General Standard Disclosures
The key risks and opportunities of the Audi Group are broken down in the Audi 2016 Annual Report (p. 144) into the following categories:
- Economic risks and opportunities
- Industry risks and opportunities
- Risks and opportunities from operating activities
- Legal risks
- Information and IT risks and opportunities
- Financial risks and opportunities
- Risks and opportunities for the motorcycles segment
The management of risks and opportunities is explained in detail in the Report on Risks and Opportunities in the Audi 2016 Annual Report, p. 140 ff.
The Audi Group, with its brands Audi, Ducati and Lamborghini, is one of the most successful manufacturers of automobiles and motorcycles in the premium segment.
Neckarsulm is also home to the company headquarters of Audi Sport GmbH (formerly quattro GmbH), which, as well as the high-performance models of the R8 car line and the RS models, offers a broad range of customization options and high-quality accessories.
In addition to vehicle production, Audi Hungaria Motor Kft., Győr (Hungary), develops and manufactures engines for AUDI AG, other Volkswagen Group companies and for third-party companies. With effect from January 1, 2017, Audi Hungaria Motor Kft. was merged with Audi Hungaria Services Zrt. In connection with this, Audi Hungaria Services Zrt. was renamed Audi Hungaria Zrt. On the basis of the reporting period, which ends on December 31, 2016, reference will be made to Audi Hungaria Motor Kft. in the following.
The following diagram shows the sites at which cars of the Audi and Lamborghini brands as well as motorcycles of the Ducati brand were manufactured in the 2016 reporting year.
Volkswagen AG is the major shareholder of AUDI AG and controls approximately 99.55 percent of the share capital.
The Audi Group sells its vehicles worldwide through Group-owned sales companies and also through partnerships with local importers. The delivery volumes in the regions Western Europe, Central and Eastern Europe, North America, South America and Asia-Pacific are explained in detail in the Audi 2016 Annual Report, p. 114 ff.
All Audi Group production sites have collective bargaining agreements.
In order to maximize the benefit of synergy potential, we select suppliers in close consultation with Volkswagen Group Procurement. As a result, we are able to pool procurement volumes within the entire Volkswagen Group across multiple brands and models.
To guarantee the quality and availability of our purchased parts, we are increasing the capacities of existing suppliers, and identifying and developing new local suppliers at our sites. This localization strategy helps us improve logistics and increase the reliability of supplies. For example, in time for the production start at San José Chiapa (Mexico) in September 2016, we trained around 170 suppliers as partners of the Audi Group. We source over 70 percent of the purchased parts from suppliers in North America.
In the 2015 and 2016 fiscal years, there were no significant changes to the structure, the group of consolidated companies and the ownership structure.
In fall 2016, we opened our first own automotive plant on the North American continent in San José Chiapa (Mexico). In total, the Audi Group has invested over EUR 1 billion in the production site, which will build up to 150,000 units of the Audi Q5 annually for the world market.
It is the declared goal of AUDI AG to foresee and avoid any harmful effects on the environment in all of its activities. This includes the prevention of incidents and the limitation of the effects of incidents. The focus here is particularly on the careful and efficient use of resources and energy, as well as on plant safety. Compliance with environmental regulations is of course essential in this context.
Environmental management at AUDI AG, together with supplier companies, service providers, trading partners and recycling companies, ensures that the environmental compatibility of the cars and production plants is continuously improved.
