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Belgium: 1 Project

  • Bee-O-Monitoring | Audi | Environmental protection

    The project was set up to enhance biodiversity on and around the factory by ad hoc planting planning. A fraction of the pollens is collected on every bee by a harmless grid system at the entrance of the existing on-site hives and is analyzed at regular intervals.

    Analysis of the pollen do indicate, per period, the exact species “sampled” by the bees, giving qualitative and quantitative overview of the site and its surroundings nourishing resources for the bees and other foraging insects.

    For the future on site plantings, it will be possible to select indigenous plants of trees with blooming periods matching the food shortage period, improving the consistency of the food offer for the foraging insects of the site and around.

    The bee-o-monitoring can also be used on a later to quantify the added value of the new plantings to the biodiversity

  • Dual vocational training | Audi | Education

    Qualification of future skilled workers: Cooperation with two Brussels schools.

Czech Republic: 32 Projects

  • #SKODAAUTOHelps | ŠKODA | Fight with COVID-19

    As a result of COVID-19 pandemic situation, ŠKODA AUTO, in cooperation with ŠKODA Digilab, decided to help its community and actively participate on improving the situation. In terms of mobility, over 200 cars and 150 electric scooters were borrowed free of charge to NGOs, volunteers, health care providers, municipalities across CZ. They were used for transport of food and medical equipment / medical care to those in need. There were 40 956 grocery shopping & food delivered, 401 545 facemasks & respirators transported; scooters used over 280 health care providers. Due to the positive feedback of the stakeholders, 100 new ŠKODA Octavia vehicles were donated to providers of health and social services in the field. As an immediate financial support, ŠKODA AUTO allocated nearly 368 161 EUR to social services and to help people in need in the ŠKODA regions. Furthermore, ŠKODA AUTO also participated in project of 3D print and certification of protective equipment for medical front line (reusable facemasks, face shields) and the delivery to hospitals. In the second wave of the pandemic, ŠKODA AUTO delivered over 3 000 vitamin boxes to the medical front line to thank them for their work, as well as donated finances to obtain computers for study purposes for children in need. In total, ŠKODA AUTO used 4 million EUR.  

  • AZUBI Car | ŠKODA | Education and science

    AZUBI Car is a project undertaken by students at the ŠKODA AUTO Vocational School with the aim of boosting their design, technical and production skills. The end-goal of the project is to create a concept car based on a particular ŠKODA model.

  • Benchmark of schools in the region | ŠKODA | Technical education

    As a part of the strategic support of technical education, a unique comparison of primary schools was held in all three ŠKODA regions. The main aim of benchmark was the self-evaluation of schools and the definition of the weaknesses of individual schools. Following the benchmark, we created an individual strategic plan with a list of projects that will be implemented with the financial support from the company. In 2020, project included 33 schools with thousands of pupils and students.

  • Biodiversity projects within the ŠKODA AUTO plants | ŠKODA | Environmental protection

    Ecological conditions and land management of all ŠKODA plants located in the Czech Republic were always in focus. In addition to long-term activities in the field of planting new trees and shrubberies within suitable open areas or maintaining flowering meadows, a protected bumblebee meadow measuring 700 m2 was created in the Mladá Boleslav plant. Moreover, four beehives occupied by 240 000 bees in summer and by 60 000 bees in winter were installed in the Vrchlabí plant, which can now be proud of producing its own multi-flower honey.

  • Centrum Paraple: Mobility program for people with a spinal cord injury | Volkswagen Financial Services | Healthcare

    Paraplegia changes your life
    Your life can change from one moment to the next. Volkswagen Financial Services Czech Republic has been supporting the Centrum Paraple since 2015 so as to help patients with a spinal cord injury. This not-for-profit organization based in Prague is funded to 50 percent from donations. The center advises patients after their rehabilitation therapy, for example, and helps them lead an independent and active life.

  • Clean up Czechia | ŠKODA | Voluntary work

    ŠKODA employees are active citizens interested in long-term social progress. In addition to the ŠKODA Trees project, employees were (as same as last year) meant to take a part in the “Clean the world, Clean Czechia” event – a unique volunteering project which aims to clean the countryside by properly disposing of illegally dumped rubbish. During this day-long event, employees clean the countryside surrounding ŠKODA production sites. In 2020, this event was cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic situation. In despite of this fact, ŠKODA employees and their families realized partial clean-ups in small groups, in accordance with the government regulations.

  • Cooperation with ŠKODA AUTO | ŠKODA | Regional Support

    ŠKODA AUTO is anxious to cooperate with municipalities in the regions where the company operates, and enhances local resident’s quality of life by sponsoring cultural, sporting and other leisure activities. As part of this initiative, ŠKODA has entered into strategic partnerships with the towns of Mladá Boleslav, Vrchlabí and Kvasiny.

    In 2020, ŠKODA AUTO supported 20 projects with the cooperation of the city Mladá Boleslav, especially in the field of sport, culture, social services and education. This year ŠKODA AUTO focused mainly on help linked to COVID – 19 pandemic situation. Another 6 regional cities received financial support for realization of preventive health precautions. ŠKODA AUTO also supported the region Kvasiny through a close cooperation with municipalities. 50 projects were realized in the fields of safety, traffic safety, education, social services and free time activities. In the Vrchlabí region, the company supported 15 projects focused on mobility of social and health services, digital education, environment, sport and culture. The aim of all activities is to increase the attractiveness of ŠKODA regions, which is crucial for the sustainability and development of these regions. ŠKODA AUTO also cooperates with Czech government to support the development of roads and technical infrastructure via public finances.

  • Coronavirus-related donations | Volkswagen Financial Services | Health

    Volkswagen Financial Services Czech Republic has supported its longstanding CR projects during the coronavirus pandemic, such as the Centrum Paraple, a mobility program for people with a spinal cord injury, and the old people’s homes of the non-profit organization Sue Ryder with protective equipment. Colleagues there have also been very active in voluntary work. They did gardening at the establishments or sewed faced masks. Fleet colleagues provided the organizations with a total of nine vehicles. The charity organizations used them to deliver food, medication and other aid to the needy, drive homeless people to hospital and transport senior citizens. In acknowledgment of that engagement, the company was awarded the title of “Hero in the battle against the coronavirus” by the “CZECH TOP 100 Association.”  

  • Cycling for Children | ŠKODA | Children care

    ŠKODA AUTO is the principal partner of a project that supports children with cancer. The project is associated with the eponymous foundation set up by Czech racing cyclist Josef Zimovčák.

  • CZEPA | ŠKODA | Barrier free mobility

    In 2014, ŠKODA AUTO started working together with CZEPA (the Czech Paraplegic Association) on a mobility study. The aims is to improve the mobility of individuals with disabilities on the country’s main roads. Disabled road users can now use an interactive map, “Vozejkmap”, and a smartphone app to find accessible facilities including restaurants, parking spaces and more. The project also aims to educate the general public about mobility for people with disabilities through specialized seminars. In addition, ŠKODA has provided CZEPA with two customized vehicles, enabling disabled drivers to become mobile through a unique rental scheme.

  • Domov Sue Ryder: Support of this organization, which helps old and sick people and their families | Volkswagen Financial Services | Regional support

    Help in old age
    Volkswagen Financial Services Czech Republic believes it is important to help the elderly. The company has been supporting the Sue Ryder initiative since 2010. The focus of this not-for-profit organization is on supporting the elderly and enabling them to lead a dignified life. Sue Ryder runs old people’s homes and organizes charity events. Volkswagen Financial Services Czech Republic regularly takes part in the Sue Ryder Charity Cup and, among other things, has financed ceiling lifts for old people’s homes to improve residents’ mobility.

  • Endowment Fund ŠKODA AUTO | ŠKODA | Regional Support

    ŠKODA AUTO Endowment Fund was established in 2018 to increase the attractiveness of Mladá Boleslav region and its municipalities. ŠKODA AUTO allocated 30 million EUR in order to help achieve that goal. In 2020 more than 2,52 million EUR were committed for realization of local projects in cooperation with other stakeholders. Another 720 000 EUR were allocated for various development studies in 2020.

    Security projects successfully continued throughout 2020. Educative workshops with road safety experts were held for 2 536 pupils in various basic schools/ kindergartens across ŠKODA regions. These events are part of a campaign “Safe Friday”. Leisure time is another priority of the Fund. ŠKODA Gaming day event presented the best of virtual games, as well as presentations on topics of internet safety, hoax and well-being. For the second time, Mladá Boleslav hosted the innovative Maker Fair event. Over 2 000 visitors could see and try out both traditional and modern crafts like 3D printing. Thanks to the Fund, an old factory hall in Mladá Boleslav was reconstructed and opened to the public as a community center. The fund also supported rebuilding of number of playgrounds and sports facilities in regional cities. Significant financial support went towards the community through civil society grants.

  • Funding hospital clowns | ŠKODA | Child care

    Laughter is the best medicine – especially for sick children, whose days often do not include a lot of fun and games. ŠKODA has played a major role in supporting the charity Healthcare Clowns for 18 years in a row. Professional entertainers visit seriously ill children in hospitals across the Czech Republic, spend time with them and cheer them up with their infectious laughter. This treatment helps restore the young patients’ vitality. In 2020, ŠKODA AUTO financially supported the program by 400,000 CZK and lent cars for one year’s use.

  • “GET STARTED!” (ROZJEDU TO!) | ŠKODA | Child care

    ŠKODA AUTO has collaborated with the acclaimed Tereza Maxová Children’s Foundation to support disadvantaged children aged 11-15 living in children’s homes.

    The “GET STARTED!” project aims to improve the children’s employment potential by providing financial support and personal assistance. The funds are used to provide extra study hours, personal development activities and training programs. The project also assists children who wish to develop their skills in music and performing arts. The children were also provided with information regarding the job application processes and future job opportunities during multiple visits in several Czech companies. Since 2013, the project has helped 172 children.

  • IT for Kids | ŠKODA | Child care

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation, on-line education has become obligatory for most children, requiring them to have laptops and internet connections. ŠKODA AUTO decided to actively help children from disadvantaged families in ŠKODA Regions (Mladá Boleslav, Vrchlabí and Kvasiny) by obtaining the necessary equipment and internet connect for them. This was realized via the support of an existing project “IT for Kids” (established by Czech NGO Women for Women). The project is successfully functioning in the Czech Republic, and there are many companies involved and financially helping. ŠKODA AUTO donated 24 000 EUR, which has helped approximately 60 children to be able to study on-line.

  • Long-term employee donations | ŠKODA | Voluntary work

    ŠKODA AUTO employees have proved that they are interested in helping their communities. Since January 2014, they were able to participate in a long-term employee donation program. Participants regularly donate small or large sums of money to NGOs previously selected by employees in a company-wide poll; ŠKODA AUTO then doubles the donated amount. 80% of the funding goes to the NGOs. The remaining 20% is used to support an orphanage in Aurangabad, India.

    This year, employees also helped the medical frontline in one-time donation during the first wave of COVID-19.

  • LORM | Volkswagen Financial Services | Miscellaneous

    When the world is dark and quiet
    Running for a good cause to help deaf-blind children, youngsters and adults – that is the aim of employees at Volkswagen Financial Services Czech Republic who regularly participate in the charity run of the not-for-profit LORM organization and thereby support diverse campaigns by this initiative. People with severe vision or hearing impairments have it difficult in a society that rarely takes consideration of their needs. That is all the more so for deaf-blind persons, who lack the two most important senses to communicate and find their bearings in their environment. Volkswagen Financial Services Czech Republic has been working with the LORM organization in a spirit of trust since 2006.

  • PeopHESTIA – The Centre for Volunteering: Support for the organization through practical commitment | Volkswagen Financial Services | Voluntary work

    Voluntary assignments
    Volkswagen Financial Services Czech Republic motivates employees to do voluntary work and supports them in that. The company cooperates closely with the HESTIA Centre, for example. This non-profit organization helps find suitable voluntary work for people and supplies ideas for special campaigns, such as for children, senior citizens or the unemployed. For instance, employees regularly participate in various projects, repair play equipment, help out in the garden or just simply talk with the needy.

