Clear responsibilities have been established throughout the Volkswagen Group within the framework of the "Volkswagen three lines model" as a holistic governance, risk and compliance management system for the steering of corporate risks.
The first line consists of the business units responsible for day-to-day operations. They need to identify risks at an early stage, analyse and mitigate these by adapting the necessary control measures. The areas for ensuring Human Rights and environmental due diligence are, among others, procurement or, in own business, human resources and environment.
The second line is responsible for controlling and advising the first line which includes, among others, the area of compliance.
The third line consists of internal audit as the objective auditing body.
The Human Rights Officer primarily takes care of the tasks as laid out in § 4 (3) of the LkSG. This includes the monitoring of the adequacy and effectiveness of risk management in the first and second lines and the implementation of risk-based controls.