Analysts and investors are referring increasingly to company sustainability profiles when making their recommendations and decisions. They draw primarily on sustainability ratings to evaluate a company’s environmental, social and governance performance. At the same time, sustainability ratings are instrumental in determining whether we are meeting our goal in relation to the Group strategy TOGETHER 2025+, and they provide the basis for implementing internal measures.
After the diesel issue became public knowledge, the Volkswagen Group was downgraded significantly in the MSCI, RobecoSAM, Sustainalytics, oekomISS, VigeoEiris, EcoVadis and RepRisk sustainability indices and consequently removed from sustainability indices such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and the FTSE4Good Index. In fiscal year 2020, Volkswagen continued to have a score of A– in the CDP and a rating of A in the Water Disclosure Project (WDP).