  • Regional grant programs | ŠKODA | Regional support

    ŠKODA AUTO continues with grant programs in order to support local community projects, together in cooperation with NGOs, municipalities, schools and other organizations. These can apply for a financial support in the following seven areas: traffic education, urban and rural road safety, support for technical education in primary schools, accessibility, childcare or ecology.

  • Rehabilitation institutes | ŠKODA | Barrier-free mobility

    Financial support for 3 most important rehabilitation institutes – (Kladruby, Hrabyně, Luže Košumberk), and support of mobility and rehabilitation care for Centre Paraple.

  • Safe Friday | ŠKODA | Road safety

    ŠKODA AUTO is actively working on making the roads safer places. The main aim of the concept Safe Friday is to increase road safety by educating of public, especially children, young drivers and seniors. As most accidents happen of Fridays, project Safe Friday was created to raise awareness about this problem. Due to Covid restrictions throughout 2020, many of our activities had to be transformed. As of September, all our trainings were done outside of schools (for 2187 pupils). A pilot online road safety training was introduced for seniors – in cooperation with University of the 3rd age in Vrchlabí (30 attendees). The cooperation with driving schools resulted in an educative workshop with nearly 40 representatives of driving schools from all Czech Republic attending. By the end of the year, we piloted this approach in Mladá Boleslav, and expanded our road safety research to other 2 ŠKODA Regions in CZ – Vrchlabí and Kvasiny. Also, a targeted regional media campaign is in place enabling people from both regions to mark potentially dangerous spots in road safety via web site. The best tips from last year’s campaign in Mladá Boleslav were realized in close cooperation with the city.

  • Science has a Future | ŠKODA | Technical education

    ŠKODA AUTO has always been a keen supporter of technical education. In particular, the company regards elementary-school teachers specializing in technical subjects as an important target group for this support. The aim of the “Science has a Future” project is to train, develop and support these teachers to improve their skills and enhance their knowledge of modern industrial career paths. This expertise is a vital factor in motivating students to pursue a scientific or technical career. The program has been supported by ŠKODA AUTO since 2013, with 246 teachers involved from the beginning.

  • Sheltered workshops | ŠKODA | Equal opportunities

    ŠKODA AUTO has been running “sheltered workshops” at its Mladá Boleslav facility since 2006. The creation of sheltered workshops followed in Kvasiny and Vrchlabí facilities. It currently employs approximately 300 people with disabilities. The workplace environment has been adapted to allow them to perform their tasks despite their disabilities. ŠKODA AUTO has also set up specialized workplaces, where employees with special needs work together with other employees to enjoy social interactions in their working lives.

  • ŠKODA and Tereza Maxová Foundation | ŠKODA | Child care

    The Educational Fund was founded by ŠKODA in a joint venture with the Tereza Maxová Children’s Foundation, as a follow-up to the ROZJEDU TO! (Get Started!) project. The Education Fund is intended for children aged 15 and above living in children’s homes. The project supports activities such as academic tuition, development and training programs, driving tuition, mentoring and psychological counselling. 119 children have been involved in the program since the beginning. The “GET STARTED” and “ŠKODA and Tereza Maxová Foundation” projects are going to merge into only one project, “GET STARTED”, in 2021. The aim is to create comprehensive approach by supporting children from age of 11 until the start of their carrier within one program.

  • ŠKODA Driving Licence | ŠKODA | Barrier-free mobility

    The new grant program aims to help people with physical disabilities get driving licenses. Successful applicants can obtain a financial support for paying the driving lessons. The project was established in 2018 in cooperation with the well- known NGO Konto Bariéry. Since the beginning of 2019, we have supported 53 people.

  • ŠKODA Handy | ŠKODA | Barrier-free mobility

    The ŠKODA Handy project aims to help people with physical disabilities enjoy more active and comfortable lives. In 2019 ŠKODA AUTO continued in developing of project and currently more then 4,600 customers used a services of ŠKODA Handy.

  • ŠKODA Road Safety Research | ŠKODA | Road safety

    ŠKODA AUTO acknowledges the importance of road safety and as such, considers road safety to be one of the company’s main priorities. This is why ŠKODA is actively involved in road safety research. A research team analyzes the causes and circumstances of various road accidents. This helps ŠKODA to understand car and driver behavior in traffic accidents and identify areas for future improvement.

  • ŠKODA Trees | ŠKODA | Environmental protection

    The “ŠKODA Trees” initiative supports nature conservation. Every car sold by ŠKODA in the Czech Republic helps the company plant a tree. Employees of ŠKODA AUTO and their families play an active part in finding the right places for trees planting. ŠKODA dealers and its customers are also active participants in this project. Until the year 2021, there will be 1 010 000 trees planted. The celebration of 1 millionth tree planting was planned for Autumn 2020. Due to COVID – 19 pandemic situation, the event was postponed to the following year.

  • Sponsoring young people with learning disabilities | ŠKODA | Education and science

    ŠKODA Academy creates opportunities for students with learning disabilities. A 3-year apprenticeship at Vocational school ŠKODA AUTO trains students for a professional career working in production-line teams. At the end of the dual-education course, successful graduates enjoy the security of a job at ŠKODA AUTO as respected members of the ŠKODA family.

  • Teribear charity run | ŠKODA | Child care

    In 2020, ŠKODA AUTO sponsored the unique charity run featuring “Teribear” (the mascot of the Tereza Maxová Children’s Foundation) for the 6th time. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in a unique form - virtually via Strava mobile app. Each kilometre run equalled 0,4 EUR raised for disadvantaged children. In this event, both ŠKODA AUTO employees and the general public participated. In 2020, a total of 400 000 EUR was raised to help disadvantaged children across the Czech Republic. Thousands of kilometres were run, reflecting the willingness and enthusiasm of all who contributed.

  • Wetland | MAN Energy Solutions | Nature conservation

    Wetlands have been established with support from an EU fund.

  • Young designers | ŠKODA | Technical education

    Since 2013, ŠKODA AUTO has been organizing a creative competition for elementary-school children. Pupils design their ideal “Dream car of the future”. The program promotes teamwork and creative thinking, and boosts children’s interest in technology and science. Since the competition was first launched, hundreds of children have taken part and dozens of schools have joined in. Due to COVID-19 pandemic situation, the celebration event was cancelled in 2020. Transformation and a new concept of this project was prepared and is going to be launched in 2021.

France: 1 Project

  • Emergency aid in the coronavirus pandemic | Porsche | Healthcare

    France was likewise severely hit by the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. Porsche France therefore supported the Hospital Group of Mulhouse and South Alsace with a donation so as to ensure that the very best medical care could continue to be provided. This donation enabled the purchase of 15 electrocardiographs for controlling the cardiac activity of Covid-19 patients.

    Porsche France also helped the not-for-profit organization Association du sport et plus by providing tablets and smartphones to sick children being treated in hospital. The restrictions meant that hospital visits were not possible for a time. Thanks to the support of Porsche, hospitalized children were also able to keep in contact with their family during that period.  

Great Britain: 16 Projects

  • Apprentice Training Facility | Bentley | Education and science

    Bentley has its own dedicated, state-of-the-art Apprentice Training Facility based at apprentice training provider Cheshire College – South & West. Opened in 2014, the facility is dedicated to the development of apprentices in Mechatronics, Wood, Trim and Paint where around 60 apprentices use workstations and workshops to develop their practical skills under the tuition of Master Trainers.

  • BeFit | Bentley | Health

    Bentley's BeFit programme is designed to provide employees with information on various health topics such as sleep, nutrition, physical activity, mental wellbeing and back care.

    It is an award winning programme recognized by CIPD and by UK Active as workplace of the year 2018.

  • Bentley’s ‘Flying Bees’ | Bentley | Environmental protection

    Bentley Motors’ site in Crewe is already famous for producing the models that have carried its “flying B” emblem on the bonnet for one hundred years, but thanks to a new biodiversity initiative, the company is now creating a buzz with the introduction of over 300,000 “flying bees” of a different kind. With the help of local beekeepers, four national hives, collectively home to British Apis Mellifera honey bees, have been successfully installed on grassland at the edge of the Bentley site. The area has been sown with bee friendly wild flowers – and as it borders the Cheshire countryside, it is proving to be the perfect habitat for the bees, who are settling in well and showing promising signs for the first honey harvest at the end of the summer.

  • Carbon Neutral | Bentley | Environmental protection

    Bentley have achieved Carbon Neutral status for the period 2018 and 2019. The certification from the Carbon Trust, which confirms that the company meets the internationally recognised PAS 2060 standard for carbon neutrality, reflects measures taken by the company to reduce the carbon emitted in its operations, including the use of renewable electricity. 100% of Bentley’s electricity is generated by either on-site solar panels or purchased as certified green electricity. Also, from Quarter 4 2019 all of Bentley’s gas supplies have been converted to ‘Green Gas’. All emissions that cannot be eliminated are compensated with high quality offsets.

    To secure the PAS 2060 certification, Gold Standard carbon credits have been purchased to offset the emissions that occur during the manufacturing process. The quantity and quality of these credits have been independently verified by the Carbon Trust, the world’s leading independent certification body for carbon footprints.

    The achievement reflects almost two decades’ work to make the historic Crewe site as energy and carbon efficient as it can be.

  • Children from socially underprivileged families are supported by employees (mentors) | Volkswagen Financial Services | Voluntary work

    Mentoring for young people
    Mentoring can make a key contribution to the personal and social further development of young people. That is why around 25 Volkswagen Financial Services employees are regularly involved in the mentoring program. They encourage and develop the pupils as coaches and advisors. The program is designed to run for one year. The initiative was launched in 2013 and some of the former pupils are now employees at Volkswagen Financial Services UK.

  • Coronavirus-related donations | Volkswagen Financial Services | Health

    Help for the region around Milton Keynes
    The Rent-a-Car team of Volkswagen Financial Services UK provided the Hope charity for the homeless with a Volkswagen van free of charge. Homeless persons throughout the UK were given temporary accommodation in hotels during the pandemic. The charity also supplies needy people with food parcels that are also donated by VW FS colleagues, among others. Our colleagues also give their time in addition to donating food. Since the closure of the gardens belonging to Willen Hospice and Keech Hospice, which the company supports, employees have done more than 200 hours of voluntary work in them.  

  • Covid | Bentley | Regional support

    Bentley extended its ‘Be Safe’ health and safety programme to look after the local community in Cheshire, as well as Bentley colleagues during the coronavirus crisis. The company focused on using its specialist skills to 3D print face-shields and supply them to the Cheshire care sector, the NHS and other local community services. Bentley also donated personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, facemasks, safety glasses and seat covers. Bentley ‘Meals on 22 inch Wheels’ service, colleagues volunteered to deliver essential items in the community.  

  • Financial support for the charity organization BEN | Volkswagen Financial Services | Miscellaneous

    Financial support for the charity organization BEN
    Volkswagen Financial Services UK has been supporting the aid organization BEN since the 1990s. It helps people and their relatives who work or have worked in the automotive industry.

    The local company assists in various campaigns, for example by providing vehicles, through fund-raising or by organizing Christmas dinners for residents of Olney, a town in the vicinity of Milton Keynes.

  • Mental well-being and prospects of children with Place2Be | Porsche | Healthcare

    Porsche Cars Great Britain supports the not-for-profit organization Place2Be in its mission to improve the mental well-being and prospects of children, families and communities throughout the UK. By doing so, they aim to heighten awareness for this fundamental social and health issue.

    Place2Be has more than 25 years of experience in working with pupils, their families and employees at British schools. It provides mental health support through one-to-one and group counseling. Place2Be also offers expert training and professional qualifications.

    In 2020, Place2Be worked with 700 schools throughout the UK and reached more than 380,000 children and youngsters. Place2Be also faced new challenges as a result of the global coronavirus pandemic and played a leading role in supporting many families and children in getting through these exceptional circumstances.

