Volkswagen in sustainability rankings and indices

As analysts and investors view corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability performance as leading indicators of forward-looking corporate leadership, they also increasingly base their recommendations and decisions on companies’ CSR and sustainability profile. Sustainability ratings are particularly well suited to evaluating a company’s environmental, social and economic performance. If a company achieves the highest scores in these ratings, it not only sends a clear signal to its stakeholders, but also raises its attractiveness as an employer and the motivation of its existing employees.

In 2013, Volkswagen ranked higher than in the previous year in the most important international rankings and corresponding indices, obtaining a leading position in its sector. The Group was listed as the most sustainable automobile manufacturer in RobecoSAM AG’s leading global sustainability rating. The Company was thus classified as an industry group leader for the automotive industry in the Dow Jones Sustainability indices. RobecoSAM AG examines performance in the field of economic, environmental and social sustainability. Volkswagen was named the best in its industry in the categories of innovation management, climate strategy and corporate citizenship, among others. As in the previous year, MAN is the only German company from the industrial engineering sector to be represented in the Dow Jones Sustainability World and the Dow Jones Sustainability Europe indices, and succeeded in lifting its rating even higher compared with the previous year.

The Volkswagen Group also improved its position in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). The Volkswagen Group was included for the first time in both the CDP Global 500 Climate Performance Leadership Index and the CDP Global 500 Climate Disclosure Leadership Index.

In addition to the indices shown in the table in chapter Share key figures, Volkswagen was represented in the following sustainability indices as of December 31, 2013: ECPI Ethical Index Europe, ECPI Ethical Index EMU, ECPI Ethical Index Global, Ethibel Sustainability Index Excellence Global, Ethibel Sustainability Index Excellence Europe, Euronext-Vigeo Eurozone 120 Index, Global Compact 100 and STOXX Global ESG Environmental Leaders Index, STOXX Global ESG Social Leaders Index, STOXX Global ESG Governance Leaders Index.

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