With the Human Rights Respect System (HRRS) we analyse and identify risks to human rights in our supply chain, and continuously develop our separate due diligence approach further for the supply chain.
Requirements for suppliers
Our three procurement units – “Mercedes-Benz Cars Procurement and Supplier Quality”, “Global Procurement Trucks and Buses”, and “International Procurement Services” – have been jointly responsible for the Group-wide Mercedes-Benz Group Supplier Network cooperation model since 2009. These units work together to ensure responsible procurement of materials and services and the implementation of the “Mercedes-Benz Group Responsible Sourcing Standards ” in the supply chain. Our Supplier Sustainability Standards define our requirements for working conditions, upholding human rights, environmental protection, safety, business ethics, and compliance. They also serve as the guidelines for our sustainable supply chain management system.
We demand that our direct suppliers commit themselves to observing our sustainability standards, communicating them to their employees and to their upstream value chains, and then checking to ensure that the standards are complied with. For this process, Mercedes-Benz Cars has developed a block chain prototype that transparently represents the transmission of this information along the entire supply chain and makes it possible to trace it. This prototype is being followed by a further block chain pilot project.
We support our suppliers in their implementation with information and qualification measures. Our service providers also explicitly recognize these standards as a contractual component of their supplier agreements.