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Principles of Board of Management remuneration

The remuneration of the Board of Management is based on the remuneration system developed by the Supervisory Board and adopted on December 14, 2020 with effect from January 1, 2021. The remuneration system for the members of the Board of Management implements the requirements of the AktG as amended by ARUG II and takes into account the recommendations of the German Corporate Governance Code (the Code) in the version dated December 19, 2019 (which entered into force on March 20, 2020). The Annual General Meeting approved the remuneration system on July 22, 2021 with 99.61 % of the votes cast.

The new remuneration system has applied since January 1, 2021 to all Board of Management members with service contracts newly concluded or renewed after the Supervisory Board resolution of December 14, 2020. For the Board of Management members already appointed at the time of the resolution by the Supervisory Board on December 14, 2020, the new remuneration system also applies in principle from January 1, 2021. Until such time as their contracts are renewed, however, the following exceptions apply: the performance share plan of the Board of Management members already appointed continues to have only a three-year performance period but otherwise corresponds to the performance share plan described in this system. Penalty and clawback rules will only apply to Board of Management members already appointed on renewal of their contracts.

The level of the Board of Management remuneration should be appropriate and attractive in the context of the Company’s national and international peer group. Criteria include the tasks of the individual Board of Management member, their personal performance, the economic situation, and the performance of and outlook for the Volkswagen Group, as well as how customary the remuneration is when measured against the peer group and the remuneration structure that applies to other areas of the Volkswagen Group. In this context, comparative studies on remuneration are conducted on a regular basis.

A description of the system of remuneration for the Board of Management members can be found here.

Information on the remuneration of the Board of Management for the 2021 fiscal year can be found in the Remuneration Report 2021



Principles of Supervisory Board remuneration

Following its regular review of Supervisory Board remuneration, the Supervisory Board proposed a revision of the remuneration for the members of the Supervisory Board to the 2017 Annual General Meeting. The proposed revision to the Supervisory Board remuneration system was approved by the Annual General Meeting on May 10, 2017 with 99.98 % of the votes cast. The remuneration of the members of the Supervisory Board is governed by Article 17 of the Articles of Association of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft. Section 113(3) of the AktG, as amended by ARUG II, requires the Annual General Meeting of listed companies to pass a resolution on the remuneration of Supervisory Board members at least every four years, whereby a resolution confirming the existing remuneration is also permissible. Information on the system in place for the remuneration of the Supervisory Board members must also be provided in this process. At the Annual General Meeting on July 22, 2021, the Supervisory Board and Board of Management presented the existing remuneration of the members of the Supervisory Board for confirmation and the remuneration system for approval. The Annual General Meeting on July 22, 2021 confirmed the remuneration and approved the remuneration system with 99.99 % of the votes cast.

The remuneration of the members of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG is comprised entirely of non-performance-related remuneration components. Remuneration for supervisory board work at subsidiaries continues to be comprised partly of non-performance-related and partly of performance-related components.

A description of the system of remuneration for the Supervisory Board members can be found here.

Information on the remuneration of the Supervisory Board for the 2021 fiscal year can be found in the Remuneration Report 2021.

Remuneration Report

Remuneration Report 2021
2022-03-15
Remuneration Report 2020
2021-03-16
Remuneration Report 2019
2020-03-17
Remuneration Report 2018
2019-03-12
Remuneration Report 2017
2018-03-13

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