Audi endorses and subscribes to the following charters, principles and initiatives:
- The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948)
- European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (1950)
- International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1966)
- International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966)
- International Labour Organization (ILO)
- Tripartite Declaration on Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (1977)
- The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development (1992)
- ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (1998)
- OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions (1997)
- Principles of the United Nations Global Compact (UNCG) for a more social and environmentally sound globalization (1999)
- Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) (2000)
- UN Convention against Corruption (2005)
- Sustainable Development Goals (2016)
The following Audi memberships and involvement in initiatives are examples of our interaction with industry, politics, science and society
- Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI)
- Biodiversity in Good Company Init., Berlin
- Diversity Charter
- co²ncept plus – Verband der Wirtschaft für Emissionshandel und Klimaschutz e.V., Munich
- ddn – Das Demographie Netzwerk, Dortmund
- Deutsche Akademie für Präventivmedizin (DAPM), Rüdesheim
- Deutsche Gesellschaft für Arbeitsmedizin und Umweltmedizin e.V. (DGAUM), Lübeck
- Deutsche Gesellschaft für Elektrische Straßenfahrzeuge e.V. (DGES), Berlin
- Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen e.V. (DGNB), Stuttgart
- Deutsche Gesellschaft für Personalführung e.V. (DGFP), Düsseldorf
- Deutscher Verkehrssicherheitsrat e.V. (DVR), Bonn
- Deutsches Institut für Compliance (DICO), Berlin
- Deutsches Institut für Ideen- und Innovationsmanagement GmbH (DIII), Frankfurt am Main
- Deutsches Verkehrsforum, Berlin
- eNOVA Strategiekreis Elektromobilität, Berlin
- Europäische Metropolregion München e.V., Munich
- European Women’s Management Development Network (EWMD), Wiesbaden
- Industrielle Biotechnologie Bayern Netzwerk GmbH (IBB), Martinsried
- Solar- und Energie-Initiative Heilbronn e.V., Neckarsulm
- Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft, Essen
- Stiftung „Jugend forscht“ e.V., Hamburg
- UN Global Compact
(membership suspended as of Dec. 31, 2016)
- VDA Verband der Automobilindustrie e.V., Berlin
- Wertekommission e.V., Berlin
- World Economic Forum, Cologny, Switzerland
- ZfW – Zentrum für Wirtschaftsethik GmbH, Berlin
The material companies of the Audi Group are listed in the Audi 2016 Annual Report, p. 243.
The following companies form the basis for this report:
- AUDI AG
- Audi Sport GmbH
- Audi Brussels S.A./N.V.
- Audi Hungaria Motor Kft.
- Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.
- Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A.
- Audi México S.A. de C.V.
The report’s content fundamentally includes fully owned subsidiaries, brands and production sites of AUDI AG, because the high influence of measures over these can be guaranteed.
Where other statements or key data refer to the entire Audi Group or to individual sites, this is indicated accordingly.
We use a materiality analysis to systematically define the sustainability topics relevant for Audi. In 2012, an initial 125 sustainability topics of relevance to Audi were already identified with the help of internal andexternal sources (sector studies, sustainability ratings, requirements for reporting standards). From that number, 35 overarching topics were then combined or selected. Since then, we have continually supplemented and, in some cases, reassessed the list of relevant topics from 2012.
Our stakeholders are regularly asked for their assessment regarding the identified topics. Since 2012, some 1,800 individual assessments by our stakeholders have been incorporated into the materiality analysis. The report content results from the assessment of the sustainability topics by our stakeholders and the Company itself.
In 2016, we increased the relevance of the following aspects as part of an internal assessment. The reason is provided in brackets in each case:
- Alternative drive technologies (core future-oriented topic in the Audi Strategy 2025)
- Fuel consumption and emissions (legal regulations, CO₂ limits)
- Resources and environmental footprint (circular economy as new element in the Audi Strategy 2025)
- Future of mobility (transformation in the automotive industry requires and brings new forms of mobility, integrated mobility concepts, urbanization, digitalization)
- Promotion of voluntary work/corporate volunteering (meaningful for employees/positive impact on corporate culture)
- Corporate governance and compliance (core topic in clarifying the diesel issue)
We have summarized the material aspects in a materiality matrix (cf. indicator G4-27).
As part of the business audit conducted by the independent auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft GmbH, material management approaches based on the materiality analysis were selected for the audit scope. The audit of the management approaches regarding the sustainability strategy, operational environmental protection and the management of CO₂-fleet emissions was conducted in accordance with the requirements in the standard disclosure G4-DMA. In the first-mentioned management approach, the integration of sustainability in the Audi Strategy 2025 was assessed in particular. As well as digitalization and urbanization, sustainability is stipulated as a key pillar for Audi’s future success as part of this strategy.
The aspects defined as materially relevant are fundamentally of relevance for all fully owned subsidiaries, brands and production sites of AUDI AG named within the scope of reporting. If an aspect is not materially relevant for a subsidiary, brand or production site, this is declared.
