At Mercedes-Benz, we have a clear understanding of what kind of business we will or will not do. We do not give or
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 (UN Global Compact), we actively contribute to ensuring both
we and our business partners act in accordance with the principles of the UN Global Compact. We perform our duties in
compliance with the applicable laws, regulations and our corporate principles. This also includes the OECD Convention on
Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials (1997) and the UN Convention against Corruption (2003).
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
The results of this risk analysis form the basis for implementing our anti-corruption measures, which aim to prevent
corruption in all business activities. Thereby, we place particular emphasis on sales companies in high-risk countries
and business relationships with wholesalers and general distributors worldwide.
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.
Plan to Prevent risks of Corruption and Related Infractions
How do we prevent risks associated with corruption?