GRI index for the Audi Report 2021

The Audi Group is reporting on its sustainability performance for the year 2021 pursuant to the international standard of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). This report was prepared in accordance with the “core” option of the GRI Standards. The information in this report was chosen on the basis of a materiality analysis performed in 2021. The report was submitted to GRI for the performance of the GRI Materiality Disclosures Service. GRI confirmed the proper positioning of the materiality-related disclosures (102-40 to 102-49). The German version of the Audi Report was used for this service.

GRI Standards

General Disclosures

Organizational Profile

GRI 102-1: Name of the organization, products and Services

GRI 102-2: Activities, brands, products, and services

GRI 102-3: Location of headquarters

GRI 102-4: Location of operations

GRI 102-5: Ownership and legal form

GRI 102-6: Markets served

GRI 102-7: Scale of the organization

GRI 102-8: Information on employees and other workers

GRI 102-9: Supply chain

GRI 102-10: Significant changes to the organization and its supply chain

GRI 102-11: Precautionary principle or approach

GRI 102-12: External initiatives

GRI 102-13: Membership of associations

  • Audi works in a variety of initiatives, associations and work groups to discuss ecological, economic and social issues in partnership with stakeholders. The list (see below) of memberships and activities exemplifies the company’s dialogue with industry, politics, science and society. This is only a selection of Audi’s numerous involvements that also reflect the interests of the company’s stakeholders. This depiction was created using the five chapters of this report to illustrate the connections to the topics reported in the Audi Report 2021:
  • Strategy
    VDA Verband der Automobilindustrie e.V., Berlin
    eNOVA Strategiekreis Automobile Zukunft, Berlin
  • Operations & Integrity
    Deutsches Institut für Compliance (DICO), Berlin
    Gesellschaft für Datenschutz und Datensicherung e.V.   (GDD), Bonn
    Zentrum für Wirtschaftsethik gGmbH (ZfW), Berlin
  • Products & Services
    Deutsches Verkehrsforum e.V., Berlin
  • Value Creation & Production
    Biodiversity in Good Company Initiative e.V., Berlin
    Co₂ncept plus – Verband der Wirtschaft für Emissionshandel und Klimaschutz e.V., München
  • Mitarbeitende und Gesellschaft
    Deutsche Gesellschaft für Arbeitsmedizin und Umwelt­medizin e.V. (DGAUM), Lübeck
    Initiative Women into Leadership e.V., Düsseldorf
    Charta der Vielfalt e.V., Berlin
    Verein zur Förderung kultureller Belange in der Region IN, Ingolstadt
  • Further information

Strategy

GRI 102-14: Statement from senior decision-maker

GRI 102-15: Key impacts, risks, and opportunities

Ethics and integrity

GRI 102-16: Values, principles, standards, and norms of behavior

GRI 102-17: Mechanisms for advice and concerns about ethics

Governance

GRI 102-18: Governance structure

  • The Annual General Meeting, the Supervisory Board and the Board of Management make up the executive bodies of AUDI AG. The Annual General Meeting of a stock corporation is the meeting of the corporation’s shareholders at which they exercise their rights with regard to the stock corporation’s affairs. AUDI AG is held by a sole shareholder, Volkswagen AG. 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 network. At the time the report was completed, the Board of Management of AUDI AG consisted of seven members. The Supervisory Board oversees and advises the Board of Management’s running of the business. The Supervisory Board of AUDI AG comprises ten shareholder representatives and ten employee representatives as provided for by law. The composition of the Supervisory Board and Board of Management of AUDI AG is provided on the website of AUDI AG.
  • Further information

GRI 102-19: Delegating authority

GRI 102-20: Executive-level responsibility for economic, environmental, and social topics

GRI 102-21: Consulting stakeholders on economic, environmental, and social topics

GRI 102-22: Composition of the highest governance body and its committees

GRI 102-23: Chair of the highest governance body

GRI 102-24: Nominating and selecting the highest governance body

GRI 102-25: Conflicts of interest

GRI 102-26: Role of highest governance body in setting targets, values, and strategies

