A clear internal structure with defined responsibilities enables the company to deal with sustainability issues stringently and effectively.
Sustainability is embedded as a core interdisciplinary topic in the Porsche Strategy 2025 Plus. The Chairman of the Executive Board is directly responsible for this topic, with additional support from the Executive Board for Production and Logistics.
Porsche’s sustainability organisation is implemented across the entire Group. A transparent internal structure with defined roles and responsibilities enables sustainability topics to be handled consistently and effectively throughout the business. In order to further reinforce the topic of sustainability, establish it more firmly in day-to-day operations and ensure that it is implemented more strictly, Porsche approved the Group Guideline on Sustainability during the course of the reporting year. This contains binding regulations pertaining to organisational processes, topic management, project implementation and the communication of all sustainability-related topics.
The Executive Board of Porsche AG acts as the highest authority on sustainability, meeting regularly as the Sustainability Board and setting the company’s fundamental strategic direction. It also decides on the realisation of far-reaching sustainability measures and lighthouse projects.
The core team dedicated to sustainability within the Policy and External Relations department acts as an interface for all aspects of sustainability within the business. It is responsible for the coordination of all sustainability activities and projects, implementation of the strategy, and management of the sustainability committees. The team also ensures integration with the Volkswagen Group’s sustainability activities and reporting. Additionally, it organises internal and external communications and the continual expansion of stakeholder dialogue.
The Sustainability Expert Group is responsible for developing the content of sustainability activities and submitting appropriate proposals to the Executive Board. It brings together members from all departments and meets four times per year. The permanent members of the Expert Group represent all of the relevant specialist departments in the company, where they act as multipliers. Group-wide collaboration within the Sustainability Expert Group was intensified in the reporting year through the inclusion of further representatives from the relevant subsidiaries. In addition, employees responsible for implementing the interdisciplinary sustainability strategy are delegated to the Expert Group by each company department. In order to further reduce the complexity of sustainability management within the Porsche Group, the Expert Group is expanding on an ongoing basis and playing a more substantial role within the organisational structure.
Porsche established its own Sustainability Council back in 2016, marking a key step forward in terms of expanding and enhancing corporate stakeholder dialogue. The Porsche Sustainability Council has been an important source of ideas and impetus for the Executive Board and the entire company ever since. It is composed of internationally renowned representatives from the scientific and public communities. The current members of the Porsche Sustainability Council are Prof. Sonja Peterson, Prof. Lucia Reisch, Prof. Maximilian Gege, Prof. Ortwin Renn and Prof. Klaus Töpfer. In the reporting year, the Sustainability Council held two consolidated meetings with the Porsche Executive Board. It also met twice with the Sustainability Council Coordination Office and technical experts and had a consultative meeting with the members of the Volkswagen Group Sustainability Council. Individual members of the Council were also given greater involvement in processes relevant to management, such as the verification of the Porsche Sustainability Index and the development of strategic sustainability management. The Liveable City of the Future project established by the Council also helped intensify stakeholder dialogue on the topic of future urban mobility. Cooperation with the Council is to be further expanded in 2020.