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For the Volkswagen Group, realising corporate responsibility is its corporate contribution to sustainable development. Sustainability is the foundation of Volkswagen's corporate strategy. That means that sustainability is integrated into the entire value chain process. Volkswagen is building on its tradition of a strong corporate culture of social and ecological innovations for mobility. For Volkswagen, economic benefit and job security are equally ranked corporate goals in the sense of sustainable economic activity. The company reports in detail on its strategy, goals and measures in its sustainability report.

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05/06/2014 | Volkswagen Group presents sustainability report

The Volkswagen Group continues to make significant progress on the way to becoming the world’s most environmentally compatible automaker. This is documented by the new sustainability report published on Tuesday. The report, which consists of 152 pages, provides information on the progress achieved in economic, environmental and social sustainability in 2013.

11/22/2013 | Volkswagen Group receives German accolade for responsible management

  • Expert jury honors Volkswagen for anchoring sustainability in its core business and for responsible conduct towards stakeholders and nature
  • Award presented to CFO Hans Dieter Pötsch

11/19/2013 | European Commission study: Volkswagen Group tops global R&D investment ranking

  • World leader with research and development costs of €9.5 billion in 2012
  • Winterkorn: "We remain a powerhouse for ideas in the European automotive industry."

09/13/2013 | Volkswagen becomes world’s most sustainable automotive group

For the first time, the Volkswagen Group has been listed as the most sustainable automaker in the world’s leading sustainability ranking. RobecoSAM AG classed the company as the Industry Group Leader in the automobiles and components sector in this year’s review of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI).

10/24/2012 | Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen receive 2012 eCarTec Award

“Combined Charging System” wins Bavarian state award for electric mobility

The carmakers Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen, together with BMW, Daimler and two other development partners, have just received the 2012 eCarTec Award - an electric mobility award from the German state of Bavaria - for their “Combined Charging System”. The jointly developed universal charging system was recognised in the category of “Energy, infrastructure, connection technology” - for its excellent innovation, future potential and global reach. 

03/06/2012 | Go-ahead for fundamental ecological restructuring - Volkswagen Group commits to 120g CO2 target

  • Ambitious new sustainability targets
  • 30 percent reduction in CO2 emissions during period from 2006 to 2015
  • Emissions below 120 gram CO2/km mark for first time in 2015
  • More than two thirds of €62.4 billion investment program for the period to 2016 to be spent on ever more efficient vehicles, powertrains and technologies as well as environmentally compatible production
  • Every new model generation will on average be 10 to 15 percent more efficient than its predecessor
  • Group production to become 25 percent more environmentally compatible by 2018

12/29/2011 | Volkswagen intends to make production 25 percent more environmentally compatible by 2018

  • Volkswagen agrees global environmental targets for its plants


As part of its "Think Blue. Factory." Initiative, the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand has set itself clear targets for the environmentally sustainable positioning of all its plants. By 2018, the environmental impact of all Volkswagen plants is to be reduced by 25 percent. This applies especially to energy consumption, waste volumes, air-borne emissions, water consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.


Forum for Sustainable Development of German Business e.V.

econsense is an association of leading, globally active companies and organisations of German business specializing in the area of sustainable development and corporate social responsibility (CSR). Founded in 2000 on the initiative of the Federation of German Industries (BDI), the goal of econsense is to provide a dialogue platform and think tank, with the dual objectives of advancing sustainable development in business and assuming social responsibility.