recognition of his long-lasting commitment to engaging business in tackling global sustainability issues.
Corporate responsibility is not only dealing with climate change. It is also about the human factor - for example, respect for human rights. But corporate responsibility is not the same as charity or about doing some nice things on the side. It has to be integrated into the whole business. Only this is how you can contribute to solve the great current and future challenges of our society.
Teresa Fogelberg works as an independent board member for NGOs, research organizations and government committees in the field of sustainable development and responsible business conduct. Until January 2019, she was Deputy Chief Executive of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) in Amsterdam. Her previous positions include Director of Climate Change and Private Sector Engagement at the Netherlands Ministry of the Environment, Director of Scientific Research, Director Women and Development and Social Development at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In addition, Teresa Fogelberg led the Netherlands delegation to numerous UN Climate Conference of Parties (CoPs). In 2018, she received a Royal Decoration (Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau) for her contribution to the promotion of climate policy, sustainable development and women's empowerment.
Integrity is an essential component of any strategy development. How will we position ourselves in the future, what do we want to achieve, and what role do we want to play in this world? It is important to develop your own positive personality. Integrity is thereby an ongoing process in which you continually reflect on yourself, your own conduct, and the possible consequences.
Civil engineer, city planner and transportation scientist Helmut Holzapfel has been head of the Centre for Mobility Culture in Kassel since 2015. In previous positions, he worked in a leading position in the administration of the state of Saxony-Anhalt and as a professor at the Institute of Transportation at the University of Kassel. There, he also was a member of the Institute for Urban Development and the Competence Centre for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation. He is a member of the German National Academy of Science and Engineering, author of books on urbanism and traffic and participates in national and international research projects on this topic.
For me personally, acting with integrity means being able to look at myself in the mirror tomorrow. That means: I must act according to my principles. Though naturally I have to weigh up whether these principles match up to reality. In other words, this means doing the right thing at the right time and in the right context.
Renate Hornung-Draus is Managing Director of the Federation of German Employers' Associations (BDA), where she heads the "Economics and International Social Policy" department.For many years, she also has been honorary Vice-President of the International Organisation of Employers – IOE in Geneva as well as Chair of the Employment and Social Committee of "Business at OECD" and the CSR Working Party of BusinessEurope.
From a historical point of view, the main role of a company is to develop products and services that consumers want to buy. But there is also a collective responsibility and impact of the products on our environment. Recognizing potentially negative impacts and dealing with them is part of corporate responsibility.
Peter Jones is Professor of Transport and Sustainable Development at the Center for Transport Studies, University College London. He is a member of the Independent Transport Commission and co-chair of the Joint Analysis Development Panel of the UK Department of Transport. He also advises the EU Commission, a number of major cities and governments. In 2017, Peter Jones received the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to national transportation policy.
The solution to succeed in a transformation to a sustainable future for all societies and sectors is when sustainability becomes the pathway to economic success. If you want to be a global player that continues to attract customers and lives up to its responsibilities, you have to bring forward competitive solutions that are good both for jobs, people’s health and planetary health.
Johan Rockström is Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Professor in Earth System Science at the Institute of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Potsdam University, and Professor of Water Systems and Global Sustainability at Stockholm University. In addition to his research activities, he advises the European Commission and other bodies, and is a member of various science academies. Besides this, Johan Rockström is Chief Scientist at Conservation International (CI) and Chairman of the Earth League.
Almost any management decision that you may take comes with some ethical issues that have to be analyzed. Integrity and corporate responsibility are simply not theoretical. If you have a dilemma situation with conflicting choices of action, it is not ethics or business efficiency - it is the two together.
Pierre Sané is Founder and President of the think tank Imagine Africa Institute. From 2001 to 2010, he was at the UNESCO as Assistant Director General and in charge of ethics for science and technology, human rights, management of social transformations, the anti-poverty program and women’s rights. From 1992 to 2001, he worked as Secretary General of Amnesty International. In addition, Pierre Sané was board member and chair of the Human Rights Working Group of the UN Global Compact.
How to push for integrity while remaining profitable and meeting the expectations of shareholders and stakeholders alike? We have to find the right balance. Also for questions that need to be carefully weighed, it is important to name the different aspects – such as environmental protection and human rights – and to provide appropriate solutions.
Sylvia Schenk works as a lawyer in Frankfurt/Main. Her previous positions include City Councilor for Legal Affairs, Sports, Women and Housing in Frankfurt/Main, and Judge at the Labor Court in Offenbach/Main. In addition to her work as a lawyer, Sylvia Schenk was Chairwoman of Transparency International Germany and a member of the FIFA Human Rights Advisory Board. She is the Chair of the INTERPOL Standing Committee on Ethical Matters and an arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
Sustainable change requires business integrity. If you want to change, you have to convince a lot of people - especially the critics. This requires a leadership and corporate culture that combines respect and performance and thus creates trust both internally and externally. Because without trust, even the best strategy will not succeed.
Martin von Broock is Chairman of the Board of the Wittenberg Center for Global Ethics e.V. (WZGE), a think tank for applied business, corporate and leadership ethics, and a member of various advisory boards. Martin von Broock previously worked in an international communications and political consulting firm for corporations and associations in the finance, real estate and energy sectors for many years, as well as for various federal and state ministries.
Every member of the Advisory Board brings a different background and contributes to the diversity of the Board, its expertise and experience to support Daimler's endeavor to further advance sustainable mobility. A pivotal moment requires insights and corresponding strategic planning and innovation. I am honored to work with fellow members and Daimler team to pivot towards a better future in the age of resilience.
Changhua Wu is China Director, Office of the economist and publicist Jeremy Rifkin, Executive Director of Professional Association for China's Environment, and Chief Strategist of CN Innovation. She champions global sustainability collaboration and partnership through Center of China and Globalization in Beijing, and advocates sustainable finance through the board of Global Infrastructure Basel Foundation. Her previous positions include Greater China Director at The Climate Group and Director of China Studies at the World Resources Institute. She also serves as a member of various expert panels such as the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council on Clean Electrification and the Asian Development Bank's Asia Water Group.