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Canada: 1 Project

  • Children's Wish Foundation | Volkswagen Financial Services | Miscellaneous

    Fulfilling the heart’s desires of seriously ill children
    Volkswagen Credit Canada, Inc. has been supporting the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada since 2015. It is the only all-Canadian wish granting charity dedicated to fulfilling the wishes of children aged three to 17 who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening disease. The company enables its employees to support the Children’s Wish Foundation by volunteering at events in Toronto and Montreal, at which more than a million dollars are raised every year. In addition, the company donates around €40,000 a year to various departments of the Children’s Wish Foundation throughout Canada.

Mexico: 72 Projects

  • 4U TALKS | Volkswagen | Education and science

    To strengthen the link between the students of the main Universities of Puebla and the different Vice Presidencies of VWM by sharing with them our experience in current topics of the automotive industry to promote the image of the group's brands and seek to attract talents with the disruptive and innovative spirit that is currently required to stand out in the modern work environment. This 2021 began with our commercial area NSO, in which during the different months of the year the directors of the different brands offered free webinars with relevant topics of the industry at a national level, with the purpose of promoting and attracting new talents for VWM. this project will continue for the following year and the objective is to continue with this practice in each vice-presidency.

  • Academia de la Familia (Family Academy) | Volkswagen | Health

    Wellness program for employees and their families under the motto: "Better families make better employees and better employees make a better company".

    The Intensive Online Family Happiness Program started in 2020 through Webinars with the objective of promoting positive relationships in VWM families, with the participation of 2,000 employees with their families in the first Generation, and in 2021, the 2nd Generation started with 2,408 participants.


    • VWM employees promote positive relationships and work on their family project.
    • Family Academy offerings: "Family Days" and "Family Wellness Program".
    • Based on Positive Psychology
  • Application Offices | Audi | Social projects

    Creation of two offices that operate from Monday to Saturday. One in San José Chiapa and one in Puebla.

  • Anticorruption Day | Volkswagen | Stakeholder Dialogue

    Events created within the framework of the International Anticorruption Day. The first edition of the Anticorruption Day Forum included the employees and leaders of the VW Group's subsidiaries in Mexico. The second edition involved Volkswagen de México’s employees and the collaboration of Compliance Officers from other Mexican companies.

  • ASUA reforestation program | Volkswagen Financial Services | Nature conservation

    Volkswagen Financial Services is committed to nurturing and promoting an eco-friendly culture with a green agenda that supports the care of 2,000 trees planted by the Universidad Anahuac in three green areas of Puebla City by means of monitoring, reforestation days with voluntary work, and environmental education workshops for children. €6,100 was given as aid to the program in 2021.

  • Audi Foundation | Audi | Society

    Analysis of  Society of San José Chiapa and the region in order to give attetión to the main needs in education.

  • Audi Girls' Day | Audi | Education

    Annual event focused in education and inclusion to women of the region, in the automotive industry. Target: 130 girls of the region and employees' daughters.

  • Audi Habita | Audi | Education

    Rally inside the Audi Plant with topics like: water, sustainability and waste.

  • Audi México Comparte | Audi | Voluntary work

    Blankets and winter clothes were collected in colaboration with the employees of the plant. Also a group of employees-volunteers went to the communities to deliver the clothes and share with the families.

  • Audi Mexico Orchestra | Audi | Education

    Orchestra formed by more than 200 children from SJC and the region, with daily practice by Fundación Azteca.

  • Audi Mexico Orchestra check up | Audi | Health

    Check up for 200 children and teenagers from the Audi orchestra. Weekly program with groups of 30 children on Saturdays.

  • Audi Mexico Orchestra impact research | Audi | Culture and arts

    Surveys with all the children and interviews with some parents and teachers.

  • Audi Soccer Camp | Audi | Sports

    "Audi Mexico made with the German soccer club FC Ingolstadt 04 and SITAUDI, the first ""FC Ingolstadt Soccer Camp"".

    The event took place at the facilities of the Instituto Poblano del Deporte y Juventud. This camp was focused for 120 children (6-14 years old) of employees and of the region, who were trained by FCI trainers."

  • Bamboo Project of Las Margaritas | Volkswagen | Environmental protection

    This project started in 2015 and runs for a period of six years, 100,000 plants of a native bamboo specie were planted over a land of 355 hectares located in the state of Puebla, with the cooperation of the National Research Institute for Forestry, Agriculture and Livestock Breeding (INIFAP).

    Last year Volkswagen de México signed with INIFAP an extension until 2025, the main objective is to conserve the 355 ha and the existing biodiversity, as well as continue with research studies on CO2 capture and water capture and infiltration, in addition, the environmental education program will continue with the schools in the region and temporary employment will continue to be offered to the people who work on the project, having a positive social impact aligned with the company's social responsibility.

    Bamboo can grow to heights as tall as 22 meters per year (in its 5th year for some species), it produces big amounts of oxygen and absorbs more carbon dioxide than other plants and trees,

    Moreover, local communities can take advantage of the resistance of this plant and manufacture from bridges and houses to jewelry, becoming an important contribution to the social and economic development of the region.

    Reforestation projects contribute to the strategic goal of having 1 million trees planted by 2023.

  • Capilla del Arte | Volkswagen Financial Services | Education and science

    Admission free
    The objective of the Capilla del Arte project is to enable people of all ages to gain free admission to museums, galleries and other cultural events. Volkswagen Financial Services Mexico has been supporting this project, which was designed in cooperation with the Universidad de las Américas (UDLAP), since 2011. The cooperation has allowed UDLAP to expand its program. Volkswagen Financial Services Mexico also organizes a festival for approximately 45,000 visitors every year. The company supports the project with around €11,000 a year.

  • Christmas Party in San José Chiapa | Audi | Culture and arts

    Employees from Audi México get together with people from San José Chiapa, give Christmas gifts to the children of the community and share this important season with the families of the community.

  • Club Deportivo Volkswagen | Volkswagen | Health

    Volkswagen de México seeks that its employees have a comprehensive development balancing work and family, that is why in 2021 we started the activation of events such as: Athletics races, 17 sports leagues (soccer, basketball, swimming, tennis and more), training centers, fitness classes and special events for the whole family. Always taking care of safety and hygiene measures.

  • Colegio Humboldt week | Audi | Education

    A week with activities such as: Smart Factory tour, Premium Road Tour, Greenovation tour, talks with Audi experts and rally by the Training Center facilities.

  • Contest “DESAFÍO VW GUANAJUATO” | Volkswagen | Education and science

    The objective is to strengthen the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem of the state of Guanajuato, the municipality of León and Volkswagen de México by being a benchmark for collaboration, promoting the use of agile methodologies and work in multidisciplinary groups, thus maximizing creativity in problem solving. Seeking to promote the use of technology and talent attraction,by linking with university students in the state. The 3 clusters to be developed (COBOTS, BIODIGESTOR and THERMOSOLAR GENERATION SYSTEM) were defined through an internal call for proposals at our VW Silao plant. This project began in May with a convocation in the state of Gto, where we obtained 20 multidisciplinary teams from 12 different universities of which 14 met the minimum requirements and began for 14 weeks the development of their projects under the SCRUM framework accompanied by Agile Coach and a VWM specialist. During this phase the teams participated in the Hannover Messe. These teams participated in "VW TANK" in which our finalists were defined. On November 24th they presented to VWM and government personnel to define first, second and third place. The winning team will travel to Barcelona and will have the opportunity to implement the project at VWM.

