At Mercedes-Benz, we have a clear understanding of what kind of business we will or will not do. We do not give or take bribes.
When One Hand Washes the Other…
A deal that benefits everyone? A fatal decision! Corruption creates enormous damage – to fair competition, to society and to our company. That is why we take a global stand against corruption and all its negative repercussions. As a founding member of the United Nations Global Compact
Together On the Right Track
Preventing and tackling corruption are key aspects of our compliance work. In order to continuously raise awareness of the significance of anti-corruption among our employees, we have launched various training and communication activities. This way, we encourage discussions related to the topic corruption and help our employees to navigate safely through difficult situations in day-to-day business.
Our Compliance Program for Anti-Corruption
Our Anti-Corruption Compliance Program is based on our comprehensive Compliance Management System. A key component of this is the assessment of potential risks. In addition to internal information, such as a unit's business model, external factors are also considered here, e.g. the Corruption Perceptions Index from Transparency International
The local management is responsible for implementing the compliance measures in close cooperation with the Integrity and Legal Affairs division. In companies exposed to a high corruption risk, an independent “Local Compliance Officer” supports the management in implementing the Anti-Corruption Compliance Program. We regularly review the effectiveness of our measures and continuously improve our Anti-Corruption Compliance Program.
For an independent assessment of our Anti-Corruption Compliance Program, we commissioned KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft with auditing the Compliance Management System for anti-corruption in accordance with the 980 standard of the Institute of Public Auditors in Germany. This audit, which was based on the principles of appropriateness, implementation and effectiveness, was successfully completed at the end of 2019.