  • Pride | Bentley | Diversity

    Bentley partnered with Cheshire East Council for the North West of England’s first virtual Pride event. The announcement celebrates three key themes for Bentley: pride in the diversity of its colleagues at the home of Bentley in Crewe and around the world, hope and gratitude as the business begins to emerge from the COVID-19 crisis and ongoing support for the local community.

    To celebrate, a Bentley Continental GT V8 Convertible was wrapped in a rainbow design showcasing six of Bentley’s bespoke paint colours. The car featured during the online Pride event.

  • Rainwater harvesting | Bentley | Environmental protection

    Bentley Motors has installed an advanced rainwater harvesting system at its headquarters and production facility in Crewe, England. This marks the latest step in the British brand’s water usage reduction programme.  

  • Renewable energy | Bentley | Environmental protection

    Up to 40% of the electricity requirement at Bentley's Crewe headquarters is met by 20,815 solar panels covering over 34,500 m² of the factory's roof area. When it was first put in place, the installation was the largest of its kind in the UK. Owned and operated by a third party, the solar panels have a capacity of 5.1 MW and help reduce annual CO2 emissions by 2,500 t. This has been augmented with the new solar car port installation, bringing total capacity to 7.7MW. The car port adds another 10,000 solar panels to the portfolio, 30,815 in total. To complement the electricity generated on-site by solar power, all electricity purchased by Bentley from October 2017 is certified green. In addition to this Bentley has switch to ‘Green Gas’ from October 2019 meaning all of Bentley’s energy is from renewable sources.

  • Renewable fuels | Bentley | Environmental protection

    Bentley was the first luxury automotive brand to run its in-house logistics on 100 per cent renewable fuels. This follows the installation of hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) fuelling facilities at its site in Crewe.

  • The Bentley Fund | Bentley | Regional support

    Bentley supports the Cheshire Community Foundation, which provides funding for community projects that often struggle to secure financial backing. The charity manages the Bentley Fund, ensuring that the company's annual donation is effectively channeled to local projects that benefit health, education and children, and/or alleviate social deprivation.

  • University Technical College | Bentley | Education and science

    University Technical Colleges provide an exciting educational offering, backed by real business partners and a university. As a lead employer partner to the school, Bentley has been closely involved in all aspects of setting up the UTC, with colleagues serving as members of the Trust, acting as governors, mentoring students and providing input into the college curriculum. The UTC secured a GOOD Ofsted rating.  

  • Willen Hospice and Keech Hospice | Volkswagen Financial Services | Miscellaneous

    Support for hospice work
    
The Willen Hospice is located in Milton Keynes (where Volkswagen Financial Services and Volkswagen Group are based) and offers adults palliative care. Keech Hospice Care in Luton, approximately 30 kilometers from Milton Keynes, provides adults and children with palliative medical care.

    Volkswagen Financial Services UK supports the two institutions with around 30 fund-raising and voluntary activities, such as renovation work, abseiling, fire-walking or marathons. The company also helps in providing logistics for these activities.

Hungary: 33 Projects

  • Audi Hungaria Education Centre | Audi | Education and science

    The Audi Hungaria Education Center is a school that fosters cultural and educational encounter between Hungary and Germany. Pupils attend its kindergarten, primary school and high school up to when they gain university entrance qualifications, which are recognized by both countries (the Federal Republic of Germany and Hungary) or complete their vocational training. There are currently 720 children and youngsters at the Education Center.

  • Award for Dance | Audi | Arts and culture

    A soloist of Győr Ballet won an award for exceptional artistic achievements.

  • Biomonitoring using Honeybees | Audi | Nature and environment

    As part of Audi Hungaria’s efforts to strengthen biodiversity, the company built an apiary and settled bee colonies in 2015 in order to make the plant’s managers, employees and visitors aware of the importance of protecting bees. The project, which is conducted in partnership with the University of West Hungary, is also intended to promote research into bees.

  • Budapest University of Technology and Economics | Audi | Education and science

    “Budapest Litter Trap” project: preparations to install a litter trap by the Danube in Budapest in cooperation with the Audi Environmental Foundation in Ingolstadt, Clear Rivers and the partner university Budapest University of Technology and Economics.  

  • Christmas donations at Audi Hungaria | Audi | Social

    Living societal responsibility:exemplary initiative (role model) in the city of Györ with employees of Audi Hungaria, to include employees directly into the CR-activities of the company.

  • Donation to combat the coronavirus pandemic in the Győr region | Audi | Social welfare

    Audi Hungaria supports six medical and social welfare institutions in successfully protecting against the coronavirus. The money was used to purchase equipment that increases the standard of care and has since made the work of employees at the medical and social welfare institutions easier.

  • Donations for partner universities | Audi | Education

    Donations in kind for partner universities of Audi Hungaria for teaching purposes (Széchenyi István University of Győr, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, University of Miskolc, University of Óbuda), such as engines, a test bed, PCs and monitors.

  • DUIHK (German-Hungarian Industry and commerce chamber) events | Audi | Other

    shared events, publications

  • Establishment of a flower meadow | Audi | Nature and the environment

    Audi Hungaria planted a flower meadow in 2015 as an experiment. A seed mixture of 58 herbaceous plants was sown as part of the project. The flower meadow created as a result has a far higher ecological value thanks to its biodiversity.

  • Events for graduate students | Audi | Education and science

    Career counselling, interview training and self-awareness events for interns at Audi Hungaria.

  • Forest Project I and II | Audi | Nature and environment

    Reforestation following the NELDER-principle at two locations, support of the maintenance works and a science program regarding the capability to bind CO2 of the trees.

  • Formula Student Hungary | Audi | Education and science

    A competition for college students, in which they race against each other with self built and developed cars and engines.

  • Geothermal energy | Audi | Nature and the environment

    Supply of Audi Hungaria with carbon-neutral energy

  • Győri AUDI ETO KC Handball Club (Ladies) | Audi | Sport

    Traditional team from Győr
    15-time Hungarian champion
    14-time Hungarian cup winner
    5-time Champions League winner

  • Győr Ballet and Dance Ensemble | Audi | Arts and culture

    Internationally known, renowned ballet ensemble from Győr, guest performances on prestigious stages worldwide (New York, Tel Aviv, London, Moscow, Beijing).

  • Hungarian Innovation Association | Audi | Education and science

    The association organizes the youth talent show for science and innovation, with the goal of promoting cooperation with future scientists aged 15 to 20 and helping develop young talents. A further objective of the contest is to kindle an interest in engineering, sciences, technology, and research development among youngsters.

  • Hungarian National Ambulance Service Foundation | Audi | Social

    The foundation supports the technical development of machines and equipment, improves the working conditions of employees in the ambulance service, and broadens first-aid knowledge among the population by means of various educational programs.

    Audi Hungaria’s contribution has been to provide a vehicle for the foundation’s use.

  • Industrial internship for university lecturers and professors | Audi | Education and science

    Integration of lecturers and professors from partner universities of Audi Hungaria to enable them to acquire practical experience and to propose potential research topics for their teaching work.

  • Interactive exhibition center Mobilis for students from technical disciplines and children | Audi | Education and science

    Interactive exhibition and scientific center to promote interest in technology and engineering among youngsters.

  • Name rights for the Audi Aréna Győr | Audi | Sport

    A multifunctional arena, primarily for sporting activities such as handball, soccer and basketball, and for various cultural projects.

  • Plant visit and career advice for university students | Audi | Education and science

    Career advice plus a tour of the plant for university students so as to expand their professional horizons and career prospects.

  • "RestCent" Foundation | Audi | Social

    The fringe benefits of employees are not always completely used. The employer (Audi Hungaria) has agreed with the unions in the collective agreement to donate the amounts not used to the RestCent Foundation.

  • RITC Győr – Regional Innovation and Technology Centre | Audi | Education and science

    Systematic cooperation between the University of Győr and Audi Hungaria to build technology and skills in forward-looking topics and establish research cooperation ventures for technical innovations of relevance to industry.

  • Road traffic program | Audi | Education and science

    Together with the organization Vidám Kölykök, Audi Hungary runs a road safety program to fulfill its duties as a corporate citizen and protect younger generations against potential dangers.

  • Rooftop photovoltaic system | Audi | Nature and environment

    Commissioning of Europe’s largest rooftop photovoltaic system, making Audi Hungaria a carbon-neutral site

  • Scientific Students’ Conference at Budapest University of Technology and Economics | Audi | Education and science

    The conference’s objective is to encourage students to deal more intensively with specific specialist subjects. Audi Hungaria’s contribution: financial support and a professional presence.

  • Social support for the Petz Aladár Hospital in Győr | Audi | Social

    Regional hospital of Győr-Moson-Sopron County

    Emergency aid from Audi Hungaria to combat the coronavirus: support in procuring ventilators
     

  • Sponsoring of cultural events, benedictine abbey of Pannonhalma (Jazz Terrace St. Martinsday) | Audi | Arts and culture

    Events and shared initiatives

  • Sponsorship of 5 Formula Student teams | Audi | Education

    Student organizations in the field of Formula Student motor racing

  • Sponsorship of Philharmonic Orchestra Győr | Audi | Arts and culture

    Sponsoring of the philharmonic orchestre of Győrshared projects.

  • Stone dust project, reclassification | Audi | Nature and environment

    Disposal of the contaminated by-product stone dust.

  • Support for the General Practitioner Emergency Service | Audi | Social

    Audi Hungaria is ensuring that the General Practitioner Emergency Service remains mobile and available by providing it with a vehicle.
     

  • Széchenyi István University Győr | Audi | Education and science

    Strategic scientific cooperation ventures with the partner university in Győr, focusing on teaching, research and development, and innovations. Institutionalized collaboration with the Audi Hungaria Faculty of Automotive Engineering and with the innovative competence centers to leverage the potential for obtaining highly qualified junior staff.

  • United Health and Social Care Institute of Győr | Audi | Social

    Audi Hungaria is ensuring the institute’s mobility and the availability of its services by providing it with a vehicle.

Ireland: 1 Project

  • Children’s Hospitals | Volkwagen Financial Services | Social welfare, Voluntary work

    Employees from Volkswagen Financial Services Ireland and Volkswagen Group Ireland jointly established a fund-raising committee at the end of 2018, with the objective of collecting money for Temple Street Children’s University Hospital. At the beginning of the year, employees from the two companies worked with the Temple Street Foundation to come up with ideas for raising donations for the children’s hospital. They staged campaigns such as “The Great Irish Bake,” the “Women’s Mini Marathon” and a raffle.

Italy: 64 Projects

  • Alternanza scuola- lavoro (Vocational Training) | Automobili Lamborghini | Education and science

    Vocational Training activation with high schools students in order to provide an innovative learning experience and combine knowledge and practice by orienting students aspirations and open up learning and didactics to the outside world.

  • Biomonitoring | Ducati | Environmental Protection

    The purpose of the project is to verify the possible environmental impact of Ducati activities on excellent bioindicators such as bees. For this reason, in April 2016, an apiary was placed in an area inside the factory that includes nearby track test, trigeneration plant, wastewater treatment plant and some production emissions. Ducati’s apiary consists of three hives. Since 2016, all hives have been investigated by three samples of all the hive matrices (honey, pollen, wax, and bees themselves) to detect any local environmental pollution: heavy metals, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, dioxins and pesticides. When exploring the territory to collect nectar, pollen, propolis or water, bees intercept the polluting particles in suspension in the atmosphere. Their range of action is about 3 km radius. For this reason, the positioning of the apiary in Ducati is considered to be particularly representative because within the company, in a radius of 3 km, there are highly impacted activities such as the Bologna airport and the industrial area.

  • Boys & Girls days | Italdesign | Education and science

    Employees invite their children in the company. The children could participate to different activities according to their age, including 3D modelling.

  • Cancer prevention | Italdesign | Health and Prevention

    Employees could attend to three meetings where doctors told them about good habits that can reduce the risk of cancer (i.e. good alimentation, physical exercise).

  • Canteen food surplus redistribution | Italdesign | Social projects

    Food surplus in the company canteen is distribuited to poor families on the territory.

