Autostadt GmbH: Learning sustainability

The “Mobility Curriculum in the Autostadt in Wolfsburg” initiative has been officially incorporated in the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, qualifying as part of the national action plan. The Official Measures of the UN Decade play a central role in the German UNESCO commission’s efforts to meet the strategic goals in the national action plan. “In contrast to the many UN Decade projects with a primarily local focus that have been recognized as best practice examples, the Official Measures make a structural contribution toward anchoring sustainabledevelopment education in the system.”

Bentley: Voluntary Support for Hospice

For many years, employees at Bentley in Crewe (United Kingdom) have been supporting St. Luke’s Hospice. Most recently, they helped renovate a classic Routemaster London bus, fitting it out with a Bentley interior. The bus, which they have named Luke, houses a charity shop and is a very successful way of raising donations for the work of the hospice. 59 Bentley employees have devoted a total of 2,000 hours of their free time to the project.

MAN Latin America: New Horizons for People with Disabilities

Official statistics show that people with disabilities in Brazil face greater difficulty in accessing education and training. To help remedy the situation, MAN Latin America has set up the “New Horizon” program in cooperation with universities in Resende, Barra Mansa and Volta Redonda. Each year, the program provides grants for students with a disability; MAN benefits by gaining access to new talent. MAN also supports “Ambassadors of Joy”, Brazil’s first samba school for people with disabilities.

Volkswagen Group: School Forests against Climate Change

Since 2011 the Volkswagen Group has been supporting the “School Forests against Climate Change” project run by the Future Forest Foundation, an initiative of the Lower Saxony Forestry Office. By participating in reforestation efforts, schoolchildren are making an active contribution to reducing greenhouse gases, working together to promote biodiversity, and becoming more aware of nature conservation issues. In the year under review the project was honored by the German National Committee of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. Students had a chance to demonstrate their creativity in a competition for the best song lyrics about the School Forests project. The winning song was recorded by musician and music producer Leslie Mandoki.

Scania: Academy in Iraq

Together with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and the Kurdish regional government, Scania is training young Iraqis as service mechanics at the Swedish Academy for Training. The Academy can train up to 500 apprentices at one time and focuses particularly on offering initial and continuing training opportunities to young people from the region. Recruiting female talent is particularly important to Scania. The original target was to have 30% female apprentices, but at 43%, the current figure is higher.

Volkswagen Group of America: MoMA Partnership Renewed

In 2013, the Volkswagen Group of America, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York and the affiliated MoMA PS1 renewed their 2011 partnership for a further two years. A highlight of the partnership in 2013 was the “EXPO 1: New York” exhibition, which ran from May to September and highlighted environmental challenges against the backdrop of a tough economic and social climate.

Volkswagen Financial Services: “My Finance Coach”

Volkswagen Financial Services AG’s nationwide program in Germany, “My Finance Coach”, has two aims. It works to give children and adolescents a good general education about money and finance but also tackles a social issue that has become more acute over recent years. The company sees itself as an integral part of society and is keen to boost social development, so staff from Volkswagen Financial Services have got involved in what they know best: passing on knowledge about the economic context and how to handle money and financial affairs.

Volkswagen India: Broad-Impact Initial and In-Service Training

Located at the Volkswagen plant in Pune, India, which opened in 2009, the Volkswagen India Academy fulfills a number of training roles and contributes to the future viability of the region. The Academy’s main role is to train young people to Group standards. It offers continuing professional development for employees at the Pune plant and at Volkswagen’s other Indian plant in Aurangabad. It also provides in-service training for external service staff and dealers in all the Group brands represented in India.