Ratings and Indices
Because analysts and investors view corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability as key indicators of forward-looking corporate governance, their recommendations and decisions are increasingly based on factors that include companies’ CSR and sustainability profiles. They look to sustainability ratings in particular to evaluate a company’s performance in terms of environmental compatibility, social responsibility and economy. Achieving top marks in these ratings not only sends a clear signal to stakeholders, but also helps make a company more attractive as an employer and boosts the motivation of its employees.
Before the emissions issue, Volkswagen held leading positions in sustainability rankings and indices such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices, the CDP Carbon Disclosure Project, Sustainalytics and oekom research. However, Volkswagen has now been downgraded or removed from these ratings.