Indicators and Goals

Because Performance
Is What Counts.

In this chapter we report on how our key financial, personnel and environmental indicators have developed over recent years. These indicators provide information on what has already been achieved, but they also point to where there is still room for improvement. The charts and figures are therefore followed by a presentation of our goals and an estimation of the extent to which those goals have so far been achieved.

Our Approach
G4-17, G4-22, G4-23

The principles of sustainability management in the Volkswagen Group are described in detail in the Strategy chapter (see "Sustainable Management"), as are our continuous improvement goals. Our goals and actions, together with planned activities and current status, are presented in greater detail at the end of this chapter (see "Goals and Actions"). The table "Sustainability in the Volkswagen Group" provides an overview of Group-wide principles, agreements and methods, which form the basis for our shared understanding of sustainability across the Group, allowing performance to be measured, controlled and improved.

Management by Key Indicators

In order to manage its sustainability performance, the Volkswagen Group collects central performance indicators in line with the requirements of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the ESG (Environment, Social, Governance) indicator framework of the European Federation of Financial Analysts Societies (EFFAS). Shareholders and investors are increasingly demanding transparency, which makes them an important target group for our sustainability reporting. What follows is an overview of our economic, environmental and social performance which is as comprehensive as possible and stated in quantitative terms.

Creating transparency in line with Global Reporting Initiative requirements.

The key indicators presented are a continuation of those from previous years. There have been no changes in reporting and measurement methods for our sustainability performance. The Volkswagen Group’s production network comprised 118 production locations at the end of the reporting year. This figure is based on a revised and harmonized method of counting locations compared to the previous year, with the increase being largely accounted for by the commercial vehicle sector. This is now the third time that we have reported emissions in line with Scope 3 of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG), which makes us trailblazer in our industry.

Trailblazer in the industry in reporting emissions in line with Scope 3 of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol.

Frame of Reference

In principle, the indicators relate to the entire Group, including any companies in which our equity interest exceeds 50%. For our joint ventures in China, we report social indicators “at equity”, in other words 50%, but 100% of environmentally relevant data. However, due to differing definitions or collection methods, it is not yet possible in all areas to consolidate the data reported by the brands and regions, which means that there are still numerous exceptions. In this report, all indicators which are collected and consolidated across the Group are therefore marked with a symbol , while those which are not marked with the symbol only relate to parts of the Group, with footnotes explaining which parts. In the coming years, we will continue to endeavor to make data collection uniform for all locations and companies.

Auditing and Standards

The Volkswagen Group Sustainability Report 2014 has been audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft (PwC) against the relevant requirements and criteria laid down in the G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative, taking supplementary account of the International Standard on Assurance Engagements (ISAE) 3000. Audit activities which were carried out include: management surveys, surveys of employees responsible for reporting sustainability information, and recording of the processes used to collect, calculate and report sustainability information. The quantitative details for the report year 2014 which have been audited by PwC are marked with the following symbol in the Indicators chapter below: . Further information about the audit can be found in the Independent Assurance Report.

Further Reporting within the Group

More detailed insight into our environmental management is provided by the Environmental Statements which numerous locations compile as part of their voluntary participation in the European EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) system. The sustainability reports of the Audi, MAN, Porsche, Scania and ŠKODA brands are also indicative of the Group’s commitment to sustainability.

Sustainability in the Volkswagen Group: Principles, standards and procedures

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  Introduced  Coverage 2014 

Sustainability in general
Model of Sustainability 2002 Group
­­Volks­wa­gen Group requirements regarding sustainability in its
relationships with business partners
Commitment to United Nations Global Compact 2002 Group

Code of Conduct 2010 Group
Anti-Corruption Guide 2012 Group

Charter on Labour Relations 2009 Group
Charter on Temporary Work 2012 Group
Declaration on Social Rights and Industrial Relations
at ­­Volks­wa­gen (Social Charter)
2002, updated 2012
Occupational Safety Policy 2004 Group
“Stimmungsbarometer” (employee opinion survey) 2008 Group

Environmental Policy 1995 Group
Environmental Principles Product 2008 Group
Environmental Principles Production 2007 Group
Mission Statement on Biodiversity 2008 Group
CEO Water Mandate 2013 Group