  • Coronavirus-related donations | Volkswagen Financial Services | Health

    Around 15,200 meals for the needy
    The pandemic has hit the country hard. It has especially affected people who are too poor to protect or care for themselves. Normal everyday life is already a challenge as it is for people who come to the food bank in Puebla – but the coronavirus is a disaster for them. The food bank distributed around 8,000 donations of food before the coronavirus crisis. Since its outbreak in March, the number of needy people who require this source of food to survive has risen to 32,000. It goes without saying that Volkswagen Financial Services Mexico has stepped up to the plate here. The company helped around 15,200 beneficiaries with its donation.  

  • Donation collection point 2017 earthquake catastrophe | Volkswagen Financial Services | Regional support

    Solidarity and sticking together in times of great need
    In the wake of the disastrous earthquake in 2017, the Red Cross appointed Volkswagen Financial Services Mexico as an aid center. A massive earthquake with a magnitude of 7.1 on the Richter scale hit the Mexican region of Puebla in September 2017. The employees of Volkswagen Financial Services Mexico set up a donation collection point in the company’s building, worked in the donation center, and supported the rescue operations. They soon gathered food, medication, water, clothing and blankets, which were then distributed to the affected people.

  • Dual Programs | Volkswagen | Equal opportunities

    1966-1969 Foundation of Training School in Puebla Downtown. 37 Azubis 1st generation
    1971-1973 Recognition of training programs by CAMEXA and Inauguration of ESCAP in Puebla plant.
    1996 Foundation of INFODE (“Instituto”)
    2015-2020 Start of Dual Training in Guanajuato and CAMEXA Certification of Training School.

    The Dual Program has the objective of helping young people from the states of Puebla and Guanajuato to continue their studies through two programs:

    1. The Vocational Training (Azubis)

    • German Model
    • Mexican Model (1+2 years, Guanajuato)
    • 3 years technical degrees (TSU)
    • 80% Practices in Training Workshop & Production areas
    • Specialists in Maintenance or Production Processes
    • WV Group Standard (Currícula and Pedagogic Model)
    • Supplier training: High Standard Education Service according to production needs
    • Collaboration with Audi Mexico and CAMEXA

    2. Dual (Engineer) Studies

    • German Model (Duale Hochschule / DHBW) Puebla, with local adaption in Guanajuato.
    • Dual Studies Program Puebla
      o First Dual Engineer Degree in Mexico - “Industrial Engineering”
      o 18 Dual students since 2017
      o 10 Quatrimesters / 4 in Company
      o Preparation for “Key positions” in: Production areas, Purchasing, Technical Development, IT
    • Dual Studies Program León
      o Mechatronics Engineering
      o 4 Dual students in 2018
      o 11 Quatrimesters
      o Key positions as specialists in Production areas

    5,819 graduates: Pioneer of dual system in Mexico.

  • EMA Program | Audi | Education and science

    1.5 years of training in which they do an internship in Audi México, language course in Germany, studies in a University in Germany and finally an internship at AUDI AG. At the end of this program and once they have graduated and if they have a good performance we hire them.

  • Energy Management | Volkswagen | Enviromental protection

    La Bufa has been supplying electricity from wind power sources since 2018.

    As of 2019 Volkswagen de México has stably achieved 70% of total clean electricity consumption, thanks to this initiative.

    This includes 100% of the electrical energy of the engine plant in Silao coming from this wind park.

  • Environmental Compliance Management System in the Sustainability & Compliance Forum | Volkswagen | Stakeholder dialogue

    SiSR (Sustainability in Supplier Relationship team inside Purchasing VWM), organized a Supplier Forum where the requirements in terms of Sustainability (Environmental, Social and Compliance) were shared with our suppliers. It was explained to them how important is for VW Group this topic as requirement for future business assignment.

    T4I and the ECMS Training were the main topics also presented during this event.

    Volkswagen de Mexico also shared with their commercial partners (Supplier and Dealers) the updated Code of Conduct for Commercial partners that describe our requirements in terms of Sustainability and Compliance.

  • Environmental collaboration with the Mexican Association of the Automotive Industry | Volkswagen | Environmental protection

    Volkswagen de México also participates actively in the Mexican Association of the Automotive Industry (AMIA), a forum where the automotive industry collaborates with the environmental authorities in Mexico for the design or modifications to environmental laws.

  • Environmental Day | Volkswagen | Environmental protection

    The Volkswagen de Mexico Environmental Day was celebrated on October. With videos on the production lines and dining halls about the Conservation Projects of Volkswagen de México, online conferences about Life Cycle Approach, CO2 reduction, low emission mobility and green energies. A symbolic tree planting ceremony was held in the Puebla Plant. The new Zapotecas Project was presented and the extension of the Cuenca de la Esperanza Project was inaugurated. The Environmental Ministries of Puebla and Guanajuato attended the event.

  • Environmental Education Program in the Puebla and Guanajuato region | Volkswagen | Environmental protection

    The Izta- Popo, Cuenca de la Esperanza, Bamboo, Cerro Zapotecas and Low Jungle Reforestation projects sponsored by Volkswagen de Mexico, normally include visits of students from schools close to the reforestation projects. However because of the COVID-19 Pandemia, this year the program was done online and Face To Face. The objective is to promote eco-friendly behaviors. At the same time, children and adults learn about Volkswagen's internal and external efforts to reduce the environmental impact of industrial production. Projects and programs aiming to protect biodiversity, reforestation, CO2 and water capture and the restoration of ecosystems as well as scientific research projects and other environmental initiatives.

    The environmental awareness programs offer trips to the areas of the Projects sponsored by VW Mexico to public school students. The students learn about sustainable building technologies, such as the use of bamboo for construction, collection and infiltration systems for rainwater, the use of solar panels as a source of electricity and the recycling of materials, which have the overall goal of reducing the impact on the environment.

  • Environmental Training | Volkswagen | Environmental protection

    Training of this year was done in a combination of online and Face To Face events to reinforce the Way To Zero Strategy, ECMS (Environmental Compliance Management System) specific environmental trainings and the external conservation projects to strengthen climate action, decarbonization, environmental awareness and environmental compliance between collaborators and suppliers. Project 1 Hour involved the majority of VWM collaborators where 950 hosts (managers and supervisors) were trained to apply the workshop. More than 1,600 climate action proposals were received. On the GoTOZero Week online conferences and videos were available for more than 1,000 employees of VW de Mexico. A great majority of managers and environmental ambassadors also were trained online on Environmental Operative Risks.