  • Car pooling service | Italdesign | Environment

    Italdesign promoted a service dedicated to car pooling.

  • Carbon Neutrality | Automobili Lamborghini | Environment

    This Carbon Neutrality project aims to offset CO2 emissions resulting from energy consumption by 100%. This is achieved through the annual purchase of Green Certificates and Carbon Credits to offset emissions linked to the consumption of energy from nonrenewable sources such as natural gas, gasoline and diesel. Ultimately, the company seeks to reduce dependence on nonrenewable sources and implement a sustainable energy program.

  • CAR POOLING Ducati (suspended due to Covid) | Ducati | Traffic and mobility

    To promote sustainable mobility, Ducati encourages employees to share cars when commuting to and from the workplace. Ducati offers all employees a mobile Carpooling app with the aim of protecting the environment by reducing CO2 emissions.

  • Christmas with AGEOP | Automobili Lamborghini | Social projects

    In 2016 Lamborghini started a collaboration with Ageop, an Association involved in the fight against cancer and leukemia in infancy. With the campaign "A small gift full of smiles" we involved our people in the collection of Christmas gifts for cancer- affected children. All the gifts collected were destined for several hospitals in Bologna with the big goal of giving them a moment of happiness and joy while fighting against severe diseases.

  • Circular economy & Upcycling | Automobili Lamborghini | Sustainabilty/Environment

    Circular economy - Recycling of carbon fibers materials
    In 2020 Lamborghini started a pilot project to investigate the feasibility of a recycling process to turn our carbon fiber waste into Recycled Carbon Fibre Materials that the Company can reuse inside the cars. So far approximately 16tons of materials were recycled.
     
    Upcycling - Re-use of carbon fiber scraps
    This pilot project was born from a collaboration between Automobili Lamborghini and the Technology Institute Experis Academy in Fornovo di Taro. Part of carbon fibers that cannot be industrialized internally in the production process of the CFK is delivered to the school, which reuses them in its own laboratory for educational purposes, to train expert technicians in the processing of carbon fiber composite materials (lamination). Scraps are used by the students to create new products of reduced dimension without the need of any further transformation.

    Re-use of leather scraps
    Thanks to an agreement with a local cooperative, part of Lamborghini’s leather scraps that cannot be used due to size or small defects are selected and transformed into high quality leather goods, using materials otherwise intended to be disposed of as waste. In this case the benefits are not just for the environment, as their production process is ethical and socially sustainable. In 2020 approximately 1,3 tons of materials have been upcycled and the small leather goods created were used as welcome gifts for our guests at the Lounges of Tokyo and New York.

  • Collaboration with non profit organization | Automobili Lamborghini | Social Projects

    Supporting social development in the community encouraging employees to show solidarity with local non-profit organizations by:

    1. “Libera Terra” gift collection for Christmas;
    2. Making donations to the “Associazione Giulia” on kids cancer support activities;
    3. Agreement with Emergency for social projects involving employees.
  • Connection to a District heating system coming from a biogas cogeneration plant | Automobili Lamborghini | Environment

    Automobili Lamborghini has become the first Italian automotive company to install a district heating system. Supplying hot water from a biogas-fueled cogeneration plant, the system is located in Nonantola (around six kilometers from the factory). The hot water produced by the plant (at 85 °C) is transported via underground pipes to the Lamborghini facility, where its thermal energy is used to heat the buildings. The biogas cogeneration plant has a total capacity of 1 MW. The project is expected to supply Lamborghini with a minimum of 7,200 MWh in thermal energy per year. The estimated annual reduction in greenhouse gases should come to approximately 1,780 t CO2.

  • Construction of Class A energy buildings | Automobili Lamborghini | Environment

    Starting from 2011, Lamborghini has established more restrictive criteria for the construction of its new buildings: all new buildings must be energy class A, according to the Emilia Romagna region’s energy classification.

    The outer structure of the buildings window surface has been designed to achieve the highest possible energy performance through the use of a very high performance polycarbonate facade system. All lighting, including for industrial areas, uses very high efficiency LED lights. Natural gas is not used to heat this buildings, because the air conditioning system consists of high performance heat pumps, so the only type of energy used during operation is electricity.

  • Coronavirus-related donations | Volkswagen Financial Services | Gesundheit

    There is still deep-rooted shock at the impact of the coronavirus outbreak in the spring.
    Colleagues from the “Moving Forward” team, the CR Committee of Volkswagen Financial Services Italy, launched a charity auction among employees at the end of March.
    Thanks to the company’s pledge to match the same amount raised by colleagues, the total sum came to more than €10,000. The donation will benefit the Italian Red Cross and the SorridiMi association. Both organizations are providing valuable support to the health system in the crisis: The Red Cross coordinates emergency management in the country, while SorridiMi’s voluntary workers are active in helping hospitals in the Lombardy region. The Volkswagen Financial Services Italy office is located there.

  • Dedicated events to employees and families & people care program | Automobili Lamborghini | People

    Dedicated activities inside & outside the company (e.g. special agreements with local shops and gyms, summer camps for employees' children, events, etc.)

  • Dedicated employee activities to prevent COVID-19 spread | Automobili Lamborghini | Health & Prevention

  • DESI Project (Dual Education System Italy) | Ducati | Education and science

    Lamborghini and Ducati go on with the social project jointly organized by both companies and inaugurated in 2014. The Dual Education System Italy (DESI) project was launched in collaboration with the Volkswagen Workforce Foundation, the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research, and the Ministry of Education of the Emilia Romagna region. The two companies have created a curriculum/program, new for Italy, based on the German dual-education model, which combines classroom-based theory with practical work experience placements.

    Starting from 2016, the successive classrooms of students, coming from the 3rd classes of the professional high schools Aldini-Valeriani and Belluzzi-Fioravanti in Bologna, started the first year of the two-year training path, necessary in order to obtain the professional Diploma from the schools and the competences certification from the companies.
    To manage this CSR activity, Lamborghini and Ducati have built modern, dedicated training centers inside their production facilities.

    The DESI dual-education program currently supports in Ducati 45 young people in their two last years at technical high school. It combines classroom-based theory with practical work-experience placements.

  • DESI (Dual education Sistem) | Automobili Lamborghini | Education and science

    "The Dual Education System was born in 2014 as a social project to develop the professional competences of socially disadvantaged juveniles and  integrate them into a company’s organization and culture.

    With DESI, we have been developing a new process for education and training in Italy, inspired by the German system. The Project is part of the Lamborghini Corporate Social Responsibility strategy that puts the accent on professional training and competences development.  The program combines theoretical education and training to ensure high qualified workers with concrete experience in the Company."

  • Diversity at lunch | Italdesign | Culture

    In order to promote diversity in the company, the diversity lunch was introduced: once a month the canteen serves food coming from one of the countries our employee come from.  

  • Environmental | Automobili Lamborghini | Biodiversity and Environment

    This project was set up to analyze local atmospheric pollution levels and produce honey for use inside the company in line with the relevant regulations.

    The project involved the installation of an apiary inside the Lamborghini BioPark made up of eleven hives. Every year all matrices (honey, pollen, wax and the bees themselves) from three of the eleven hives are sampled three times and analyzed to identify any localized environmental pollution: heavy metals, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, dioxins, but also any pesticides (190 active ingredients) used in farming and in urban or private green spaces.

  • Erasmus | Italdesign | Education and science

    Sponsorship of four Erasmus projects in collaboration with Polytechnics of Turin and TUM.

  • Family Day: Safety corner | Italdesign | Safety

    During the Family Day we're organizing a safety corner for both adults (i.e. how to fasten children's seats) and children (i.e. how to call for help when necessary).

  • Fisica in Moto (FIM) (suspended due to Covid) | Ducati | Education and science

    The purpose of this project is to awaken the interest of high-school students in physics and engineering, and encourage them to choose a suitable engineering university. “Fisica in Moto” (FIM) is an educational laboratory that targets secondary schools. Every year, FIM welcomes around 9,000 students, and in July, the laboratory hosts a one-week Summer School during which Italian high-school students who have scored top marks in physics meet up with experts and academics specializing in various scientific fields.

  • Founding membership of ITS Maker | Automobili Lamborghini | Education and science

    Lamborghini has become a founding member of ITS Maker, a specialistic High School dedicated to Mechanics, Mechatronics, Motoring and Packaging which realizes two-year post-diploma courses aimed at giving students access to the best mechanical and mechatronic companies in Emilia Romagna. The educational offer is characterized by a strongly laboratory and practical didactics, realized with experts in the field and with a high percentage of the training carried out in the company. At the end of the courses a diploma of V level EQF, valid in Italy and in Europe, is issued by the Ministry of Education.

  • Free annual vaccination | Automobili Lamborghini | Health and prevention

    Since 2013 Lamborghini offers free flu vaccination inside the Company infirmary during the working hours.

  • Free health insurance for employees and families | Automobili Lamborghini | Health and prevention

    Lamborghini offers free health insurance for employees and families

  • Free water | Automobili Lamborghini | Environment

    Free water dispenser at company canteen and break areas

  • Gender Equality: the creation of CapoD Network (Comunità di Aziende per le Pari Opportunità) | Automobili Lamborghini | Diversity & Inclusion

    To spread the culture of gender equality and girls and women’s empowerment under the Millennium Development Goals (SDGs 5), Automobili Lamborghini decided to create, together with other Companies and promoted by Città Metropolitana of Bologna, the local network called CapoD. The network works against every kind of discrimination and wants to support the integration of gender equality policies in Companies strategies, also within SMEs sector.

    Capo D wants also to promote and boost the presence of girls in STEM fields and to create awareness on gender equality within young generations, therefore it works together with schools in order to create dedicated events and initiatives about this topic, with the involvement also of some employees of the network as testimonials.

    With this community Lamborghini and the other Members created the opportunity for sharing best practices within the network and the territory, developing synergies and common projects in order to reinforce the spread of gender equality in our society.
     

  • Girlstech | Italdesign | Education and science

    Organization of three afternoons dedicated to employees' daughters divided into groups of similar age with participation to technology laboratories (i.e. coding).

  • Global Diversity | Italdesign | Culture

    Digital campaing on socials about diversity in terms of internationalization in the company.

  • Hybrid car fleet | Italdesign | Environment

    Usage of E-tron in the company fleets.

  • Installation and commissioning of 2 Trigeneration plants | Automobili Lamborghini | Environment

    A Trigeneration plants is a system that produces heating, cooling and electricity from a single fuel, in Lamborghini’s case natural gas. The transformation of heat energy into power for refrigeration utilizes the refrigeration cycle via an absorption chiller. The chiller exploits phase changes in the temperature of the refrigerant, combined with an absorbent.

  • Installation of 8 new stations in the Lamborghini Park and organization of free sports courses for employees | Automobili Lamborghini | Wellness

    In 2018 a new fitness trail was realized inside the Lamborghini Park: the path is 950 meters long, consisting of 8 stations that integrate the existing fitness area.

    All products have been made of FSC certified wood and CO2 emissions related to the production of equipment have been offset by the purchase of green certificates reforestation of tropical areas.

    Free wellness course have been offered to Lamborghini employees both in presence at the Lamborghini park and digitally on our internal platforms during the COVID period in order to keep everybody energy high.

  • Io poi do una cosa a te | Italdesign | Social projects

    Italdesign employees gather school material and toys that are then delivered to local social institutions.

  • Just the woman I am | Italdesign | Social Projects

    A team of employees on voluntary base participated to a run called Just the woman I am organized by Turin municipality in order to get money to finance research agaist cancer.  

  • KiSS program (2020 event cancelled due to Covid) | Ducati | Environmental protection

    The KiSS program (Keep it Shiny and Sustainable) is an environmental and social sustainability program developed for the MotoGP Championship. The project involves teams, competitors, spectators, the local community and non-profit organizations, and was developed specifically for the Grand Prix of Italy (Mugello) and the Grand Prix of San Marino (Misano). The project forms part of the Ride Green program organized by the FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme).