In the case of companies and production sites not included in the scope of reporting, it was examined to what extent the GRI aspect boundaries have a material impact.
No material changes to the reporting scope were made compared to the “CR Report 2014.” For the first time, the report is structured in accordance with the GRI G4 Guidelines.
Key reporting parameters were not changed.
We aim to be aware of the interests and needs of our stakeholders so we can align our business decisions with their expectations. Audi stakeholder management therefore serves as a guide for evolving the Audi sustainability strategy.
Our stakeholder groups at a glance:
- Charitable organizations from the spheres of education and culture, society, social affairs, environment and science
- Business partners and investors
- Media representatives and sustainability experts
- Representatives from government agencies, unions, politics and associations, neighbors and local authorities at our sites
The basis for determining and selecting stakeholders is the Stakeholder Engagement Standard AccountAbility 1000 (AA1000SES) and its associated principles of inclusivity, materiality and responsiveness. Material stakeholder groups are all internal and external groups of individuals that are affected directly or indirectly by our business activities. The identification of the respective stakeholders is fundamentally based on their expectations, expertise, integrity and their ability to influence Audi. Depending on the issues dealt with, we systematically determine the relevant stakeholders for each dialogue format.
To actively engage our stakeholders, we have developed various dialogue formats at Audi. We primarily use the sustainability portal on the Audi website to provide our stakeholders with general information. Multi-stakeholder events (such as the Audi Stakeholder Forum) or our involvement in multi-stakeholder initiatives (such as the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative) allow us to engage directly with our stakeholders on core issues. Other approaches include surveys and dialogues as part of our activities in associations as well as memberships of committees. In particular, individual discussions with advocacy groups provide an effective tool for involving our stakeholders in our sustainability strategy. Stakeholders can also get in touch directly with Audi by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our main dialogue tools at a glance:
- Stakeholder conferences
Large stakeholder conferences such as the Audi Stakeholder Forums are held every two years and bring together wide-ranging stakeholder groups at a joint event. The 80 to 100 participants include representatives of charitable organizations, business partners, media representatives, sustainability experts, representatives from government agencies, unions, politics and associations. The Forums each address a strategically important theme for Audi and illustrate this theme from various angles in discussions and workshops. In November 2016 in Brussels, Audi along with some 100 stakeholders looked at the issue of electric mobility and the requirements that will have to be met for a future in Europe based on electric mobility.
Stakeholder conferences are also organized at foreign business locations where the focus is on regional topics. In late 2015, the first vocational training conference was held in Győr (Hungary) at Audi Hungaria Motor Kft. The event aimed to optimize jointly the vocational training concept in Hungary while promoting ongoing knowledge sharing between the training partners. At our new site in Mexico, the first Stakeholder Forum was held in Puebla in 2016. Guests included academics, politicians, San José Chiapa local residents and Audi employees. The event aimed to foster dialogue on the regional development of the San José Chiapa site and provide participants with an insight into the various areas covered by sustainability activities at Audi México. Workshops with smaller groups are always included in the Stakeholder Forums to promote dialogue.
The results of the stakeholder conferences, together with the conclusions of other dialogue formats, are incorporated into our sustainability strategy and form an important basis for future corporate decisions.
- Discussions with individual stakeholder groups
The primary aim of these formats is to promote dialogue with a certain stakeholder group. In the 2016 reporting year, Audi organized the first Audi Dealer Dialogue on sustainability. As direct touchpoints with the customer, dealers are one of the Company’s most important target groups. As part of the dialogue, Audi finds out what customers need and expect from us as a manufacturer of premium automobiles. And we can, for our part, pass on important messages to dealerships and also, in turn, to customers. Regular communication helps provide transparency and strengthen trust in the Company.
Dialogue with investors and analysts is also a key element for Audi in garnering important impetus for improving the management and focus of AUDI AG. Audi structures its dialogue with investors and analysts particularly by means of the Annual General Meeting and the Annual Press Conference. Investor and analyst meetings are held regularly to coincide with the publication of the Annual Financial Statements and Interim Financial Report. Furthermore, Audi provides details of its current business performance through financial reports published quarterly as well as by providing up-to-date information on the AUDI AG website.
