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Belgium: 1 Project

  • Dual vocational training | Audi | Education

    Pilot project launch: Cooperation with two Brussels schools.

Czech Republic: 15 Projects

  • Benchmark of schools in the region | ŠKODA | Technical education

    As part of the strategic support of technical education, an unique comparison of primary schools in all three ŠKODA regions was held. The main aim of the benchmark was a self-evaluation of schools and defining the weaknesses of individual schools. Following the benchmark, we created an individual strategic plan with the list of projects that will be implemented with financial support from the company. In 2018 project included 19 schools with 7,300 pupils and students.

  • Centrum Paraple: Mobility program for people with a spinal cord injury | Volkswagen Financial Services | Healthcare

    Paraplegia changes your life
    Your life can change from one moment to the next. Volkswagen Financial Services Czech Republic has been supporting the Centrum Paraple since 2015 so as to help patients with a spinal cord injury. This not-for-profit organization based in Prague is funded to 50 percent from donations. The center advises patients after their rehabilitation therapy, for example, and helps them lead an independent and active life.

  • Cooperation with ŠKODA AUTO | ŠKODA | Regional Support

    ŠKODA AUTO is anxious to cooperate with municipalities in the regions where the company operates, and enhances local resident’s quality of life by sponsoring cultural, sporting and other leisure activities. As part of this initiative, ŠKODA has entered into strategic partnerships with the towns of Mladá Boleslav, Vrchlabí and Kvasiny.

    In 2018, ŠKODA AUTO supported 34 projects with the cooperation of the city Mladá Boleslav, especially in the field of sport, culture and education. ŠKODA AUTO also supported the region Kvasiny through the close cooperation with municipalities. Thanks to the cooperation was realized 67 projects in the field of safety, traffic safety, education, social services and free time activities. In the Vrchlabí region, the company supported 24 transport projects focused on infrastructure, technical education, sport and culture. The aim of all activities is to increase the attractiveness of ŠKODA regions, which is crucial for the sustainability and development of these regions.

  • Domov Sue Ryder: Support of this organization, which helps old and sick people and their families | Volkswagen Financial Services | Regional support

    Help in old age
    Volkswagen Financial Services Czech Republic believes it is important to help the elderly. The company has been supporting the Sue Ryder initiative since 2010. The focus of this not-for-profit organization is on supporting the elderly and enabling them to lead a dignified life. Sue Ryder runs old people’s homes and organizes charity events. Volkswagen Financial Services Czech Republic regularly takes part in the Sue Ryder Charity Cup and, among other things, has financed ceiling lifts for old people’s homes. These lifts help residents stay as mobile as possible.

  • Endowment Fund ŠKODA AUTO | ŠKODA | Regional Support

    In 2018 Endowment Fund ŠKODA AUTO was established with the aim to sustainably improve the appeal of Mladá Boleslav, Kosmonosy and the surrounding communities. The Endowment Fund ŠKODA AUTO amounts to 30 million euros. In the next three years, it is supposed to support investments in Mladá Boleslav and the surrounding areas. Endowment Fund is focused on supporting following areas – transport, social services, health care, school quality, affordable housing, and perception of safety, civic society, smart mobility, urban development, culture & sport. ŠKODA AUTO is also placing great importance on proximity to residents for further implementation of the investments. The survey on the websites www.noveboleslavsko.cz gathered concrete proposals for the ‘10 weeks for the Mladá Boleslav region’ project. This way, residents can suggest which other projects should be addressed in following years.

  • Funding hospital clowns | ŠKODA | Health

    Laughter is the best medicine – especially for sick children, whose days don’t often include a lot of fun and games. ŠKODA plays a major role in supporting the charity Healthcare Clowns. Professional entertainers visit seriously ill children in hospitals throughout the Czech Republic, spend time with them and cheer them up with their infectious laughter. This treatment helps restore the young patients’ vitality. In 2018, ŠKODA AUTO financially supported the program by 500,000 CZK and provided four cars for a year.

  • “GET STARTED!” (ROZJEDU TO!) | ŠKODA | Child care

    In the Czech Republic, ŠKODA AUTO has partnered with the acclaimed Tereza Maxová Children’s Foundation to support disadvantaged children aged 11-15 living in children’s homes. The “GET STARTED!” project aims to improve the children’s employment prospects by providing personal support and tuition in subjects such as math, languages and the sciences. The project also assists children who wish to develop their skills in music and the performing arts. Since 2013, the project helped some 83 children at 6 children’s homes. The children were given insights into working life during visits to a number of different companies, where they learned about job opportunities etc.

    In 2018, an IT weekend camp was organized for children from the program in cooperation with non-profitable organization Czechitas. The aim of the weekend was to increase children´s interest in IT technologies and motivate them to continue in their studies.

