Production-related environmental protection
Our commitment to the environment is an integral component of our corporate strategy. For this reason, we have established environmental management systems at our manufacturing locations with the goal of providing safe, efficient, environmentally friendly services of guaranteed high quality that comply with all legal stipulations. We also carry out environmental risk assessments at all production locations in which the Group has a majority interest in the ownership structure. Supported by the use of Daimler Group standards, we strive to maintain a high level of air quality control, climate protection and resource conservation (in terms of water consumption, waste management and soil conservation).
The environmental and energy-related guidelines approved by the Board of Management define our environmental and energy-related policy at the Daimler Group. The guidelines also express our commitment to integrated environmental protection. That begins with the assessment of the causes of environment problems and takes into account the environmental effects of production processes and products as early as the planning and development phases.
Environmental protection measures at our production locations are coordinated across business units by three regional committees (Germany/Europe, North and South America and Asia) that are centrally managed. These measures are regulated in line with a corporate policy and organizational and technical standards.
The environmental measures are monitored by external auditors (ISO 14001 certification, EMAS validation) and by internal environmental risk assessments (the due diligence process). We conduct training sessions through the respective local organizations. The important content of our training sessions includes water pollution control, wastewater treatment, emergency management in case of environmentally relevant malfunctions and the planning of plants and workplaces in accordance with environmental protection principles.
Due diligence processes
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In this way, all the production locations are being visited and assessed in five-year cycles according to well-established and standardized procedures. The results are reported to the plant and divisional managements, and the Group annually assesses the implementation of the recommendations for minimizing risks at the locations. In this way, we are striving to enforce the high environmental standards to which we have committed ourselves at all of our production locations around the world.