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World Environment Center awarding 30th Anniversary Gold Medal Award for sustainable development to Volkswagen Group

19 December 2013

The World Environment Center (WEC) will award its 30th Annual Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development to the Volkswagen Group. WEC is recognizing Volkswagen for its comprehensive commitments to environmental sustainability operations, most notably through its holistic sustainable business model, Think Blue. Volkswagen will accept the Gold Medal Award on 15 May 2014 during the Gold Medal Presentation Ceremony in Washington, DC.

Volkswagen’s Gold Medal submission was evaluated through a global competition with companies in multiple business sectors by WEC’s independent Gold Medal Jury chaired by Dr. Joel Abrams, Professor Emeritus at the University of Pittsburgh. The jury determined that Volkswagen earned the award on the merits of its long-term dedication to integrating sustainability into its business products and operations.

Think Blue is Volkswagen’s holistic vision toward attaining a sustainable business model throughout the company’s global operations and, to date, focuses on a range of clean diesel vehicles, sustainability contracts with suppliers, efficiency training throughout Volkswagen’s global workforce, and LEED-certified facilities.

It is a great honor for Volkswagen to receive the Gold Medal Award for Sustainable Development in 2014. This award serves to further motivate and encourage Volkswagen to reach our ambitious goals in the forthcoming years.

—Volkswagen Group Head of Sustainability Gerhard Prätorius

The World Environment Center’s Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development was established in 1985 to recognize significant industry initiatives in global environmental excellence and sustainable development. Recent recipients of the WEC Gold Medal Award are: Unilever (2013), IBM (2012), Nestlé (2011), Wal-Mart Stores (2010), The Coca-Cola Company (2009), and Marks & Spencer (2008).

The Gold Medal Jury is independent of WEC and its programs, and comprises international leaders from academia, government, non-governmental organizations and retired industry professionals.

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