GRI 102-27: Collective knowledge of highest governance body

GRI 102-28: Evaluating the highest governance body’s performance

GRI 102-29: Identifying and managing economic, environmental, and social impacts

GRI 102-30: Effectiveness of risk management processes

GRI 102-31: Review of economic, environmental, and social topics

GRI 102-32: Highest governance body’s role in sustainability reporting

GRI 102-33: Communicating critical concerns

  • See Audi Report 2021 page 67 ff.
  • Regular exchanges take place regarding the activities of ­Governance, Risk & Compliance. Within this framework, the Chief Compliance Officer presents scheduled and ad hoc ­reports to the Board of Management, Supervisory Board, Group Chief Compliance Officer and Group Integrity Officer, including reports on the Whistleblower System. Also included in the reporting duties of Governance, Risk & Compliance are quarterly risk reports and the internal Governance, Risk & Compliance report for the year, which are submitted to the Board of Management of AUDI AG and the Audit Committee of the Supervisory Board of AUDI AG.

GRI 102-34: Nature and total number of critical concerns

  • See Audi Report 2021 page 67 ff.
  • In 2021, 455 reports of possible regulatory violations were received. This is in line with the previous year’s level. The reports contained substantial information and were mostly non-­anonymous, confirming once again that trust in the ­Whistleblower System is high.

Stakeholder Engagement

GRI 102-40: List of stakeholder groups

GRI 102-41: Collective bargaining agreements

  • The Audi Works Council plays an active role in shaping the future at Audi. For example, all works agreements are reached jointly with the employee representatives at AUDI AG. The latter also oversee compliance with applicable legislation, directives, accident prevention regulations, wage agreements and works agreements reached in favor of the employees.

GRI 102-42: Identifying and selecting stakeholders

GRI 102-43: Approach to stakeholder engagement

  • See Audi Report 2021 page 13 f.
  • The cooperation between employee and employer representative bodies exemplifies how stakeholder engagement works:
    Delegates of the employee representative bodies of the Audi Group meet at least twice a year in the framework of the Audi Committee to advise on topics of international importance for the Group as a whole and to enter into exchanges in this regard with the Audi Board of Management. In addition, individual support is provided for the respective sites on specific topics. The spokesperson for the Audi Committee is the Chair of the General Works Council of AUDI AG, Peter Mosch, with ­Supervisory Board mandates in Volkswagen AG and AUDI AG.
  • On the Supervisory Board of AUDI AG, the elected employee representatives perform duties such as monitoring executive management, approving important corporate processes and appointing the members of the Board of Management. The intention is to give a voice to international colleagues in this and other key committees too and to represent the interests of the employees as well as the interests of the domestic sites. The Social Charter, which will also be implemented in the Audi Group at AUDI AG in the future, was amended at the end of 2020 and, following this revision, defines economic efficiency and job protection as equal-ranking corporate goals. In addition to the scope of application being extended to all Group companies in which the Volkswagen Group has a majority interest (> 50 percent), VW also endeavors to promote its goals among companies in which it holds a non-controlling interest. The Social Charter serves as a binding basis for organizing relationships with suppliers and other business partners (Code of Conduct for Business Partners). This update also points out the need to set up appropriate management systems to implement the Declaration of Human Rights, and establishes some of these systems accordingly. The following principles have been newly included: no harassment, protection of young employees, fire and environmental protection, protection of confidential information, protection of freedom of conscience, opinion and religion, protection of physical integrity, prohibition of torture. In addition to the Social Charter, there is also a Charter on Labor Relations, a Charter on Temporary Work and a Charter on Vocational Education, which set out guiding principles on the respective topics for the entire Group.
  • There are also elected youth and apprentice representative bodies as well as disabled employee representatives at AUDI AG who specifically take up the concerns of the employee groups that they represent.
  • Further information

GRI 102-44: Key topics and concerns raised

Reporting Practice

GRI 102-45: Entities included in the consolidated financial statements

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GRI 102-46: Defining report content and topic boundaries

GRI 102-47: List of material topics

GRI 102-48: Restatements of information

  • The way in which the information is presented has not changed since the previous year.

GRI 102-49: Changes in reporting

  • There have been no changes in reporting compared with the previous year.

