Ratings and Indexes

The ratings awarded by sustainability-oriented investors, analysts and rating agencies are an important measure of success for the Volkswagen Group as it pursues its strategy. At the same time, good marks for sustainability also make our shares more attractive. The fact that, in September 2013, we became global sector leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index with 89 out of a possible 100 points, documents our systematic efforts across all areas – from environmental protection to corporate governance. In November 2013 we were awarded the German Investors Award for Responsible Business, presented by Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management (DeAWM) and publishing house DuMont Verlag. The award analyses the performance of 175 listed companies in line with environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors.

Global sector leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

Moreover, the Volkswagen Group was also listed in the Global Compact 100 index launched in 2013. Compiled by the UN Global Compact in partnership with the rating agency Sustainalytics, the new index comprises particularly responsibly managed companies that also demonstrate sound profitability. In order to qualify for the index, companies must have been signatories to the Global Compact for at least one year, be listed on the world’s leading share indexes and have returned a positive EBIT for the three years preceding the annual index review. The Norwegian pension fund Storebrand, one of the largest in the world, also lists the Volkswagen Group among the world’s 100 most sustainable companies.
In 2013 we were listed for the first time in both CDP indexes, the CDP Global 500 Climate Disclosure Leadership Index and the CDP Global 500 Climate Performance Leadership Index. These listings honor both our transparency (Disclosure) and our successes (Performance) in the field of climate protection and led to us being presented with the Performance category award at the annual CDP Conference in November 2013. The Volkswagen Group can point to a growing number of investors who base their activities on sustainability criteria. These include some 100 European mutual funds that apply social and ecological criteria. The largest institutional investors in Europe include the Norwegian and Swedish pension funds. In all, in 2012 some 20% of the free float of Volkswagen shares was in the hands of investors with a focus on sustainability.

MAN Listed in Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes

Rankings in Ratings and Indexes

Index/rating   Ranking 2013   Ranking 2012  
CDP Global 500 Climate Performance Leadership Index listed (A) not listed (B)
CDP Global 500 Climate Disclosure Leadership Index listed, 99 points out of 100 not listed
Dow Jones Sustainability Index World global sector leader with 89 points out of 100 listed
Dow Jones Sustainability Index Europe listed, 89 points out of 100 not listed
ECPI Ethical Indexes (Europe, EMU, Global) listed listed
ESI Excellence Indexes (Euro, Europe, Global) listed listed
FTSE4Good listed listed
Global Compact 100 listed listed
oekom research see 2012 Prime Status (B-)
STOXX Global ESG Leaders Indexes listed listed