    The aim of the program is to raise public awareness of the importance of sustainable behavior at major sporting events, as well as in everyday life. Ducati is involved in many of the activities, such as raising the awareness of sustainability issues among Ducati Grandstand guests, organizing the collection of recyclable waste in the Ducati Grandstand and Ducati Team hospitality areas, collecting surplus food for subsequent donation to local organizations, and holding charity auctions.

  • Laptops donation to local secondary schools | Italdesign | Education and Science

    Used laptops are donated to the secondary schools of the territory.

  • Let's clean the world | Italdesign | Environment

    Participation to the event Let's clean the world organized by Legambiente. Employees cleaned a park in Turin supporting Legambiente volunteers. 

  • Maternity & Paternity program | Automobili Lamborghini | People

    Since 2017, Lamborghini developed a dedicated program for new parents that offers training, financial contributions and other support tools to assist Lamborghini’s new mums and dads (i.e: Mum coaching, pediatric first aid courses, specialized conferences on pediatric topics etc..)

  • Moby | Italdesign | Social projects

    Italdesign participated to the Toyota Mobility Foundation’s $4m Mobility Unlimited Challenge presenting Moby, the first mobility service designed for wheelchair users; it’s the bicycle-sharing  system equivalent for wheelchairs: it consists of “wheel-on”, semi-autonomous, electric devices, located in urban hubs, that will make travelling around cities much simpler and easier for people with lightweight manual wheelchairs. 

  • Moncalieri Jazz Festival | Italdesign | Culture

    Sponsorship of local jazz festival

  • MUNER | Ducati | Education and science

    The Motorvehicle University of Emilia-Romagna (MUNER) is a joint venture, strongly supported by the Emilia-Romagna Region, based on the synergistic relationships between four universities –Bologna, Ferrara, Modena and Reggio Emilia in Parma – and the automakers representing the best of “Made in Italy” with historical roots in the region: Automobili Lamborghini, Dallara, Ducati, Ferrari, Haas F1 Team, HPE, Maserati, Toro Rosso and Magneti Marelli. A whole region has teamed up in the name of research, innovation and technological development, with a single goal: growth and employment.

    Launched in 2017, the Motorvehicle University of Emilia-Romagna hub seeks to attract the best university students from all over the world to the region with the aim of training tomorrow’s engineers for subsequent careers in the corporate world. These young people will become the professionals who design high-performance road car and competition vehicles, sustainable propulsion systems, smart subsystems, and production plants based on smart manufacturing principles.

    The university offers an international inter-university M.Sc. degree and uses English as its official language. The student body consists of 150 selected students; visiting professors include tutors from the various automotive firms involved in the venture, who have also equipped the labs with state-of-the-art tools. Students can choose to specialize in six different areas: Advanced Powertrain, Advanced Motorcycle Engineering, Advanced Sportscar Manufacturing, High-Performance Car Design, Racing Car Design, and Advanced Automotive Electronic Engineering.

  • Muner (Motorvehicle University of Emilia Romagna) | Automobili Lamborghini | Education and science

    The Motorvehicle University of Emilia-Romagna (MUNER) is an association which was created thanks to a synergetic connection among the main universities of the Region and the automakers that represent the excellence of Made in Italy in the world and are historically rooted in this territory (Automobili Lamborghini, Dallara, Ducati, Ferrari, Haas F1 Team, HPE Coxa, Magneti Marelli, Maserati e Toro Rosso).

    The Motorvehicle University of Emilia-Romagna represents a hub that aims at attracting to the region the best university students from all over the world, with the goal of training and introducing into the corporate world tomorrow’s engineers, the professionals who will design street and competition vehicles, sustainable propulsion systems and subsystems for smart features, and production plants in keeping with Smart Manufacturing.

  • Oak Forest research project | Automobili Lamborghini | Environment

    This project aims to increase local biodiversity and create a teaching area for the scientific and local communities. It involves planting more than 10,000 young oak trees (quercus robur) in an area of just over 17 acres (70,000 sqm) in the municipality of Sant’Agata Bolognese (Bologna). The aim of this experimental project is to examine the relationships between plants, their density, the climate and CO2.

  • Office Block LEED Platinum Certified | Automobili Lamborghini | Sustainability

    In 2017, the company began construction of a new office building that complies with LEED criteria and is eligible for full certification under the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standard. This international green building standard promotes a sustainability-oriented approach, evaluating the performance of buildings in terms of key criteria such as energy efficiency, water consumption, reduced carbon emissions, the ecological quality of interiors, the materials and resources used, the way the project is managed and the choice of site.

  • Partnership with Italian and foreign Universities | Automobili Lamborghini | Education and science

    Research in automotive sector. Participation to universities workshop and career events with the goal of supporting innovation and boosting collaboration with institutions that are incubators of great ideas. Promote an active link between the world of Industry and University on topics such as mobility and the future of the automotive sector, in a context in which both industry experts and researchers can benefit from each other.

  • Partnership with research institutes | Automobili Lamborghini | Education and science

    Automobili Lamborghini started a cooperation with national and international research institutes in different medical and biomedical projects in order to promote research and innovation in the Automotive sector.

  • Partnership with Teatro Bibiena Sant'Agata Bolognese | Automobili Lamborghini | Culture

    Automobili Lamborghini supports the season of the Theatre in Sant'Agata Bolognese.

  • Partnership with Teatro Comunale of Bologna | Automobili Lamborghini | Culture

    Automobili Lamborghini supports the opera season of the Teatro Comunale of Bologna

  • Partnership with UniBo in Formula SAE | Automobili Lamborghini | Education and science

    Lamborghini is an official partner of the UniBo Motorsport Team involved in Formula SAE, the student automotive championship open to major universities all over the world. The Motorsport department supports the students in the task of designing, constructing and bringing on the track a prototype wheeled vehicle in the Formula SAE races.

  • Passive Safety presentation | Italdesign | Safety

    Passive Safety presentation in a secondary school.

  • Plastic free campaign | Automobili Lamborghini | Environment

    Starting from 2019 Lamborghini launched an internal campaign to announce that all company canteens have become plastic free. In the same all employees received personalized water bottles in order to reduce the consumption of plastic ones.

  • Preventive medicines | Italdesign | Health prevention

    Free medical examinations for employees.

  • Production of washable masks with Graphene Plus filters | Automobili Lamborghini | Health & Prevention

    Production of washable masks with Graphene Plus filters distributed to employees. The masks are produced with high performing materials to protect ourselves and others, respecting the planet.

  • Moving & Safety21 | Ducati | Road Safety

    Concerning road safety, both at national and european level, Ducati Foundation promotes information and awareness campaigns on several fronts.

    In 2019, Ducati Foundation with the Moving research group of the University of Florence continued to lead the development of projects and started new ones that, through a multidisciplinary approach, will be aimed at accident analysis and road safety dissemination and training courses.

    Ducati Foundation has also signed a partnership with Safety21, an Italian technology services company that offers advanced platforms and innovative outsourcing services for improving road safety standards, in order to create events and communication campaigns that promote the culture of road safety.

  • Safety at the workplace thesis sponsorship | Italdesign | Education and science

    Institution of an annual sponsorship in the field of safety at the workplace.

  • Setting up a company carpooling service | Automobili Lamborghini | Environment

    In 2017 Lamborghini implemented a Company Carpooling Service which allows employees to share their commutes in a convenient and flexible manner. The service will also allow CO2 savings to be measured by a dedicated platform.

  • Shape the future | Italdesign | Education and science

    ITI Agnelli school is a private secondary school that offers a special development path in collaboration with Italdesign.

  • SU-EATABLE LIFE | Ducati | Health

    Ducati has joined, in collaboration with Felsinea Ristorazione, the SU-EATABLE LIFE project, which aims to involve EU citizens in adopting a healthy and sustainable diet with the long-term goal of contributing to a substantial reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and water savings in the EU.
    As of February 2020, all dishes marked with the symbol “MY PLATE 4 THE FUTURE” in the canteen indicate that the choices by the employee have a low impact on the environment and are good for their health.

    Results obtained (February 2020):
    a) -0.22 kg of CO2 per meal per person
    b) -128 l of water per meal per person
    c) -35% red meat consumed

    After a break following the health emergency at Covid-19, the project has restarted on 15 October 2020 and involves employees through specific internal communications.

  • 'Tante cose per la testa? Metti la prevenzione al primo posto.' | Automobili Lamborghini | Health

    Encourage prevention and health care - partnership with Fondazione ANT Italia Onlus (Italian tumor association) providing female employees with specific preventive activities for breast cancer. Employees have the possibility to schedule a completely free and anonymous screening during working hours. 

  • The future of mobility conference | Italdesign | Education and science

    Organization of a free conference for university students dedicated to future mobility in collaboration with a cultural institution and Polytechnics of Turin.

  • Trigeneration plant | Ducati | Enviromental protection

    The aim of this project is to generate energy more efficiently than traditional power plants. Trigeneration, also known as CCHP, is a system which uses a single fuel to simultaneously generate energy for heating, cooling and electricity. The company’s trigeneration plant was commissioned in January 2016. It consists of two endothermic engines powered by methane gas that are used to produce electrical energy, thermal energy and cooling energy. The electricity produced by the trigeneration plant during  2019 met 84% of the Ducati factory’s total demand. The remaining electricity that must be purchased from the network is green energy (in 2019 entirely from wind farms).

    This allows Ducati to successfully reduce its CO2 emissions by 54% in 2019 compared with 2013.

  • Uniti per Ripartire | Porsche | Equal opportunities

    Together with its dealer network in Italy, Porsche Italia donated €1.3 million to Caritas Italiana as part of the “Uniti per Ripartire” (“United to Restart”) campaign to provide concrete assistant to persons most affected by the Covid-19 crisis. The 30 Porsche dealers acted as ambassadors for the campaign: From June 1 to August 10, they donated a sum of money to the regional Caritas organization for each vehicle shipped to end customers. The customer then chose what the donation was used for: either to combat food poverty or educational poverty. The amount raised was doubled by Porsche Italia. As a result, more than 30,000 families received food vouchers, and 5,000 school-age children were provided with technical aids to give them access to distance learning.

  • Water coolers | Italdesign | Environment

    Water coolers installation.

Netherlands: 1 Project

  • Sponsorship partner ALSopdeweg | Volkswagen Financial Services | Healthcare

    When your muscles stop working: ALS
    Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is an incurable, fatal disease that causes the death of motor neurons controlling voluntary muscles, finally resulting in sufferers’ inability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe.

    The goal of Volkswagen Pon Financial Services/DFM is to help ALS patients lead an independent life for as long as possible. That is why the company supports the “ALSopdeweg” foundation, an organization that helps patients to lead a dignified life. In 2018 and 2019, Volkswagen FS Netherlands sponsored two VW Caddies, which the ALS foundation provides to patients. VWPFS/DFM donates a total of around €50,000 a year to ALSopdeweg.

Norway: 1 Project

  • Support for the Fossheim Verksteder Foundation | Volkswagen Financial Services | Miscellaneous

    Where people with a handicap work
    Work also gives the mentally handicapped the chance to boost their confidence, be independent, achieve social recognition and live in the community. That is also a reason why Volkswagen Møller Bilfinans has awarded all work related to packaging, labeling and dispatch to the Fossheim Verksteder Foundation. The non-profit organization offers people with a handicap a sheltered workshop and employment to suit their personal abilities and talents. Volkswagen Møller Bilfinans supports the organization with annual funding of around €2,300.

Poland: 42 Projects

  • #RespektChallenge | VW Motor Polska | Education

    The aim of the #RespektChallenge campaign was to promote our values and corporate principles, to support the culture of cooperation and positive atmosphere, to bind employees and to build commitment and creativity, as well as to develop CSR activities (social & environmental).

    The project consisted of selecting one or more values or corporate principles and showing in a short film how these were lived in our work. Each film was co-financed by the management in the amount of PLN 2000. This money could be given to any initiatives that correspond to the 1st corporate principle.