GRI 102-50: Reporting period

GRI 102-51: Date of most recent report

GRI 102-52: Reporting cycle

GRI 102-53: Contact point for questions regarding the report

GRI 102-54: Claims of reporting in accordance with the GRI Standards

GRI 102-55: GRI content index

GRI 102-56: External assurance

Topic-specific disclosures – Economic Performance

GRI 201 Economic Performance

GRI 103: Management Approach 2016

 

GRI 103-1: Explanation of the material topic and its boundary

GRI 103-2: The management approach and its components

GRI 103-3: Evaluation of the management approach

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GRI 201: Economic Performance 2016

 

GRI 201-1: Directly generated and distributed economic value

 

GRI 201-2: Financial implications and other risks and opportunities due to climate change

GRI 204 Procurement Practices

GRI 103: Management Approach 2016

 

GRI 103-1: Explanation of the material topic and its boundary

GRI 103-2: The management approach and its components

GRI 103-3: Evaluation of the management approach

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GRI 204: Procurement Practices 2016

 

GRI 204-1: Proportion of spending on local suppliers

  • Audi is an internationally operating company and maintained production facilities in 12 different countries around the world during the reporting period. Services and products are procured on the basis of a global supplier base, with a focus on resource-optimized procurement.
  • The term “major operations” is used to refer to sites in Europe and North America; associated companies in China are not included in this analysis. The term “local” refers to the entire region in which the respective operation is located.
  • Under these assumptions, the volume of products and services procured locally by major operations accounted for 60.7 percent of the total Audi procurement volume in the year under review. Of that figure, Europe accounted for 52.4 percent
    (Germany: 39.4 percent) and North America for 8.3 percent.

GRI 205 Anti-corruption

GRI 103: Management Approach 2016

 

GRI 103-1: Explanation of the material topic and its boundary

GRI 103-2: The management approach and its components

GRI 103-3: Evaluation of the management approach

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GRI 205: Anti-corruption 2016

 

GRI 205-1: Operations assessed for risks related to corruption

  • The Audi Group places a high priority on preventing corruption. Within the company, the department Compliance AUDI AG/Management Systems (I/GC-A) helps ensure sustainable prevention of corruption.
  • As part of the Internal Compliance Risk Assessment (ICRA) standard process, compliance risk profiles are drawn up for each company, including for the subject area of corruption. Each company has to implement specific individual measures once the risk profile has been created, which help mitigate the risk. In addition, the Audi Compliance Risk Assessment (CRA) is used to identify division-specific compliance risks for AUDI AG. Corruption is among the core compliance issues here as well.
  • In the year under review, 44 national and international participations were supported in the compliance focal area of anti-corruption in the course of consultancy inquiries, the implementation of policies and the execution of training programs. Fundamentally, all those entities where AUDI AG holds a majority interest or management responsibility or that are of particular importance are included in the process. In addition, the proper implementation of measures is verified as part of on-site inspections and external audits.
  • Companies can also report risks, problems and incidents in the area of corruption, among others, to the Compliance AUDI AG/Management Systems (I/GC-A) department as part of hot topic reporting. No hot topics in relation to corruption were reported in the year under review. In late 2021, AUDI AG implemented an IT system to help employees avoid corruption and deal with conflicts of interest. A successive rollout of this anti-corruption tool at the participations has been underway since the beginning of 2022.

GRI 205-2: Communication and training about anti-corruption policies and procedures

  • See Audi Report 2021 page 67 ff.
  • In view of particularly strict criminal law provisions, the ­“Dealing with public officials” web based training (WBT) has been mandatory for all indirect employees, managers and members of the Board of Management since 2020. At 99.69 percent, it achieved the highest participation rate among the mandatory training measures, followed by the “Anti-­corruption” WBT, which is also mandatory for everyone, at 99.22 percent. The new Board Members for the E and F divisions received executive training on the Audi Code of Conduct and anti-corruption.

GRI 205-3: Confirmed incidents of corruption and actions taken

  • In 2021, three suspected cases of serious regulatory violations concerning corruption were forwarded by the Audi ­Investigation Office to an investigating unit for further ­examination. Two of these cases were found not to be in ­violation of the rules, while one case resulted in the imposition of personnel measures.

GRI 206 Anti-competitive Behavior

GRI 103: Management Approach 2016

 

GRI 103-1: Explanation of the material topic and its boundary

GRI 103-2: The management approach and its components

GRI 103-3: Evaluation of the management approach

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GRI 206: Anti-competitive Behavior 2016

 

GRI 206-1: Legal actions for anti­competitive behavior, anti-trust, and monopoly practices

  • Cases of actual and suspected violations of anti-trust law are isolated cases. The total number of cases is not reported for confidentiality reasons.

