• Sustainability

Our parent company Daimler AG defines Sustainability as creating lasting value for all stakeholder groups: for shareholders, customers and employees as well as for business partners and society as a whole.

This is a philosophy that we are proud to be upholding at Mercedes-AMG Petronas.

Our own Sustainability policy focuses on three key pillars which we define as:

  • Countdown to Zero (Sustainability)
  • Our Positive Footprint (Charity)
  • Driving Change (Diversity)

We readily acknowledge that we are at the beginning of a long journey and are committed to making our team and our sport a more diverse and welcoming environment to be for all. 

Toto Wolff

“Furthering the unique legacy of Mercedes-Benz in motorsport is not just about silverware, we are proud to be leading the way in many areas within the industry. We want to be at the forefront of change and use our global motorsport platform to be a case study for a more sustainable and diverse future.”

(Source: Mercedes-AMG Petronas Gender Pay Gap Report 2019)

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  • Countdown to Zero

    Our ambition to be net-zero carbon in 2020 with a 50% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2022

    Daimler AG Ambition2039

    May 2019
    Our parent company Daimler AG announced Ambition2039 which outlines the company's path to sustainable mobility, including the goal to offer a CO2-neutral new passenger car fleet in 20 years.

    March 2020
    Mercedes-Benz announced a sustainable business strategy for its motorsport activities

    Mercedes-Benz uses Formula One and Formula E to pioneer innovation for both race cars and road cars and to showcase cutting-edge technology to hundreds of millions of people around the world 

    Driven by innovation, efficiency and new technologies, the strategy includes major commitments to significantly reduce carbon emissions of the works teams in Formula One and Formula E.

    Mercedes-Benz also has a desire to drive the change within Formula One for more sustainable racing, taking a leading role in the FIA working group for sustainable fuels and pushing to increase the level of renewable fuels as well as the percentage of electric power in the F1 hybrid power units in future regulations.

    What are we doing?

    As a team, Mercedes-AMG Petronas aims to reduce our CO2 emissions by 50 percent by 2022, compared to the baseline set in 2018.

    This would see a drop from around 20,000 tonnes in 2018 to 10,000 tonnes in 2022.

    How will we achieve this?

    - Reduced emissions through the transition to renewably sourced energy at our factories
    Our high-tech chassis factory in Brackley already uses renewably sourced energy to power all its operations, which include facilities like the wind tunnel, data centre, digital simulation environment and test benches.

    Our Brixworth technology centre, where Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) develops and manufactures the powertrains for Formula 1 and Formula E, produces more than half of its electricity using solar panels and an on-site CCHP plant.

    For all externally sourced energy, HPP has committed to switch to renewable power sources in the course of 2020. 

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    - Offsetting unavoidable CO2 emissions
    The very nature of Formula One as a motorsport series that races around the world means that there are certain unavoidable CO2 emissions, which we will offset through gold-standard off-setting.

    - At the race track
    Our commitments also extend to how we operate at the racetracks, for example single-use plastics will be eliminated from our catering operations, and low-impact hotel stays will be adopted for every team member.

    With these measures, we are aiming to achieve net-zero carbon footprint by the end of 2020.

    Toto Wolff

    "The entire automotive industry is in the middle of a massive change and Daimler very much leads the way in taking responsibility for sustainable mobility. We represent the three-pointed star on the racetrack, and we want our motorsport platforms to be a case study for the rapid and open-minded implementation of innovations for a more sustainable future. That goes from the hybrid and battery electric technology in our race cars, to our daily business practice at the racetrack and in our production facilities."

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    Markus Schaefer, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development

    "We take a holistic approach to sustainability at Daimler - we take responsibility for the economic, ecological and social effects of our business activities. It's our ambition to lead the way to carbon neutral and sustainable mobility. F1 is one of the toughest technical competitions in the world and success can only be achieved by pushing technological boundaries every day. Our F1 team will achieve a net-zero carbon footprint in 2020 and we actively encourage F1 to take more ambitious steps towards CO2 neutrality for the entire sport and to race towards a sustainable future. With the direction announced today, we want to make sure that Formula One and Formula E enhance their positive impact for our brand going forward."

    Brackley and Brixworth hold the international environmental management system certification ISO 14001

     

  • Positive Footprint

    Our determination to create a positive impact and legacy in our local communities and our industry

    Charitable Focus

    Charitable contributions and donations underline our commitment towards corporate social responsibility, and our team is committed to supporting charitable and community organisations through a programme of employee fundraising and corporate donations. 

