Our Compliance Management System
Our Compliance Management System (CMS) consists of basic principles and measures intended to promote rule-based behavior throughout the company. The CMS is based on national and international standards and applies on a global scale at all
Our compliance values and goals
Our Compliance Management System (CMS) is designed to help Daimler and its employees avoid inappropriate or illegal behavior, and our culture of integrity serves as the foundation for this approach. The measures needed for this are defined by our compliance and legal organizations in a process that also takes the company’s business requirements into account. (See Integrity, compliance and legal responsibility)
Our compliance organization
Our compliance and legal organizations have set themselves the goal of ensuring Group-wide conformance with laws and regulations. Our compliance organization is structured in a divisional and regional manner, while our legal organization is structured regionally and along the value chain. These structures enable us to provide optimal support and advice to our divisions. A contact person is made available to each function, division and region. In addition, a global network of local contact persons makes sure that our standards are met throughout the Group and also helps local management at Daimler facilities and sales companies implement our compliance program.
We systematically pursue the goal of minimizing compliance risks, and we analyze and assess the compliance risks of all our business units every year. These analyses are based on centrally compiled information on all business units and take specific additional details into account as needed. The results of the analyses form the basis of our risk control.
Our compliance program comprises principles and measures designed to reduce compliance risks and prevent violations of regulations and laws. The individual measures, which are based on the knowledge gained through our systematic compliance analyses, focus on the following aspects:
The whistleblower system BPO (Business Practices Office) enables Daimler employees and external whistleblowers to report misconduct anywhere in the world. The BPO is available around the clock to receive information that is sent by e-mail or normal mail, or by filling out a special form. An external toll-free hotline is also available in Brazil, the United States and South Africa. Reports can be submitted anonymously if local laws permit this. In Germany, reports to the BPO can also be submitted via a neutral intermediary, who in this case is an independent external attorney. The information provided to the BPO enables us to learn about potential risks and specific violations that pose a high risk to the company and its employees, and this in turn allows us to prevent damage to the company and its reputation. A globally valid corporate policy aims to ensure a fair and transparent approach that takes into account the principle of proportionality for the affected parties, while also giving protection to whistleblowers. In an effort to increase trust in our whistleblower system and make it even better known within the Group, we have established a continuous communication process that includes the periodic provision of information to employees about the type and number of reported violations. We also supply information materials such as country-specific information cards. In addition, we have produced an instructional video in ten languages and we repeatedly stage informational and dialog events at our locations as well.
The BPO process was developed further during the year under review. A risk-based initial assessment and standardized processes enable more rapid identification and effective processing of high-risk reports submitted to the BPO. The case categories used by the BPO have been updated and new categories have been added in order to incorporate the latest social and legal developments into the BPO process. In the year under review, 89 new BPO cases were opened. A total of 101 cases were closed, 60 of them “with merit,” which means the initial suspicion was confirmed. Of these latter cases, five were categorized as “corruption” and seven as “theft, breach of trust and enrichment offenses of a significant magnitude or value.” Seven cases fell under the category “damage exceeding €100,000.” One case was in the category “physical injury.”
With regard to those cases that are closed “with merit,” appropriate response measures are decided in line with the principles of proportionality and fairness. Fairness, which is the key principle in the overall process, applies to both whistleblowers and affected parties. In other words, affected parties are not judged in advance and the assumption of innocence applies until it has been proven that a violation has occurred. Whistleblowers who contact the BPO are also protected. They do not need to worry that their report might result in negative consequences for themselves.
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Compliance on the part of our business partners
We also require our business partners to adhere to clear compliance requirements because we regard our business partners’ integrity and behavior in conformity with regulations as a precondition for trusting cooperation. In the selection of our direct business partners, we therefore ensure that they comply with the law and observe ethical principles. In financial yea
Communication and training
Our extensive training courses are based on our Integrity Code. The training program is planned on the basis of an annual planning cycle that includes everything from a needs analysis to the evaluation of the entire training process. Among other things, the program covers the topics of integrity, compliance (including corruption prevention and technical compliance), data protection and antitrust law. Depending on the risk and the target group, we use classroom training or digital learning techniques such as web-based training courses.
Every employee who works at a majority-owned Daimler-controlled company can participate in a web-based and target-group oriented training program consisting of several modules — a basic module, a module specifically for managers, and expert modules on antitrust law, data protection, technical compliance, non-cash rewards for employees and function-specific topics such as procurement and sales. This program is being continuously expanded in line with the requirements of specific target groups.
Office employees are required to complete modules relevant to their role and function. The associated modules are assigned to them automatically or in a centralized process. These training modules are assigned when an employee is hired, promoted or transferred to a position that involves an increased risk. This approach ensures that personnel changes are properly addressed. In general, the program must be repeated approximately every three years. Factory employees can complete the web-based training program voluntarily.
The web-based training courses are supplemented by classroom training sessions that are conducted by central or local trainers. We provide our internal trainer network with modular training documents and materials for methodical implementation, such as trainer guideline and explanatory videos that can be used in a target group-specific manner in accordance with the risks associated with the participants’ jobs. I
We also offer our employees in the compliance and legal organizations target group-specific qualification measures. In addition, all new employees at these organizations receive a comprehensive introduction in an onboarding program.
All of these training measures contribute to the permanent establishment of ethical and compliant behavior at the company and also help our employees deal with specific issues that can occur at work. The same is true of the Daimler app for integrity, compliance and legal affairs. The app can be downloaded and used by all employees with an iOS company-owned device. Among other things, the app enables mobile access to information on corruption prevention and antitrust law, and additional topics will be added in the coming financial year.
Information and qualification measures are also offered to individuals who perform supervisory and management functions. Within the framework of the onboarding program for new members of the Supervisory Board of
In addition to our internal training measures, our training program also includes special courses on integrity and compliance (including corruption prevention) that are offered to our business partners in line with their specific risks. The courses are offered as web-based training or classroom training sessions. Daimler informs its business partners about the courses and invites them to participate.
Monitoring and improvements
Every year, we review the adequacy and effectiveness of our Compliance Management System and adapt it to global developments, changed risks and new legal requirements. We also monitor important core processes during the year on the basis of key performance indicators (KPIs) that include process duration and quality. To determine these indicators, we check, among other things, whether formal requirements are met and all information is complete. In addition, we analyze the knowledge gained through independent internal and external assessments and participate in selected benchmark studies.
These activities are used to define any required improvement measures, which are implemented by the responsible units and departments and then monitored on a regular basis. The relevant management bodies continuously receive reports on these monitoring activities.
Involvement of company management
Our divisional and regional compliance managers report to the Chief Compliance Officer. This guarantees the compliance managers’ independence from the business divisions. The Chief Compliance Officer, the Group General Counsel and the Vice President Legal Product & Technical Compliance report directly to the Member of the Board of Management for Integrity and Legal Affairs and to the Audit Committee of the Supervisory Board. They also report regularly to the Board of Management of
Important non-financial reporting topics
Eliminating corruption, preventing cartel arrangements, ensuring compliance with technical regulations, preventing money laundering and the financing of terrorism, and complying with sanctions — we introduced our Compliance Management System (CMS) in order to address exactly these issues, which are extremely important to us. The Data Compliance Management System that we are currently setting up is also based on the Daimler CMS, as is our Group-wide approach to respecting and upholding human rights.