We base our business practices on the principles of the Global Compact of the United Nations. As a first signatory of this initiative of Kofi Annan, Daimler has pledged to observe and actively promote the principles of the Global Compact.
The UN Global Compact is the world's largest initiative for responsible corporate management. The participants undertake to align their business activities and strategies to ten universal principles from the following areas:
- human rights
- labor standards
- environmental protection
In 2000, Daimler was one of the first signatories of the Global Compact and has made significant contributions to the initiative ever since.
Daimler – the first automotive manufacturer in the LEAD Group
Furthermore, in 2011, Daimler became the first automotive manufacturer to join the LEAD group of the Global Compact. The LEAD Group pursues the aim of setting standards for anchoring sustainability within a company. Its participants have undertaken to implement the "Blueprint for Corporate Sustainability Leadership", a comprehensive 'road map' incorporating 50 or so specific measures.
As part of the UN Global Compact, Daimler is also committed on an ongoing basis to the principles of integrity and business ethics. The internal policies of the company, particularly its New Integrity Code, are based on the principles of the Global Compact and are in conformity with Daimler's corporate values.