We work actively and vigorously to make mobility cleaner, more efficient and safer so as to leave future generations a world that is as intact as possible. At the same time, we secure the future viability of our locations and employees’ jobs.
Global challenges pose steadily growing problems for our society and the 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.
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is an independent brand in the Volkswagen Group and is responsible for the development, construction and sale of light commercial vehicles. They include the series Transporter, Caddy, Crafter and Amarok, which are made in Hanover (D), Poznań (PL), Września (PL) and Pacheco (ARG). Our vehicles transport construction workers, families or adventure seekers, bread rolls, parcels or surfboards. Every day, all over the world, they help countless people do a good job, act as mobile workshops, and take emergency doctors and police officers to where they are needed.
The most important lever for sustainable mobility and transportation services is in cities. The challenges, as well as the demand for new solutions, are greatest there. We want to help make urban life better again. So that can be achieved, we must focus on people and their needs, not on a specific technology. A key emphasis in that is to lastingly improve the booming transportation sector for goods and services and electrify it where possible.
VW Commercial Vehicles is also responsible for autonomous driving, Mobility as a Service (MaaS) and Transport as a Service (TaaS) at the Volkswagen Group. As part of that, we will develop and build appropriate special purpose vehicles, such as robotaxis and vans, in the future. As a result, we keep the whole of society moving and meet all its requirements for clean, smart and sustainable mobility. The all-electric ID BUZZ in the variants Cargo and People will be launched in 2022. The Bulli for the electric age stands for the transformation of VW Commercial Vehicles and the brand’s future viability at its Hanover site.
In 2019 VW Commercial Vehicles delivered around 492,000 light commercial vehicles produced at its sites in Hanover (D), Poznań (PL), Września (PL) and Pacheco (ARG). VW Commercial Vehicles employs more than 24,000 people worldwide: around 13,500 in Hanover and 10,500 at its locations in Poland.
Sustainability is implemented and continuously enhanced at the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brand by a board committee responsible for the issue and a dedicated steering committee. The focus is on climate and environmental protection, urbanization, resource efficiency, and healthcare. Guidelines throughout the value chain create the framework for sustainable commercial decisions so as to ensure maximum effectiveness for our stakeholders and shareholders.
The three highlight projects 2019
We are committed to protecting the climate and actively supporting social projects at our locations – we shoulder responsibility and aim to motivate others to think and act in terms of sustainability.
“Be seen on the road” – Road safety campaign for children in Września
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles successfully continued its “Be seen on the road” campaign in Poland in 2019. The educational campaign’s objective is to raise awareness of the issue of road safety for children and teach them the main rules they need to follow to stay safe on the road in everyday life. Several hundred children from the kindergartens and primary schools near the plant in Września were therefore given reflective vests which make them more visible to other road users, especially in the dark winter months. The visit was accompanied by the local police, who explained the dangers in daily traffic to the young participants in a playful way and practiced the right ways to act together. “We at Volkswagen Poznań are not only one of the region’s largest employers, but also part of the community,” states Jens Ocksen, President of the Management Board at Volkswagen Poznań. “That means we not only bear responsibility for our team, but also for society as a whole. And we take that responsibility seriously. This campaign makes a major contribution here. We’re delighted that we’ve staged the campaign successfully for four years and, in view of the great positive response, are able to and will continue it in 2020.”
“Climate-conscious canteen” campaign – Climate protection starts on your plate
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is motivating its employees at the Hanover plant to be more conscious about what they put on their plate in an exemplary campaign. “Climate-conscious canteen” is the name of the information brochure, several thousands of which have been distributed in the company restaurants – with the aim of giving employees food for thought. Climate change and environmental protection are major challenges now facing us. Sometimes it is easy to reduce CO2 emissions and conserve resources – and that starts on your own plate. The Hanover location has around 13,500 employees and so there is great potential for that. The brochure, which has gone down very well with employees, focuses on providing facts about our personal carbon footprint and what contribution our individual diet makes to it. One-fifth of all greenhouse gas emissions in Germany is currently attributable to the food sector: agriculture, processing, retailing and consumption.
Sustainable high-tech paint shop at Hanover starts operations
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles systematically continued its modernization program at the Hanover plant in 2019. One of the most cutting-edge final coat paint shops in the Volkswagen Group began operating at Hanover in 2019. The new facility uses less resources and has a barrier-free design. It took one-and-a-half years to build and cost some €70 million. Power and material consumption is slashed thanks to it: New process technologies save more than 25,000 megawatts of energy and tons of material a year. Up to 600 kilograms of primer (a layer for the lacquered surfaces below the top coat) are eliminated every working day. A total of 3,400 cubic meters of fresh water are saved every year and no chemicals are used any more.
In dialog with the neighborhood and society
Regular exchange between company representatives, residents and stakeholders, such as schools, environmental associations and public authorities, has been a firm part of the company’s engagement at the Hanover site for more than three decades.
When the decision was taken to expand the Poznań and Września sites in Poland, the concept of open dialog was also extended to include them and the format was tailored to local requirements. Apart from residents, representatives from the council, public authorities and the churches take part in events at Poznań.
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, address them through direct dialog and dispel potential conflicts before they arise. This initiative has created a relationship of trust at all brand locations to the parties’ mutual benefit.