Sustainability at Daimler

Our sustainability strategy. We want to enhance the value of our company over the long term. And we can do that only if we define value creation holistically and measure the success of our business operations not only with the use of financial figures. In order to do that, we have firmly established sustainability as one of our goals and as a basic principle of our corporate strategy. The principle of sustainability determines our entrepreneurial activity: in the areas of economics, corporate governance, environmental protection and safety, as well as in our relations with employees, customers and society as a whole. (See Objectives and Strategy)

The ideas that are of fundamental importance to us include the ten principles of the Global Compact, to which we are committed as a founding member of the compact and a member of the LEAD team since 2011. Our environmental and energy principles define the framework of our environmental protection activities and objectives. We also comply with the labor standards established by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and with the OECD guidelines for multinational companies.

Effective and coordinated strategies and initiatives ensure that the concept of sustainability is firmly embedded in our business operations. In our Group-wide sustainability management system, these strategies are supported by specific measures and measurable targets. Our “Sustainability Program 2020” is an important step in this direction; it defines our main areas of activity in the years ahead. We aim to steadily continue reducing pollutants and emissions, further enhance the safety of our vehicles, expand our dialogue with our suppliers and dealers, and further strengthen our social involvement.

Group-wide sustainability management. At Daimler, sustainability is thematically and organizationally embedded in our Group-wide corporate governance activities. (See Corporate Governance Report) The Corporate Sustainability Board (CSB) is the central management body for all sustainability-related issues. The operational work is conducted by the Corporate Sustainability Office, which is staffed by representatives of the specialist departments and divisions. Since 2011, we have been using the Sustainability Scorecard as a tool for steering our efforts to reach the key sustainability targets. The scorecard uses a color-coded system either to display the success of quantitative indicators and qualitative objectives or to show that action needs to be taken. This allows targeted measures to be taken with the direct involvement of corporate management.

Comprehensive reporting on sustainability. In 2013, Daimler published its ninth Group-wide sustainability report. It provides a detailed and comprehensive sustainability balance sheet for the previous financial year and is supplemented by an interactive online sustainability report that contains more detailed and extensive information. (See sustainability.daimler.com)

The new sustainability report covers financial year 2013. It will be presented at Daimler’s Annual Shareholders’ Meeting in early April 2014. The report was already drawn up in line with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines 4.0. In this context, Daimler specifically highlighted all of the company’s key sustainability-related issues. This applies in particular to focal topics such as the reduction of the CO2 emissions generated by our products and production activities, the use of senior experts, our activities in China, and the company’s mobility concepts. In addition, we report on specific issues such as the handling of contracts for work and services and Daimler’s position regarding the issue of refrigerants. (See Environmental protection)