Topic-specific disclosures – Ecology

GRI 301 Materials

GRI 103: Management Approach 2016

 

GRI 103-1: Explanation of the material topic and its boundary

GRI 103-2: The management approach and its components

GRI 103-3: Evaluation of the management approach  

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GRI 301: Materials 2016

 

GRI 301-1 Materials used by weight or volume

GRI 301-2 Recycled input materials used

GRI 301-3 Reclaimed products and their packaging materials

GRI 302 Energy

GRI 103: Management Approach 2016

 

GRI 103-1: Explanation of the material topic and its boundary

GRI 103-2: The management approach and its components

GRI 103-3: Evaluation of the management approach

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GRI 302: Energy 2016

 

GRI 302-1: Energy consumption within the organization            

GRI 302-3: Energy intensity

GRI 302-4: Reduction of energy consumption          

GRI 303 Water and Effluents

GRI 103: Management Approach 2016

 

GRI 103-1: Explanation of the material topic and its boundary

GRI 103-2: The management approach and its components       

GRI 103-3: Evaluation of the management approach     

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GRI 303: Water and Effluents 2018

 

GRI 303-1: Interactions with water as a shared resource

GRI 303-2: Management of water discharge-related impacts    

GRI 303-4: Water withdrawal

  • See Audi Report 2021 page 90 f.
  • See Audi Report 2021 page 95
  • See Audi Report 2021 page 121
  • 303-4 c: All production sites are weighted according to the ­water stress present in the region. Necessary water ­management measures are derived from the assessment.
  • 303-4 d: As with the entire process for collecting key figures, the process for identifying the relevant wastewater load and wastewater limits is anchored in the Volkswagen standard 98000 (Audi Report 2021, See page 95). Owing to the size of the Group, Audi sites are subject to different legislation. Some incidents are dealt with at a local level.  There is no Group data available on incidents at present for this reason.

GRI 304 Biodiversity

GRI 103: Management Approach 2016

 

GRI 103-1: Explanation of the material topic and its boundary

GRI 103-2: The management approach and its components

GRI 103-3: Evaluation of the management approach

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GRI 304: Biodiversity 2016

 

GRI 304-1: Operational sites owned, leased, managed in, or adjacent to protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas

GRI 305 Emissions

GRI 103: Management Approach 2016

 

GRI 103-1: Explanation of the material topic and its boundary     

GRI 103-2: The management approach and its components    

GRI 103-3: Evaluation of the management approach      

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GRI 305: Emissions 2016

 

GRI 305-1 Direct GHG emissions (Scope 1)

GRI 305-2: Energy indirect GHG emissions (Scope 2)           

  • See Audi Report 2021 page 90 f.
  • See Audi Report 2021 page 95
  • See Audi Report 2021 page 120
  • 305-2 a: The process of selecting relevant emissions and the emission factors used are anchored in Volkswagen standard 98000 (Audi Report 2021, see page 95), as is the entire key figure collection process. Generally, Audi uses the real emission factors of the energy suppliers. If this is not possible, calculations are conducted on the basis of the VDA’s standard factors. All Audi manufacturing sites were converted extensively to green electricity as of January 1, 2020. Owing to the size of the Group, a disproportionately high level of effort would be required to manually calculate all location-based emissions as a reference. No reporting therefore takes place for this reason.
  • 305-2 e:  The process of selecting relevant emissions and the emission factors used are anchored in Volkswagen standard 98000 (Audi Report 2021, see page 95), as is the entire key figure collection process. Generally, Audi uses the real emission factors of the energy suppliers. If this is not possible, calculations are conducted on the basis of the VDA’s standard factors.

GRI 305-4: GHG emissions intensity

GRI 305-5: Reduction of GHG emissions         

GRI 305-7: Nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulfur oxides (SOx), and other significant air emissions

  • See Audi Report 2021 page 120
  • 305-7 b: The process of selecting relevant emissions and the emission factors used are anchored in Volkswagen standard 98000 (Audi Report 2021, see page 95), as is the entire key figure collection process. Generally, Audi uses the real emission factors of the energy suppliers. If this is not possible, calculations are conducted on the basis of the VDA’s standard factors.

GRI 306 Waste
GRI 307 Environmental Compliance

GRI 103: Management Approach 2016

 

GRI 103-1: Explanation of the material topic and its boundary

GRI 103-2: The management approach and its components

GRI 103-3: Evaluation of the management approach     

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GRI 307: Environmental Compliance 2016

 

GRI 307-1: Non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations

  • In 2021, AUDI AG did not face any significant fines and/or non-monetary sanctions and/or dispute resolution proceedings for non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations.

