Focus Topics

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As we transition from automotive manufacturer to mobility group, we are positioning ourselves for the future.
Our strategy defines a total of six focus topics and five additional ESG topics for the area of sustainability and ESG.



The Volkswagen Group wants to become a net carbon-neutral company by 2050. We have set an intermediate goal for ourselves along the way: by 2030, Volkswagen Group wants to reduce the carbon footprint of its passenger cars and light commercial vehicles by 30% per vehicle (compared with 2018). We want to achieve this goal purely through our electric offensive, reduction measures and switching to renewable energies.

+ 26 %
572,100 all-electric vehicles (BEVs) handed over to customers in 2022 after 452,800 in 2021.

Circular economy

The finite nature of natural resources and the social and environmental consequences of mining raw materials make the development of a circular economy a key sustainability topics. One important driver of the circular economy is the ongoing decarbonization of the Volkswagen Group: The growing use of secondary materials and the establishment of closed material loops is helping to significantly reduce our CO2 emissions.

metric tons of CO2
have been saved through the Aluminum Closed Loop process since 2017.
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People in the transformation

People in the transformation

The Volkswagen Group is undergoing radical change and its workforce with it. Our aim is a successful and socially responsible transition of employees to the new era of sustainable mobility. We want to continue to employ as many people as possible in attractive, promising professional fields, to pay them good salaries, and to provide secure jobs.

m. €
was invested in training at the Volkswagen Group in 2022.


We want to create a working environment in which talent of any age or gender, irrespective of origin and cultural background, can optimally contribute skills and viewpoints. The basis for this is an open, positive and partnership-based culture, a high level of diversity in the workforce and exemplary and inspiring leadership. Diversity, respect, tolerance and equality of opportunity are critical success factors for an open corporate culture. 

94 %
of managers have taken part in the Diversity Wins @Volkswagen program.


For us, integrity means doing the right thing in a professional context on the basis of our own convictions. This includes steadfastness in adhering to these principles. In addition to personal integrity, organizational integrity matters to us too. It is based on anchoring integrity in the Group’s processes and decisions. In a third dimension, we understand integrity as an intangible corporate asset: It strengthens our stakeholders’ trust and makes us more attractive for investors, customers and employees.

controlled companies,
in which the Togethter4Integrity program has already been rolled out.

Supply chain and human rights

The Volkswagen Group pursues the vision of enabling sustainable mobility for generations to come. This includes living up to our legal, social and environmental responsibility not just in our own Group but also in our supply chains.

+ 2,900
were trained on sustainability in 2022.
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Further ESG-Topics

Further ESG topics

In addition to the six focus topics, the Volkswagen Group has identified five other topics that are important to us in the area of sustainability and ESG: Biodiversity, Advocacy, Responsible Marketing, IT Security, Product Quality and Safety.

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