Daimler has committed itself to fighting corruption in its own business activities. Along with complying with all applicable laws, this also involves adhering to the rules of the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions (1997) and the United Nations Convention against Corruption (2003). As a founding member of the UN Global Compact and a part of its LEAD Group, Daimler also seeks to ensure that not only the company itself but also its business partners and customers act in accordance with the principles of the UN Global Compact. The most important goals here are to fight corruption around the world in order to enable fair competition, eliminate the damage corruption does to society and thus improve conditions for everyone.
Our anti-corruption compliance program is based on our comprehensive Compliance Management System. The program is globally valid and primarily consists of the following components: integrated risk assessment, risk-based measures for avoiding corruption in all business activities (e.g. reviews of business partners and transactions), and special care in contacts with authorities and public officials. Our risk-minimization measures focus in particular on sales companies in high-risk countries and business relationships with wholesalers and general agencies worldwide.
The responsibility for implementing and monitoring measures lies with each company’s management, which cooperates closely with the specialist units within Integrity and Legal Affairs.
Daimler places the same strict requirements on all of its activities around the world. In addition, we continuously improve our methods and processes and use a variety of communication measures to make our employees aware of the importance of fighting corruption. Among other things, we released a film and set up a separate website to address this issue during the year under review. (Further information)