  • ESR Naming (Corporate Social Responsibility) | Audi | Social projects

    CEMEFI is the mos important social institution in México. It makes an annual contest in order to name the companies with the best practices in topics like: social development, employees' life quality, and environmental care.

  • Focus Group Susainability with employees | Audi | Social projects

    Three focus group sessions with 15 employees. One hour session, guided discussion (per session). Results: Complete perception about the sustainability programs at Audi México.

  • Fifth Environmental Automotive Forum by Volkswagen de México | Volkswagen | Environmental protection

    The Environmental Area of Volkswagen de México, together with the Benemerita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla invited university students, suppliers, government authorities, Environmental Ambassadors and employees to the online Fifth Environmental Automotive Forum.

    This year´s theme was “Environmental Education to Face the New Normality Risks” and several experts participated with online conferences about Thinking based on Environmental Risks, Collaborative Ecological Land Management and Education for health in the Industry.

  • First ERG “PROUD YOURSELF” | Volkswagen | Equal opportunities

    Within VWM in allusion to the PRIDE MONTH we created in an organic and voluntary way our first ERG (Employee resource group). We are proud of our affinity group called "PROUD YOURSELF" integrated by different collaborators within VWM. This group has given different talks internally where a forum is enabled to talk about diversity. This has a positive impact on our VWM family and the Diversity and Inclusion strategy. We are sure that with this great initiative we will impact and encourage more employees to join and focus on a positive change. Together we will make a transformation.

  • Groundwater Technical Committee | Volkswagen | Environmental protection

    Volkswagen de México participates in the Groundwater Technical Committee (COTAS) and in the Balsas River Basin Council as a member. These are auxiliary bodies of the Basin Council. The users of national groundwater participate in the formulation, promotion and monitoring of the execution of programs and actions that contribute to the preservation, stabilization or recovery of the quantity and quality of groundwater.

  • House of the Sun – life opportunities for orphans | Volkswagen | Equal opportunities

    The Casa del Sol ("House of the Sun") orphanage offers a home and care to disadvantaged children aged 0 to 6 years. Some are orphans, others have been abused or abandoned. The institution provides medical and psychological care, a balanced diet, and nursery-school education. The primary goal is to place the children with adoptive families by the time they reach school age or, if possible, reintegrate them into their own families. Volkswagen currently supports this institution by donating €50,000 each year to help cover its operating costs.

    In 2021 Volkswagen de México supported the institution with its self-sustainable project of Sustainable Energy Use for the purchase of solar panels for electric energy, adaptation of premises and installation of a water purification plant for human consumption and high-pressure solar water heaters for showers, kitchens and laundry.

  • Human Rights Due Diligence Training | Volkswagen | Stakeholder Dialogue- Training measure

    SiSR (Sustainability in Supplier Relationship team inside Purchasing VWM), organized several trainings for suppliers in the calendar week 47/48 to get the participants to:

    • Describe what HRDD is and understand the terminology used
    • Outline the 5 key stages of an HRDD approach with examples of how it works in practice
    • Identify where you have HRDD processes already in place and where you need to take action on new processes

    This workshop assumes that participants have a basic understanding of what Human Rights are and how they relate to business. Framework for this task is the German Law of Supply Chain due Diligence.

    This event had the participation of Seat and Volkswagen Argentina with talks by experts on the subject.

    • Erika Morales Melendez
    • Paula Cecilia Reyes Rivas
    • Cristina Beltran Camps
    • Zinno, Maria Eugenia

    8 Sessions with a total of 108 suppliers were trained.

  • I FOR YOU, YOU FOR ME (YO X TÍ, TÚ X MÍ) | Volkswagen | Health

    I FOR YOU, YOU FOR ME, is a campaign created to teach Volkswagen de Mexico employees to follow Safety and Hygiene protocols in the plant and at home. In addition, all employees were given rapid tests and PCR tests were only given to those who tested positive in the rapid tests.

    Rum up is a course that was created by the Group Academy to train Production employees on how to take care of their health and they were given a kit to monitor their health and avoid COVID-19 infections.

    In 2021 we continue with the campaign.

  • Impulso Audi | Audi | Employees & Society

    One week of Factory tours designed specially for the sons and daughters of Audi México Employees. 15 children per day, with more activities.

  • Integrity Convention | Volkswagen | Stakeholder Dialogue

    An event aimed to the middle management of the VW Group's subsidiaries, to discuss the culture of integrity and corporate evolution that needs to be driven by the management. More than 800 leaders participated from four local entities. There was also an intervention by the Compliance Officer of one of the leading Mexican companies in corporate ethics, where he shared his best practices for an integer leadership.

  • Internal lagoon | Audi | Environmental protection

    The internal lagoon captures the greatest amount of rainwater during the rainy season for its use in production processes.

    It has an area of 7 Ha and a water retention capacity of 234,000 m³.


  • International Biodiversity Day | Volkswagen | Environmental protection

    Campaign on the month of May for all collaborators to share pictures of their vegetable gardens, tree nurseries, greenhouses or any space that aids the protection of insects and birds and other species.

    Many employees responded to the request made by the Environmental Department of sharing with the Volkswagen Group their individual and family actions to encourage species protection in our homes.

  • International Women's Day “Fundamental eres Mujer” | Volkswagen | Equal opportunities

    During the month of March, in synergy with AUDI MEXICO, we commemorated International Women's Day. The objective of this event was to offer free talks, one for each week of March, to VWM and Audi Mexico employees for both Blue collars and White Collars. The talks that were offered were:

    • Importance of the Role of Women in the working world.
    • Success Story within the VW Group.
    • Non-discrimination
    • Experience Exchange Forum

    83% participation was obtained, with more than 660 people interested in the different talks. 95% of the participants rated the topics of this project as excellent.

    This project builds on and contributes to our Diversity and Inclusion strategy.

  • Internship Program | Audi | Education and science

    The internship can last 2-6 months. Each department is in charge of providing a project for the development of the intern. This also adds value to Audi México.

  • Jornadas de Salud | Audi | Health

    Offer medical checkups to the families of San José Chiapa to contribute to the wellbeing of the region. Collaboration between students of the following faculties: nutrition, nursery, odontology, medicine and physiotherapy together with the medical service of Audi Mexico.

  • Mini Audianos Tours | Audi | Education

    Tours designed to show the production process for children, during the vacation period. The groups are provided for 10 children and their parents working at Audi.

  • NAR Sustainability Talks 2021 | Volkswagen | Stakeholder Dialogue- Training measure

    SiSR (Sustainability in Supplier Relationship team inside Purchasing VWM), organized a Supplier Forum where the main pillars areas of the sustainability in the NAR Region presented important information about sustainability in the supply Chain, Environmental Sustainability, Business and Human Rights and carried out an open discussion panel about the main challenges of the sustainability in the supply Chain. Best practices of Volkswagen NAR Region were shared with the suppliers and addition to that were set sustainability tasks for suppliers.

