Daimler expands global employee representation

Daimler expands global employee representation
22.
May 2015
Stuttgart
  • The World Employee Committee will have 23 members from 15 countries in the future
  • Wilfried Porth, Member of the Board of Management for Human Resources and Director of Labor Relations & Mercedes-Benz Vans of Daimler AG: "Our employees contribute to Daimler's global success around the entire world. With the enlargement of the World Employee Committee we are recognizing their efforts and are giving due consideration to the growing importance of our international markets."
  • Michael Brecht, Chairman of the World Employee Committee and Chairman of the General Works Council of Daimler AG: "Our company is aiming for the top position in revenues, sales and earnings. Our goal is to also establish Daimler as Number 1 with respect to worldwide employee solidarity and social responsibility."
The global employee representation of Daimler AG is becoming even more international. The World Employee Committee (WEC) will have 23 members from 15 countries in the future. The Group's Management and the employee representatives have signed a corresponding agreement. Previously, the WEC represented Daimler employees from six countries with 13 members.
"Our employees contribute to Daimler's global success around the entire world. With the enlargement of the World Employee Committee we are recognizing their efforts and are giving due consideration to the growing importance of our international markets," said Wilfried Porth, Member of the Board of Management for Human Resources and Director of Labor Relations & Mercedes-Benz Vans of Daimler AG
Michael Brecht, WEC Chairman and Chairman of the General Works Council of Daimler AG: "The Daimler Board of Management is consistently positioning the Group on a global scale. We as employee representatives are working with equal consistency towards effectively connecting employees and their representatives worldwide, providing them with access to Board of Management information and giving them a voice in the company. Our company is aiming for the top position in revenues, sales and earnings. Our goal is to also establish Daimler as Number 1 with respect to employee solidarity worldwide and on the topic of social responsibility."
Agreement reflects internationalization strategy
Daimler AG employs around 280,000 employees from 150 nations at 172 locations on six continents. In the principles of social responsibility agreed with the WEC, the company undertakes to protect human rights and ensure standards for work and employment conditions that are valid around the world. Suppliers are also expected to maintain conformity with these standards.
"We are one of the most attractive and admired employers in the world. We have also achieved this standing because social and company responsibility, diversity and internationality are supporting pillars of our corporate culture", said Human Resources Director Porth.
"Daimler is an icon of co-determination in Germany. With the WEC, the company is also proving this internationally", said Gary Casteel, WEC Deputy Chairman. "Together with the company we are working on implementing the new regulations into practice."
The World Employee Committee was founded in 2002 with a voluntary agreement between the Works Council and the Board of Management of Daimler AG. The committee facilitates worldwide exchange of experience and ideas among elected employee representatives and ensures information and consulting with the Group's Management on important international decisions. Countries outside the European Union (EU), in which more than 1,000 Daimler employees are active, are entitled to representation in the WEC; within the EU, a country gets a seat and a vote if the company employs more than 5,000 people there. Besides the WEC, the international employee representatives are also organized in the European Works Council (EWC) of Daimler AG, which has 31 members from 13 EU countries.
The World Employee Committee will be structured as follows in the future:
Germany
6 representatives
USA
3 representatives
Brazil
2 representatives
Japan
1 representative
Turkey
1 representative
South Africa
1 representative
Mexico
1 representative
Spain
1 representative
France
1 representative
India
1 representative
Argentina
1 representative
China
1 representative + 1 guest
Canada
1 representative
Russia
1 representative
Australia
1 representative
IndustriALL Global Union
1 permanent guest
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    Wilfried Porth, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG Human Resources and Director of Labor Relations & Mercedes-Benz Vans, and Michael Brecht,  Chairman of the World Employee Committee and Chairman of the General Works Council of Daimler AG, after signing an agreement that expands the global employee representation.
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