GRI Index

The present Sustainability Report takes full account of the third edition of the reporting guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI 3.0). In what follows we show how the individual indicators are implemented and the degree to which they are reported. At the same time we set out how we implement the requirements of the United Nations Global Compact (UN GC) and of the German Sustainability Code (GSC).

GRI Indicator   Location of disclosure   Level of
reporting  
UN GC   GSC  
  Standard disclosures         
1.  Strategy and Analysis         
1.1 Statement from the most senior decision-maker 2 1
1.2 Key impacts, risks, and opportunities related to sustainability 2, 19, 21-23, 38, 90-91 2
2.  Organizational Profile         
2.1 Name of the organization 4
2.2 Primary brands, products, and/or services 4, AR 21-46
2.3 Operational structure of the organization, including main divisions, operating companies, subsidiaries, and joint ventures 4, AR 21-47
2.4 Location of organization's headquarters 4
2.5 Number of countries where the organization operates, and names of countries with either major operations or that are specifically relevant to the sustainability issues covered in the report 4-6
2.6 Nature of ownership and legal form 5, AR 52-53
2.7 Markets served 4, AR 21-46
2.8 Scale of the reporting organization 4, AR 21-46
2.9 Significant changes during the reporting period AR 52-53
2.10 Awards received in the reporting period 40, 49, 60, 74, 88, 93, 113
3.  Report Parameters         
3.1 Reporting period C7
3.2 Date of most recent previous report C7
3.3 Reporting cycle C7
3.4 Contact point for questions regarding the report or its contents 152
3.5 Process for defining report content 122-123
3.6 Boundary of the report 4-7, C7
3.7 Limitations on the scope or boundary of the report 4-7, C7
3.8 Basis for reporting on joint ventures and subsidiaries 122-123
3.9 Data measurement techniques and the bases of calculations 122-123, 124-125, 126-130, 131-137
3.10
Explanation of the effect of any re-statements of information provided in earlier reports 122


