• Daimler AG is the world's leading manufacturer of commercial vehicles, and the second-largest maker of luxury cars.
• Daimler AG owns Mercedes Benz, a manufacturer of luxury passenger vehicles and commercial vans.
• Daimler AG also owns Smart, the manufacturer of small, two person cars that are relatively fuel-efficient compared to the rest of Mercedes's fleet and are gaining popularity in the United States.
-- Profile Updated 01/31/2011
About Daimler AG
Daimler AG, based in Stuttgart, Germany, is a manufacturer of both passenger and commercial vehicles. In 2007, the company reported $146.405 billion in sales and employed 272,382 people.
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Ethics and Governance
In March 2010, the German car manufacturer, Daimler AG, agreed to pay $185 million in fines to settle bribery charges. The US Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission accused the Mercedes-Benz producer of making large cash payments and extravagant gifts to secure global contracts. The alleged bribes under investigation were made from 1998 to 2008 to help develop contracts in at least 22 countries, which boosted Daimler’s profits by at least $50 million.
-- Guardian, 03/24/2010
Daimler AG is the latest car manufacturer to report a loss as a result of the economic downturn. The German car company reported a loss of $1.93 billion for the fourth quarter of 2008 and expects sales to continue to drop throughout 2009.
-- New York Times, 02/17/2009
Daimler is a 15% stakeholder in European Aeronautic Defense and Space, the second largest European arms manufacturer.
-- Hoovers Company Records, 02/03/2009
Daimler is looking to dump its remaining 19.9% stake in Chrysler as the American automaker continues its downward slide in earnings.
-- Washington Post, 11/27/2008
In 1998, Daimler paid $37 billion to acquire Chrysler. Ten years later, Daimler sold an 80.1% stake in the company to Cerberus Capital Management for $7.4 billion. Former Chrysler CEO Lee Iacocca criticized Daimler AG for failing to maintain the profitable trend enjoyed by Chrysler prior to the 1998 merger.
-- Washington Post, 05/15/2007
In January 2009, Daimler Trucks North America announced plans to cut 2,137 jobs at its manufacturing plants in the Charlotte, North Carolina area in March. Daimler Trucks president Chris Patterson called the cuts “unavoidable and necessary.”
-- Daily Business Review, 01/08/2009
Although Daimler is shortening work weeks in German factories to three to four days for the beginning of 2009 due to declining auto sales, a labor agreement protects workers from layoffs until 2011.
-- USA Today, 12/08/2008
Mercedes Benz South Africa has gained international recognition for its support of HIV positive workers. The program, called Siyakhana, has improved testing rates and increased the availability of antiretroviral treatment. These measures keep HIV positive employees strong, enabling them to continue working, benefiting both the employee and the company.
-- Business Report, 06/08/2008
Source URL: www.busrep.co.za/index.php?fArticleId=4441896
Tens of thousands of workers walked off the job at several Mercedes-Benz plants across Germany in July 2004 to protest the company’s attempt to eliminate hourly breaks to try to cut labor costs. More than 20,000 workers left the assembly line at the flagship Mercedes-Benz plant in Sindelfingen alone, further intensifying the bitter dispute between the union and Daimler AG, the owner of Mercedes-Benz. The company is threatening to eliminate jobs in Sindelfingen and move production to northern Germany and South Africa, where workers do no get five-minute breaks every hour.
-- New York Times, 07/01/2004
The Mercedes-Benz Atego BlueTec Hybrid won the German Sustainability Award 2010, in the category of Germany’s Most Sustainable Products/Services 2010.The hybrid reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by ten to fifteen percent as well as meet environmentally friendly EEV standards for especially low particulate emissions, thus offering customers a more sustainable form of freight transport. The first 50 Atego BlueTec Hybrids will be delivered to German customers in early 2011 and the German Ministry of Transport is helping to fund the vehicles in cooperation with its Electric Mobility Support Program.
-- Daimler AG, 11/27/2010
Daimler AG was charged with the largest record fuel economy fine established by the government in 2008 for its imported passenger cars of 2006. Most of the cars that violated the CAFE, or “corporate average fuel economy,” standards were Mercedes-Benz luxury cars: the standard is 27.5 mpg for imported cars and these cars only get 24.8 mpg. The fine for violating CAFE standards is $5.50 for every tenth of a mile under the goal, multiplied by the number of vehicles imported that violate the fine, resulting in the record $30.3 million penalty that nearly doubles the company’s 2005 fine.
-- CNN Money, 01/02/2008
The European environmental group Transport & Environment released a report in 2007 showing an overall decrease in efficiency in vehicles produced by German auto manufacturers like Daimler and Volkswagen. The report coincided with the introduction by the European Union of a cap on the average carbon dioxide emissions of European vehicles. Representatives from Volkswagen and Daimler opposed the measure, which would force them to cut the grams of CO2 per kilometer by as much as 49 percent, increasing vehicle prices and hurting their sales.
-- Bloomberg News, 12/19/2007
In December 2006, Mercedes-Benz paid $1.2 million in penalties for failing to notify the EPA about air pollution control defects on several 1998-2006 model vehicles, thus violating the Clean Air Act’s emission standards. The company is also demanded to improve its emissions defect investigation and reporting system, which will cost approximately $1 million a year. Mercedes has begun implementing voluntary recalls, at an estimated cost of $59 million. These recalls will reduce 500 tons of harmful pollutants cumulatively that were otherwise caused by the defects; the pollutants include nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide, which contribute to cancer-causing smog and breathing impairments.
-- Environmental Protection Agency, 12/01/2006
Health and Safety
Mercedes-Benz recalled over 100,000 over its vehicles in the United States and Britain in October 2010 due to a steering problems. Recalled models include vehicles produced between June 2009 and February 2010; Daimler AG, the owner of Mercedes-Benz, said it was a global recall but did not give details on the other markets.
-- New York Times, 10/01/2010
Mercedes-Benz has been implicated in the disappearance of at least 14 workers from a manufacturing plant in Argentina. The disappearances all took place under the military dictatorship that was in control of the country from 1973 to 1986. A lawsuit filed in San Francisco in 2004 by the families of the victims was in the appeals process as of 2007.
-- International Rights Advocates, 12/15/2007
Source URL: http://www.iradvocates.org/dccase.html
After a drawn-out appeals process, the Khulumani Support Group has won the right to have its case against more than 20 western companies heard in New York district court. The Khulumani Group originally brought suit in the name of thousands of survivors and victims of the South African apartheid regime, claiming in 2002 that not only had the accused companies profited from the apartheid system, but had been directly involved in propping up the regime. The New York circuit court of appeal overturned a lower court ruling that dismissed the case, meaning that some of the most profitable companies in the world will have to confront allegations that they have been complicit in horrendous violations of human rights. Among the defendants are banking powerhouses Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase, automakers Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and General Motors, oil companies BP, ExxonMobil, Shell Petroleum, Chevron and finally, technology giant IBM.
-- Khulumani Support Group, 10/13/2007
Source URL: www.khulumani.net/content/view/1637/23/