Within the framework of our sustainability management system, we steer our sustainability program in a manner that enables us to verify the implementation of its objectives and thus ensure continuous improvement. Our management and organizational structures support this process by establishing clear lines of responsibility in all business divisions.
Our sustainability objectives and their management are key components of our corporate governance system and are also incorporated into the target agreements between employees and managers.
Our central management committee for sustainability is the Corporate Sustainability Board (CSB), which is headed by Renata Jungo Brüngger (Member of the Board of Management, Integrity and Legal Affairs) and Ola Källenius (Member of the Board of Management, Group Research & Mercedes-Benz Cars Development). The CSB is managed by Anke Kleinschmit (Head of Group Research and Sustainability and Chief Environmental Officer). The operational work is done by the Corporate Sustainability Office (CSO), which consists of representatives of the specialist units and the business divisions.
Integrity, compliance, and legal responsibility are cornerstones of our sustainable management approach and serve as the basis of all our actions. In order to emphasize their strategic significance, we have combined the responsibilities for integrity, compliance, data protection, corporate responsibility, and legal affairs within a division headed by a member of the Board of Management. This division helps the corporate units to incorporate these topics on a sustained basis. As integral parts of our corporate culture, integrity and compliance contribute to the longterm success of our company and will provide us with an even greater competitive edge in the future. They are already a natural part of our daily business. The basis for this is our Integrity Code, which lays down the principles of our daily conduct, offers our employees orientation, and helps them make the right decisions even in difficult business situations. The Integrity Code is supplemented by other in-house principles and policies.
The basic guidance for our business activity is provided by the ten principles of the UN Global Compact, with which we have a special affiliation as a founding participant and part of its LEAD Group. Our internal principles and guidelines are founded on this international frame of reference and other international principles.
The House of Policies is our digital platform for policies. All internal policies of the Group and works agreements are compiled here in a user-friendly Enterprise Regulations Database (ERD), which is accessible to all employees. The policies are available in up to 23 languages. The House of Policies offers a compact e-training course to employees and advice on the local management of policies to Group companies.