In this Sustainability Report we assess the main effects of our business operations in 2018 and present our current Target Program. We make this comprehensive report available as a website and a PDF file in order to ensure that the information it contains is easy to find and use. As a result, topics and information can be directly called up by chapter.
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Moreover, additional online information can be immediately called up through the links throughout this report. This information supplements the online report and offers additional possible uses. For example, the website features a search function, an extensive thematically linked GRI Content Index, and a key figures tool with which you can create tables and diagrams adapted to your information needs.
Key figure tool human resource
Key figure tool operational environmental protection

The information provided in our Sustainability Report applies to the entire Daimler Group and its business divisions. We use a control approach, which means that the calculations take all of the Group’s production-related majority holdings fully into account. The reporting period corresponds to our financial year, which runs from January 1 to December 31.

What has changed?

This report has been conceived on the basis of the company’s sustainability strategy as agreed in 2017. It therefore concentrates on the eleven areas of action that we had identified as key areas in the preceding year. Only small adjustments have arisen with the aim of increasing comprehensibility and clarity, in order to once again delimit the areas of action more sharply and to increase the focus. This is also reflected in the structure of the report, which is somewhat different from the format we used last year.

The topics of corporate environmental protection have been integrated into the chapters “Climate protection and air purification” and “Conservation of resources.”

The theme fields “Suppliers” and “Society” have each received their own chapters in the current report. This not only aids visibility but also reflects the special meaning that these theme fields hold for Daimler.

We publish information about other sustainability issues on our website

This report has been prepared in accordance with the “Comprehensive” option of the GRI standards

In 2006 Daimler joined the multi-stakeholder network of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) as an organizational stakeholder, and since 2016 it has been a “Gold Community Member”. This report was prepared in accordance with the internationally recognized guidelines for sustainability reporting, the GRI standards.
GRI Content Index

Our reporting activities are examined in accordance with ISAE 3000

We engaged the auditing firm KPMG AG to examine the Group’s sustainability reporting. The examination was based on the International Standard on Assurance Engagements 3000: Assurance Engagements other than Audits or Reviews of Historical Financial Information (ISAE 3000), published by the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB).

The main focus of the review was on the corporate level and was supplemented by spot checks in individual plants. The following information was examined:

After the conclusion of the examination we received a report, which presents the aim, purpose and foundations of the examination, the work performed and its conclusions. The internal reporting is conducted through the Corporate Sustainability Board (CSB).
Auditor’s report

Our UN Global Compact Progress Report

Daimler has committed itself to upholding the ten principles of the UN Global Compact. We were one of the first signatories of the UN Global Compact, and we participate in the LEAD group that was established in 2011. We are involved in thematic and regional task forces and initiatives of the UN Global Compact. With this Sustainability Report we are meeting our obligation to report regularly on our initiatives regarding human rights, labor standards and employee rights, environmental protection and the fight against corruption.

In July 2018 we submitted the Sustainability Report 2017 together with the document titled “Realizing the Blueprint: Corporate Action Plan” as our official UN Global Compact Communication on Progress. We will present the next Communication on Progress in July 2019.
UN Global Compact Communication on Progress

Reporting process and quality assurance

In addition to having KPMG conduct a system and data quality audit, we conduct detailed benchmark analyses. In parallel, we also have an internal process for reviewing our targets, measures and fields of action.

Scope of reporting and data acquisition methods

Economic data. The information about economic relationships that is presented in the Sustainability Report for 2018 is based on data from the Daimler Annual Report 2018. The latter’s Management Report and Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements sections were certified without qualification by the auditing firm KPMG Deutsche Treuhand-Gesellschaft AG.
Further information can be found in the Annual Report 2018

Employee data. The facts and figures in the Employees section correspond to the facts and figures in the Daimler Annual Report 2018. The reporting on human resources data is based mainly on the HR ePARS electronic human resources planning and reporting tool, which combines the data of all consolidated companies within the Daimler Group. This information is supplemented with data acquired with the aid of the ePeople and HR EARTH electronic human resources management systems. The texts and diagrams in this section indicate whether the data refers to the entire Group or only to parts thereof.

