The Volkswagen Group Sustainability Report 2017
For the first time, this Group Sustainability Report 2017 contains a combined separate nonfinancial report within the meaning of articles 289b para. 3 and 315b para. 3 of the Handelsgesetzbuch (HGB – German Commercial Code). This nonfinancial report fulfils the disclosure requirements of Germany’s CSR-Richtlinie-Umsetzungsgesetz (CSR-RUG – German CSR Directive Implementation Act). Essentially, it provides information on multiple aspects of the Group’s activities, including labor issues, environmental issues, social issues, customer issues, respect for human rights and combating corruption and graft.
When drawing up the Group Sustainability Report 2017, we took the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards (comprehensive level) as our guide for the first time. All passages of text, tables and graphics in the sustainability report that form part of the nonfinancial report are indicated by a gray background.
As from May 3, 2018, the Group Sustainability Report 2017 will be supplemented by a detailed description of the sustainability activities of the Volkswagen Group’s brands and regions, as well as the many CSR projects in which the Group is involved. This additional information from our brands and regions does not form part of the nonfinancial report.