3.11
Changes from previous reporting periods in the scope, boundary, or measurement methods 122


3.12 GRI-Index 144-146
3.13 External assurance for the report 122-123, 150-151
4.  Governance, Commitments, and Engagement         
4.1 Governance structure, including responsibility for sustainability AR 7-9, 56 1-10
4.2 Independence of supervisory board chairman AR 56, 65-68 1-10
4.3 Highest governance body for organizations without supervisory board AR 54-59 1-10
4.4 Mechanisms for shareholders and employees to provide recommendations or direction AR 70, 88, 90 1-10
4.5
Linkage between compensation for members of the executive board and the organization’s performance AR 60-64
1-10 8
4.6 Processes in place for the highest governance body to ensure conflicts of interest are avoided AR 9, 56 1-10
4.7 Qualifications and expertise of the members of the executive committees in the field of sustainability AR 8, 56, 79 1-10
4.8 Statements of mission, values and codes of conduct 123 1-10 5
4.9 Procedures for monitoring and controlling the sustainability performance 2, 19-21, AR 113-114 1-10 6
4.10 Processes for evaluating the sustainability performance of the executive board AR 60-64 7, 8
4.11 Consideration of the precautionary approach 21-23, AR 151-163 7
4.12 Support of external standards, agreements and initiatives 2, 18, 23, 26, 27 1-10 3
4.13 Memberships in associations and advocacy organizations 23, MS 12 1-10
4.14 Stakeholders engaged by the organization 23-25, MS 12, MS 14 9
4.15 Basis for identification of stakeholders with whom to engage 23-25 9
4.16 Approaches to stakeholder dialogue 23-25, MS 12, MS 14 9
4.17 Key topics and concerns of stakeholders 23-25, 26-27, MS 12, MS 14 9
  Management approaches         
DMA EC Disclosure on Management Approach EC
Aspects Economic performance 36-38 1, 4, 6, 7
Market presence 36-38 1, 4, 6, 7
Indirect economic impacts 36-38 1, 4, 6, 7
DMA EN Disclosure on Management Approach EN
Aspects Materials 90-93 7, 8 ,9
Energy 90-93 7, 8 ,9
Water 90-93 7, 8 ,9
Biodiversity 109-110 7, 8 ,9
Emissions, effluents and waste 90-93 7, 8 ,9
Products and services 37, 109-110 7, 8 ,9
Compliance 90-93 7, 8 ,9
Transport 90-93 7, 8 ,9
Overall 90-93 7, 8 ,9
DMA LA Disclosure on Management Approach LA
Aspects Employment 58-59 1, 3 ,6
Labor/management relations 58-59 1, 3 ,6
Occupational health and safety 58-59 1, 3 ,6
Training and education 58-59 1, 3 ,6
Diversity and equal opportunity 58-59 1, 3 ,6
DMA HR Disclosure on Management Approach HR
Aspects Investment and procurement practices 36-38 10
Non-discrimination 58-59, MS 25 10
Freedom of association and collective bargaining 58-59, MS 25 10
Child labor 43-46, MS 25 10
Forced and compulsory labor 43-46, MS 25 10
Security practices 43-46, MS 25 10
Indigenous rights 43-46, MS 25 10
DMA SO Disclosure on Management Approach SO
Aspects Community 36-38 1-6
Corruption 36-38 1-6
Public policy 36-38 1-6
Anti-competitive behavior 36-38 1-6
Compliance 36-38 1-6
DMA PR Disclosure on Management Approach PR
Aspects Customer health and safety 38-41 1,8
Product and service labelling 38-41 1,8
Marketing communications 38-41 1,8
Customer privacy 38-41, AR 158-159 1,8
Compliance 38-41 1,8
  Economic performance indicators         
Economic performance
EC1 Direct economic value generated and distributed 76-77, 124 18
EC2 Financial implications and other risks and opportunities with respect to climate change 16-17, 23, 90-92, AR 127, 159-161 7
EC3 Coverage of the organization’s defined benefit plan obligations 68, AR 233-239
EC4 Significant financial assistance received from government 39, 43, 95, AR 205
Market presence
EC5 Range of ratios of standard entry level wage compared to local minimum wage 64-65, MS 25, 26, 27
EC6 Procurement from locally-based suppliers 41-42, AR 121
EC7 Hiring of local staff 66, MS 26 6
Indirect economic impacts
EC8 Investments for the local public welfare 38, 41-43, 75-76, 78, 81, 88, 120
EC9 Significant indirect economic impacts 19, 38, 41-42
  Environmental performance indicators         
Materials
EN1 Materials used by weight or volume 44, 108 8 11
EN2 Percentage of materials used that are recycled input materials 108, MS 58 8, 9 12
Energy
EN3 Direct energy consumption 105-106, 131, conversion factor between Mwh - Joule: 1 GJ = 0,27778 Mwh 8 12
EN4 Indirect energy consumption 105-106, 131 8 12
EN5 Energy saved 104-105
EN6 Initiatives to provide energy-efficient or renewable energy based products and services 99-103
EN7 Reduction of indirect energy consumption 104-105
Water
EN8 Total water withdrawal by source 136 8 12
EN9 Water sources significantly affected by withdrawal of water 106-107
EN10 Percentage and total volume of water recycled and reused 106-107
Biodiversity
EN11 Activities in protected areas 137 8
EN12 Impacts on biodiversity in protected areas 109-110, MS 60 8
EN13 Habitats protected or restored 109-110, MS 60
EN14 Managing of impacts on biodiversity 109-110, MS 60
EN15 Number of IUCN Red List species and national conservation list species MS 60
Emissions, effluents and waste
EN16 Total direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions 122, 132 8 13
EN17 Other relevant indirect greenhouse gas emissions 133, CO2 is the significant greenhouse gas emitted by Volkswagen. Selected GHG equivalents can be found in our response to the Carbon Disclosure Project under www.cdproject.net. 8 13
EN18 Initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 104-105
EN19 Emissions of ozone-depleting substances At Volkswagen there are no emissions of substances unleashed, which are part in the appendices A, B, C and E to the Montreal protocol with respect to ozone-delepting substances. 8
