As a global player, the Volkswagen Group takes its corporate responsibility for human rights in all regions of the world very seriously and adheres closely to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. We are aware that with the size of our corporate footprint, we have a significant direct and indirect impact on the environment, society and even individuals around the world. Our commitment goes beyond legal requirements and societal expectations. We believe that long-term success and responsible business practices are mutually dependent.
We believe that we can only address and successfully mitigate sustainability risks in our supply chains together with all relevant stakeholders and business partners along the supply chain. In this respect, we expect our suppliers to strive for the same standards that we impose on ourselves and that due diligence obligations are passed on to subcontractors along the supply chain.
With regard to responsible sourcing of raw materials, the Volkswagen Group implements the five steps of the OECD's “Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct” and the requirements of the “OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas.” In 2020, we introduced a Raw Materials Due Diligence Management System based on the OECD guidelines. We report annually on the status of our activities in our “Responsible Raw Materials Report.”