  • #YEAROFSAFETY | ŠKODA | Traffic education

    This is a year-long road safety awareness program, supporting the coexistence of drivers, cyclists and pedestrians while using safety assets like AutoLab and Driving School. There is a strong media presence – PR native advertising and event activities.

  • 1% of ta for TOPR | SKODA | Health

    A campaign that encourages people to spend 1% of tax to support Mountain Rescue Team. ŠKODA has been supporting this for over 16 years.

  • 1 + 1 = 3 | Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles | Regional support

    1+1=3 is an employee initiative by Volkswagen Poznań that has been staged annually since 2009. Every year a not-for-profit organization in the Wielkopolska province is selected and invited to participate in the project. A sum of 1, 2, 5, 10 or 20 zloty from the monthly salary of all employees of Volkswagen Poznań who voluntarily take part in the campaign is remitted to the organization’s account. More and more employees are joining the initiative every year. Further money for the program is donated by visitors to the factories, guests and suppliers. The proceeds are generously rounded up by the company and are gratefully received with a lot of joy by those we look after.

  • A day with children: Empolyee volunteering | Volkswagen Financial Services | Voluntary work

    Time for orphans
    Since 2014, employees from Volkswagen Financial Services Poland have supported an orphanage in Chotomow in Eastern Poland. For example, they have renovated rooms, laid out a garden and built a playground. More than 300 colleagues take part in the annual two-day action. The company also supports the orphanage with a Christmas present campaign, donations in kind and educational projects.

  • “Be seen on the road” – “Świeć przykładem” | VW Commercial Vehicles | Road safety education

    The “Be seen on the road” campaign was successfully staged for the second time in a row. Once again in 2020, several hundred children from primary schools near to the plant in Września were given safety vests to make them more visible to other road users. The campaign aims to increase road safety through use of such vests and raise awareness of how to act with road safety in mind in everyday life. The visits to kindergartens and primary schools were accompanied by the local police, with the aim of jointly educating children about risks and measures they can take. In view of the great positive response, the campaign will be continued in 2021

  • Children’s Day with the theme of diversity | SITECH | Art and culture

    ... because diversity is cool

    Diversity is a core value in today’s world and for us and the entire Volkswagen Group.

    We draw strength from diversity – and from our youngest members of society.

    SITECH employees organized the Children’s Day on May 24, 2019.

    Photo booths, bouncy castles, animations and many other attractions awaited the kids at the company in Polkowice. An art contest entitled “We’re different, but together we can do more – because diversity is cool” was at the heart of the event. The children were asked to draw how they see various people at work together with their parents and received a small present as a reward.

    The theme of diversity dominated the entire event. Painting a real car was a great opportunity for them, together with their parents, to paint a small bit of the car and leave their initials or letters behind for posterity. The children were able to use the banners prepared for painting to express how they see the world and their environment.

    Diversity can be a difficult issue to grasp. That is why we decided during the event to ask the children what they understand by it. The recordings were used to create a short film that will be shown at the next works meeting.

  • Christmas tree campaign | SITECH | Voluntary work

    Helping others changes the world for the better. Employees from three SITECH Sp. z o.o. locations have again participated in the Christmas tree campaign. We were able to give presents to more than 50 kids from the children’s home thanks to our colleagues’ great commitment and big heart. We are glad to be able to unite for a good cause.

  • “Clean up the forest” campaign | VW Motor Polska | Nature conservation

    Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 and VW Motor Polska makes its very own contribution to that. Representatives from the trade union organization Solidarność, employees from VW Motor Polska and young members of the workforce clean up the nearby forest every year. The participants collect refuse and put it in bags. In 2012, VW Motor Polska paid for reforestation of six hectares of land in Sucha Górna.

    The aim of the campaign is to encourage eco-friendly conduct and protect forests.

  • Clean up the World | Volkswagen Group Components | Nature conservation

    The group consisting of Volkswagen Motor Polska, young employees and the workforce commission Solidarność is cleaning up the woodland, which was reforested by Volkswagen Motor Polska in 2012. The reforestation was carried out in collaboration with the Lubin Forestry Office. The forest is home to plants that are typical of the region.

  • Coronavirus-related donations | Volkswagen Financial Services | Health

    30 Volkswagen vans for 30 volunteer fire brigades
    Volkswagen Financial Services is supporting volunteer fire brigades by providing 30 Volkswagen vans free of charge. The demands on aid organizations are particularly heavy, especially in the crisis. That is true for the volunteer fire brigades in Poland: They disinfect playgrounds, supply people in quarantine with food, or take people to hospitals. The company wanted to enable mobility and deliver help where it is needed. The volunteer fire brigades have been given the vans for six months, along with a Charge & Fuel Card, with the option of this offer being extended.  

  • CSR- policy | VW Motor Polska | Equal opportunities

    We are very proud of the signing of the Social Responsibility Policy by the management of VW MP and the chairman of the company organization. It is a document that presents and summarizes our activities for both employees and the local community, environmental protection and the dialogue with our stakeholders.

  • Dialog with the neighborhood and society | VW Commercial Vehicles | Regional support

    Regular exchange between company representatives, residents and stakeholders, such as schools, environmental associations and public authorities, have been a firm part of the company’s engagement at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ site in Hanover for more than three decades.

    Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles invites residents from the neighborhood and other stakeholders to events held at least twice a year in order to discuss concerns, ideas, wishes and suggestions, jointly find solutions through direct dialog and dispel potential conflicts before they arise. This initiative has created a relationship of trust at all locations to the parties’ mutual benefit.

    When the decision was taken to expand the Poznań site in Poland, this open dialog was also extended to include other Polish locations and the format was tailored to local requirements. Apart from residents, representatives from the council, public authorities and the churches take part at the Poznań and Września.

    The neighborhood meeting at the Hanover location has to be postponed in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but is to be resumed in 2021.

  • Dialog with stakeholders | SITECH | Regional support

    SITECH nurtures dialog with stakeholders at its site. We meet every year with representatives from universities, local authorities and neighboring companies. It is a great opportunity to discuss SITECH’s corporate social responsibility activities and tackle new challenges.

  • Donation to two hospitals | VW Motor Polska | Regional support

    VW Motor Polska donated PLN 20,000 to the Open Heart Foundation of the Provincial Hospital in Legnica. Other companies in the Special Economic Zone also supported the hospital financially. Thanks to the funds raised, a new ambulance was purchased. The same amount was also donated to the Palium Foundation Hospital in Lubin for the fight against Covid-19.

  • Dual education system | VW Motor Polska | Education and science

    VW Motor Polska is the first company is Poland to launch a dual system of vocational training in mechatronics engineering. We introduced it as part of the EU project VIA Grensis Interreg 3A. A pilot project was subsequently held in the school complex in Chocianów. As an upshot, the vocation of mechatronics engineer was registered in Poland’s national list of professions. The neighboring company Sitech joined in later. VW Motor Polska cooperates with the Chocianów Comprehensive School. The company trains the students as fitters/mechatronics engineers. They are employed as trainees at VW Motor Polska throughout the three-year term.

  • Dual system of education | SITECH | Education and science

    SITECH is the first company in Poland's Lower Silesia Province to introduce the dual-education system, meaning that SITECH integrates specialist education with business experience. In cooperation with the German-Polish Chamber of Industry and Commerce and Wrocław University of Science and Technology, SITECH is making it possible for students studying structural engineering to combine theory and practice, by offering the students positions in the company's Polkowice plant for the duration of the integrated degree program. SITECH also works with the comprehensive school in Chocianów, offering a vocational training program in which students can train as mechatronics technicians. During the 3-year program, the students are employed as apprentices at SITECH.

  • Fund-raising campaigns | VW Commercial Vehicles | Equal opportunities

    Various fund-raising campaigns were organized at Volkswagen Poznań in 2019. Funds were raised to better equip schools in Madagascar, for example. The campaign was organized in cooperation with students from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. Special donation boxes were provided at various points in the Poznań and Września plants. The same system was also used to raise money for the animal shelter in Gaj in the fall of 2020. In addition, the Christmas campaign was organized in all plants for children from underprivileged families. Employees bought presents, which were then given to the families by the social welfare services. In December, a campaign to raise donations in kind was also launched among employees with the aim of helping medical professionals/staff and patients cope with this difficult time of isolation. This campaign ran until the end of January 2021.

  • Green energy | VW Motor Polska | Nature conservation

    The VW Motor Polska plant in Polkowice has been supplied with 100% green electricity since 2012, meaning its CO2 emissions have been reduced by 96%.

  • Guided tours of the plant | SITECH | Regional support

    Other companies and nearby schools show a keen interest in SITECH. Visitors to the plant can get to know more about the company’s organizational structure and production processes. In that way we can inspire other companies, not only in the automotive industry, in their further development and show students that we are attractive employer for their future career.

  • Health management | VW Motor Polska | Health

    As part of the company’s health management offering, the VW Motor Polska plant in Polkowice has an outpatient clinic that is opened during all shifts so that employees can be given quick treatment if and when needs be. VW Motor Polska also offers diagnostic and laboratory tests, visits to specialists and physiotherapists, and regular vaccinations. In addition, regular health campaigns are organized in which employees can undergo a medical check-up. In order to raise and maintain awareness on health matters, VW Motor Polska employees are provided with information on different health- and diet-related issues in a series of talks. The company also ensures anonymous support by a psychologist.

  • International day of biodiversity – employee commitment | VW Motor Polska | Nature conservation

    The International Day of Biodiversity on May 22nd gave us the opportunity to communicate our commitment and to draw attention beyond the company to the fact that biodiversity is of fundamental importance for the future of all of us.

    Under the motto "Biodiversity as a basis for life", we have placed the focus on the personal commitment of our employees.

    Due to the lockdown and the exit restrictions, many colleagues used the time to promote biodiversity in the garden, at the house, on the balcony or outdoors. We gave the employees the opportunity to present their commitment on the intranet and thus offer an opportunity for mutual exchange.

    The results exceeded our expectations.

  • Keeping children safe in cars | SITECH | Traffic education

    A seatbelt can save lives - especially those of children. But what is the right way to position a seatbelt? And why do I need a child safety seat? Experts from SITECH provide answers to these questions as part of the "Safely on the Road" project in Poland. Head of plant safety Andrzej Świerczyński and his team visit preschools in the region, invite school classes to the SITECH plant in Polkowice, and partner with the police to provide safety education. Using seat simulators, they demonstrate the correct way to sit and fasten a seatbelt in a car. Their goal is always the same: to teach children, their parents, and anyone who drives in a car with children about the importance of child safety seats and seatbelts. "In conversations with the police, we have discovered that many children are riding in cars without car seats or are using their seatbelts incorrectly. We are aiming to change this, because this is one way to help keep the children in our region safe and healthy," explains Andrzej Świerczyński.

  • Memorial Work | VW Motor Polska | Voluntary work

    VW Motor Polska has supported history education at the grounds of the former Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz for 18 years. The “Memorial Work” project is aimed at school pupils and the company’s employees and managers and involves working together to clean up and renovate former camp buildings and caring for and maintaining detainees’ personal objects, such as shoes, spectacles, suitcases, etc. The aim of the initiative is to preserve the memory of past events and stimulate joint reflection on the future.  

  • Occupational health management | SITECH | Health

    As part of the SITECH health management program, the Polkowice plant has an on-site walk-in clinic which is open during all shifts to offer care to employees at short notice, as needed. In addition, SITECH offers diagnostic and laboratory tests, visits to specialists, physical therapy, and regular vaccinations. The program also organizes regular health campaigns in which employees are offered medical examinations. With the aim of achieving a lasting improvement in health awareness, SITECH employees can attend lectures on a wide variety of health and nutrition topics. Finally, the company also offers anonymous counselling sessions with a psychologist.

  • Planting campaign with employees | VW Commercial Vehicles | Nature conservation, voluntary work

    Over 50,000 trees were planted near to the Polish plants in Poznań and Września in 2020. Employees could volunteer to participate in this campaign and so help the company in doing its bit to protect the environment.

