NEW YORK, March 6, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — PA Consulting Group carried Volkswagen out a study and Volkswagen emerged as the greenest company in the sample with a score of 81 (out of 100). The study assessed five international automotive companies – Volkswagen, BMW, Daimler, Peugeot Citroen and Toyota – on three areas of sustainability: product portfolio, sustainability strategy, and transparency and operational performance, to provide a total score out of 100.
Behind Volkswagen, the gap between second and fourth place is just two points: BMW ranked second with 70 points, Daimler came third with 69 points, and sharing fourth were Toyota and Peugeot Citroen with 68 points. (As some of the criteria are measured relative to revenue, an external factor to take into consideration was the impact of 2011’s earthquake on Toyota’s performance in Japan.)
“As consumers get ever more environmentally conscious and regulations stricter, green performance in the automotive industry becomes a moving target,” said Tobias Reich, automotive expert at PA Consulting Group. “It takes relentless efforts in the three areas of sustainability to stay, or get on top.”