External environmental awards
The Volkswagen Group and its brands and projects received numerous awards for environmental protection and sustainability in 2013. Here are some examples:
For the second time, the Volkswagen eco up! heads the environmental vehicle list published by Verkehrs Club Deutschland (VCD), the German association for sustainable mobility. It is on a level with the ŠKODA Citigo CNG and SEAT Mii Ecofuel models produced by other Group companies, with the three being named the most environmentally friendly vehicles of the year. The VCD’s evaluation considers CO2 emissions, drive-by noise and the specific emission standard met by the vehicle.
The magazine “verkehrsRUNDSCHAU”, together with its sister publication “Trucker”, awarded the Volkswagen Crafter the “Green Van 2013” environmental prize, rating it the most environmentally friendly transporter. Key to its success was primarily its categorization in the enhanced environmentally friendly vehicle (EEV) emission standard for all performance classes, alongside its low consumption.
The strategic stakeholder dialog between Volkswagen and the German Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union e.V. (NABU) is also seen externally as an example of best practice. This once again received second place in the 2013 European Change Communications Award in the “Strategy large” category and was a finalist in the 2013 PR Report Awards in the “Responsibility/CSR” category.
Finally, the Volkswagen Group received the German Investors’ Award for Responsible Business Practices, which is sponsored and awarded by the magazine publisher DuMont and Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management. The jury praised the way sustainability is anchored in the core business and the responsible attitude towards all stakeholders and towards nature.