  • Rehabilitation Center | VW Motor Polska | Health

    The inauguration of the Rehabilitation Center meant VW Motor Polska took a major step toward improving the health of its employees. The Rehabilitation Center offers a broad range of treatments, massages and therapies. Our employees can take advantage of laser therapy, ultrasound treatments and manual therapies.  

  • "Respect in Corona" | VW Motor Polska | Voluntary work

    The initiators of the "Respect in Corona" campaign are VW Motor Polska employees, coordinators of the "Respekt" activities in Polkowice. The members of the group support those whose work is definitely the most important at the moment and offer their help in the field of volunteering. During several weeks of production downtime in spring 2020, they volunteered to deliver food and hygiene items to aid organizations and directly to those in need using company cars from our factory fleet. An example of the support was the "Hot Meal for a Lonely Senior" campaign, a joint action by the Głogów municipality and Caritas of the Zielona Góra-Gorzów diocese. The help was aimed at elderly and lonely, often sick people who cannot count on the help of their relatives. The colleagues undertook to transport blood samples for tests from the rehabilitation hospital in Janowice Wielkie and from the hospital center in Jelenia Góra to laboratories in Wroclaw. During this difficult time for everyone, the colleagues from “Respekt” did what they could. Institutions supported by volunteers from Volkswagen Motor Polska's "Respect Team" included the rehabilitation hospital in Janowice Wielkie, the "SOL" foundation in Lubin and the nursing homes in Głogów and Wroniniec.

  • SITECH sports initiatives | SITECH | Sports

    SITECH Sp. z o.o. is stepping up its efforts to boost participation in sports. The "SITECH Sports Academy" program was established 3 years ago to encourage employees' children to take more exercise in their free time. The children play soccer under the supervision of a SITECH employee who is also a trained soccer coach. The practices are adapted to the individual needs of the children.

    Physical exercise is important for adults as well. So SITECH Sp. z o.o. has its own volleyball team that practices once a week. Twice a year the team also participates in a national championship for teams from Polish companies.

  • SITECH’s voluntary work program | SITECH | Voluntary work

    SITECH’s voluntary work program was established at the end of 2016 at the initiative of several employees. In accordance with the internal instructions, every employee is given eight hours of time off a year to do voluntary work. We support people in need in the Polkowice region. Last campaign: collection of clothing and school articles by the PM department for a children’s home.

  • ŠKODA AutoLab | ŠKODA | Traffic education

    ŠKODA AutoLab is the first of its kind advanced and technological interactive center of safety in Poland. It enables visitors to take part in the exhibition divided into 5 theme zones. Visitors can learn about safety on road, the technology used in new cars, eco-driving techniques, safe road tours, and watch a short movie in the ŠKODA cinema. Each year, over 20 000 people visit our center

  • ŠKODA Driving School | ŠKODA | Traffic education

    ŠKODA Driving School is the school of aims at improving driving skills, in which drivers are taught how to eliminate bad habits, and errors while driving. The main goal is to reduce the number of car accidents committed every year. Trainers working in ŠKODA Driving School have international certificates that enables them to conduct courses in whole Europe. All the trainings are carried out at the special truck – SKODA AutoDrom.

  • Stakeholder dialog | VW Motor Polska | Regional support

    VW Motor Polska embraces dialog with stakeholders at its location. We meet every year with representatives from local authorities, universities, schools, institutions and neighboring companies. It is an excellent opportunity to discuss our corporate social responsibility activities and tackle new challenges.

  • Stakeholder dialog | VW Motor Polska | Regional support

    VW Motor Polska embraces dialog with stakeholders at its location. We meet every year with representatives from local authorities, universities, schools, institutions and neighboring companies. It is an excellent opportunity to discuss our corporate social responsibility activities and tackle new challenges.

  • Stay sporty and fit | VW Motor Polska | Sport

    VW Motor Polska is increasingly involved in promoting sport. For years we have sponsored regional sports activities, such as runs, mountainbike races, streetball tournaments, dancing contests and many other sports events. VW Motor Polska’s workforce numbers successful marathon runners, cyclists, soccer players, dancers, canoeists, etc.  

  • Support for pregnant employees | VW Commercial Vehicles | Health

    Volkswagen Poznań helps its employees strike a good work-life balance. Pregnant women have a chance to work six hours a day instead of eight, for example. Apart from flexible working hours, the company offers pregnant employees working conditions that are adapted to their physical needs. Mothers can use special breastfeeding rooms after their child has been born.

  • Voluntary service by employees | VW Commercial Vehicles | Voluntary work

    Employees in Poland can volunteer to help selected institutions with not-for-profit activities – and act at the same time as ambassadors of Volkswagen Poznań. Volunteering for it is an expression of the desire to put Volkswagen Poznań’s principles and values into practice.  

  • VW Booster Club | VW Motor Polska | Voluntary work

    The VW Booster Club, which comprises volunteers from VW Motor Polska’s workforce, supports children and families from the region who are particularly poor or needy. The club organizes an annual pre-Christmas fund-raising drive, in which cake and Christmas decorations are sold, with the proceeds going towards helping the sick or needy. There are also campaigns where toys, school materials or clothing are collected for children in need.  

  • “Vwolontariat” program | VW Motor Polska | Voluntary work

    The “Vwolontariat” program is a form of voluntary work by employees of VW Motor Polska. It helps fund initiatives and campaigns by employees in their leisure time. Three projects are chosen every year. The program’s activities include renovating schoolrooms, playgrounds and gardens, planting plants and modernizing sports grounds. The projects in 2019 focused on the educational needs of children and youngsters and on improving safety and living conditions at children’s homes.

  • Young Engineers’ School | VW Commercial Vehicles | Education and science

    The “Young Engineers’ School” project aims to promote science, in particular robotics, automation and the fundamentals of programming, among pupils at primary schools in Poland. The program is staged together with the Education Development Fund for Young Engineers. It benefited schools from the Wielkopolska province. On each occasion, 13 schools are selected and equipped by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Poznań with special teaching materials for building and programming robots. In addition, an all-day technology festival and certified training in how to use the programmable robots in lessons were held.

  • “Your blood helps to save lifes” | VW Motor Polska | Health

    The coronavirus outbreak has resulted in fewer donors reporting to blood donation and hemotherapy centers. The reserves are running out. We have therefore appealed to our employees not to forego blood donation if there are no health contraindications. Many employees responded to the appeal and donated several liters of blood.

  • Works meeting with the theme of diversity | SITECH | Miscellaneous

    Four works meetings are held at SITECH every year. In 2019, we staged a Diversity day at one of the meetings to mark the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. Employees presented their favorite pastimes at a hobby market in a relaxed atmosphere.  

Slovakia: 4 Projects

  • Cooperation with children’s house | ŠKODA | Charity

    ŠKODA AUTO Slovensko supports children’s house with approximately 75 children. Couple of times a year, employees of ŠAS collect clothes, toys, books and other similar things suitable for children. This year, we supported the institution with 2000 euros before X-mas time. Additionally, some of the employees donated money as well.  

  • ŠKODA Handy | ŠKODA | Handicaped people

    The ŠKODA Handy project aims to help people with physical disabilities to enjoy more active and comfortable lives. In 2020, ŠKODA AUTO continued in development of the project. Currently, 134 out of 218 dealerships in Czech Republic are involved, and more than 5 000 customers have used services of ŠKODA Handy.

  • Tree growing | ŠKODA | Environment

    SKODA AUTO Slovensko joined the CALL of the capital city of Slovakia – Bratislava. The major of Bratislava commited the city to plant 10 000 trees in 5 years round. The planting trees in cities is very expensive because of the infrastructure problems, trees must be of certain hight, there are other technical activities connected to the watering systems, . . ŠKODA AUTO Slovensko was the first company in SVK to join the CALL and not only financed the trees, but also the employees of the company helped to plant the trees actively + they cleaned up the surrounding of the new alley.

  • VAGUS – support of NGO working with homeless people | ŠKODA | Charity

    SKODA AUTO Slovensko organized a collection of clothes for homeless people, and donated them to VAGUS at the beginning of winter.

Spain: 42 Projects

  • 2020: Anti-waste year | SEAT | Environmental protection

    SEAT committed to reduce the gap between current levels of waste and the target for 2025 by 50%. In 2019 SEAT achieved a reduction of 3 kg/car. In 2020, SEAT continued to pursue a Zero Waste Production, stablishing a bigger objective for 2020. Despite the COVID situation, SEAT was able to reduce one additional kg/car at the end of 2020. The objective is to eliminate disposal of waste at the plant and instead reduce and recycle it.

  • Biodiversity study at the Navarra site in Spain | Volkswagen | Nature conservation

    A biodiversity study at the plant, created with the support of employees, revealed that 266 species of flora and fauna were at home on the 1,630,199 m2 campus. The campus offers space, food and a breeding ground for orchids, reptiles and birds, among other things. The study’s objective was to establish a management system for caring for, preserving and protecting the species.

    Download: Cartel estudio bioversidad

  • CARS Madrid | SEAT | Health and Safety

    CARS Madrid, the Health Care and Rehabilitation Center promoted by SEAT and Volkswagen Financial Services, is already in operation and has begun to offer assistance and prevention services to the 1,350 employees of the Volkswagen Group in Madrid. With this center, SEAT and Volkswagen Financial Services consolidate their commitment to the health and well-being of the employees of the Volkswagen Group in Spain.

  • Donation to #YoMeCorono Initiative | SEAT | Health and safety

    SEAT has been committed for years to promoting the health and well-being of its employees and society. Following this commitment, the company has donated € 100,000 to the #YoMeCorono initiative to help research and develop a vaccine against the COVID-19 virus. The #YoMeCorono project is led by Dr. Buenaventura Clotet, president of the Lucha contra el SIDA foundation, director of IrsiCaixa and honorary member of the Scientific Committee SEAT de Empresa Saludable, together with the main researchers of the centers integrated in the CBIG consortium . The CBIG is made up of the Animal Health Research Center (CReSA), with long experience in the study of coronaviruses, the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) and IrsiCaixa, and has the support of Grifols.

    With this donation, SEAT once again turns to helping the population and the health community with a solidarity initiative. This action is added to the different projects led by the automobile company that it has carried out in recent months on a voluntary basis, such as the production of emergency respirators and masks.

  • ‘Eco-challenge’ campaign | SEAT | Environmental Awareness

    A monthly ‘eco-challenge’ with practical actions to help protect the environment. Employees were encouraged to share their actions on SEAT’s social networks (Instagram, Twitter or Facebook) with a monthly prize draw.

  • First company in the sector with ISO 45001 health and safety certification | SEAT | Health and Safety

    In 2018, SEAT obtained certification for its occupational health and safety management system in accordance with the new ISO 45001 standard, which was approved in February after five years of work. In this way, the company became the first company in the sector, and one of the first in the whole of Europe, to achieve this certification. This certification has been maintained in 2019 and 2020.

    The ISO 45.001 standard recognizes the strategic nature of the initiatives carried out in the field of health and safety and their alignment with the company’s objectives.

  • From building cars to respirators | SEAT | Health and safety

    At the end of March 2020, just two weeks after the declaration of the state of alarm in Spain, SEAT launched completely voluntarily and altruistic a project to develop and produce emergency respirators, adapting the production line of the Lion. This solidarity initiative was possible thanks to open collaboration between companies, public administration, doctors, hospitals and startups, among others. The common goal was to help the system health and its professionals. Between the entities involved were Protofy.xyz, the Hospital and Institute of Germans Trias i Pujol Research or the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona.

    The device, named OxyGEN #HOPE, integrated engine adapted from a wiper blades and included more than 80 electronic and mechanical components. Upon authorization by the Spanish Agency of Medicines and Sanitary Products, the company arrived to produce more than 600 respirators emergency that were delivered to hospitals from all over Spain.

    In the project they were involved in a volunteers more than 150 employees of all areas of the company, with direct involvement of departments Production, Health and Emergencies, Development, Logistics, Quality, Services Legal and SEAT: CODE, among others.

