The company ordered the medical equipment in China in mid-March in order to make it available to doctors and hospitals in Germany. Since then, several deliveries have arrived every week. The German government and the state of Lower Saxony took over the role of distributing the medical equipment.
“A crisis of this magnitude, unparalleled in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany, demands special commitment from everyone – Volkswagen has been happy to play its part in supporting the healthcare system. This last delivery marks the conclusion of a cooperation that impressively demonstrates what can be achieved together for society in the event of a crisis,” says Thomas Steg, Head of External Relations at Volkswagen.
In addition to the donation, Volkswagen supported the Federal Ministry of Health in the purchase of 100 million respirator face masks in China. Around 70 million of these masks have already arrived in Germany.
During the Corona crisis, Volkswagen Group Logistics and its partners have transported a total freight volume of 8,000 cubic meters to Germany. This includes the 40-million-euro donation, the direct requirements of the German government and Volkswagen’s own requirements for the protection of its employees. By way of comparison: one cubic meter (m³) is the content of between three to six bathtubs.
The company also helps in many other projects. Selected examples:
- Group brands have produced thousands of face shields and brackets, masks and medical devices using 3D printing technology.
- With the support of the German government, Volkswagen South Africa has converted an old factory in Port Elizabeth into a temporary corona clinic with up to 4,000 beds.
- The company has donated one million euros for refugees threatened by the Corona pandemic. The German Red Cross is using the funds for emergency aid in Syria, Turkey and Greece.
- In Germany, 57 employees were released from work for up to 15 days in order to carry out voluntary work. Among them were doctors, emergency paramedics and nurses.
- The ŠKODA brand, along with HoppyGo, provided 200 vehicles for charities, communities and volunteers. In addition, 100 Octavia model cars were donated to social and medical institutions.
- Audi has been supporting medical and social institutions in its home regions and providing humanitarian aid at national and international levels. The company provided five million euros in emergency aid for this purpose.
- Porsche donated, among other things, 1.3 million euros to Stuttgart clinics. This will be used to purchase anesthesia and respiration equipment as well as a mobile X-ray machine, for example.