Daimler Truck publishes Sustainability Report 2021: Clear focus on holistic understanding of sustainability with commitment to CO2-neutrality by 2039

A holistic understanding of sustainability, CO2-neutral products and production by 2039, responsibility towards employees and society, as well as creating clear obligations with strong corporate governance: these keywords describe the realignment of the sustainable business strategy of Daimler Truck Holding AG. In the 2021 Sustainability Report published today, the company reports concretely what it has achieved in the field of sustainability over the past year. It is the first report that Daimler Truck presents as an independent, publicly traded company.

Martin Daum, CEO of Daimler Truck: “Our independence as Daimler Truck AG offers us a unique entrepreneurial opportunity. At the same time, this entails a great responsibility towards our employees, the environment and society as a whole. The biggest responsibility for us as a company is dealing with climate change. We are therefore clearly committed to the Paris Climate Protection Agreement. It is our stated goal, as a leading commercial vehicle manufacturer, to reduce CO2-neutral solutions for the transport of goods and people to the market.”

Focus on the environment, social issues and responsible corporate governance

Acting responsibly is and has always been deeply rooted at Daimler Truck and the company is clearly committed to sustainability. In executing its sustainable business strategy, the company is guided by the ESG framework and thus focuses on three themes: ‘Environment’, ‘Social’ and ‘Governance’. In recent years, the commercial vehicle manufacturer has launched many initiatives under the umbrella of the then Daimler AG, which contribute to these themes through their work and dedication.

“Not everything that the realignment of our sustainable business strategy entails is new to us. We have achieved a lot in the area of ​​sustainability before: our vehicle portfolio already includes electrically powered trucks and buses in all geographic regions – and there will be significantly more in the near future. At the end of 2019, we communicated our goal to only use CO . to sell2-neutral vehicles in North America, Europe and Japan from 2039. We also make our global production CO2-neutral”, continues Martin Daum.

Dealing responsibly with climate change: Emission-free vehicle fleet in 2039

To contribute to the decarbonisation of the commercial vehicle industry, Daimler Truck aims to reduce CO2-neutral road transport by 2050. The Group therefore aims to use only CO . to sell2-neutral vehicles in key sales regions in North America, Europe and Japan from 2039. Our so-called “dual strategy” focuses on two complementary technologies for powering our powertrains: batteries and hydrogen fuel cells.

Daimler Trucks’ vehicle portfolio in the main sales regions of the EU 30 (European Union, United Kingdom, Switzerland and Norway), the USA and Japan already includes series production vehicles with battery-electric drive: The all-electric Mercedes-Benz eCitaro city bus has been 2018 in series production. The all-electric Mercedes-Benz eActros celebrated its world premiere in 2021; the FUSO eCanter has been on the market since 2017; and series production of the battery-electric Freightliner eCascadia and eM2 is about to start in the US. Other vehicles such as the hydrogen-based Mercedes-Benz Gen H2 Truck are currently being tested as prototypes.

CO2-neutral production by 2039 in all locations

Daimler Truck AG also pursues the goal of CO . after2neutrality in production by 2039 in all locations and in all business areas worldwide. By purchasing green energy or increasing our own production of energy from renewable sources, greenhouse gas emissions from vehicle production and the energy supply to the power stations are reduced or – where possible – avoided.

Here too, the first milestones have already been set. By 2022, all European factories will have a CO2-neutral balance with electricity supplied by renewable energy sources. By 2025, all Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) production sites will follow in terms of CO2-neutrality. Portland truck factory reached balance CO2-neutral production as early as 2020 and uses green energy.

In addition, Daimler Truck also has the transformation to CO. implemented2-neutrality throughout the value chain, for example by requiring suppliers to have a certified environmental management system.

Great responsibility for road safety, human rights and employees

Social and corporate responsibility is also a high priority for Daimler Truck: to ensure that human rights are respected throughout the supply chain, the Group, among others, subscribes to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and participates in the UN Global Compact . Through the continuous further development of safety and assistance systems, as well as automated driving, Daimler Truck continues its vision of accident-free driving with the goal of “Zero Accidents”. Daimler Truck fulfills its social responsibility as an employer through responsible training, promotion of health, safety and wellbeing (“Vision ZERO”) and advocacy for diversity, equality and the inclusion of its employees.

Sustainability firmly anchored in Corporate Governance

In order to underline its responsibility for the environment and society, Daimler Truck already set up forward-looking corporate governance before the demerger of the former Daimler AG. The company is building on the strong foundations laid in the former Daimler group. For example, a comprehensive compliance management system is used to manage the Group’s opportunities and risks worldwide, including with regard to sustainability issues. The new central management and decision-making body for all sustainability issues (Corporate Sustainability Board) is based on the management levels of Daimler Truck Holding AG and Daimler Truck AG.

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