Talking with Renata Jungo Brüngger, Member of Board of Management of Daimler AG, Integrity and Legal Affairs, and Ola Källenius, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, Group Research & Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.
Daimler has realigned its sustainability strategy. How were you involved in this process?
Renata Jungo Brüngger: In order to make sure that sustainability-related activities have a substantial effect, they have to be regularly monitored and adapted to suit current developments. For example, we are conducting an ongoing dialog with our stakeholders. Through personal contact in particular, we receive open feedback and valuable suggestions concerning our sustainability-related activities. Our ongoing voluntary obligations, as well as the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), are crucial to our continuing development. We have focused on the SDGs that are influenced by our business model and our value chain — areas where we can actually bring about change. The result of this 360° perspective is our Sustainability Strategy 2030.
Would you say that this is a new and more precise focus rather than a thoroughly new approach?
Ola Källenius: That’s right. Our involvement is in line with the principles and values that have guided us for a long time now. One of the basic guidelines for our business operations is provided by the ten principles of the UN Global Compact, with which we have a special affiliation as a founding participant. As an international frame of reference, it is an important foundation for our internal principles and guidelines.
Does that also include the respect of human rights?
Renata Jungo Brüngger: Yes, respecting and upholding human rights is an important basic principle at Daimler. That’s why the five sustainable development goals we focus on include “Decent Work.” We have developed an approach for the respect of human rights that includes systematic monitoring: our Human Rights Respect System. Through this approach, we monitor our own companies and our supply chains to detect any risks to human rights. In this way we create transparency beyond our direct suppliers and introduce appropriate measures wherever they are needed.