Effective July 1, the Volkswagen Group’s Sustainability Rating will require the suppliers to first provide a self-assessment of their sustainability conduct on the basis of a questionnaire and documents supplied. The data and documents are checked by qualified third parties and, in case of doubt, on-site checks are to be carried out. If misconduct occurs in the areas of environmental/social affairs or corruption, these will lead to exclusion from the award of contracts, according to VW. The sustainability requirements are described in the Group’s new “Code of Conduct for Business Partners”, which is binding for all companies in the supply chain.

“We are aware of our responsibility on further steps along the supply chain. However, the demand for sustainability standards and integrity is actually only possible with our direct contractual partners. We use this lever as a matter of priority in the supply chain by requiring our contractual partners to pass on our requirements to their partners”, said Hiltrud D. Werner, VW Board Member for Integrity and Legal Affairs.