Germany

Germanwatch vs. Volkswagen

Jurisdiction: National Point of Contact for OECD Guidelines


Side A: Germanwatch (Ngo)


Side B: Volkswagen (Corporation)


Core objectives:

Climate impacts of Volkswagen activities


Summary
Germanwatch alleged in its complaint that Volkswagen violated various climate obligations because of its climate damaging product range and business strategy. The complaint was grouped into categories panning the failure of VW to formulate detailed climate protection goals and insufficient compliance with self-commitment under the ACEA Agreement with the European Commission. It also accused the company of being in transparency breach by not informing its consumers about the actual fuel consumption of VW automobiles. 

Although the NCP notified the receipt of the complaint and forwarded it to VW, it rejected the case in November 2007 on the ground that alleged violations were outside the scope of the OECD Guidelines.
Case documents

from the Grantham Research Institute
from the Grantham Research Institute
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