Collection of data on corporate environmental protection. Daimler has been systematically compiling key environmental data from its German plants since 1992. In 1997 and 1998 its data acquisition was gradually extended to include production plants outside Germany. Since 2002 the data acquisition and analysis have been handled with the aid of a database. The data in this report reflects the structure of the Group in 2018.

This structure includes all the production plants of which the Daimler Group is a majority shareholder, as well as the German and other European locations of the logistics, service and sales units. It does not include the locations of Daimler Financial Services. For this reason, the timelines may differ from those of previously published data. New locations are taken into account from the date of commencement of series production. In 2018 the Brazilian car production location Iracemápolis was included in the balance for the first time. The environmental data for 2018 refers to a total of 72 production locations and satellite sites, four locations from Research and Development, and 36 logistics, service, and sales locations.

Specific environmental and energy data. Resource consumption and emissions are largely dependent on the number of units produced. That is why we calculate specific values for the individual divisions. This involves matching the number of vehicles produced in the consolidated plants of each division with the corresponding data from the production facilities. We measure the specific values of the Cars, Trucks, Vans and Buses units according to the divisional allocation that has been in force since 2006. This distribution was calculated back into the past as far as possible in order to obtain consistent timelines. The specific data gained in this way can only serve as general benchmarks, because it does not take into account the different ways in which the vertical integration of production has developed, the diversity of products, or the special features of the production network, which in some cases extends across divisions.


This website contains forward-looking statements that reflect our current views about future events. The words “anticipate,” “assume,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “can,” “could,” “plan,” “project,” “should” and similar expressions are used to identify forwardlooking statements. These statements are subject to many risks and uncertainties, including an adverse development of global economic conditions, in particular a decline of demand in our most important markets; a deterioration of our refinancing possibilities on the credit and financial markets; events of force majeure including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, political unrest, armed conflicts, industrial accidents and their effects on our sales, purchasing, production or financial services activities; changes in currency exchange rates and tariff regulations; a shift in consumer preferences towards smaller, lower-margin vehicles; a possible lack of acceptance of our products or services which limits our ability to achieve prices and adequately utilize our production capacities; price increases for fuel or raw materials; disruption of production due to shortages of materials, labor strikes or supplier insolvencies; a decline in resale prices of used vehicles; the effective implementation of costreduction and efficiency-optimization measures; the business outlook for companies in which we hold a significant equity interest; the successful implementation of strategic cooperation and joint ventures; changes in laws, regulations and government policies, particularly those relating to vehicle emissions, fuel economy and safety; the resolution of pending government investigations or of investigations requested by governments and the conclusion of pending or threatened future legal proceedings; and other risks and uncertainties, some of which we describe under the heading “Risk and Opportunity Report” in this Annual Report.

If any of these risks and uncertainties materialize or if the assumptions underlying any of our forward-looking statements prove to be incorrect, the actual results may be materially different from those we express or imply by such statements. We do not intend or assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements since they are based solely on the circumstances at the date of publication.

The content of the report was checked by the responsible specialist staff. Parts of the report were also examined by KPMG.

Our last Sustainability Report appeared in April 2018 under the title “Sustainability Report 2017.” The current Sustainability Report will appear in April 2019 under the title “Sustainability Report 2018.” Our next report will be published in March/April 2020.

Editorial deadline for this report: February 22, 2019

Further information on the Group:

You can find our key financial figures for the 2018 financial year along with information on business developments, the divisions and changes to the product range in our Annual Report.
Annual Report 2018 (PDF)

The brochure “Daimler at a Glance” provides comprehensive facts and figures on the Daimler Group and its brands.
Daimler at a Glance (PDF)