Johan Rockström joins Daimler’s Advisory Board for Corporate Responsibility

Spring 2020 – Daimler, the automobile manufacturer, known for premium cars and the largest heavy vehicle producer in the world in the world, has called upon Johan Rockström to join its Advisory Board for Integrity and Corporate Responsibility. As one of nine independent members from science, civic organizations, and business, the Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) will offer his critical thinking to the change process the car industry is facing.
Johan Rockström joins Daimler’s Advisory Board for Corporate Responsibility
Daimler's Advisory Board for Integrity and Corporate Responsibility has nine independent members. Photo: Daimler

As all carmakers, Daimler AG has to re-think the way it’s doing business, especially with regard to the contribution of its products to pollution and climate destabilization. “Daimler is not just a global company, but is home to global brands like Mercedes – what they do has significant impact not just on other carmakers, but on other industries, and on consumers worldwide,” says Rockström. The Corporate Responsibility Board holds regular meetings with members of the Board of Management and other Daimler executives. It is completely free in uttering its opinions to the company – “otherwise I obviously would not have accepted to sit on this board”, Rockström adds. Already in 2016, Ottmar Edenhofer who leads PIK together with Rockström, has joined Volkswagen’s Sustainability Council, a body similarly charged with giving advice and assistance on strategic topics of sustainability and social responsibility.

The other members on Daimler’s Advisory Board for Integrity and Corporate Responsibility are

  • Peter Bakker, President and CEO of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
  • Dr. Teresa Fogelberg, former Deputy Chief Executive of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Helmut Holzapfel, Head of the Centre for Mobility Culture, Kassel
  • Dipl.-Volksw. Renate Hornung-Draus, Managing Director of the Confederation of German Employers' Associations (BDA), Head of the Department of the European Union and International Social Policy
  • Prof. Peter Jones, OBE, professor of Transport and Sustainable Development at UCL Center for Transport Studies in London
  • Professor Pierre Sané, Founder and President of the think tank Imagine Africa Institute
  • Sylvia Schenk, attorney based in Frankfurt, member of the INTERPOL Standing Committee on Ethical Matters and the FIFA Human Rights Advisory Board, former Chairwoman of Transparency Deutschland
  • Dr. Martin von Broock, Chairman of the Management Board of Wittenberg Center for Global Ethics (WZGE)

Read an interview with Johan and Daimler Sustainability here:

More information on Daimler’s Advisory Board for Integrity and Corporate Responsibility can be found here:

More information on Volkswagen’s Sustainability Council can be found here: