In September 2017 the fifth Daimler Sustainability dialogue took place in Peking. About 200 participants from politics, business, academia, NGOs, and industry associations explored the challenges facing sustainability
“As our roots here in China grow deeper, we continually work towards sustainable development together with our partners,” said Hubertus Troska, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Greater China."Since 2010 the China Sustainability Dialogue has been a key way the company engages in this important conversation with its Chinese stakeholders, who have played pivotal roles in the company’s development.
As last year Liu Meng, Head of Asia and Oceania, United Nations Global Compact gave a keynote. This year she talked about how corporate support can through innovation speed up the sustainable development goals of the United Nations. As the world’s principal initiative for responsible corporate governance, the UN Global Compact forms an important framework for the sustainability initiatives at Daimler. The company was one of the first to sign the UN Global Compact in 2000, and is a member of its LEAD group. Daimler aligns its business operations with the UN Global Compact principles.
During the dialog the attendees broke in four working groups – Automobile Economy, Environment, Human Resources, and Integrity and Legal – to discuss with Daimler representatives about issues pertaining to sustainability.
At Daimler, sustainability is a key factor for our success. Corporate Social Responsibility has been and will further be an important part of our strategy. The new technologies transforming the automotive industry will have a profound impact on the sustainability of tomorrow’s economies.
The Daimler Sustainability Dialogue has been a permanent platform for open and constructive discussions with a wide range of stakeholders for many years. Stakeholders are persons, groups or institutions which are directly or indirectly affected by a company's activities or who have an interest in these activities. Besides our employees stakeholders include customers, shareholders and investors as well as suppliers and other representatives from the worlds of politics, science and society.
Daimler’s Commitment to Sustainable Development in China
Daimler’s local commitment begins with promoting China’s automotive industry. In July this year, Daimler and BAIC agreed to further strengthen strategic collaboration for new energy vehicles (NEVs), investing around 5 billion RMB (about 655 million euros) in the production of battery electric vehicles and battery localization at Beijing Benz Automotive Co., Ltd. (BBAC). Manufacturing at BBAC has also been made more sustainable, with 2016 seeing 13 percentless energy consumed per vehicle produced compared to 2015, and increased efficiency saving over 10 million kWh of electricity. This was achieved in part through increased use of energy efficiency devices and new, more intelligent production methods.
car2go, Daimler’s car-sharing service in China, helps reduce urban congestion and promote energy efficiency. As of August, customers in China drove over 11.7 million km – enough to travel around the world nearly 300 times.
Daimler’s corporate social responsibility and educational programs in China have continued to expand over the years. Daimler’s vocational training in China celebrated its tenth anniversary last year. Since 2006, more than 5,000 young people have enrolled, and around 130 teachers have been trained. In collaboration with 22 vocational schools across the country, Daimler offers a dual concept providing both theoretical and practical training, for instance at production plants or after-sales departments of Mercedes-Benz dealers. Since 2007, Mercedes-Benz has continually supported China’s social development. Together with its dealer partners, the company has raised over 100 million RMB (over 12 million euros) for its CSR projects, benefiting over one million people in total.
Road safety is a core value for Daimler given its role in pioneering the automobile. As part of the company’s global Safe Roads initiative, the local Safe Roads China initiative focuses on raising public awareness for safety in road traffic. At the Sustainability Dialogue in Beijing, the Safe Roads China exhibition shared with event participants the various programs that the initiative is undertaking.