The person affected by the allegation and, if applicable, his or her manager are informed of the case closure. The result of the investigation is communicated to the person affected in writing. The whistleblower, unless he or she remains anonymous, will also be informed about the case closure and the final result.
If the accusations have turned out not to be true, the person affected will be rehabilitated upon request.
If the suspicion against an employee of Mercedes-Benz Group is confirmed, the case is passed on to the Human Resources department. If necessary, the person affected will be heard again, as will his or her manager. Personnel measures are taken in accordance with the principle of proportionality. In the event of misconduct by a business partner, appropriate consequences will also be taken in accordance with the principle of proportionality. If a business partner refuses to implement a jointly developed improvement plan or if the business partner does not improve, the Mercedes-Benz Group may temporarily suspend or terminate the business relationship after giving appropriate notice and warning.
In order to assess which measures are appropriate in response to a violation, the following criteria, among others, are regularly taken into account in accordance with the principle of proportionality:
- Type and severity of the violation
- Responsibility of the affected person (intent, negligence)
- Amount, reversibility and probability of occurrence of a damage or injury
- Attitude towards the violation of the affected person
- Cooperation in investigating the facts of the case and/or compensation of damages occurred and/or a possible self-disclosure by the affected person
- Mercedes-Benz Group's leverage on the business partner
Specific personnel measures in the event of violations against employees of Mercedes-Benz Group are taken in accordance with local law, but may, depending on the severity of the violation, include both disciplinary and labor law measures (e.g. admonishment, warning, ordinary or extraordinary termination of employment, reduction of variable compensation components, claims for restitution, repayment and/or damages claims). In the event of identified criminal offenses, the Mercedes-Benz Group reserves the right to file criminal charges.
Measures against business partners are also taken in accordance with local law and the corresponding contractual agreements between the Mercedes-Benz Group and the business partner.
All data will be deleted after appropriate retention periods.