We want to play an active part in handing over an intact basis for living and working to future generations and at the same time ensure our own future viability.
Global challenges pose steadily growing problems for our society and environment. In the spirit of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ long tradition of always thinking a step ahead as regards transport, the brand is already working on customer-centric solutions to tomorrow’s challenges and on sustainable mobility for its customers from the handicraft and logistics sectors in our cities.
With its corporate culture founded on integrity, the Volkswagen Group aims to be a world leader when it comes to providing sustainable mobility. That ambitious objective can be achieved only if all the brands work together with full commitment.
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is an independent brand in the Volkswagen Group, is responsible worldwide for the development, construction and sale of light commercial vehicles, and makes the series Transporter, Caddy, Crafter and Amarok. In 2018 the brand delivered around 499,700 light commercial vehicles produced at its sites in Hanover (D), Poznań (PL), Września (PL) and Pacheco (ARG). Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles employs more than 24,000 people worldwide, around 13,500 of them at its Hanover location.
Sustainability is controlled from the topmost level at the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brand.
The Board Committee, which meets regularly, and the Steering Committee for implementing the sustainability strategy in all divisions and companies define guidelines for sustainable commercial decisions throughout the value chain.
Protection of the climate and environment, urbanization, resource efficiency, digitalization and networking are the focus of our work, since that is where the benefits are greatest for our customers, society and the environment.
The three highlight projects 2018
New solutions for sustainable mobility for goods and people
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is working vigorously on shaping the future world of e-transportation and urban logistics and already has sustainable solutions in its portfolio
First of all: The ABT e-Caddy and ABT e-Transporter, two new all-electric solutions for urban traffic, were developed together with the strategic partner ABT and close the gap in the brand’s range of e-models. Their battery capacity is 36 and 72 kWh, meaning the vehicles have a range of 200 and 400 km respectively.
Or: The Cargo e-bike, a three-wheeled delivery pedelec that has been developed by the brand itself and will open up additional opportunities for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles customers over the last mile. For example, craftsmen will be able to drive in a climate-neutral way to where they need to perform maintenance and service work. The Cargo e-bike can transport up to 210 kg, including the driver. It has a loading volume of 0.5 cubic meters.
And: The ID. BUZZ CARGO concept vehicle, the first e-van based on the Modular Electric Drive Toolkit (MEB), the basic platform for all e-models at the Group. With its ID. BUZZ CARGO, the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brand is embarking on a new era of driving: The fully electric and digital BUZZ will enable goods to be delivered to locations where access by vehicles is restricted (last mile), as well as autonomous driving.
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles supports refugees with the holistic language project Deutsch 360°
Participants in Deutsch 360° receive language tuition that is specifically tailored to the world of work, with the aim of making it easier for them to enter technical and industrial trades. The “Deutsch 360°” project aims to motivate refugees to improve their German skills and their chances of finding a job.
20 job shadowing places have been provided for course participants at the Hanover plant to ensure the necessary degree of practical relevance. Professor Thomas Edig, the member of the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brand’s Board of Management responsible for Human Resources, comments: “People from more than 40 nations work together as partners at our plant – that’s diversity practiced on a daily basis. It’s important for us to offer refugees real chances to get into the labor market, reduce intolerance and open career doors for them. Education and work are the foundation for integration. So I’m delighted that we can do our bit toward that.”
The concept of a holistic German course for refugees tailored to the world of work as part of the existing general and funding conditions was created at the initiative of the partners involved. “Deutsch 360°” receives funding from the Volkswagen Group’s refugee aid program, meaning that extra content, language courses and lessons can be offered. The 20 course participants are given tuition to prepare them for the B2 language test in the classrooms of the educational association “ARBEIT UND LEBEN Nds. Mitte gGmbH” in cooperation with the “kargah e.V.” association and receive counseling and support from social workers and job coaches for the entire duration of the 11-month course. In keeping with the project’s name – Deutsch 360° – these supplementary components add up to a holistic concept that takes the extra step of helping learners tackle the challenges and demands of everyday life.
The campervan is now a “BreadSaver”
DER GOLDENE BULLI (“The Golden Campervan”) is a joint campaign staged by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, the Deutsche Handwerks Zeitung newspaper, the Deutsches Handwerksblatt magazine, the Norddeutsches Handwerk newspaper and the handwerk magazine. It is presented to a craft business that has displayed exceptional social commitment. The 2018 award for social engagement – a new T6 panel van – went to the “BrotRetter” (“BreadSaver”) project from Northern Germany in acknowledgment of its sustainable use of food and integration of people in working life. The Konditorei Junge GmbH offers reduced-price bread and bakery goods from the previous day at the “BrotRetter” stores it runs in Lübeck and Hamburg. People who would otherwise hardly be given a chance on the labor market are responsible for transporting, sorting and selling the goods. The company cooperates in Lübeck with the Diakonie, the social welfare organization of Germany’s Protestant churches, and in Hamburg with the organization “Hinz & Kunzt.”
In dialog with the neighborhood and society
Regular exchange between company members, residents and representatives from 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.
When the decision was taken to expand the Poznań site in Poland, the concept of open dialog was also extended to include other locations and the format was tailored to local requirements. Apart from residents, representatives from Poznań Council, public authorities and the churches take part in events at Poznań and Września. 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.
The new Crafter is “Green Van of the Year 2018”
A special success for the model of the manufacturer from Hanover: The city delivery vehicle Caddy picked up the award in 2016 and the Transporter won it in 2017 – and now the largest model from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has proven its eco-friendliness in the segment. The trade magazines “VerkehrsRundschau” and “Trucker” present the annual “Green Van Award” to the most environmentally-friendly commercial vehicles in their classes. Every vehicle is tested on a standardized route, with a mix of urban traffic, highways and regional roads, and has to complete that course with a load of 700 kilograms in the trunk. In addition to consumption and emissions, factors such as cargo space and the actual payload are also included in assessing the vehicles. The new Crafter impressed across the board: Its 75-kW 2.0 TDI Euro 6 diesel engine with an SCR catalyst consumed just 7.2 liters of diesel per 100 km in the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) – and achieved a total range of more than 1,000 kilometers on a full tank.