Ethical principles cannot be dictated. That is why we promote integrity with numerous initiatives and an ongoing dialog.
In 2011, Daimler was the first automobile manufacturer to establish a Board of Management division for Integrity and Legal Affairs. The division's varied initiatives contribute to the sustainable anchoring of integrity across the company.
Continuous dialog and shared principles
Daimler maintains a continuous dialog with its employees in order to constantly develop its culture of integrity.
One outcome of this group-wide dialog is our Integrity Code, which entered into force in 2012 and is based on a mindset developed jointly with our employees. It defines the principles for our business conduct in daily operations, such as fairness, responsibility, mutual respect, transparency, openness and compliance with laws and rights. The Integrity Code, which is valid throughout the Daimler Group, is available in 23 languages. There is a guide to help with applying the Integrity Code in specific workplace situations; it covers frequently asked questions. In addition, a team of experts is available to answer questions on the Integrity Code.
Regular discussions of integrity issues are an integral part of our daily work. We regularly communicate integrity issues in our in-house media and provide various materials for our corporate units. Furthermore, we attach importance to dialog between people. For this reason, we stage dialog events worldwide with employees from all hierarchical levels and with external stakeholders.
We also offer modular integrity events tailored to each target group. We have created interactive case studies that small groups can use to take a practical look at the issues. These everyday examples help illustrate different points of view and allow us to better understand where and when employees might face integrity issues.
Training and expert advice on integrity
To ensure and promote compliance, all employees receive extensive training in our global training program for integrity and compliance.
Our extensive range of training is based on the Integrity Code. We define our integrated training program on the basis of an annual planning cycle – from requirements analysis to implementation to monitoring process. It includes issues such as integrity, compliance, data privacy and antitrust legislation, for example. We offer classroom training or digital methods of learning such as web-based training, depending on the target group.
A central point of contact and source of advice has been available for employees at the German locations with questions relating to the subject of integrity since March 2015. This "Integrity Info Point" is available for any queries our employees may have. The Info Point team provides advice, assists with integrity issues encountered in day-to-day business or, when required, puts employees in touch with the right people.
A critical view from the outside
The Advisory Board for Integrity and Corporate Responsibility has been an important source of input for Daimler since 2012. It comprises independent experts from the fields of science, business, politics and non-governmental organizations, all of whom boast a wealth of experience with topics relating to ethical conduct. They provide critical and constructive support for the integrity process at Daimler from an external perspective.
• Dr. Teresa Fogelberg, Deputy Chief Executive of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
• Professor Dr.-Ing. Helmut Holzapfel, Head of the Department for Integrated Traffic Planning and Mobility Development, University of Kassel
• Dipl.-Volksw. Renate Hornung-Draus, Managing Director of the Confederation of German Employers' Associations (BDA), Head of the Department of the European Union and International Social Policy
• Professor Peter Jones, OBE, professor of Transport and Sustainable Development at UCL Center for Transport Studies in London
• Professor Pierre Sané, Board Member of the UN Global Compact, President of the think tank Imagine Africa Institute
• Sylvia Schenk, attorney based in Frankfurt, former Chairwoman of Transparency Deutschland, board member of the German Olympic Academy
• Nigel Topping, CEO of the “We Mean Business Coalition”
• Dr. Martin von Broock, Chairman of the Management Board of Wittenberg Center for Global Ethics (WZGE)
• Professor Dr. rer. nat. Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, environmental scientist, climate expert and Member of the German Bundestag (retd.), Co-President of the Club of Rome