GRI 308 Supplier Environmental Assessment

GRI 103: Management Approach 2016

 

GRI 103-1: Explanation of the material topic and its boundary

GRI 103-2: The management approach and its components   

GRI 103-3: Evaluation of the management approach      

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GRI 308: Supplier Environmental Assessment 2016

 

GRI 308-1: New suppliers that were screened using environmental criteria    

GRI 308-2: Negative environmental impacts in the supply chain and actions taken

Topic-specific disclosures – Social

GRI 401 Employment

GRI 103: Management Approach 2016

 

GRI 103-1: Explanation of the material topic and its boundary

GRI 103-2: The management approach and its components

GRI 103-3: Evaluation of the management approach      

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GRI 401: Employment 2016

 

GRI 401-1: New employee hires and employee turnover

  • See Audi Report 2021 page 101
  • See Audi Report 2021 page 122 f.
  • 401-1 a:  Data on the rate of new employee hires is not available since this key figure is not collected. Audi uses the absolute number of employees in relation to new employee hires. The fluctuation takes into account: terminations, exits at the employees’ own request without a rehire guarantee, and service termination agreements. Absolute figures are not used as an internal control and are therefore not available in a reportable format.
  • 401-1 b:  The data for the entire Audi Group is not recorded systematically at present. Collecting this data manually would be highly complex due to the autonomy of the companies, and a disproportionately high level of effort would be required ­owing to the size of the Group. No reporting therefore takes place for these reasons and also due to the fact that the figure is not relevant for control purposes.

GRI 401-3: Parental leave

GRI 402 Labor/Management Relations

GRI 103: Management Approach 2016

 

GRI 103-1: Explanation of the material topic and its boundary

GRI 103-2: The management approach and its components  

GRI 103-3: Evaluation of the management approach

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GRI 402: Labor/Management Relations 2016

 

GRI 402-1 Minimum notice periods regarding operational changes

  • In the event of operational changes, the company undertakes to inform the employees of these in a timely manner. Besides statutory obligations, which are complied with in full, arrangements in company agreements also apply.

GRI 403 Occupational Health and Safety

GRI 103: Management Approach 2016

 

GRI 103-1: Explanation of the material topic and its boundary

GRI 103-2: The management approach and its components   

GRI 103-3: Evaluation of the management approach

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GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety 2018

 

GRI 403-1: Occupational health and safety management system

  • Comprehensive health management and an integrated occupational safety system are two of the ways in which Audi seeks to minimize work-related accidents and improve the health resources of its employees, while also promoting their physical and mental performance.
  • Group-wide standards are helpful in this regard. For all operational processes, the company and Works Council representatives have developed measures to prevent accidents and damage to health as well as to design safe processes, equipment and vehicle components. The Board of Management bears overall responsibility for compliance with the statutory regulations on occupational health and safety. Furthermore, each operations leader is responsible for occupational safety in their supervisory and functional area. This is also laid down in a works agreement on occupational safety that covers all employees of AUDI AG.

GRI 403-2: Hazard identification, risk assessment, and incident investigation

  • Comprehensive risk assessments and regular workplace inspections including an evaluation are part of the basic repertoire in the daily work routine at Audi in order to prevent accidents and health impairments.

GRI 403-3: Occupational health services

  • Comprehensive health management at Audi ensures that employees have access to high-quality occupational health services. In the case of activities that are potentially hazardous to human health, for instance, occupational health medicals
    and suitability examinations are offered to ensure that the risk of damage to health is kept to a minimum.

GRI 403-4: Worker participation, consultation, and communication on occupational health and safety    

  • As part of the Audi ergonomics strategy, the company promotes intelligent work organization along with measures to apply the standards on an international scale, for example. Through targeted consultations, Audi raises its employees’ awareness of the issue and encourages them to put forward their own suggestions, thus allowing them to design their own workplace. The ergonomics coordinators at all Audi sites discuss measures and developments several times a year.


GRI 403-5: Worker training on occupational health and safety

  • To guarantee that all aspects of occupational health and safety are observed, Audi offers a wide range of training courses for various employees in order to prevent potential hazards. For example, there are specific training courses for new employees, group leaders or employees who must work with critical machinery.

