, 2019-10-22 00:09:34


Understanding compliance in the Volkswagen Group includes: Adherence to legal requirements, internal corporate policies, ethical principles, and self-imposed values for the protection of the company and its brands.

In the long term, a company can only be successful if it acts with integrity, complies with statutory provisions worldwide, and stands by its voluntary undertakings and ethical principles, even when this is the harder choice.  We remain committed to this principle and compliance must be second nature to all Volkswagen Group employees.           

Volkswagen takes a preventive approach to compliance, which heightens employee awareness and knowledge in order to prevent potential rule breaches before they happen. In 2015 and 2016 alone, over 380,000 employees across the Group received training on compliance issues. Group Internal Audit and Group Security complete systematic compliance checks, conduct necessary investigations on a regular basis, perform spot checks in the absence of suspicion, and examine the circumstances in cases of alleged misconduct. Human Resources and Group Legal respond by applying the relevant measures. These processes are closely integrated to form a holistic compliance management system. However, we are aware that even the best compliance management system can never fully exclude the possibility of criminal action by individual employees.

The section further explores the following compliance topics:

  • The Volkswagen Group Code of Conduct for Employees
  • The Volkswagen Group Code of Conduct for Business Partners
  • The Volkswagen Group Whistle-blower System

The Volkswagen Group Code of Conduct for Employees.

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The Code of Conduct is a common set of guidelines for all employees in the Volkswagen Group. It helps in complying with existing rules and regulations and offers guidance, advice and support in everyday work situations and decision-making. The focus is on the responsibility of each individual employee to comply with the rules of ethical conduct.

Click the Download button below to view The Volkswagen Group Code of Conduct for employees:

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The Code of Conduct is based on shared values. It is a guide that incorporates both legal requirements and the Company’s own regulations. The focus is on honest, ethical conduct, integrity, and the issue of “responsibility” in general. Whether at work, in your role as a business partner, or as a member of society – the Code of Conduct is aimed at making it easier to deal with existing rules in the Company and at providing help and guidance in delicate situations.

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Hiltrud D. Werner, Board Member of the Group Board of Management for Integrity and Legal Affairs, highlights the significance of the Code of Conduct: “It is our joint responsibility to breathe life into the concept of “integrity” at Volkswagen. Specifically, this means that we should all know the existing rulesets, act responsibly, and make the right decisions”.

The content of the Code of Conduct has been updated, expanded and sharpened. The revised version also takes into account the frequently expressed wish for transparent and clear rules on ethical conduct. The new structure is well laid out, and the texts are easy to understand and concise. There are plenty of practical examples to help you apply the Code of Conduct in everyday practice. 

The Volkswagen Group Code of Conduct for Business Partners.

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The following requirements define the Volkswagen Group’s expectations regarding the way business partners act in their corporate activities. The requirements are considered a basis for successful business relations between the Volkswagen Group and its partners.

Click the Download button below to view the Volkswagen Group Code of Conduct for Business Partners:

Alternative reporting methods.

How do I make a report?

It is important to make sure the information contained in the report you submit to the Investigation Office is as concrete as possible so that it can be processed and investigated in the appropriate manner.

It is helpful if your report covers the following five questions: Who? What? When? How? Where?

Please make sure that the descriptions contained in your report can be easily understood by persons who are not specialists in your field. Maybe you would be available to answer further questions? That would be very helpful. If you would be willing to do so, but wish to remain anonymous and do not wish your identity to be disclosed to the Company, please contact the ombudspersons to make your report.