Mercedes-Benz Group pursues a risk-based approach. This means that we aim to create as much transparency as possible in our raw material supply chains that carry a risk for human rights violations. In this way, we identify areas that are critical to human rights and define and implement targeted counter-measures.
Our commitment regarding battery raw materials
- We create transparency along the respective raw material supply chains.
- We identify risk hot spots in these supply chains.
- We define and implement risk mitigating measures and make sure that they are effective.
|Working Conditions incl. Occupational Health and Safety||Working conditions with (potential) negative effects on the physical and mental health of workers.|
|Child Labour||Illegal or exploitative employment of children (potentially) depriving children of their childhood and education.|
|Modern Slavery incl. Forced Labour||(Potential) exploitation of workers who cannot refuse or leave due to violence or threats.|
|Community and Indigenous Rights||(Potentially) adverse impacts on the rights and livelihoods of affected local and indigenous communities.|
|Excessive Violence by Public and Private Security Forces||(Potential) human rights abuses committed by private and public security forces to which a company can become complicit.|
|Environmental Risks with Impact on Human Rights||Adverse impacts on the environment, which (potentially) affect the enjoyment of human rights.|
|Business Conduct in Conflict and High Risk Areas||(Potentially) adverse impacts of a company's operation, contributing to conflict, which result from a company's own activities or its relationships with third parties including suppliers.|
|Serious Human Rights Abuses||The most serious violations of human rights to which a company can (potentially) become complicit.|
|Supplier DDMS||Inadequate due diligence processes in companies along the supply chain.|
Evaluation of the risk fields
|Risk Rating|| not|
How serious is the negative impact on those affected?
|Other human rights impacted than bodily / mental harm||May / May not result in bodily / mental harm through other human rights impacted||Serious bodily / mental harm||Loss of life|
How many people are affected?
|Under 100 rightsholders impacted||Between 100 and 500 rightsholders impacted||Between 500 and 1000 rightsholders impacted||More than 1000 rightsholders impacted|
- risks to the health of employees and the local population around the mine sites, e.g. through emissions of dust due to the large-scale transfer of materials and transport operations,
- effects on the surrounding agriculture due to changes in or pollution of groundwater and open water,
- effects on the way of life of the local population, including indigenous communities, in individual cases including resettlement, e.g. due to the land requirements of large mines.