"Students World Dialogue @ Daimler"


Daimler welcomes the "global leaders" of tomorrow

This year, the global conference for members of the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI) was held in Germany.
The Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI) was founded by the UN Global Compact and the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) with the aim of promoting and developing the next generation of leaders with global responsibility.

In its anniversary year of 2011, Daimler became the first company to take the opportunity to bring the representatives of the GRLI together with the potential global leaders of tomorrow – today’s students. In doing so, it created a new platform for exchange and discussion between the current and next generation of globally responsible leaders. On October 4 and 5, Daimler played host to 125 students from around the world at the “Students World Dialogue @ Daimler” at the Carl Benz Arena in Stuttgart. The key topics were “globally responsible leadership” and “integrity”.

Dieter Zetsche addressed these topics in his opening speech. The speech, which was live-streamed on the event website in accordance with the event’s Web 2.0 approach, focused on two questions: Why do companies spend time dealing with so-called “soft topics” like integrity and responsible corporate management? And what does responsible behavior mean at Daimler and how does the company ensure it is implemented? 


The core topics addressed by the CEO also formed part of the further program over the two days of the workshop. In group activities, the students familiarized themselves with the cornerstones of managing with integrity and morally correct behavior. Following the speech, the attendees also had the chance to participate in a Q&A session with the CEO.

Statements of the participants

Luisa Fajardo from Guatemala is studying Industrial Engineering at Universidad del Valle de Guatemala: “I am extremely grateful to have had this opportunity to see Germany and visit Daimler. Not many people in Guatemala are able to travel. I feel like an ambassador of my country which, although still a developing nation, boasts a richness of mineral resources and well-trained skilled workers. I hope that more foreign companies will invest in Guatemala and create jobs there. I think this event is a win-win situation for Daimler and us students. We get the chance to learn a lot of new things, and we can teach Daimler about different cultures from us – and maybe even introduce the company to its future employees. I found Dieter Zetsche's speech highly inspiring. And it was good that he really addressed us as equals.”

Alberto Mac Gregor Campero from Mexico, Mexico City, Bosques, is already a trainee in HR at Daimler. As he put it, he formed part of the “Mexican delegation” along with two other students: “It was unbelievable to have Dr. Dieter Zetsche right in front of us, a man we otherwise only knew from photographs. It’s great that he took so much time for us and answered all of our questions in such detail. That really makes you feel valued as an employee. I hope that this workshop will help me to further strengthen my contact with Headquarters as an employee of Daimler Mexico. And I am so thankful for the opportunity to get to know Daimler and so many people from around the world.”

Fei Fang from Hong Kong is studying Medicine and Chemistry: “In my Medicine studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, I am investigating the relationship between air pollution and various illnesses, so being given the opportunity to obtain an insight into the automotive industry’s efforts to reduce CO2 emissions is extremely valuable for me. It is also an honor to be here and to celebrate the 125th birthday of the automobile with Daimler and the other international students in the anniversary year of 2011!”