  • LORM | Volkswagen Financial Services | Miscellaneous

    When the world is dark and quiet
Running for a good cause to help deaf-blind children, youngsters and adults – that is the aim of employees at Volkswagen Financial Services Czech Republic who regularly participate in the charity run of the not-for-profit LORM organization and so support diverse campaigns by this initiative. People with severe vision or hearing impairments have it difficult in a society that rarely takes consideration of their needs. That is all the more so for deaf-blind persons, who lack the two most important senses to communicate and find their bearings in their environment. Volkswagen Financial Services Czech Republic has been working with the LORM organization in a spirit of trust since 2006.  

  • PeopHESTIA – The Centre for Volunteering: Support for the organization through practical commitment | Volkswagen Financial Services | Voluntary work

    Voluntary assignments
    Volkswagen Financial Services Czech Republic motivates employees to do voluntary work and supports them in that. The company cooperates closely with the HESTIA Centre, for example. This non-profit organization helps find suitable voluntary work for people and supplies ideas for special campaigns, such as for children, senior citizens or the unemployed. For instance, employees regularly participate in various projects, repair play equipment, help out in the garden or just simply talk with the needy.

  • Regional grant programs | ŠKODA | Regional support

    In line with the regional support, ŠKODA AUTO continues with grant programs in order to support local community projects in cooperation with NGOs, municipalities, schools and other organizations, which can apply for financial support in the following seven areas: traffic education, urban and rural road safety, support for technical education in primary schools, accessibility, childcare or ecology.

  • Rehabilitation institutes | ŠKODA | Barrier-free mobility

    Financial support for 3 most important rehabilitation institutes that aim to support barrier free mobility and rehabilitation care.

  • Safe Friday | ŠKODA | Road safety

    In 2018 a long-term ŠKODA "goodvertising" concept called Safe Friday was launched. The concept is covering all issues related to home market safety. Friday is the day with highest number of accidents on the Czech roads. The main aim of the concept is increase road safety by education of public, especially children´s, young drivers and seniors. In the project has been already involved more than 2000 children and educative roadshows and events impacted more than 234,000 people.

  • Science has a Future | ŠKODA | Technical education

    ŠKODA AUTO has always been a keen supporter of technical education. In particular, the company regards elementary-school teachers specializing in technical subjects as an important target group for this support. The aim of the “Science has a Future” project is to train, develop and support these teachers to improve their skills and enhance their knowledge of modern industrial career paths. This expertise is a vital factor in motivating students to pursue a scientific or technical career. The program is supported by ŠKODA AUTO since 2013 and 262 teachers have been involved in since its beginning.

  • ŠKODA and Tereza Maxová Children | ŠKODA | Child care

    The Educational Fund was founded by ŠKODA in a joint venture with the Tereza Maxová Children’s Foundation, as a follow-up to the ROZJEDU TO! project. The Education Fund is intended for children aged 15 and above living in children’s homes. The project supports activities such as academic tuition, development and training programs, driving tuition, mentoring and psychological counseling. More than 100 children have been involved in the program since the beginning.

  • ŠKODA Driving Licence | ŠKODA | Barrier-free mobility

    The new grant program aims to help people with physical disabilities get driving licenses. Successful applicants can obtain a financial support for paying the lessons. The project was established in cooperation with well known NGO Konto Bariéry and runs since 2018.

  • ŠKODA Handy | ŠKODA | Barrier-free mobility

    The ŠKODA Handy project aims to help people with physical disabilities enjoy more active and comfortable lives. In 2018 ŠKODA AUTO continued in developing of project and currently more then 3,500 customers used a services of ŠKODA Handy.

  • ŠKODA Trees | ŠKODA | Environmental protection

    The “ŠKODA Trees” initiative supports nature conservation. Every car sold by ŠKODA in the Czech Republic helps the company plant a tree. Employees of ŠKODA AUTO and their families play an active part in finding the right places for the trees and planting them. ŠKODA’s performance in 2018 meant that a further 95,017 seedlings were added in 2018. Almost 820,000 trees have been planted since the program was launched in 2007.

  • Young designers | ŠKODA | Technical education

    Since 2013, ŠKODA AUTO has been organizing a creative competition for elementary-school children. Pupils design their ideal “Dream car of the future”. The program promotes teamwork and creative thinking, and boosts children’s interest in technology and science. Since the competition was first launched, hundreds of children have taken part and dozens of schools have joined in.

Great Britain: 13 Projects

  • Apprentice Training Facility | Bentley | Education and science

    Bentley has its own dedicated, state-of-the-art Apprentice Training Facility based at apprentice training provider Cheshire College – South & West.   Opened in 2014, the facility is dedicated to the development of apprentices in Mechatronics, Wood, Trim and Paint where around 60 apprentices use workstations and workshops to develop their practical skills under the tuition of Master Trainers.