- Multi-stakeholder and industry initiatives
Regular knowledge sharing in industry-specific and cross-industry initiatives is an important tool for Audi to involve stakeholders actively and get involved in strategically important topics. One example is the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI), which Audi joined as a member in 2013. Set up as a non-profit initiative, the ASI is the first interest group in the world to focus on the creation of a sustainability standard for the use of the material aluminum. This multi-stakeholder initiative sees leading companies working together along the value chain – stretching from the extraction of the raw material bauxite, through processing of the metal, to recycling aluminum. Other members of the ASI include leading NGOs and industry associations. The first ASI general meeting was held in the Audi Forum in Ingolstadt in April 2016.
A selection of other initiatives that Audi is involved in can be found here.
- Stakeholder surveys (surveys and interviews)
Audi has been conducting surveys on relevant sustainability topics at regular intervals since 2012. The surveys and interviews aim to identify key topics for the Company. The assessments of each individual stakeholder group are averaged and incorporated into the assessment of the key topics as a weighted variable. The surveys based on a standardized questionnaire are aimed both at employees at sites in Germany and abroad as well as at the Company’s external stakeholders.
- “Responsibility Perspective” lecture series
With its “Responsibility Perspective” lecture series, AUDI AG provides a platform that allows employees and interesting leading figures from the world of sustainability to exchange ideas on a regular basis. This initiative aims to sensitize employees to issues of the future, to social developments and to the opportunities and challenges that these present to the Company. The lecture series, which always promotes an intense debate among participants, has been held at the Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm sites four to five times a year since 2013. The topics of digitalization of the automobile as well as electric mobility and other future drives provided the key areas in 2016.
- “Forum Responsibility” social media platform for AUDI AG employees
On the Audi internal online information platform “Forum Responsibility” Audi presents the results from the discussion sessions such as the “Responsibility Perspective” lecture series and provides information on the other sustainability topics. Employees can put forward their own suggestions in the “What moves me” section. 2016 focused particularly here on discussions about the environmental footprint of electric mobility. In 2016, the platform generated 37,000 visits; on average, approximately 900 people accessed the site at least once a month.
- Neighborhood dialogues – “Among neighbors” discussion forum
Every two years the Audi Neckarsulm site organizes the “Among neighbors” discussion forum, which was last held in 2015. During the forum, neighbors had the opportunity to talk openly with the plant management and local stakeholder representatives about current developments at the site. This direct and regular dialogue is a firmly established cornerstone of AUDI AG’s sustainability strategy. The site’s local residents take this opportunity to engage in intensive discussions with Audi representatives. In 2016, the plant management in Neckarsulm also engaged in discussions with the local council. These focused on issues relating to infrastructure and the environment.
AUDI AG takes the questions and concerns of its stakeholders very seriously. The key issues and concerns that arise through the involvement of stakeholders are fed into our sustainability strategy through the materiality analysis. In this way, specific targets and measures relating to sustainability are defined on the basis of the results of the dialogue with stakeholders, among other things.
The results of the materiality process are combined in a materiality matrix. This vividly expresses the relevance for Audi (on the x axis) and its stakeholders (on the y axis) in relation to each other. As part of this dialogue with stakeholders, recommended action, which Audi assesses and translates into specific measures, is derived for each specific key topic.
Audi assigns the topics in the materiality matrix to the categories – products and services, value creation and production, employees and society as well as business and integrity. In this GRI report and on the sustainability portal on the Audi website, the strategic position, the measures and targets are set out transparently in each case. The aims of the particular fields of action can also be found in the sustainability program.
January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2016
The last Sustainability Report pursuant to the GRI G4 Guidelines was published in May 2015.
The Audi Sustainability Report pursuant to the GRI G4 Guidelines has been published to date every two years. From 2017, it will be updated annually.
Readers with questions or comments are invited to contact Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter F. Tropschuh, Head of Sustainability at AUDI AG, by email at email@example.com.
The report was prepared “in accordance” with the “core” option of the GRI G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines.
PricewaterhouseCoopers GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft has performed a limited assurance engage ment on selected data and management approachesin the German version of the 2016 Sustainability Report. Not included in the scope of the audit was any information that is accessible via the links provided in the Report. The Independent Limited Assurance Report, issued by the accounting and consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft, can be found here. The German version is authoritative.
