Responsible supplier relations

As part of the Volkswagen Group, we have adopted the “Sustainability in Supplier Relations” concept. The “Sustainability in Supplier Relations” concept is based on three main pillars: requirements, monitoring, and development. The idea is to minimize and avoid negative social, environmental, and financial impact along our supply chain.

  • Requirements that suppliers have to meet

    The Volkswagen Group’s requirements regarding
    sustainability in supplier relations span a range of issues,
    including environmental protection, employee rights, fair
    market conduct, and transparent business relations,
    and have been a mandatory element of all contracts since
    2015. We also expect our tier 1 suppliers to pass these
    requirements on to their own suppliers.

  • Supplier monitoring

    In order to identify and minimize risks early on, we use the Self-Assessment Questionaire (SAQ). Our business partners are asked to complete the SAQ and to document which measures they have taken in selected areas. The SAQ, which is widely used in the industry, was developed by the Volkswagen Group together with other automotive groups. MAN also appoints independent auditors to conduct sustainability audits, which scrutinize our suppliers for compliance with environmental, social, and human rights standards.

  • Supplier training

    Throughout all process steps and measures, the focus is
    on fair dialog between partners and on supplier development,
    in the interests of continuous, long-term collaboration.
    To ensure that the concept of sustainability is firmly anchored
    in our supply chain, all suppliers can access the e-learning
    module on sustainability.

Responsible supplier relations

As part of the Volkswagen Group, we have adopted the “Sustainability in Supplier Relations” concept. The “Sustainability in Supplier Relations” concept is based on three main pillars: requirements, monitoring, and development. The idea is to minimize and avoid negative social, environmental, and financial impact along our supply chain.

Requirements that suppliers have to meet

The Volkswagen Group’s requirements regarding sustainability in supplier relations span a range of issues, including environmental protection, employee rights, fair market conduct, and transparent business relations, and have been a mandatory element of all contracts since 2015. We also expect our tier 1 suppliers to pass these requirements on to their own suppliers.

Supplier monitoring

In order to identify and minimize risks early on, we use the Self-Assessment Questionaire (SAQ). Our business partners are asked to complete the SAQ and to document which measures they have taken in selected areas. The SAQ, which is widely used in the industry, was developed by the Volkswagen Group together with other automotive groups. MAN also appoints independent auditors to conduct sustainability audits, which scrutinize our suppliers for compliance with environmental, social, and human rights standards.

Supplier training

Throughout all process steps and measures, the focus is on fair dialog between partners and on supplier development, in the interests of continuous, long-term collaboration. To ensure that the concept of sustainability is firmly anchored in our supply chain, all suppliers can access the e-learning module on sustainability.