Overall assessment of the risk and opportunity situation
The overall view of the Group’s risk and opportunity situation is the sum of the described individual risks and opportunities of all risk and opportunity categories for the divisions, the corporate functions and the legal entities.
As well as the risk categories described above, unpredictable events such as natural disasters, political instability or terrorist attacks can disturb production and business processes. Emergency plans are therefore prepared to allow the resumption of business operations as soon as possible. As far as possible, and commensurate to the level of individual risks, precautionary measures are taken and insurance policies are arranged. Disruptions of business processes can also occur in connection with projects as a result of system changes. Risks relating to compliance are also included in the risk management process and are continually monitored. Regular training courses are carried out to prevent compliance violations. In addition to the described risks, other risks can occur that adversely affect the public perception and therefore the reputation of the
Daimler Group. Public interest is focused on Daimler’s position with regard to individual issues in the fields of sustainability, integrity and social responsibility. Furthermore, customers, business partners and capital markets are interested in how the Group reacts to the technological challenges of the future, how it succeeds in offering up-to-date and technologically leading products in the markets, and how business operations are conducted under the given conditions. Furthermore, the secure handling of sensitive data is a precondition for maintaining business relationships with customers and suppliers in a trusting and cooperative environment.
Compared with the previous year, IT risks have increased from the changed situation in relation to cyber crime and hacker attacks. In addition, increasing trade-restrictive and protectionist tendencies worldwide have led to a higher probability of occurrence of risks from political and legal frameworks and, among other things, to a reduction in market opportunities. However, the overall view of the Daimler Group’s risk and opportunity situation remains essentially unchanged. No risks are recognizable – neither on the balance sheet date nor at the time of preparing the consolidated financial statements – that either alone or in combination with other risks could endanger the continued existence of the Group. As considerable economic and industry risks still exist, setbacks on the way to sustainably achieving growth and profitability targets cannot be ruled out. New competitors in the IT sector for example and the Group’s current strategy, among other things in connection with electric mobility, pose further challenges for the Daimler Group and are connected with risks and opportunities. By effectively and flexibly focusing production and sales activities on changing conditions, the divisions of the Daimler Group strive to utilize the opportunities offered so that they can fulfill or surpass their respective targets and plans. As far as can be influenced by the Daimler Group and provided that the required measures are financially viable, the Group takes appropriate action to realize those opportunities.
In order to recognize risks and opportunities at an early stage and to deal successfully with the current risk and opportunity situation, the established risk and opportunity management system is continually monitored and further developed.