Helmut Holzapfel values the openness at Mercedes-Benz: "Without exception, I fell on nothing but sympathetic ears for all the ecological questions – also the unpleasant ones. Including the exchange between environmental groups that are very critical of the automotive industry and the management of Mercedes-Benz."
Johan Rockström is convinced that the intensive dialogue will become even more important in the future. After all, "to be able to navigate through uncertain times, focused discussions will remain necessary between the Advisory Board and the company."
The Advisory Board for Integrity and Sustainability supports Mercedes-Benz repeatedly in thinking in new directions and working together on the challenges of our time. Matthias Thorns is a new member of the Advisory Board, who joined in July 2022 and brings with him extensive expertise in terms of human rights.
For the cooperation, it is particularly important to him, "that the Advisory Board deals with a wide range of topics in a comprehensive manner and does not just focus on a few topic areas. The makeup of the Advisory Board must reflect the need for broad expertise."
His Advisory Board colleague Bojana Bellamy, who was also recently appointed, adds: "As advisory board members, we are not only able to share our expertise on various topics with the leaders of Mercedes-Benz in a constructive dialogue, but we also learn from these discussions. Not least due to the different perspectives that company representatives and advisory board members from diverse disciplines and cultures bring with them.”