  • Improvements in rainwater collectors to reduce discharges to the river | SEAT | Environmental Awareness

    Through various modifications that have been made to the three collectors into which all the rainwater from our facilities flows, it has been possible to reduce the amount of waste that passes through these pipes, being stored in them, and ultimately achieving that what “carries the current” in the end does not end in the river or the sea. These interventions were carried out in August and the results have already been verified with the autumn rains, in which 418 kg of waste have been retained, preventing it from reaching the river and the sea, and being able to be segregated and recycled later.

  • LIFE Methamorphosis | SEAT | Biofuels

    Transformation of waste into methane. An initiative promoted by SEAT and based on the transformation of organic waste into methane, a biofuel that can be used in any vehicle running on natural gas. In 2020 the pilot run of four models was completed using biofuels obtained from fully renewable sources. One of them, a SEAT Leon TGI with a 1.5 litre, 96 kW engine ran for more than 100,000 kilometres over 12 months using only biomethane obtained from a mixture of slurry and cereal waste from a pig farm in Lérida. The project is co-financed by the European Union and involves Naturgy, Aqualia, FCC, the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona (AMB) and the Catalan Energy Institute (ICAEN).

  • Life Landfill Biofuel | SEAT | Environmental protection

    Obtaining biomethane from landfill waste. Project investigating the transformation of waste from landfills into biofuels without the need for prior separation. In 2020, construction began on a transformation plant in the city of Granada, which came into operation during the first quarter of 2021. This biomethane plant represents an opportunity to provide an outlet for the millions of tonnes of solid urban waste generated in Spain and Europe that accumulate in its landfills. The project is co-financed by the European Commission, with the participation of FCC, IVECO, the University of Granada, the CARTIF Foundation, SYSADVANCE and Gasnam.

  • MEGATRUCK logistics transport emissions | SEAT | Environmental protection

    SEAT’s Logistics department is doing trail-blazing work in protecting the climate. SEAT is the first company in Spain to use a megatruck for transportation. As a result, the company is cutting its CO2 and pollutant emissions by 14%. The megatruck has a capacity of 60 tonnes and is 25.25 m in length. SEAT has thus achieved a major milestone on the path to carbon-neutral production.

  • Porsche Compromiso Social – Help in the coronavirus pandemic | Porsche | Equal opportunities

    Porsche Iberica helped people in need during the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 by ensuring they were kept supplied with basic necessities.

    Porsche’s canteen in Madrid cooked for elderly and vulnerable people who were not allowed to leave their home, for example. Meals were prepared for more than ten thousand people.

    The not-for-profit organization FESBAL, the Spanish and Portuguese food bank, was also supported with the SUMA project. Porsche Iberica and Porsche’s dealers staged various campaigns to raise money for FESBAL, one example of which was a donation of €500 to the organization for each vehicle sold. Further donations for food were collected as part of a Taycan Iberica Electrotour.  

  • PRIDE @ SEAT, visibility and support for the LGBT+ community | SEAT | Diversity and equality

    Under this vision, in 2020 Pride @ was born SEAT, an initiative promoted by a group of company workers and supported by the Resources area Humans. Your two main goals are to put in contact people from SEAT of the LGBT + collective to find help, share experiences or do networking and, on the other hand, generate awareness and give visibility and support to community.

    The group is open to gay people, lesbian, intersex, transsexual or queer, as well as heterosexuals who support the values of diversity that defends this group. In this sense, works to achieve progress on issues inclusion and rights of members of the collective in the company. Among the company's initiatives to give visibility to this group highlighted the celebration of the International Day of LGBT + Pride (June 28) incorporating the rainbow flag at the entrance to all its facilities and CASA SEAT.

    A campaign was also developed in social networks with the hashtag #SEATpride and #wedriveproud.

  • Promotion of social integration of people, in particular children, with handicaps | Volkswagen Financial Services | Miscellaneous

    The weaker can also be winners

    Play and movement are of huge importance for children. That also goes for children with a handicap. The Fundal Foundation promotes the social integration of people, in particular children, with handicaps. The foundation has had an alliance with UNICEF since 2004. Volkswagen Financial Services Spain has supported the foundation with funding of around €15,000 a year since 2014.

  • Reducing emissions through renovation of painting robots | SEAT | Energy Efficiency

    Program for the renovation of the robots in the painting facilities of workshop 5 at the Martorell factory which will lead to a very significant improvement in the application and consumption of paint, which will have repercussions on the reduction of the factory’s overall emissions rate. The project began in August 2020 and involves the replacement of more than 120 robots within four years.

  • Reduction of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) | SEAT | Elimination of solvents

    New phase of the programme for the progressive reduction of the emission of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) generated in the paint drying process. In 2020, various improvements were made to the water-based primer process in workshop 2B in Martorell: renovation of the old primer oven, installation of two robots and adaptation of the mixing room.

  • SEAT supports the first women’s football Supercup in Spain | SEAT | Health and safety

    SEAT, in its firm will to promote women's sport, develop its brand image and enhance its media presence, will be present at the first women's Supercup in history, which the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) celebrates from 5 to February 9 in Salamanca, under the new Final Four sports format.

  • SEAT and MAPFRE join forces for safe mobility | SEAT | Health and safety

    SEAT and MAPFRE have signed a collaboration agreement in Spain for the development of the new mobility under safety and accident prevention parameters. With this alliance, and within their commitment to the goal of zero traffic victims, both companies will launch initiatives to minimize accidents. In addition, they will promote ways of collaboration in matters of safety when driving, as well as in the use of new forms of mobility and the creation of new solutions linked to the “connected car”.

  • SEAT MÓ: towards an electric urban mobility | SEAT | Sustainable mobility

    SEAT has presented in 2020 SEAT MÓ, its new urban mobility brand, at the official opening of CASA SEAT. In the last edition of the Smart City Expo World Congress, SEAT already announced the creation of a strategic business unit focused on urban mobility, which is now acquiring its own entity. The company has presented the new SEAT MÓ eKickScooter 65 scooter and the SEAT MÓ eScooter 125, the first 100% electric SEAT motorcycle in its 70-year history, which also has a specific model for shared services. In this sense, the company has confirmed today the activation of its electric motosharing service in Barcelona starting in July.

  • Transfer of vehicles to hospitals | SEAT | Social projects

    SEAT made 150 vehicles available to professionals invarious medical centers in Barcelona and Madrid to facilitate mobility and transport of personnel and medical supplies. The transfer was completely free.

  • Waste recycling: from paint sludge to raw material for roads | SEAT | Circular Economy

    Project for the recovery of paint sludge with the aim of reducing the amount of waste going to landfill and giving it a second life. It consists of applying thermal drying to the sludge for subsequent mixing with other materials and transforming it into raw material for road construction. Pilot tests began in January and the first shipment was made in May, with 100% of the sludge being recycled.

Sweden: 4 Projects

  • Covid initiatives | Scania | Local support

    During the pandemic the employees at Scania shown a high level of engagement and power of initiative, ready to support society where needed the most, wheter in their normal ine of duty or stepping into new arenas to support societal critical functions. Below are some examples of the extraordinary efforts.

    When the Covid 19 pandemic hit Europe in the spring, Sweden’s health care system found itself facing an unprecedented challenge. In hospitals such as Stockholm’s Karolinska University Hospital, life-saving protective equipment was suddenly in desperately short supply. As a leader in logistics Scania saw an opportunity to help and teamed up with Karolinska to offer purchasing and logistical support.

    Operating from a newly built command centre on the seventh floor of the hospital, and working in coordination with Scania’s Transport Lab, Scania employees worked tirelessly to ensure that masks, visors, gowns and disinfectant were available to front-line doctors and nurses.

    In the Stockholm region, Scania also supported the healthcare system by providing truck trailers for use as mobile Covid testing stations. Carrying out testing outside hospitals helps reduce the risk of spreading infection to patients and healthcare professionals

    In Brazil, there were 3,600 unused ventilators, mostly in São Paulo, that could save lives. Ten Scania technicians from Scania’s maintenance department volunteered their engineering expertise to repairing the ventilators, as part of a joint task force with other manufacturers. In total, 30 employees at the production unit in São Bernardo do Campo, near São Paulo, are engaged in the project.

    In Argentina, hospitals have been under increasing strain since the coronavirus outbreak. To support the health service, three new hospitals were rapidly constructed in Buenos Aires, with power supplied by high-powered generators provided by Scania. Two of the new hospitals exclusively serve Covid-19 patients who have no health
    insurance. Together, the three hospitals have the capacity to treat more than 200 Covid-19 patients simultaneously.

    When the coronavirus first emerged in China’s Hubei Province, hospitals in the region quickly found themselves in urgent need of support. Many truck drivers volunteered to help, going out of their way to deliver life-saving medical supplies. To show our support, Scania in China has been distributing protective equipment for drivers through our dealer network, including face masks and hand sanitiser. In addition, all Scania vehicles operating as part of the relief effort in Hubei are eligible for free vehicle maintenance and vehicle inspection services, and road rescue trip fees have been waived. Drivers may also have their truck cleaned at no additional cost.

    As truckstops, cafés and roadside pull-ins around the world closed during lockdown periods, the simple matter of buying a meal became an impossible challenge for many drivers. In Brazil, we supported drivers by distributing meals through our workshop network, along with hand sanitiser and protective equipment. In Great Britain, we transformed our hospitality trailer into a free, mobile café, serving complimentary refreshments to truck drivers who keep the country moving.

  • Scania Top Team | Scania | Others

    The purpose of Scania Top Team is to increase knowledge about Scania’s products and services, as well to strengthen collaboration between service, parts and service advisor personnel. Scania Top Team also gives us a good overview of the national competence levels regarding our service offer – and what actions we need to take in order to keep expertise on top.

    The competition is a vital channel for creating an understanding and commitment for Driving the Shift towards a sustainable transport system. Scania believes it is only through partnerships and by engaging all employees that we can develop solutions that can reduce our carbon footprint, while ensuring that we meet the demands of a growing population – in a profitable and sustainable way. This needs to be acted on in the global service organisations, and will impact both the competition and the focus activities.

    By training the global organisation through local activities at Scania’s almost 1,400 workshops, we create awareness globally about how all can contribute to driving the shift towards sustainable transport solutions.

  • Swedish Workplace Program | Scania | Decent work, social dialogue, health and equal opportunities

    Scania partners with the Swedish Workplace Programme (SWP). SWP promotes sustainability, diversity and democracy in the workplace by establishing partnerships between management and employees. SWP treats the workplace as a high potential platform to address multiple business and sustainability issues with a vision of better relationships that lead to better workplaces. SWP is implemented in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

    The cooperation with SWP dates back to 2004 when Scania and 10 Swedish companies in Sub Sharan Africa started to mitigate the effects of the HIV epidemic that hampered the productivity and negatively affected the lives of thousands of employees, then as the Swedish Workplace HIV and AIDS Programme (SWHAP).

    SWP und SWHAP sind Partnerschaften zwischen dem International Council of Swedish Industry und der schwedischen Gewerkschaft Industrie und Metall (IF Metall).

  • TOGETHER | Scania | Voluntary work / Local support

    TOGETHER is a partnership where Scania join forces with the NGO War Child to offer a mentoring program that offers exceedingly more than a regular one. Giving up to 20 Scania employees (during working hours) the opportunity to mentor 20 refugee teenagers in a format where it all starts off with a period of group activities before forming the mentor/mentee pairsgroups where they in small groups work together around defined topics and assignments..

    Training our mentors is a prerequisite to be able to provide the teenagers with the right kind of support on their journey into adulthood. Scania and War Child train the mentors in both coaching as well as the activities during the group meetings. These activities build on the well proven methods developed by War Child, aimed at establishing psychological safety, developing interpersonal skills and of course having fun. The mentor/mentee group sessions focus on coaching the teenagers around the topics “who am I?”, “where do I want to be?” and “how do I get there?”

    The program has proven to not only give the teenagers an opportunity to leave daily worries for a short time, but it has also been a source for new friendships and an increased network for our Scania employees.

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