Antitrust compliance

Our Group-wide Antitrust Compliance Program is oriented to national and international standards for ensuring fair competition. The program establishes a binding, globally valid Daimler standard that defines how matters of antitrust law are to be assessed. The Daimler standard is based on the standards of the underlying European regulations and takes into account established legal practice at European antitrust authorities, as well as the rulings of European courts. The objective of the Daimler standard is a uniform level of compliance and advice in all countries and thus compliance with all local and international antitrust laws.

By means of an advisory hotline, guidelines, and practical support, we help our employees around the world recognize situations that might be critical from an antitrust perspective and also to act in compliance with all regulations. This is particularly important when employees deal with competitors, cooperate with dealers and general agencies, and participate in trade association committees. In addition to Daimler’s Legal department and its specialist advisers, the Group’s global divisions can turn to local legal advisers, who also ensure that our standards are consistently upheld.

The results of our annual compliance risk analysis serve as the basis for the formulation of measures that address antitrust risks. The responsibility for designing and implementing measures lies primarily with each Group company’s management, which is also responsible for monitoring the effectiveness of the measures employed. Within the framework of its Group management responsibilities, Daimler AG monitors the executive management bodies of the respective Group companies. As a result, the managers at Group companies cooperate closely with Integrity and Legal Affairs, which also provides information on how to implement compliance measures effectively. Units that face a higher potential risk in particular must also systematically assess the adequacy and effectiveness of locally implemented antitrust compliance measures at regular intervals. In addition, our Legal and Corporate Audit departments conduct monitoring activities at our divisions, as well as random audits, in order to determine whether antitrust laws and internal standards are complied with. This helps us continuously improve the effectiveness of our Antitrust Compliance Program and adapt it to global developments and new legal requirements. The associated methods and processes are being constantly refined and improved.

We utilize a variety of training and communication measures to make our employees aware of the importance of competition and antitrust laws and issues. Such measures during the year under review included both classroom courses and online training courses; the latter are mandatory for staff above a certain hierarchical level. Training in 2019 focused on the topics of “Contact with competitors in general” and “Antitrust cooperations”. Training courses held abroad or at international Group companies are independently organized and conducted by local legal departments as required.

Further information on communication and training: »Compliance«

In order to ensure an independent external assessment of our Antitrust Compliance Program, KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft audited the Compliance Management System for antitrust law 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 2016 (antitrust) and at the end of 2019 (anti-corruption).

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