    The team and our employees undertake charity work in the following areas: 

    • Official Team Charities
    • Charities supported by Daimler AG and our Team Partners
    • Charities supported by the FIA and FOM
    • Local charities and organisations within employee catchment areas
    • Motor clubs seeking support for specific fundraising activities
    • Projects or organisations attached to a charity with which employees are personally involved
    • Projects offering opportunities for employee participation

    Official Team Charity

    Every year, we appoint an Official Team Charity which is voted for by our team members and approved by our Management Committee.

    From the summer of 2017 through to the end of 2019, our Official Team Charity was Cancer Research UK, for whom we raised a total of £102,628.

    For 2020 to 2021, our new Official Team Charity will be Alzheimer’s Research UK.  

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    Laureus
    Our parent company Daimler AG supports The Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, which uses sport as a tool for social change among young people.

    The team is pleased to support Daimler and Laureus, and our drivers and management take part in events to both fundraise and raise awareness for Laureus.

    Our race cars have carried the Laureus logo since 2010.

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    Community Initiatives
    We recognise that our team has an important role to play in supporting the local community and work with the local town authorities to support events which bring the community together, including an annual community Firework Display and support for the Brackley Community Carnival and Soapbox Festival.

    We also support local charities, schools and community organisations through the donation of prizes and memorabilia for fundraising activities, school visits, factory tours, award presentations and employee support.

    Our team actively supports Make A Wish and The Starlight Foundation, helping children and their families to escape the routine and reality of their medical treatment and create lasting memories by hosting visits to our factory and at races.

    Motorsport Industry
    We are pleased to support the following motorsport-related initiatives and charities, the majority of which are designed to encourage young people to discover the thrill of motorsport and through it develop an interest in the core STEM skills.

    - F1 in Schools
    - Formula Student
    - Silverstone University Technical College
    - Silverstone Experience
    - Grand Prix Trust
    - British Motorsport Marshals Club

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  • Wave of Change

    Our commitment to creating a more diverse workforce in every form

    Diversity and inclusion management have been a central component of Daimler AG’s corporate strategy since 2005 and the foundation of the company’s Global Diversity Office.

    Around the world, Daimler employs more than 298,000 people from around 160 nations, and focuses in particular on the following areas of action: forming the best teams based on equal opportunities and anti-discrimination; creating a supportive and inclusive working environment; and understanding, appreciating and reaching our customers in their individuality.

    Events such as Daimler Diversity Day and the Daimler Pride Tour allow employees to connect and develop their understanding, while the She’s Mercedes platform is dedicated to inspiring, connecting and empowering women.

    Our Role

    The motorsport industry has traditionally been an environment in which many aspects of diversity have been neglected.

    Although we have employees from many different nationalities (30) in our workforce, minority ethnic groups and women are under-represented.

    Team members from minority ethnic groups represent three per cent of our workforce, compared to 14% of the UK population; and 12% of our employees are women. 

    We are committed to change.

    Greater diversity will make us more innovative and bring greater performance in the future. We know that a more diverse team is a stronger team.

    Diversity

    In June 2020, Mercedes-Benz announced it will use its championship-winning Formula One team to make a global statement of its commitment to fighting racism and all forms of discrimination.

    During the 2020 season, our iconic ‘Silver Arrows’ will race in an all-black base livery to demonstrate commitment to the principles and practice of diversity and inclusion throughout the world.

    The cars will carry the call to End Racism on the halo around the cockpit.

    We are committed to building a credible programme that will offer greater opportunities for people from minority ethnic backgrounds to work in our industry, and to accompanying talent from education through to the opportunity to pursue careers in the sport.

    Lewis Hamilton

    “We want to build a legacy that goes beyond sport, and if we can be the leaders and can start in building more diversity within our own business, it will send such a strong message and give others the confidence to start a dialogue about how they can implement change.”

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    Women in Formula One

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    We have been working hard in recent years to promote and enhance the role of women in our sport.

    Whilst we are delighted to have seen growth in the number of women in technical roles within our team, and expect these figures to improve further, we recognise that we still have a long way to go and improvements to make to ensure that women are suitably represented. 

    We are proud to support initiatives which are dedicated to inspiring, connecting and empowering women.

    With the Mercedes-Benz She’s Mercedes programme leading the way, we are actively involved with sponsoring, promoting and participating in initiatives  such as International Women in Engineering Day which we are sponsoring for the third year, the FIA’s Girls On Track programme, along with many local and national STEM projects to showcase to young women the broad range of opportunities available to them in motorsport. 

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    Toto Wolff

    “Encouraging our future female engineers and technicians starts both at a young age and by continuing to develop a culture and environment in our team where they can thrive, and we are firmly committed to achieving this.”  

    • She’s Mercedes
    • International Women in Engineering Day
    • Women in Engineering Open Evenings
    • FIA Girls on Track
    • National and Local STEM Projects