    This year experts on the subject from the Volkswagen Group participated by giving talks such as:

    1. Sustainability in Supplier Relations
    TALK: Sustainability matters-Decarbonization in the Supply Chain NAR Region

    • Thomas Bernstein, Vice President Purchasing VWM
    • Inga von Seelen, Senior Vice President Purchasing VWGoA

    TALK: Responsible Supply Chain at Audi AG

    • Marco Philippi, Head of Procurement Strategy Audi AG

    2. Environmental Sustainability
    TALK: Environmental Strategy NAR Region

    • Julio Marin, Environmental Sustainability Officer VWM
    • Michael Finley, Manager of Infrastructure at Volkswagen Chattanooga

    3. Business & Human Rights
    TALK: BHR declaration and HR Due Diligence for Suppliers

    • Martin Mariscal, Compliance & Integrity Officer VWM

    TALK: Whistleblower System

    • Stephanie Davis, Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer VWGoA

    4. Sustainability Task
    TALK: Sustainability Rating and Next Steps

    • Rafael de la Mora, Commodity of Procurement Systems and Processes

    5. Discussion panel
    How to face the challenges of the Sustainability?

    • Mauricio Kuri , Corporate Communication Director VWM
    • Martin Mariscal, Compliance & Integrity Officer VWM
    • Rafael de La Mora, Commodity of Procurement Systems and Processes VWM

    Registered 847 participants. Participants in total: 519- Total of suppliers 416

  • Networking with Anticorruption Associations | Volkswagen | Stakeholder Dialogue

    Participation of the local Compliance Officer in a discussion forum organized by the Citizen Participation Committee of Yucatán in order to share corporate practices and the importance of private industry on the fight against corruption.

  • Oak Project | Audi | Education and Science / Environmental Protection

    Audi Mexico collaborates with the Technical Munich University (TUM) and the Audi Environmental Foundation to develop a study of how the concentration of trees in an open area affects their continuous development. The project intends to cover approx. 5 hectares in which the plantation of 6,000 trees is going to be performed. This measure is intended to have a continuous research on the area and of the development of the trees throughout the years, with the opportunity to identify what are the ideal conditions for biodiversity to develop and how its influenced by the environment. This project is part of a global study, where similar plantations were set up at all Audi sites.

    Audi México implements the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, through Goal 15, improving the landscaping of the region, increasing the afforestation, and creating habitats for biological diversity. In addition, with Objective 17, create alliances between private initiative and civil society organizations for sustainable development.

  • PAVE training location in Mexico | Porsche | Regional support

    Following the Porsche Training and Recruitment Center Asia (PTRCA) and the Porsche Training and Recruitment Centre South Africa (PTRC-ZA), the Porsche Training and Recruitment Center Mexico (PTRC-MX) was also initiated by PAVE in 2019. Porsche AG is cooperating locally in the project with the CEDVA college, Porsche Mexico and Porsche Latin America. This location in Latin America is intended to secure the future supply of qualified aftersales technicians in the region.  

  • Por amor a México, social commitment | Volkswagen | Equal opportunities

    Back in 2002, Volkswagen de México joined forces with the local union to launch the "A Day for the Future" initiative. Employees voluntarily donate one day's wages and the company then fund-matches each donation. The money goes to projects run by institutions in the state of Puebla that are dedicated to help sick, orphaned, abandoned or disabled children. Since the program was first founded 18 years ago, it has raised a total of 2 million Dollar for more than 350 projects

    In 2020, Volkswagen de Mexico implemented the Nutrition Program was created with the objective of helping families who, due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, lost their jobs and that the children could have food. The program was able to help 2,776 families, to whom a basic basket was distributed weekly with a duration of 10 weeks.

    Volkswagen de Mexico’s employees made the first two donations and the third by the company performing a matching found. The families that received the pantries were selected through a socio-economic study.

    In 2021 we continued to help 1,075 families in neighboring communities with food pantries for 7 weeks and a Christmas dinner, where employees made the first donation and VWM made a matching fund.

  • Promoting a Healthier lifestyle | Volkswagen | Health

    A campaign called BIO Tips VS COVID was developed to teach Volkswagen de México employees and their families about how to strengthen their immune system and health through a balanced and healthy diet to cope with COVID-19.

    Club Deportivo Familia Volkswagen to promote exercise at home, through its Facebook page gave virtual classes for employees and family.

  • Protecting San Baltazar Lagoon | Volkswagen Financial Services | Regional support / nature conservation

    Protection of the lagoon in San Baltazar
    San Baltazar Lagoon is a place that preserves the region’s diversity. The area comprises 12.7 hectares, of which 6.4 hectares are water. It is regarded as the lung of Puebla City and is home to 1,350 trees and a considerable number of local animal species. In order to improve the quality of the lake’s water, our company is currently supporting the preservation program for this natural environment by installing an aeration system that is operated with a bubble diffusor that has an oxygen enrichment capacity of 2 hectares. In addition, a care program to combat pests and so improve the trees’ health has been implemented. This initiative is also beneficial for our employees, who are able to participate in tree care training.

  • Reforestation in Audi Mexico | Audi | Environmental Protection

    As part of the actions of its Mission: Zero environmental program, the plant with the four rings in Mexico is taking a firm step towards the preservation of terrestrial ecosystems. It began with the planting of 1,250 trees inside the factory with the aim of preserving biodiversity, developing habitat for migratory water birds, favoring the capture of CO2 and improving the landscaping of the area. Actions like these contribute to the preservation of the biological diversity of the San José Chiapa region.

    Actions as it is, the plant of the four rings in Mexico is aligned with Goal 15 of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations Organization that focuses on the life of terrestrial ecosystems, improving the landscaping of the region, increasing the afforestation, and creating habitats for biological diversity.

  • Reforestation in Izta Popo State Park | Volkswagen | Environmental protection

    The Izta Popo reforestation project of 750 hectares started in 2008 by Volkswagen in the Iztaccíhuatl-Popocatépetl National Park protects species and natural habitats. It also helps replenish the groundwater reservoirs of the Puebla region with rain and meltwater stopping ditches. The project planned together with the Protected Natural Areas National Commission, planted a total of 560,000 Hartwegi's pines.

    Currently the project is in the process of updating, workshops have been carried out with the Protected Natural Areas National Commission and research projects have been carried out in areas such as CO2 capture, water capture and infiltration, the environmental education program will continue in schools in the region when the update is signed.

    Reforestation projects contribute to the strategic goal of having 1 million trees planted by 2023.

  • Reforestation in the Cerro Zapotecas | Volkswagen | Environmental protection

    On December 2020, the agreements with the Puebla State Ministry of the Environment were signed to offset for the environmental impact of the expansions that the Puebla Plant has had inside, in a total area of 511 hectares of the Protected Natural Area with the same Name.

    The "Cerro Zapotecas" project considers the reforestation of 34,000 native and fruit trees, sanitation actions, soil and water conservation works and fire-cutting gaps and training for community residents.

    The project will be a link to the community through environmental training for the preservation of the Protected Natural Area.

