ESG Controversies


Alexander Hunger
Alexander Hunger
Investor Relations Manager Equity & ESG
Ulrich Hauswaldt
Ulrich Hauswaldt
Investor Relations Manager Debt & ESG
Thomas Fries
Thomas Fries
Investor Relations Manager Debt & ESG
Thomas Küter
Thomas Küter
Investor Relations Manager Debt & ESG

Human Rights

Human Rights
Core Tasks and Obligations under the German Act on Corporate Due Diligence Obligations in Supply Chains (known as Lieferkettensorgfaltspflichtengesetz)

End of Independent Compliance Monitorship

Foundation of Together4Integrity - three men in suits discussing with each other

These include:

  • Establishing a Group Compliance Committee, HR Steering Committee within the Group and new role for Environment, Health & Safety at Volkswagen Group of America
  • Launching Together4Integrity, a global framework to oversee Volkswagen’s integrity and compliance program as well as its cultural change activities;
  • The introduction of a group-wide uniform Code of Conduct for all 12 brands and all other companies;
  • Expanding the whistle-blower system by investing in processes, staffing and in IT infrastructure;
  • Publishing an employee survey conducted by the Ethics and Compliance Initiative (ECI)
  • The T4I program has been determined in April 2018 by the Volkswagen Group’s Board of Management. It is the Group-wide program for implementing the Volkswagen Group's holistic and comprehensive integrity and compliance management system. It is firmly anchored in the Group's NEW AUTO strategy. The standards for ensuring integrity and compliance (I&C) are uniformly rolled out and implemented by T4I throughout the Group in more than 100 packages of measures, which are summarized in  eleven so-called Key Initiatives.
  • Since the launch of T4I, almost 750 Group Entities have been  onboarded, thus more than half a million employees of the Volkswagen Group have been involved in our Integrity and Compliance programme.
  • As part of T4I, we want to inspire and motivate employees,  particularly through Launch- and  Perception workshops. These are part of every local T4I  implementation and involve representatively selected employees and managers across hierarchies as players in the change process. As of today, we have conducted over 600 across the involved entities.
  • The Workshops have enabled us to make further progress: By repeating the events, we measure the progress of the company in question. 83% of those surveyed saw the anchoring of I&C as part of the T4I program in the companies as progressing successfully (as of end of Q1/2022). This is an increase, compared with the year 2020 (78%) and a significant increase compared with the first measurement point in 2019 (71%).
  • Each member of the board of management is clearly committed in Integrity & Compliance and pursue I&C projects in their executive responsibilities. T4I program was assigned to steer these I&C projects in the executive responsibilities.

Supply Chain / Sustainable Procurement, Code of Conduct

Supply Chain / Lithium - Cobalt

Statistics of countries with large lithium reserves and lithium production

Supply Chain / Leather

Volkswagen Chattanooga (21.12.2021)

End of EPA Auditorship (13.08.2022)

  • The Group amended whistleblower policies and Code of Conduct to state clearly that retaliation against whistleblowers and investigation participants is prohibited, and
  • MAN ES implemented further communication and training measures to continue to increase awareness and acceptance of the Whistleblower System, and to continue to encourage employees to utilize the Whistleblower System.
  • Maintained an updated Code of Conduct to establish a baseline of principles and guidelines for the entire Group;
  • Maintained an effective Whistleblower System based on the principles and standards established in the Group Policy for Volkswagen Group Whistleblower System;
  • Communicated with employees to promote awareness of significant ethics and compliance topics and especially the Code of Conduct; and
  • Utilized the System for Award Management database to ensure that certain employees with management or supervisory responsibility for business affairs related to U.S. federal procurement and nonprocurement programs had not been suspended or debarred by U.S. authorities.

Volkswagen South Africa (26.06.2023)

The specified fuel consumption and emission data are determined in accordance with the measurement procedures prescribed by law. 1 January 2022, the WLTP test cycle completely replaced the NEDC test cycle and therefore no NEDC values are available for new type approved vehicles after that date. This information does not refer to a single vehicle and is not part of the offer but is only intended for comparison between different types of vehicles. Additional equipment and accessories (additional components, tyre formats, etc.) can alter relevant vehicle parameters such as weight, rolling resistance and aerodynamics, affecting the vehicle's fuel consumption, power consumption, CO2 emissions and driving performance values in addition to weather and traffic conditions and individual driving behavior. Due to more realistic testing conditions, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions measured according to WLTP will in many cases be higher than the values measured according to NEDC. As a result, the taxation of vehicles may change accordingly as of 1 September 2018. For further information on the differences between WLTP and NEDC, please visit Further information on official fuel consumption data and official specific CO2 emissions for new passenger cars can be found in the "Guide to fuel economy, CO2 emissions and power consumption for new passenger car models", which is available free of charge from all sales dealerships and from DAT Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH, Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, D-73760 Ostfildern, Germany and at