Partnership with the employees

We want to work together with our employees as partners, respect their interests and get them involved in the company by continuously providing them with information and enabling them to participate in decision-making processes. To achieve these goals, we are guided not only by the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) work and social standards but also by our Principles of Social Responsibility. In these principles, we commit ourselves, among other things, to respecting key employee rights – from the provision of equal opportunities to the right to receive equal pay for equal work. Violations of these principles can be reported to the whistleblower system BPO, which addresses further investigations to the pertinent units.

Our employees also have the right to organize themselves in labor unions. We also ensure this right in countries in which freedom of association is not legally protected. We work together constructively with the employee representatives and the trade unions. Important partners here include the local works councils, the European Works Council and the World Employee Committee (WEC). We have signed collective bargaining agreements for all of the employees at Daimler AG, and this also applies to the majority of our employees throughout the Group.

In a variety of committees, we regularly inform the employee representatives about the economic situation and all of the key changes at Daimler AG and the Group. We conclude agreements with the respective workers’ representative bodies concerning the effects of our decisions on the employees. In Germany, comprehensive regulations to this effect are contained in the Works Council Constitution Act. We notify our employees about far-reaching changes early on.

One result of the ongoing dialogue between the corporate management and the employees’ association was the renewal of the company-wide “Safeguarding the Future of Daimler” agreement in 2015. This accord, which is valid until 2020, enables the company to respond to the “future plan” agreements that have been reached at many of the locations of Daimler AG with concrete investment commitments, flexible personnel assignment models and the possibility of selectively increasing staffing requirements. As a result, we can make use of market opportunities and better absorb fluctuations in demand. The company-wide agreement essentially protects all of the employees of Daimler AG in Germany from being laid off until the end of 2020.

The expansion of this Safeguarding the Future agreement is also an integral part of “Project Future” for restructuring our Group, and it is being implemented in close cooperation with the employee representatives. If Project Future is implemented, Daimler AG’s Safeguarding the Future agreement will be extended until 2029. As a result, terminations for operational reasons would be excluded on principle until December 31, 2029 for all employees who are affected by a transition of operations resulting from the new Group structure and who do not contest their transfer to the new organization.

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