The audit covered the following:
- Management approaches regarding the sustainability strategy, operational environmental protection, as well as the management of CO₂ fleet emissions. The audit was conducted in accordance with the requirements in the standard disclosure G4-DMA (Disclosure Management Approach).
- Selected quantitative figures, audited against the relevant criteria of Completeness, Clarity, Accuracy, Timeliness, Comparability and Reliability of GRI G4 and countersigned in the key data table
- Presentation of selected management approaches and key data in the Sustainability Report pursuant to the GRI G4 Guidelines
Board Directives and Company Regulations stipulate binding procedures in respect of workflows and other business processes as well as recording fundamental organizational policy decisions. They thereby ensure fulfillment of assigned tasks based on the efficient deployment of resources within the framework of the corporate goals and ensure clear definition of competencies and responsibilities. They also aim to promote an understanding of the implemented business processes and cooperation between the organizational units concerned. The Board Directives and Company Regulations are available to all employees on the intranet.
In compliance with the provisions of the German Stock Corporation Act and to avoid any organizational culpability, mandates are issued by the Board of Management.
The Sustainability department coordinates all sustainability-related topics and prepares strategically relevant decisions for the Sustainability Board. Members of the Sustainability Board are the members of the Board of Management of AUDI AG. The Sustainability department is linked to the “Chairman of the Board of Management” divisional area as part of the corporate strategy and reports regularly to the full Board of Management.
The Sustainability department also manages the Sustainability Steering Committee set up in 2011 (former CR working group), which is made up of representatives of all divisions as well as a Works Council representative. The Sustainability Steering Committee aims to ensure cross-divisional management of the sustainability strategic field of action. The resolutions adopted by the Sustainability Steering Committee form the basis for decision proposals for the Audi Board of Management as well as for the product-related decision-making committees with members of the Board of Management.
Consultation is conducted through own stakeholder dialogues and through memberships and participation in initiatives at municipal, national and international level.
The AUDI AG executive bodies are made up of the members of the Board of Management and the members/committees of the Supervisory Board.
Board of Management
The Board of Management manages the business of AUDI AG and of the Audi Group in accordance with the law, the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws of AUDI AG and the Rules of Procedure issued by the Supervisory Board. Corporate Governance also gives due consideration to the corporate goals and to shared interests within the Volkswagen Group. The Board of Management of AUDI AG consists of at least two people. Furthermore, the Supervisory Board determines the number of members of the Board of Management. At the time of publication, the AUDI AG Board of Management consisted of seven members.
The Supervisory Board oversees and advises the Board of Management’s running of the Company. In accordance with the statutory provisions, the Supervisory Board of AUDI AG comprises ten representatives of the shareholders and ten representatives of the employees.
The personnel composition of the executive bodies of AUDI AG and the respective start of their term in office can be found on the AUDI AG website (www.audi.com) in the Company section under “Corporate Management.”
The governance body is not chaired by an AUDI AG manager.
The shareholder representatives are elected by the Annual General Meeting. The employees of the Audi Group’s German operations elect the employee representatives. The Supervisory Board elects a Chairman and a Deputy Chairman from its ranks. The election is for the duration of the term of office of those elected. The members of the Supervisory Board are normally elected for a period of five years.
Once the Supervisory Board Chairman and Deputy Chairman have been elected, the Supervisory Board sets up the committee pursuant to Section 27, Para. 3 of the German Codetermination Act (MitbestG). The Supervisory Board may set up other Supervisory Board committees from its ranks to carry out certain tasks. Decisive Supervisory Board powers may also be transferred to the Supervisory Board committees.
Disclosures of potential conflicts of interests are explicitly requested prior to the appointment of a Supervisory Board member. A list of the Supervisory Board mandates of members of the Board of Management and Supervisory Board of AUDI AG is presented in the AUDI AG 2016 Annual Report p. 163 ff.
The AUDI AG Board of Management meets at least twice a year in its role as Sustainability Board and makes fundamental and policy decisions regarding sustainability. The consultations focus, among other things, on strategic fields of action in implementing sustainability and potential conflicts of interest.
