VW’s compliance monitor urges greater transparency

August 27, 2018 11:25 CET

WOLFSBURG – Volkswagen Group’s external compliance monitor, Larry Thompson, a former U.S. deputy attorney general, said he disagreed with some VW executives’ use of privacy and attorney client privilege rights to withhold information about a $27 billion global emissions cheating scandal.

VW was ordered by the United States Department of Justice to deliver three annual reports examining the cause of pollution violations to Thompson.

“With respect to the VW Defendants’ assertions of privilege and work product, the ICA has disagreed with some of the VW Defendants’ assertions,” Thompson’s interim report said on Monday.

“The VW Defendants have promised further improvements in their provision of information, and increased the frequency of discussions with the ICA regarding this topic.”

Thompson was installed as VW’s independent compliance auditor last year after U.S. authorities blew the whistle on Volkswagen’s excessive diesel pollution on Sept. 18, 2015.

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