    Reforestation projects contribute to the strategic goal of having 1 million trees planted by 2023.

  • Reforestation in Cuenca de la Esperanza y la Soledad | Volkswagen | Environmental protection

    Since 2019 the project started with the Guanajuato government considering the reforestation of native species on 300 hectares in the Cuenca de la Esperanza y la Soledad Park (Guanajuato, Guanajuato State). The project expects to continue until 2025 with a total of 500 hectares. 165,000 trees will be planted in 2021-2023. Restoration of natural vegetation, natural soil and reduction of the effects of extreme droughts. To collect and infiltrate groundwater, trenches and ponds are dug to hold back the water. Different research projects are carried out in areas such as CO2 capture, water capture and infiltration, biodiversity, and the environmental education program is implemented in schools in the region.

    The project also raises awareness for the protection of nature and biodiversity through guided tours by its environmental educator. Visitors walk through the trail installed for nature observation, feeling reconnected to the environment and recognizing the importance of conservation.

    Reforestation projects contribute to the strategic goal of having 1 million trees planted by 2023.

  • Reforestation in the Selva Baja (Low Jungle) | Volkswagen | Environmental protection

    This project started in 2021 and runs for a period of five years, over a land of 1,500 hectares located in the state of Puebla, with the cooperation of the National Research Institute for Forestry, Agriculture and Livestock Breeding (INIFAP). 150,000 trees will be planted, different research projects will be carried out in areas such as CO2 capture, water capture and infiltration, biodiversity, and the environmental education program will be implemented in schools in the region.

    Reforestation projects contribute to the strategic goal of having 1 million trees planted by 2023.

  • Reforestation in the Zapotecas HIll | Volkswagen | Environmental protection

    On December 2020, the agreements with the Puebla State Ministry of the Environment were signed to offset for the environmental impact of the expansions that the Puebla Plant has had inside, in a total area of 511 hectares of the Protected Natural Area with the same Name.

    The "Cerro Zapotecas" project considers the reforestation of 32,000 native and fruit trees, sanitation actions, soil and water conservation works and fire-cutting gaps.

    The project will be a link to the community through environmental training for the preservation of the Protected Natural Area.  

  • Research: San José Chiapa community | Audi | Regional support

    65 interviews conducted by Tecnologico de Monterrey students with people from San José Chiapa. The results ae delivered to Audi México.

  • San José Ozumba | Audi | Environmental protection

    The community of San José Ozumba in cooperation with Audi planted 100,000 trees and built 25,000 trenches in order to retain water in an area of 100 hectares.

  • Sponsorship of educational projects specifically for students | Volkswagen Financial Services | Education and science

    High school program for disadvantaged youngsters in Puebla City
    Volkswagen Financial Services Mexico has been supporting the “Preparatoria” project, a high school program for socially disadvantaged youngsters in Puebla City, since 2015. This sustainable project was developed in cooperation with the Universidad de las Américas and the Office for Family Development of the State of Puebla. The program gives youngsters the chance to finish school and also complete technical training, enabling then to gain qualifications for the labor market if they do not attend a college. Volkswagen Financial Services Mexico helps ensure that the tuition is free for all pupils. Around €9,800 is donated to the project every year.

  • Street children project | Volkswagen Financial Services | Education and science

    Offering a perspective for children
    Many children in Mexico live on the streets. Volkswagen Financial Services Mexico has been supporting the Quiera Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping street children, since 2011. The foundation has 53 care centers throughout the country, where socially disadvantaged children and youngsters can obtain advice and help, can go to school and so are given a new perspective in life. Volkswagen Financial Services Mexico supports the project with around €5,000 a year.

  • Summer institute for teacher training | Volkswagen Financial Services | Education and science

    Equal educational opportunities for children and youngsters
    Volkswagen Financial Services Mexico has been the main sponsor of the summer institute Enseña por México (Education for Mexico) since 2012. The not-for-profit organization is committed to ensuring equal educational opportunities for children and youngsters from Mexico’s poor regions. Enseña por México is also a member of the internationally recognized leadership program Teach for All. University graduates are recruited and trained under the program, after which they devote two years of their career to the organization and teach at schools in the country’s poor regions. Enseña por México welcomes around 200 new university graduates every year. Volkswagen Financial Services Mexico supports the project with around €21,500 a year.

  • Support for small enterprises in the coronavirus pandemic | Volkswagen Financial Services | Social welfare

    Many local micro and small-scale entrepreneurs had to seek alternative ways of publicizing and marketing their products during the coronavirus pandemic. In view of that situation, Volkswagen Financial Services wanted to donate €3,900 to enable the IBERO Puebla University to implement two projects: one for training and business support in digital marketing for more than 200 micro entrepreneurs, and one for extensive training for communities in the jungle of Chiapas with 500 direct beneficiaries. Thanks to digital sales models, customer service via social media, proper management of virtual stores and online stocks, and professional accompaniment throughout the process, micro entrepreneurs were assisted in migrating to e-commerce and thus in tapping new sources of income for themselves and their families.

    A podcast learning program for 176,000 radio listeners in Tzeltal was implemented and is aimed at productive community groups and supporters of the jungle region of Chiapas, with the objective of strengthening business capacities and the principles and values of the social economy.

  • Vaccination day | Volkswagen | Health

    With the objective of maintain our social VWM commitment with the community, we support the participation of the employees, family members, and general population with 4 vaccination campaigns at VWM Sport Club and the last one in the collage of Tecnológico de Monterrey;

    Providing them all the facilities to be able to attend.

    On the 1st Campaign (CW 30) was vaccinated the population of 30-39 age range 1st and 2nd (CW 34) dose of Pfizer and AstraZeneca. In the 2nd one was vaccinated only the people who need the booster vaccine (2nd dose Pfizer) according to their scheme.

    The 3th (CW 41) and 4th (CW 46) Campaign was exclusively for the 19 -29 age range (first and second vaccine of Sputnik).

    With this 3 vaccination campaigns we managed to vaccinate 61.590 people (6.163 from VWVM and 55.427 general population), hoping for the current campaign more than 500 employees and 30.000 general population.

    This impact is not just for the immunity of the plant, it is for the benefit of Puebla city.

  • Verano Audi | Audi | Sports

    Development skills activities, doing in a week with children of the región.

  • VfL Wolfsburg Training Center | Volkswagen | Sports

    Volkswagen de Mexico and VFL Wolfsburg established the first Germany´s professional soccer club school in the State of Puebla, which are located at the Company Sports Club.

    Kids from 5 to 18 years are trained- since August 2018- under the methodology of this team. The school in Puebla is part of a worldwide net of training centers, with presence in Wolfsburg, China, Brazil and United States.

    Nowadays we have 158 students, we are working to improve techniques and we promote gender equity with women's teams. In 2020, due to the pandemic, training sessions were suspended.

  • VW Day | Volkswagen | Stakeholder Dialogue

    During the annual convention with the national dealership network, the Together4Integrity program and its impact on customers were presented. The objective was to promote a culture of I&C along the entire value chain.