The “Sustainability” department reports in the Sustainability Board meetings on current measures and potential conflicts of interest in relation to the economy, environment and society. Material risks are presented to the full Board of Management as part of the risk management process on a quarterly basis and explained jointly where necessary.
The Audi Group assumes economic, environmental and social responsibility vis-à-vis its stakeholders, which is expressed, among other things, through an effective Risk Management System and Internal Control System. In addition to managing risks effectively, this should enable business opportunities to be identified and exploited in the best way possible. To that end, we continuously analyze the international context for potential impacts on the business model in order to identify trends and industry-specific key factors early on. Above and beyond this reporting, the “Sustainability” department regularly informs the full Board of Management with the aid of materiality analyses about the relevance of AUDI AG business operations for stakeholders. In accordance with the GRI specifications, an impact analysis is done in the form of a self-assessment of the corporate management.
The Board of Management is responsible for the organizational structure of the Risk Management System and Internal Control System. The Audit Committee of the Supervisory Board is required by law to monitor the Risk Management System/Internal Control System of AUDI AG. The status and evolutionary developments of the Risk Management System/Internal Control System are reported to the Board of Management and the Audit Committee of the Supervisory Board on a regular and an ad hoc basis.
The Audit Committee, which is formed by the Supervisory Board, deals with the effectiveness of the Internal Control System, the Risk Management System and the Internal Audit System.
The AUDI AG Board of Management approves the AUDI AG Sustainability Report. Auditing of the Audi Sustainability Report by independent third parties is expressly welcomed and encouraged by the Board of Management.
AUDI AG also regularly takes part in the renowned oekom Corporate Rating. The “Sustainability” department analyzes the rating results. Any derived recommended action is presented to the full Board of Management.
The Board of Management of AUDI AG examines the Sustainability Report and approves it.
Critical concerns are communicated to the highest governance body through the GRC Report (Governance, Risk & Compliance) or Ombudsman Report.
The diesel issue accounted for a significant portion of the Supervisory Board’s work in 2016. The Supervisory Board was kept constantly informed by the Board of Management, both in writing and orally. This applies in particular to the V6 3.0 TDI diesel engine developed by Audi and concerns the associated processes in the United States and other countries around the globe, such as South Korea, Japan or Australia.
The remuneration for members of the Supervisory Board are set out in the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws (German only) of AUDI AG.
The full Supervisory Board passes resolutions on the remuneration system and the total remuneration for individual members of the Board of Management of AUDI AG on the basis of the Presiding Committee’s recommendations. The level of remuneration should be fundamentally appropriate and attractive by national and international comparison. Criteria include the tasks of the individual Board member, the members’s personal performance, the Company’s economic situation, performance and future prospects.
Further information can be found in the Remuneration Report in the Audi 2016 Annual Report on pages 153 ff.
No remuneration consultants were involved in the setting of remuneration levels
There is an opportunity to make statements and express views at the Annual General Meeting of AUDI AG. It is also possible to express opinions on remuneration by email, for example, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our values, principles and standards of behavior are set out in the Audi Code of Conduct, which all Audi employees can consult on the Audi intranet. The Audi Code of Conduct also forms part of the entry program for new employees. The Audi Code of Conduct is available in German and English.
Various channels exist for reporting concerns relating to unethical or illegal behavior. The respective line manager is a point of contact for our employees with issues or uncertainty surrounding the Code of Conduct. Employees can also turn to the Works Council. The Compliance and Integrity department (email: email@example.com) along with the neutral ombudsmen are also on hand to provide assistance.
A high priority is placed by the Audi Group on combating and investigating corruption. Firstly, the Auditing department of the Audi Group helps in combating corruption; in addition, the Audi Group is linked in to the Volkswagen Group anti-corruption system, the ombudsman system.
As part of this system, two leading attorneys-at-law are designated as neutral ombudsmen. Any employee, business partner or external third party can contact an ombudsman if they discover evidence of corruption. All reports are treated in confidence and the informant’s identity is protected. The ombudsmen are subject to the attorney’s duty of confidentiality.
Contact details for the ombudsmen can be found on the Audi website.