by Adrian-Liviu Dorofte

Winfried Hassemer to be a neutral intermediary at Daimler

Daimler has appointed Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Winfried Hassemer as an independent neutral intermediary (ombudsman) for Germany. He took up this position on February 1, 2012 and will receive information on any serious breaches of rules and regulations. “With the neutral intermediary we are expanding the possibilities for external and internal whistleblowers to contact us confidentially and if desired also anonymously, and to report any breaches of rules and regulations,” stated Dr. Christine Hohmann-Dennhardt, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG for Integrity and Legal Affairs. “With Winfried Hassemer, we have gained an extremely well-qualified person for this position. His career as an academic, head of an authority of a federal state, judge and lawyer demonstrates his immense experience and personal integrity.”

Winfried Hassemer, born on February 17, 1940 in Gau-Algesheim, is active as a defense lawyer with the law firm HammPartner. From 1996 until 2008, he was a judge of the Federal Constitutional Court; from April 2002, he was Vice President of the Court. From 1991 until 1996, he was Commissioner for Data Protection in the federal state of Hesse.

Daimler has been steadily developing its compliance program since 2006. The appointment of an independent neutral intermediary is an additional measure and a supplement to the existing whistleblower system. Whistleblower systems are a recognized instrument for identifying violations of regulations. Daimler has had a whistleblower system since 2003.

Credits: Daimler AG

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