  • VWM-CAMEXA | Volkswagen | Equal opportunities

    During this year 2021, VWM received an important invitation from CAMEXA to join us through a self-diagnosis and based on a series of questions and evidence of best practices in Diversity and Inclusion within VWM. In recent months we have received the great news that VWM joins these companies with best practices with an emblem as well as having a presence through a newsletter within the CAMEXA. We are extremely proud to be a reference for other companies in terms of Diversity and Inclusion. #ALLPEOPLEAREWELCOME

  • WE4BEE Project | Audi | Environmental Protection

    Audi Mexico implements firm actions of the Audi Group's Mission: Zero environmental program in its biodiversity field of action. The San José Chiapa plant puts into operation the we4bee beekeeping project that aims to contribute to the preservation of more than 30,000 bees by collecting data such as weight, temperature, humidity, air pressure, contamination by fine dust and sound / vibration through high-tech sensors, cameras and artificial intelligence for observation and population behavior in hives. Through the we4bee application, it allows continuous access to measurement results and data in real time or on the website https://analytics.we4bee.org/#/.

    Audi México implements the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, through Goal 15, adopting significant measures for the preservation of bees and prevent their extinction. In addition, with Objective 17, create alliances between private initiative and civil society organizations for sustainable development. With this, the San José Chiapa plant reaffirms its commitment to caring for the environment and preserving biodiversity.

  • Zero Impact Factory Competition for University Students | Volkswagen | Environmental protection

    The Zero Impact Factory competition was held with universities across the country to identify innovative projects that will help reduce energy consumption and find energy sources other than natural gas to achieve CO2 neutrality

    Participants from different universities and institutes all over the country tried to reach the semifinal and presented their projects to a jury of managers and experts to determine which project has the potential to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions. The 3 best projects were awarded and the first place involving fuel use reduction will be implemented.  

USA: 32 Projects

  • America Scores: Supporting through contributions and seats on the organization's board | Audi | Health

    Program teaches children from disadvantaged neighborhoods the values of teamwork, participation and sports activity through soccer programs and poetry.Program reflects Audi and VW support for soccer in the U.S.

  • Audi collaborates with Black Automotive Media Group to offer internship and guest lecture series at Lincoln University | Audi | Equal opportunities

    Audi of America collaborated with the Black Automotive Media Group (BAMG) to launch an internship and guest lecture series at Lincoln University that introduced students to the global automotive industry. The internship program named, “The Driving Force,” provided ten mass communications students with multimedia career development and create opportunities for diverse student talent to engage with automotive manufacturers and other industry suppliers and businesses. Through the collaboration with Lincoln University, student recipients experienced a 10-week virtual, field-credit internship including training and mentoring sessions focusing on the field of automotive journalism. Audi of America lent its expertise to students with guest lecturers from Product Planning and Marketing to bring a real-world perspective from the automotive sector to the course curriculum. Lincoln University, the nation’s first degree-granting Historically Black College and University (HBCU), educates and empowers students to lead their communities and change the world by providing a rigorous liberal arts education featuring active and collaborative learning. The BAMG is a distinguished group of Black reporters and writers representing over 200 years of combined experience in automotive journalism within radio, television, print, experiential marketing, and social media. This collaboration will continue in 2022.

  • Audi Fellowship scholarship program with the American Film Institute (AFI) Conservatory | Audi | Culture and arts

    Audi, a long-time supporter of the motion picture arts and the America Film Institute (AFI), continues on with the pivotal scholarship program, focusing on expanding opportunities for female storytellers. The Audi Fellowship scholarship program evolved through a shared passion for supporting master filmmakers and supports one promising female director for the entire two-year AFI Conservatory enrollment. The recipient possesses exceptional talent, passion, need, and a fearlessly forward spirit. The third fellow, Giselle Bonilla, started her program in the fall of 2021 and will graduate Spring 2023.

    Ranked as the #1 film school in America by the Hollywood Reporter, the AFI Conservatory is among the most respected filmmaker training programs in the world. The program includes notable alumni Amy Heckerling (Fast Times at Ridgemont High), Mimi Leder (The Leftovers), and Patty Jenkins (Monster), the first female director to helm a major comic book franchise (Wonder Woman). https://fest.afi.com/afi-and-audi/

  • Audi Partners with Forbes and NYU Tandon School of Engineering on the inaugural Forbes Idea Incubator | Audi | Education and science

    Held virtually in New York, the Forbes Idea Incubator was characterized by endless collaboration, innovation and creative thinking, providing NYU Tandon students – with backgrounds in science, technology, engineering or mathematics ( STEM) – the opportunity to be awarded the first-ever Audi Drive Progress Grant. As an extension of the Audi-sponsored Forbes Women’s Summit held in December 2020, the Idea Incubator challenged these students to utilize their STEM knowledge to address better education tailored to the female demographic about the benefits and ease-of-use of driving an electric vehicle. Following an engaging three-hour work session, six student teams presented their ideas to a panel including representatives from the NYU Tandon School and Forbes. Presentations showcased a variety of solutions and a $57,500 grant donation was made to the winning students to help cover tuition and expenses. This activity launched in 2017 and will continue in 2022.

  • Chattanooga MAINx24 Parade and Street Festival | Volkswagen | Voluntary Work

    Volkswagen Chattooga sponsored Chattanooga’s annual MAINx24 Parade and Street Festival in December 2021. Thirty-two Volkswagen Chattanooga employees participated in the parade and gave candy to children in the community and 15 VW employees volunteered as crossing guards to help event participants cross the street safely.

  • Cooking breakfast for families staying at this facility | Audi | Education

    One Friday per month, we shop, plan and cook breakfast for about 30 people staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Sandy Springs, Ga. There is a large kitchen at the facility, so we bring in the supplies and cook the food on-site. All employees donate time and money.

  • Conservation Fund: Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont | Volkswagen | Environmental protection

    One grantee of Volkswagen of America and The Conservation Fund’s partnership was the Great Smokey Mountains Institute at Tremont. The grant expanded a successful pilot program that provided a pathway of environmental learning, recreation and leadership experiences for underserved Knoxville youth, including education programs, summer camps and internships within Great Smoky Mountains National Park, monthly school-based sessions with regional environmental and STEM leaders, and student-led community stewardship and nature-exploration events in Knoxville. In 2021, the grant funding allowed local students from Fulton High School to stay at Great Smoky Mountains National Park for a five-day environmental learning program. Students will continue to meet with faculty monthly to plan a few community engagement and stewardship event.

  • Conservation Fund: Keep the Tennessee River Beautiful | Volkswagen | Environmental protection

    Keep the Tennessee River Beautiful also received a grant from the partnership between Volkswagen of America and The Conservation Fund. Keep Tennessee Beautiful took volunteers out in its boat to participate in the Cherokee National Forest River Cleanup Series, which will both raise awareness for conservation of our waterways and showcase the vastness of Cherokee National Forest through five river cleanups spanning from Watauga Lake to the Ocoee River. Grant money also provided for a truck to haul a boat to scouting and clean-up sites and allowed for an AmeriCorps position to be available for the first time since the organization formed.

