Our global Approach.

The Volkswagen Group has always taken its social responsibility as a company seriously, and corporate social responsibility (CSR) forms part of our wider corporate culture. We are involved in more than 100 projects around the world that reflect our civic responsibility and we place particular emphasis on continuity and sustainability in our choice of projects. Our aim is to provide socio-economic impetus for local structural development and equal opportunities.

Our Commitment Reflects the Group’s Basic Principles

The Volkswagen Group supports a wide range of projects promoting the arts and culture, education, science, health and sport, regional structural development and environmental protection. The following fundamental principles underpin our choice of CSR projects:

  • The projects are in line with the Group’s Basic Principles and address a specific local or regional issue.
  • They reflect diversity within the Group and in the social environment in which the projects are sited.
  • They involve a close stakeholder dialogue with actors on the ground, who are involved in carrying out the projects.
  • Project management is based locally and overseen by local units.

The long-standing and wide-ranging cooperation arrangements we have with Germany’s Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU) and the German Red Cross (DRK) are prime examples of our activities as a good corporate citizen. Companies within the Group have similar cooperation arrangements: MAN, for example, works with the SOS Children’s Villages charity. These projects, and those outlined below, illustrate our philosophy of CSR based on continuity and sustainability.
As one of the world’s largest automotive companies with plants on virtually every continent, we want to create added value in the regions in which we operate. Our aim is that employees, shareholders, the local population and customers should all benefit from what we do. Please see our 2012 brochure “Responsibility knows no boundaries” for further information on the host of projects we support to achieve this aim.  37

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