EN20 Other significant air emissions 134 8
EN21 Total water discharge 136 8
EN22 Total weight of waste 135 8 12
EN23 Exposition of significant spills No significant spills unleashed in the reporing period. 8
EN24 Total weight of transported waste 135
EN25 Protected status and biodiversity value of water bodies 137, MS 60
Products and services
EN26
Initiatives to mitigate environmental impacts of products and services 98-103, 112, 132
7, 8, 9 10
EN27 Packaging material 108 8, 9
Compliance
EN28 Sanctions for non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations No significant fees and sanctions in the reporting period. 8
Transport
EN29 Significant environmental impacts of transporting products and other goods and materials 108-109, 113, 133
Overall
EN30 Total environmental protection expenditures and investment 137
  Labor Practices and Decent Work         
Employment
LA1 Information with repect to the total workforce 126, AR 111
LA2 Employee turnover 128 It is not material for Volkswagen to report this indicator in such a level of detail for more than 100 sites worldwide. 6
LA3 Operational services 64-68
Labor/management relations
LA4 Percentage of employees covered by collective bargaining agreements 18, 123 1, 3
LA5 Notice periods regarding significant operational changes 66-67, AR 70, MS 26 3
Occupational health and safety
LA6 Occupational safety committees 70-71
LA7 Accident statistics 128, 130 No breakdown by regions due to reasons of competition. 1 15
LA8 Programs of the company’s health management scheme 59, 69-71 1 16
LA9 Health and safety topics covered in formal agreements with trade unions MS 25, 26
Training and education
LA10 Training and education statistics 60-64 16
LA11 Programs for skills management and lifelong learning 60-64
LA12 Performance reviews and career development 64-65
Diversity and equal opportunity
LA13
Composition of executive committees with respect to diversity and equal opportunity 5, 72, 74, 127, AR 17, 65-68 1, 6 16
LA14 Ratio of basic salary of men to women 64-66, MS 25, 26 1, 6
  Human Rights         
Investment and procurement practices
HR1 Investment agreements that include human rights clauses 47-48 1-6 17
HR2
Percentage and total number of significant investment agreements that include human rights clauses or that have undergone human rights screening 43-46
1-6 17
HR3 Employee training on policies and procedures concerning aspects of human rights 48
Non-discrimination
HR4 Total number of incidents of discrimination and actions taken 48, 74-75 1, 2, 6 16, 17
Freedom of association and collective bargaining
HR5
Operations identified in which the right to exercise freedom of association and collective bargaining may be at significant risk 6, 37, 43-46, 58
1-3
Child labor
HR6 Operations identified as having significant risk for incidents of child labor 6, 37, 43-46, 58 1, 2, 5 17
Forced and compulsory labor
HR7 Operations identified as having significant risk for incidents of forced or compulsory labor 6, 37, 43-46, 58 1, 2, 4 17
Security practices
HR8 Security personnel trained in the organization’s policies or procedures concerning aspects of human rights 48, MS 25, 26
Indigenous rights
HR9 Total number of incidents of violations involving rights of indigenous people 38, 47-48
  Society         
Community
SO1 Impacts of operations on communities 6, 25, 41-42 18
Corruption
SO2 Percentage and total number of business units analyzed for risks related to corruption 48 10
SO3 Percentage of employees trained in organization's anti-corruption policies and procedures 47-48 10
SO4 Actions taken in response to incidents of corruption 48 10 20
Public policy
SO5 Participation in public policy development 23 1-10
SO6 Total value of financial and in-kind contributions to political parties, politicians We don’t contribute to politacl parties and politicians.
Anti-competitive behavior
SO7 Total number of legal actions for anti-competitive behavior, anti-trust, and monopoly practices. AR 161
Compliance
SO8 Total number of legal actions for anti-competitive behavior, anti-trust, and monopoly practices AR 161 20
  Product Responsibility         
Customer health and safety
PR1 Responsibility for health and safety 37, 39-40 1
PR2 Incidents of non-compliance with regulations and voluntary codes concerning health and safety impacts of products and services 40, AR 161
Product and service labelling
PR3 Information obligations with respect to product responsibility 41, 99-100 8
PR4 Incidents of non-compliance with regulations and voluntary codes concerning product and service information and labeling AR 161
PR5 Surveys measuring customer satisfaction 41
Marketing communications
PR6 Standards related to marketing communications, including advertising, promotion, and sponsorship 41, 47-48
PR7 Incidents of non-compliance with regulations concerning marketing communications AR 161
Customer privacy
PR8 Complaints regarding breaches of customer privacy and losses of customer data Proprietary information
Compliance
PR9
Fines and sanctions for non-compliance with laws and regulations concerning the provision and use of products and services AR 161


Level of reporting:
  • = fully reported
  • = partially reported
  • = not reported
Explanations:
  • AR = Annual report 2013
  • MS = Microsite to the sustainability report 2013
  • D = Direct response in the online index
  • UN GC = United Nations Global Compact
  • GSC = German German Sustainability Codex