  • Conservation Fund: National Forest Foundation | Volkswagen | Environmental protection

    The National Forest Foundation likewise received a grant from the Volkswagen and The Conservation Fund partnership. The National Forest Foundation was able to provide United Keetoowah Band (UKB) youth an opportunity to gain valuable natural resource management work experience and engage in hands-on stewardship of natural and cultural resources on the Cherokee National Forest while strengthening the connection to their ancestral homelands. In Summer 2021, the UKB Youth Corps crew joined Forest Service Staff and the Southeast Youth Conservation Corps crew to conduct trail management and learn more about the history and culture of the land. Future activities include continuing trail stewardship programs, conducting fish studies, teaching plant identification and invasive species management, and visiting Chota, a historic Overhill Cherokee town site nearby.

  • Conservation Fund: Partners of Cherokee National Forest | Volkswagen | Environmental protection

    Partners of Cherokee National Forest received a grant from the partnership between Volkswagen of America and The Conservation Fund. Partners of Cherokee National Forest was able to update, publish, distribute and promote an all-inclusive map that provides the public with an overview of federal and state outdoor recreation sites within this region anchored by the Cherokee National Forest and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In 2021, an electronic version of the map became available and 90,000 copies of the print edition were distributed to area visitor and welcoming centers.

  • Conservation Fund: WaterWays | Volkswagen | Environmental protection

    WaterWays was also awarded a grant from the partnership between Volkswagen of America and The Conservation Fund. WaterWays developed an environmental education pilot program at Enterprise South Nature Park, built an outdoor classroom and interpretive nature trail adjacent to VW Wetlands, and brought students from three racially and economically diverse schools to test out the program who will then design and install green stormwater infrastructure at their schools with our assistance. During Spring 2021, kids were brought in via Zoom classes to help with the design process, bringing in native plants, rain gardens, and rain barrels to help water community gardens.

  • Conservation Mural in Chattanooga | Volkswagen | Environmental protection

    Volkswagen of America and The Conservation Fund unveiled a new mural in downtown Chattanooga by artist Steffi Lynn that serves as a permanent motivational symbol for embracing the outdoors.

  • Creative Discovery Museum | Volkswagen | Education

    Volkswagen Chattanooga established a partnership with the Creative Discovery Museum in Chattanooga, Tennessee and committed to donating $1 million over the course of five years beginning in 2020. The Volkswagen STEMzone and new Science Theater involve robotics, 3D printing, electric vehicles and renewable energy. Several Volkswagen employees serve as an advisory committee to the museum during the design and buildout. Renovations on the STEMzone and other exhibits are expected to begin in early 2022. 70,000+ local students are served through the museum’s programs and the museum sees nearly 300,000 visitors from all across the country annually.

  • DC Scores | Volkswagen | Sports

    In 2021, Volkswagen Group of America renewed its long-term partnership with America SCORES with a $35,000 grant. That grant helped support an academic year of SCORES programming (`20/`21) at Marie Reed Elementary School in Washington DC, as well as a VW berth in SCORES Cup, DC SCORES’ annual corporate charity soccer tournament. DC SCORES programming includes soccer training and poetry classes.

    In September 2021, Reed began its first fully in-person season since the pandemic. In all, they had 35 elementary school poet-athletes (3rd-5th grade), and 20 Junior SCORES (1st-2nd grade) poet-athletes, with game days every Wednesday (juniors) and Thursday (ES). The soccer season culminated with our annual Fall Frenzy tournament and community festival in October.  

  • Earth Day virtual event | Volkswagen | Environmental Protection

    The theme for Earth Day 2020 was climate action. Volkswagen Chattanooga held a virtual event to encourage employees to participate in environmental stewardship and celebrating nature with their loved ones. Participating employees were featured in the plant’s newsletter and in a virtual all-team meeting.

  • Employees’ engagement through the Porsche Care Network | Porsche | Regional support

    In 2011, Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA) – the sole licensed importer and sales partner of the model series Porsche 911, 718 Boxster, Cayman, Macan, Cayenne, Panamera and Taycan – initiated the Porsche Care Network, a committee that coordinates the CSR activities and donations of employees on behalf of PCNA. The Porsche Care Network has three focuses – the environment, children and family – and supports disadvantaged communities with high-quality educational offerings.

  • Future Leaders in Mobility | Volkswagen | Education

    In partnership with the Greater Washington Urban League (GWUL), the VWGoA Public Affairs Team hosted 17 high school students at the Herndon HQ for a one-week, comprehensive learning experience that covered the VW Group brands and departments as well as important topics impacting the automotive industry. The students were engaged in presentations and activities from various areas of the company, including Marketing, Finance, Connected Services, E-Mobility and Regulatory Affairs.

    • The idea for this project originated from a conversation during the summer of 2020 between the Public Affairs Team and George Lambert, President of GWUL. Mr. Lambert explained that one of the critical ways VW can increase the economic and political empowerment of historically underserved diverse populations is to enrich students’ learning experiences and expand their career ambitions. Each of the participants was required to apply to this program. VW worked with GWUL to promote this program on several media channels, such as social media and radio outlets.
  • Goals Give Back | Audi | Social Projects

    The Goals Give Back program was established in partnership with the New York Red Bulls for every goal scored during their season, Audi will donate four trees to be planted in a community in need. In 2021, we had the opportunity to plant 30 trees to rehabilitate a formally deforested park. This is just part of the many trees still needing to be planted for the season.

  • Goodie Nation | Porsche | Equal opportunities

    Goodie Nation’s mission is to eliminate the relationship gap that stands in the way of success for many promising entrepreneurs, such as social enterprises and diverse founders. By making sure that every entrepreneur, no matter their background or location, can access the relationships they need to thrive, it helps build a more sustainable and prosperous future for all.

    In 2021, a 90-day virtual accelerator program was staged by Porsche Cars North America together with Goodie Nation to support various start-ups, with the aim of giving these smaller companies an uplift.  

  • Goodr Initiative | Porsche | Health

    Food banks in North America were not able to cope with the greater demand caused by the coronavirus crisis and were overwhelmed in some cases.

    The “Goodr Initiative” has dedicated itself to tackling that problem and supported families in need with pop-up grocery stores. Porsche Cars North America backed four campaigns with funding and by staging them at the Porsche Experience Centers in Los Angeles and Atlanta. The measure benefited around 1,000 families.

    Goodr is a start-up that was founded in Atlanta and leverages blockchain technology and Google Maps to bring surplus food from the businesses that have it to the nonprofits and people that need it. Goodr tracks an organization’s food waste from pickup to donation, delivering the competitive advantage of real-time social impact reporting analytics. Due to the dramatic developments in the wake of the coronavirus, Goodr has begun providing pop-up grocery stores so as to get free food to a large number of families. There is also a drive-through to ensure that all safety precautions to prevent the virus spreading are observed.

