Corporate Social Responsibility Report, Environmental Report and Annual Report 2004

  • 2005/03/31
Time period
  • March 2004  –  August 2005
  • Externally: Daimler Chrysler communicates with its stakeholders on corporate citizenship and on the Global Compact, next to personal dialogue, though its report "Corporate Social Responsibility in 2004", the "Environmental Report" and the "Annual Report 2004" (see page 80-81).

    In the CSR Report e.g., Prof. Jürgen E. Schrempp, Chairman of the Board of Management, reiterates the company''s support for the Global Compact (page 5) and many of the described initiatives illuminate what the company does to implement the Global Compact principles and to support the initiative (e.g. page 12 and 13). Next to explaining to the reader the idea of the Compact, selected examples illustrate the implementation of the principles (e.g. with the “Workplace Initiative on HIV/AIDS” in South Africa, the Poema project in Brasil etc.).

    A main focus of our CSR activities, which are constantly improved, is the fight against HIV/AIDS. Our – in the meanwhile – long term experiences from the HIV/AIDS workplace initiative in South Africa have been shared with other Global Compact members through a case study for the GC learning forum. We have strong non-discriminatory policy in place providing our employees living with HIV, with antiretroviral treatment and effective prevention and care. No one infected must be stigmatized or experience any discrimination in the workplace. We will move on from there and introduce programs well adapted to local needs in other places, focusing on Russia, China, South-East Asia and India. Prevention programs are effective already in Brazil, Malaysia, and Nigeria.

    Internally: In order to establish both management and employee awareness of the Global Compact, the company has developed jointly with the "World Employee Committee" - based on the principles of the Global Compact - the "DaimlerChrysler CSR Principles", which complement the internal Integrity Code of the company. In addition, the GC initiative is part of the education program of the DaimlerChrysler Corporate University. Furthermore, with the “Business Practice Office” (BPO) DaimlerChrysler has established - corporate wide in mid 2003 - another powerful institution to ensure continuous implementation of the Global Compact and internal principles (including e.g. a whistle blowing process). The BPO initiates, coordinates and monitors any investigation undertaken in response to complaints or comments, and report its findings and any corrective measures.

    Due to the worldwide presence of the company, the approach to provide selected examples in the reporting has been very well received is widely accepted by recipients. However, this does not replace personal dialogue, which will be further strengthened internally and externally - both locally, regionally and nationally (wherever the company operates) and internationally (e.g. within the Global Compact. This dialogue is one of the major tasks of the department of External Affairs and Public Policy.

Principles covered
  • Principle 1 - Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights
  • Principle 2 - Make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses
  • Principle 3 - Businesses should uphold freedom of association & effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining
  • Principle 4 - The elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour
  • Principle 5 - The effective abolition of child labour
  • Principle 6 - Eliminate discrimination in respect of employment and occupation
  • Principle 7 - Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges
  • Principle 8 - Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility
  • Principle 9 - Encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies
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