Anti-corruption compliance

Daimler has committed itself to fighting corruption in its 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, Daimler also seeks to ensure that not only the company itself but also its business partners 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 particularly consists of an integrated risk assessment process that takes into account internal information such as a unit’s business model and external information such as the Corruption Perceptions Index from Transparency International. The results of our risk assessment analyses form the basis of risk-based measures for avoiding corruption in all business activities (e.g. reviews of business partners and transactions) and measures to ensure that special care is taken 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 Group company’s management, which cooperates closely with the specialist units within the Integrity and Legal Affairs division. Companies exposed to a high corruption risk are supported by an independent Local Compliance Officer who assists the responsible management team with the implementation of the anti-corruption compliance program.

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 and training measures to make our employees around the world more aware of the importance of fighting corruption. Further information on communication and training: »Compliance«.

In order to ensure an independent external assessment of our Anti-Corruption Compliance Program, KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft audited the Compliance Management System for anti-corruption in accordance with the 980 standard of the Institute of Public Auditors in Germany. This audit, which was based on the principles of appropriateness, implementation and effectiveness, was already successfully completed at the end of 2019.

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