  • Kids Race for Life event for terminally ill children | Audi | Social projects

    Three of our in-dealer trainers will be on track to instruct drivers. Some employees will be showing an RS3 LMS from Texas that will be generate excitement from Audi owners and kids alike. We will be welcoming drivers from all over Florida. At least 50 families participated.

  • LEE Initiative | Audi | Culture and arts

    When the world went into lock down during the COVID-19 pandemic, the LEE Initiative went to work providing immediate assistance to restaurants, restaurant workers, and the local food supply chains that support them. Throughout 2020 and 2021, Audi provided 25+ vehicles and $500K to the LEE Initiative’s 19 pop-up relief kitchens across the US, helping LEE to serve over 500K meals to those in need.

    From the collaboration during COVID, a partnership was born. As part of their mission to help bring more diversity and equality to the restaurant industry, the LEE Initiative hosts their annual Women Culinary & Spirits program, which provides training and mentorship programs for up-and-coming women in the restaurant industry. Audi is proud to be a part of the Women Culinary and Spirits program, providing support to both mentors and mentees as they go through their journey.


  • Morehouse College | Porsche | Education and science

    Morehouse College, a private historically black men’s college founded in 1867, is highly acknowledged and respected in the U.S. It is based in Atlanta and is the alma mater of many black community and civil leaders, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. A Porsche scholarship program is intended to provide support and expertise for future African American business leaders.  

  • National Center for Civil and Human Rights | Porsche | Equal opportunities

    The National Center for Civil and Human Rights (NCCHR) was founded by the civil rights icon Evelyn Lowery and Andrew Young, the former ambassador to the United Nations. It is an engaging cultural attraction in Atlanta that connects the American civil rights movement to today’s global human rights movements. Its purpose is to create a safe space for visitors to explore the fundamental rights of all human beings so that they leave inspired and empowered to join the ongoing dialogue about human rights in their communities and environment.

  • Partners in Education | Volkswagen | Education and science

    The future of technological innovation relies on our next generation of workers, and it is up to us to prepare young adults today by giving them the skills needed to take on this enormous responsibility. For nearly a decade, Volkswagen Group of America has committed to cultivating students and teachers interested in studying advanced automotive technology through the VWGoA Partners in Education program.

    Since 2008, VWGoA has contributed $ 4.1 million to helping schools and technical institutions throughout the Virginia and Washington, D.C. area augment the educational experience delivered by automotive technician and business management programs.

  • Public and policy education | Audi | Education and science

    In 2019, Audi of America joined with the National Safety Council in the U.S. to create the Partners for Automated Vehicle Education (PAVE) coalition. This non-profit effort is dedicated to better educating the public, policymakers and media on the true status of AV research and development, as well as the future societal opportunities new mobility solutions could unlock. PAVE launched to high acclaim at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the world's largest technology showcase. Twenty-five other OEMs, tech companies, safety and advocacy groups form the steering committee chaired by Audi and National Safety Council. Among the OEM partners are Volkswagen Group and the AUDI AG subsidiary, Autonomous Intelligent Driving (AID).

  • Students and teachers community-wide benefit from Volkswagen Chattanooga’s “Stuff the Atlas” donation drive | Volkswagen | Education

    On Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, Volkswagen delivered an Atlas full of school supply donations to the United Way’s 2018 Stuff the Bus event held at Office Depot. Stuff the Bus has collected school supply donations to provide for Chattanooga children, teachers and schools in Hamilton County for the last nine years.

  • The Conservation Fund | Volkswagen | Environmental protection

    In 2021, Volkswagen of America and The Conservation Fund completed their efforts to expand the Cherokee National Forest by about 1,500 acres with the purchase of three private tracts of land within a day’s drive of the Chattanooga Assembly Plant.

    Financed in 2020 as part of a $1.25 million donation from Volkswagen, in 2021 the acquired land was transferred to the USDA Forest Service for permanent protection for generations to come. The goal for the additional land is to increase public access and to help protect the habitats of local animal populations, including the black bear and the endangered Indiana bat.

    In addition to supporting land conservation, Volkswagen and The Conservation Fund (TCF) awarded and distributed five grant requests of up to $50,000 to qualified nonprofits working in eastern Tennessee. These grants were used to help improve water quality, increase access to outdoor recreation and advance environmental education. The next five entries are updates on those grantees.

  • United Way Covid-19 Fonds | Porsche | Regional support

    Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) supported the battle against Covid-19 by auctioning off the last 911 Speedster (991) ever to be built for a good cause. The seven-day online auction raised 500,000 US dollars. The Porsche subsidiary then doubled the amount to one million dollars and donated the money to United Way Worldwide.

    The organization plays an active part in helping mitigate the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. That includes providing meals for children, aid for food banks and local hospitals, bridging finance for hospices and care institutions, and temporary support for school students in continuing to learn while schools are closed.

  • Volkswagen eLabs | Volkswagen | Education science

    Volkswagen Group of America, Chattanooga Operations (Volkswagen Chattanooga) and the State of Tennessee established a $1 million program that will allow Hamilton County middle and high schools to apply for funds to create a science lab in their school.

    Named Volkswagen eLabs, the program will allow students to gain access to emergent technologies, including automated manufacturing equipment, 3D printers, robotics, programmable microcomputers, renewable energy kits and other science-related activities. By the end of 2017, 8 of the planned 16 Volkswagen eLabs in Hamilton County were operational.

  • Volkswagen Group of America employees give back | Volkswagen | Voluntary work

    In 2017, more than 450 Volkswagen Group of America employees volunteered over 1,400 hours of their time with charitable organizations in the communities where they live and work, as part of the company's Get Involved "Summer of Service" program - a collective, concerted volunteer effort extending from May to early September which empowers employees across the country to support and give back to their communities.

    VWGoA also encourages employees to "Get Involved" year-round, providing robust incentives for employees to serve their communities. These include an employee donation-matching initiative, a company-wide Dollars for Doers program that makes an annual, one-time financial donation to a charity at which a full-time employee has volunteered for 8 hours or more, and providing employees with paid time-off for volunteering activities.

  • Volunteerism in the Community | Volkswagen | Voluntary Work

    Due to the ongoing global semiconductor shortage, Volkswagen Chattanooga temporarily suspended production activities during the weeks of June 7 and June 14, 2021. During this time, 892 employees volunteered at 18 local organizations. Collectively, they contributed more than 4,500 volunteer hours. Some of these projects included:

    • Several Volkswagen production employees assembled 98 bicycles for local children through Boys and Girls Club of Chattanooga.
    • With the Lookout Mountain Conservancy, employees reconstructed Laney Loop Trail and laid 75 bags of mulch; poured a concrete drive to a parking lot by mixing 50 bags of concrete and 45 bags of gravel; and cleared a hillside in the bouldering park, filling two 30-yard dumpsters.
    • Employees assembled and soldered components for 500 solar kits for distance-learning lessons alongside the Creative Discovery Museum’s science department.

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