The Volkswagen Group’s Sustainability Report has been published every year since 2011; this year is the first time that the report has been published exclusively online. In addition to information about the Group’s sustainability activities in the 2015 financial year (January 1 to December 31, 2015), the report also contains selected information from the 2016 financial year.
The Strategy chapter presents the fundamentals of the Group’s “Strategy” for implementing sustainable development across all its brands. Among other things, we also discuss the Group’s new “Strategy 2025”, which was presented at the Group’s Annual General Meeting on June 22, 2016 and supersedes the Group’s previous Mach 18 strategy. Our new Strategy 2025 is not due to be finalized until after the editorial deadline for this report.
The “Economy”, “People” and “Environment” chapters set out our management approach in each case, before outlining how the various aspects of these topics are implemented. The key Group-wide indicators and the overarching corporate sustainability roadmap are described in the “Indicators and Goals” chapter.
True to the character of a progress report, we aim to focus on the essentials while at the same time communicating a balanced picture of our activities that takes account of all Group brands and companies. Audi, MAN, Porsche, Scania and ŠKODA publish their own sustainability reports, either annually or at two-year intervals.