Volkswagen Becomes World's Most Sustainable Automotive Group

Volkswagen Becomes World's Most Sustainable Automotive Group 
WOLFSBURG, GERMANY -- (Marketwired) -- 09/13/13 -- 

--  New Industry Group Leader in Dow Jones Sustainability Index
--  Winterkorn and Osterloh: Endorsement and motivation
--  Carbon Disclosure Project commends transparent climate protection

For the first time, the Volkswagen Group has been listed as the most
sustainable automaker in the world's leading sustainability ranking.
RobecoSAM AG classed the company as the Industry Group Leader in the
automobiles and components sector in this year's review of the Dow
Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI). The review analyzed the
corporate economic, environmental, and social sustainability
performance of a total of 31 automotive companies, seven of them from
Europe, with reference to criteria such as environmental and climate
protection strategy, innovation management and corporate social
The Chairman of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, Prof. Dr. Martin
Winterkorn, commented: "This distinction is a real milestone on our
path towards becoming the leader in green mobility. We will devote
all our energy to permanently establishing the Volkswagen Group as
the world's most sustainable automaker." The Chairman of the General
Works Council of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, Bernd Osterloh, said:
"This honor testifies to our swift progress in systematically
orienting the entire Group to maximum energy and resource efficiency.
This success is undoubtedly attributable to the whole team. We will
continue to focus on sustainable management -- throughout the entire
value chain." 
For financial investors, the Dow Jones Sustainability Index is the
most significant benchmark for measuring the corporate performance of
the world's most sustainable companies. Thanks to improvements in all
areas, Volkswagen moved into first place, and has been included in
the prestigious DJSI World and DJSI Europe along with BMW and Fiat. 
The experts from RobecoSAM substantiated their decision to award 89
out of a possible 100 points to the top-ranked company by
highlighting achievements such as "the great efforts to improve fleet
fuel consumption" in the context of the ambitious goals to lower CO2
emissions, and the binding commitment to sustainability targets in
Strategy 2018. Full marks were awarded to the Volkswagen Group in
many areas such as the company's environmental management system,
risk management and positive community engagement. 
Coinciding with the new ranking in the Dow Jones Sustainability
Index, the Volkswagen Group has also achieved a significant
improvement in the view of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).
According to the CDP Global 500 Climate Change Report 2013 which has
just been published, the company is now listed in both the CDP Global
500 Climate Performance Leadership Index and the CDP Global 500
Climate Disclosure Leadership Index for the first time. The report
analyzes the initiatives of the world's largest listed companies in
addressing countermeasures against climate change. 
The classification in Performance Band A with a disclosure score of
99 out of a possible 100 points confirms that the quality of the
environmental data published by the Volkswagen Group is recognized as
being exemplary. At the same time, the performance data themselves
rank among the best. This year, the Volkswagen Group was one of the
signatories to a climate change program which according to the CDP
report was initiated by 722 investors with assets of US$87 billion,
bringing transparency to a very large volume of information on
climate protection measures and thus enabling verification. The
Carbon Disclosure Project describes itself as an international,
not-for-profit organization providing the only global system for
companies and cities to measure, disclose, manage and share vital
environmental information. 
Volkswagen Group Communications 
Spokesperson Environment and Sustainability 
Stefan Ernst
Phone: +49 (0) 5361 / 9-86267
Fax: +49 (0) 5361 / 9-74629
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