We are committed to the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and place particular importance to the rights of the International Bill of Human Rights and the core labor standards of the International Labor Organization ("ILO").
As participant in the United Nations Global Compact, we are committed to support human rights, respect the rights of employees and their representatives, and protecting the environment.
Accordingly, we are committed to preventing human rights violations from occurring with regard to our own employees and our business partners - in particular our direct suppliers.
We confirm our commitment in our Declaration of Principles on Social Responsibility and Human Rights. This forms the basis for how we live up to our social responsibility and supplements our obligation to respect human rights from our Daimler Truck Code of Conduct.
We are strongly committed to respect and support human rights and we expect the same from our business partners throughout the value chain.
We rely on a systematic approach to fulfill our human rights due diligence obligations through our Human Rights Compliance Management System (Human Rights CMS). The Human Rights CMS relates to our Group companies and majority shareholdings, as well as to our value chain. It is based on requirements of internationally recognized standards and applicable laws as well as the Guiding Principles of the United Nations, which form the basis for regulatory and legislative requirements for business and human rights worldwide.
What we have already achieved
We have already achieved significant milestones in our commitment to respecting and upholding human rights, including:
- Appointment of the Chief Legal & Compliance Officer as Human Rights Representative.
- Adaptation of the Human Rights Compliance Management System to the requirements of internationally recognized standards and applicable laws – for example, to the requirements of the German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act ("LkSG"), which has been in force since January 2023.
- Development of a web-based expert training course on human rights in order to highlight the relevance of the topic in everyday working life.
The next steps
As part of our Human Rights CMS, we focus on the following topics:
- We continuously develop our Human Rights CMS and perform a comprehensive Human Rights risk assessment.
- We continuously focus on the assessment of our raw material supply chains, as part of our Human Rights due diligence.
- We raise awareness among our employees with trainings on Human Rights, to give them a basic understanding of the contents of corporate Human Rights due diligence and social responsibility.