Environmental management in the Group

Environmentally oriented management is one of the keystones of our corporate culture. Any business seeking to engage in sustainable development, respect the environment and safeguard jobs must necessarily take account of social, economic and ecological aspects. This is reflected in Volkswagen’s Environmental Policy, which is primarily built on two pillars. First, we strive to continuously improve the environmental compatibility of our products over their entire life cycle. Second, we aim to reduce the use of natural resources, with due regard for economic aspects. As a multinational corporation, we have pledged to pursue these goals and have laid down internal specifications for our products and their production in our Environmental Principles.

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Environmental policy (graphics)

We are making environmental protection an increasingly important part of our processes in an effort to progressively scale back the use of downstream cleaning plants in the future, although we cannot abandon them entirely. Since 1995, Volkswagen’s German sites have participated voluntarily in the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS), while Group sites worldwide have participated in environmental certification processes in accordance with the international standard ISO 14001. All environmental management systems are regularly reviewed and optimized in regular internal and external environmental audits. All locations are obliged to independently decide on environmental goals and programs in keeping with minimum Group standards and continuously improve their environmental performance. In addition, we organize regional conferences at our locations outside Europe and ensure a uniformly high level of environmental protection in our operations with the environmental action plans developed in workshops.

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