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,
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 i
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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 o