The Daimler Group’s divisions are exposed to a large number of risks which are directly linked with business activities. A risk is understood as the danger that events or actions prevent the Group or one of its divisions from achieving its targets. It is also important for the Daimler Group to identify opportunities so that they can be utilized as part of Daimler’s business activities, thus securing and enhancing the Daimler Group’s competitiveness. An opportunity is understood as the possibility to surpass the planned targets as a result of events, developments or actions. The divisions have direct responsibility for recognizing and managing entrepreneurial risks and opportunities at an early stage. As part of the strategy process, risks related to the planned long-term development and opportunities for further profitable growth are identified and integrated into the decision-making process. In order to identify risks and opportunities at an early stage and to assess and deal with them consistently, Daimler applies effective management and control systems, which are integrated into a risk management system and an opportunity management system. Opportunities and risks are not offset. The two systems are described below.