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Kia Motors Corporation

Kia Motors Corporation is a publicly listed auto manufacturer headquartered in Seoul, South Korea. In 2019 it had US$49.9 billion in revenue and sales of over 2.6 million vehicles. Kia has a global presence. Its vehicle sales are highest in the US, followed closely by Europe, South Korea and China.

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Performance module name Performance module score Rank (0-30)


0.9 /3 #12

Material Investment

0.0 /0.4 #12

Intangible Investment

1.2 /2.4 #10

Sold product performance

3.5 /7 #15


0.9 /2.2 #14


0.3 /1.2 #10


0.5 /0.8 #9

Policy Engagement

0.8 /1.2 #1

Business Model

0.4 /1.8 #10

Leading practices

No leading practices were identified for this company.

Risks and opportunities


Kia is awarded a trend score of -. If the company were reassessed in the near term, its score would most likely decrease. Thus far, Kia has not shown any meaningful reductions in either its manufacturing emissions or vehicle in-use emissions. The company’s unambitious targets to reduce scope 1 and 2 emissions along with its lack of targets to decrease vehicle in-use emissions indicates that Kia’s trend of increasing emissions is set to continue. Nevertheless, Kia has set out capital investment of US$25 billion equivalent towards achieving the goals of its ‘Plan S’ strategy to shift from internal combustion engine vehicles to electric vehicles and customised mobility solutions. This investment is a positive commitment, though the current goals of Kia’s strategy are not ambitious enough to drive alignment with the company’s decarbonisation pathway.

Progress towards the Paris Agreement

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  1. 2021

More about the company

South Korea
Ownership structure
Publicly listed
Revenue (2019)
US$49.9 billion
Number of vehicles sold (2019)