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Volkswagen Group presents latest sustainability report

Sustainable efficiency improvements in products and production

The Volkswagen Group has published its latest sustainability report. In the sections “Economy”, “Society” and “Environment”, the automaker reports on the results achieved by sustainable management in 2010. The main emphasis is on improvements in the environmental compatibility of products and production as well as on research and development work for future-oriented mobility. The Volkswagen Group has set itself the target of becoming the world’s leading automaker by 2018 – both economically and ecologically.

“Sustainability is and will remain the foundation of our corporate policy. One clear focus is on “green” mobility. This is dictated by both social responsibility and sound business,” underline Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, and Bernd Osterloh, Chairman of the General and Group Works Councils of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, in their preface to the report.

The new sustainability report also gives an overview of the environmental performance of the Volkswagen Group model range. In the last five years, for example, the Group has reduced its new vehicle fleet’s CO2 emissions by 15 percent to 144 grams per kilometer. In 2010, sales of high-efficiency models offered by Group brands rose to over 400,000 units, more than ten times the figure for 2007.

Sustainability Report 2010 (PDF, 80 Pages, 5.01 MB)

At the same time, the Volkswagen Group is improving resource efficiency at its 62 production facilities step by step. In 2010, direct CO2 emissions per vehicle produced fell by about 25 percent compared with the previous year. The Volkswagen Group has set itself the target of reducing the greenhouse gas emissions caused by production by 40% in 2020 compared with 2010 levels by measures including an expansion of renewable energy generation.

Equally high standards are characteristic of the Volkswagen Group’s worldwide labor relations and are documented by the International Charter of Labor Relations adopted by the Volkswagen Group in 2009. “Our self-image as a fair employer and our established culture of co-determination have proved to be anchors of stability and a clear competitive advantage,” write Bernd Osterloh und Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn in their joint preface to the report.

Volkswagen published its first social reports in the 1970s, followed by the first environmental report of the Volkswagen brand in 1995. The Volkswagen Group has published sustainability reports since 2005. Like the 2009 report, the latest report has been audited in accordance with the AA1000AS standard. The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has again awarded its highest “A+” application level rating for the report. Following the 2010 report which has now appeared, the Volkswagen Group will be reporting at annual intervals and the next sustainability report is therefore due to appear in 2012.

- Volkswagen Group

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