In publishing the Corporate Responsibility Report 2012, we are presenting our work in the area of corporate responsibility (CR) in detail to external and internal stakeholders and to the interested public. In February 2012, AUDI AG joined the UN Global Compact as a sign of its willingness to accept corporate responsibility. Our first Communication on Progress regarding the ten principles in the areas of Human Rights, Labor, Environment and Anti-Corruption is integrated into this report. The complete Audi Corporate Responsibility Report 2012 can be viewed online in German and English at www.audi.com/cr-report2012. The printed brochure is also available in German and English, and can be ordered using a form.
The Audi Corporate Responsibility Report 2012 covers the period from January 1 to December 31, 2012. Supplementary information on significant activities that took place before and after the reporting period, through to the editorial deadline in March 2013, are also included. All information refers to the Audi Group. If the report refers to individual companies, sites or brands only, this is noted accordingly. The corporate responsibility strategy is implemented on the basis of five core themes. The report is also structured according to the same five themes: Operations, Product, Environment, Employees and Society. Information relating to the strategic approach, measures, goals and goal attainment is provided for each of these core themes. The report content has been selected according to the principle of materiality, as documented by stakeholder management, introduced for the first time in 2012, and the resulting materiality matrix. In addition, the data section contains important key figures that were reported for the period 2010 through 2012 and are, as a rule, collected using specialist data management systems in the various business divisions. The report conforms with the G3.1 Guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and takes account of the Automotive Sector Supplement (pilot version 1.0) designed specifically for the automotive industry. Application Level B+ is confirmed by the GRI Application Level Check. An independent audit was also conducted by the auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (see p. 72 f.).
A fully revised version of the Audi Corporate Responsibility Report is published every two years. The next report will be published in the first half of 2015. The main key figures for 2013 will be revised in the first half of 2014.
Readers with questions or comments are invited to contact Dr. Peter F. Tropschuh, Head of Corporate Responsibility at AUDI AG, by email at