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Kia Motors Corporation

Kia Motors Corporation is a publicly listed company headquartered in Seoul, South Korea. In 2020, it had USD 50 billion group revenue and produced 2,338 thousand light duty vehicles. Kia's emission reduction targets are not ambitious enough targets and its sales of low-carbon vehicles are low.

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


#1 1.8 /3 #5

Material Investment

#1 0.0 /0.4 #16

Intangible Investment

#1 0.0 /2.4 #7

Sold product performance

#1 1.9 /7 #20


#1 1.3 /2.2 #9

Supplier Engagement

#1 0.3 /1.2 #11

Client Engagement

#1 0.0 /0.8 #20

Policy Engagement

#1 0.2 /1.2 #18

Business Model

#1 0.4 /1.8 #12
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Risks and opportunities


Kia receives a trend score of – . If the company were reassessed in the near future, its score would likely decrease. Kia is projected to exceed its 1.5°C scope 3 carbon budget for 2020-2025 by 24%. Recent trends in low-carbon vehicle sales and emissions intensities suggest the company is unlikely to deliver significant emission reductions in the short term. Kia’s plan to ramp up electrification uses a market-oriented strategy. The company would benefit from board-level climate change expertise to inform its business strategy.

Progress towards the Paris Agreement

Just Transition Assessment

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  1. 2020

More about the company

Seoul, Republic of Korea
Revenue (2020)
USD 50.1 billion
Publicly listed
Number of vehicles sold (2020)

This company is part of the SDG2000, the 2.000 most influential companies

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