GRI 403-6: Promotion of worker health

  • The company offers a number of programs to promote the health of its workforce. For the past two years, most of the activities have taken place digitally – with the advantage that employees at both sites can participate and access is less complicated. On average, 150 employees take part in online presentations.

GRI 403-7: Prevention and mitigation of occupational health and safety impacts  directly linked by business relationships

  • For all day-to-day operations, the company and Works Council representatives have developed measures to prevent accidents and damage to health as well as to design safe processes, equipment and vehicle components.

GRI 403-8: Workers covered by an occupational health and safety management system

  • Occupational health and safety measures apply to all employees of AUDI AG.

GRI 403-9: Work-related injuries

  • See Audi Report 2021 page 101
  • In 2021, there was one fatal workplace accident in the Audi Group. Workplace accidents involving temporary workers or employees of external companies are not included in the reported accident frequency figure for reasons of confidentiality and data protection. All injuries sustained at any of the Audi Group’s vehicle-producing companies are documented and analyzed in accordance with country-specific requirements. Similarly, all hazards that employees face at the companies are systematically assessed and documented as required by country-specific regulations. Details are not published for confidentiality reasons.

GRI 404 Training and Education

GRI 103: Management Approach 2016

 

GRI 103-1: Explanation of the material topic and its boundary

GRI 103-2: The management approach and its components

GRI 103-3: Evaluation of the management approach

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GRI 404: Training and Education 2016

 

GRI 404-1: Average hours of training per year per employee

GRI 404-2: Programs for upgrading employee skills and transition assistance programs

GRI 404-3: Percentage of employees receiving regular performance and career development reviews

  • Taking equal opportunity and equal treatment into account, the disciplinary managers/supervisors conduct an annual appraisal meeting for all employees of AUDI AG with variable performance-based pay as well as for non-pay-scale employees.

GRI 405 Diversity and Equal Opportunity

GRI 103: Management Approach 2016

 

GRI 103-1: Explanation of the material topic and its boundary      

GRI 103-2: The management approach and its components

GRI 103-3: Evaluation of the management approach

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GRI 405: Diversity and Equal Opportunity 2016

 

GRI 405-1: Diversity of governance bodies and employees

  • See Audi Report 2021 page 122 f.
  • Further informationen
  • 405-1: The data for the entire Audi Group is not available since this information is not relevant for control purposes owing to the autonomy of the companies and the size of the Group.
  • 405-1 b ii: Only the key figure for AUDI AG is relevant for control purposes owing to the size of the Group and the autonomy of the companies. The scope is limited to AUDI AG data for this reason.

 

GRI 405-2: Ratio of basic salary and remuneration of women to men   

  • Through collective bargaining agreements involving the unions and management, AUDI AG undertakes to ensure that part-time and full-time employees receive equitable and fair pay; the activity alone determines remuneration.

GRI 412 Human Rights Assessment

GRI 103: Management Approach 2016

 

GRI 103-1: Explanation of the material topic and its boundary

GRI 103-2: The management approach and its components  

GRI 103-3: Evaluation of the management approach     

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GRI 412: Human Rights Assessment 2016

 

GRI 412-1: Operations that have been subject to human rights reviews or impact assessments

GRI 412-2: Employee training on human rights policies or procedures

  • Audi uses a range of training measures to convey information on the topic of human rights in the company. For example, a chapter of the “Audi Code of Conduct and Ethical Decision-­Making” WBT has been used since the end of 2018 to provide a basic understanding. The training is obligatory for the entire workforce. As of Dec. 31, 2021, 99.81 percent of all employees had completed the approx. 45-minute training.
  • The topic is likewise anchored in the form of basic knowledge in the 30-minute WBT on “Compliance Awareness,” which has been available on a voluntary basis since the beginning of 2020. Around 240 employees took part in this training in the past year. 
  • Since the end of 2020, there is a 90-minute live online training course entitled “Business and Human Rights in the Corporate Context – Respecting Human Rights.” This training course can be booked by all employees, although it is specifically aimed at employees who have direct responsibility for or heightened impact on the topic in their everyday work.
  • Participation in the obligatory WBT Code of Conduct: 99.81%
    In figures: Actual participation: 53,445
    Target participation: 54,089 (as of December 31, 2021)
  • Participation in the voluntary live online training course "Human Rights":
    50 participants (as of: December 31, 2021) (Note: 5 courses in total)
  • Participation in the voluntary WBT Compliance ­Awareness: Approx. 240 participants including repeat participants (as of: December 31, 2021)
  • Further measures to raise employee awareness outside of training formats include presentations during online events on sustainability or compliance topics.

GRI 412-3: Significant investment ­agreements and contracts that include human rights clauses or that underwent human rights screening

GRI 414 Supplier Social Assessment

GRI 103: Management Approach 2016

 

GRI 103-1: Explanation of the material topic and its boundary

GRI 103-2: The management approach and its components

GRI 103-3: Evaluation of the management approach     

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GRI 414: Supplier Social Assessment 2016

 

GRI 414-1: New suppliers that were screened using social criteria

GRI 414-2: Negative social impacts in the supply chain and actions taken

GRI 416 Customer Health and Safety

GRI 103: Management Approach 2016

 

GRI 103-1: Explanation of the material topic and its boundary  

GRI 103-2: The management approach and its components 

GRI 103-3: Evaluation of the management approach       

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GRI 416: Customer Health and Safety 2016

 

GRI 416-1: Assessment of the health and safety impacts of product and service categories

  • Audi’s commitment to quality is based also and especially on social change, customer requirements, statutory and regulatory requirements as well as the binding internal Code of Conduct. All divisions formulate their quality requirements in goals, control these independently based on key figures, are subject to independent controls and contribute to the achievement of corporate goals. Audi attaches particular importance to producing high-quality and safe vehicles. And it continues to keep an eye on its products even after they have been delivered to customers – in line with product monitoring obligations. On the request of the Board of Management, the Product Safety Committee (APS) examines topic-related reports for delivered vehicles and products and initiates measures if requirements for the necessary product safety or regulatory conformity are not met. Likewise, the APS handles responses to inquiries from authorities and consumer protection associations in the area of product safety and conformity when vehicles and products already on the market are affected.

GRI 416-2: Incidents of noncompliance concerning the health and safety impacts of products and services

  • In addition to interfaces to the Environmental Compliance Management System (ECMS) and Product Compliance Management System (PCMS), the interface to the Compliance Management System (CMS) should also be highlighted in terms of continuous development and improvement. Goals in this respect include exchanging information on process weaknesses, initiating improvement measures when necessary and therefore minimizing compliance risks related to product safety and product conformity. In 2020, Audi began establishing product compliance and the Product Compliance Management System (PCMS) as a regulatory framework for ensuring product compliance in the company. Every employee plays their part in ensuring that product compliance risks are minimized by complying with regulations in the Corporate Policy U_059.

GRI 417 Marketing and Labeling

GRI 103: Management Approach 2016

 

GRI 103-1: Explanation of the material topic and its boundary

GRI 103-2: The management approach and its components 

GRI 103-3: Evaluation of the management approach

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GRI 417: Marketing and Labeling 2016

 

GRI 417-1: Requirements for product and service information and labeling

GRI 417-2: Incidents of non-compliance concerning product and service information and labeling

  • AUDI AG never provides general information on the scope of field measures.

GRI 417-3: Incidents of non-compliance concerning marketing communications  

  • There were no fines or sanctions related to marketing and communications during the 2021 reporting year.

GRI 418 Customer Privacy

GRI 103: Management Approach 2016

 

GRI 103-1: Explanation of the material topic and its boundary    

GRI 103-2: The management approach and its components   

GRI 103-3: Evaluation of the management approach   

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GRI 418: Customer Privacy 2016

 

GRI 418-1: Substantiated complaints concerning breaches of customer privacy and losses of customer data

  • As in the previous year, there were no substantiated complaints concerning breaches of customer privacy in 2021.

GRI 419 Socioeconomic Compliance

GRI 103: Management Approach 2016

 

GRI 103-1: Explanation of the material topic and its boundary    

GRI 103-2: The management approach and its components

GRI 103-3: Evaluation of the management approach 

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GRI 419: Socioeconomic Compliance 2016

 

GRI 419-1: Non-compliance with laws and regulationsin the social and economic area

  • Any known cases of actual and suspected compliance violations are isolated cases without a systemic cause. The total number of cases is not reported for confidentiality reasons.

Audi Report 2021
Audi Report 2021

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Audi Report 2021

Welcome to the Audi Report 2021, the combined annual and sustainability report from AUDI AG. This report combines financial perspectives as well as Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) issues in a unique and transparent manner.

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