    In addition a specialist equipped Academy for paint apprentices is based in Wrexham, Wales where 15 Paint apprentices learn expert paint techniques under the tuition of expert college lecturers Under the facility's dual-education system, apprentices spend 70% of their time on practical training courses, and the remaining 30% on classroom-style theory courses.

  • BeFit | Bentley | Health

    Bentley's BeFit programme is designed to provide employees with information on various health topics such as sleep, nutrition, physical activity, mental wellbeing and back care. Over 1,400 participants took part in ‘bitesize’ workshops and events in 2018, as well as receiving motivational emails,1:1 support and health checks.

    BeFit works in partnership with external stakeholders such as Chester University and the NHS to deliver a diverse range of key health preventative seminars and events.

    BeFit also works closely with our onsite Occupational health team and catering contract to deliver a holistic approach to health and wellbeing. Aligning projects and events together helping to change the company ethos and culture.

    It is an award winning programme recognized by CIPD and by UK Active as workplace of the year 2018.

    Colleague can take part in 17 active sports sections available at our Legends Health and Fitness Centre, this helps people to improve their fitness and network across site on a different level.

    Bentley have four Health Check Kiosks which were installed throughout the Crewe site in  2017, enabling Bentley employees to easily keep track of their weight, blood pressure, heart rate, heart age, body-mass index and body-fat percentage. Bentley also offers a free Bupa Boost mobile app, which employees can use to set tailored goals for nutrition, fitness, mindfulness and relaxation. To date over 2,500 colleagues have accessed these machines for their health status.

    Bentley has also introduced a Liftshare scheme in 2018 with over 500 colleagues taking part in this car share scheme.

  • Financial support for the charity organization BEN | Volkswagen Financial Services | Miscellaneous

    Financial support for the charity organization BEN

    Volkswagen Financial Services UK has been supporting the aid organization BEN since the 1990s. It helps people and their relatives who work or have worked in the automotive industry.

    The local company assists in various campaigns, for example by providing vehicles, through fund-raising or by organizing Christmas dinners for residents of Olney, a town in the vicinity of Milton Keynes.

  • Bentley establishes Rotary volunteering club | Bentley | Voluntary work

    Bentley encourages all members of the workforce to participate in community initiatives through a company-wide Rotary volunteering club. The Rotary Club of Bentley Cheshire was officially chartered in 2017 and meets weekly to socialise and plan community projects. Since the club was founded, Bentley Rotarians have dedicated over 2,000 hours to community service; projects include renovating a garden for cancer patients at a local hospital, raising funds for a children's hospice, and setting up a street kitchen for the homeless.

  • Bentley first to achieve Carbon Trust recertification and implement ISO 14001 standard | Bentley | Environmental protection

    Bentley has become the first automotive manufacturer to achieve re-certification under the triple Carbon Trust standard for reducing carbon, waste and water. Having first achieved the trio of standards in 2014, the recertification follows Bentley's increased investment in new technology and the year-on-year progress in the environmental performance of the company's manufacturing operations. Elimination of energy-intensive processes and introduction of modern technologies have helped reduce energy usage; since 2010, energy consumption per vehicle produced has been cut by over 39%.

    The transformation of on-site water processes has reduced water consumption per vehicle by 39% since the company was originally benchmarked back in 2010. Bentley actively encourages all areas of the business to recycle, which has enabled the company to significantly reduce waste to landfill. Bentley continues to focus on new initiatives to reinforce its commitment to the environment, whether by introducing alternative powertrain technologies in its latest models or reducing the environmental impact of its factory.

    Bentley has also become the first UK car manufacturer to be certified under the ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management standard. Bentley was the first UK car company to achieve the original ISO 14001 standard in 1999 and has now been reaccredited under the updated standard, which challenges organizations to broaden the scope of their environmental policies.

  • Mentoring for school pupils | Volkswagen Financial Services | Voluntary work

    Mentoring can make a key contribution to the personal and social further development of young people. That is why around 25 Volkswagen Financial Services employees are regularly involved in the mentor program, which runs annually from September to June of the next year. The initiative was launched in 2013 and some of the former pupils are now employees at Volkswagen Financial Services.

  • Protecting the environment | Bentley | Environmental protection

    As part of its commitment to responsible manufacturing, Bentley has introduced automatic monitoring of the surface water interceptor at its Pyms Lane factory. The system operates 24 hours a day and issues early warnings via SMS if any contamination is detected. Should this occur, Bentley's environmental management team are immediately able to remotely isolate the interceptor so that the river is protected from impurities.

  • Renewable energy | Bentley | Environmental protection

    Up to 40% of the electricity requirement at Bentley's Crewe headquarters is met by 20,815 solar panels covering over 34,500 m² of the factory's roof area. When it was first put in place, the installation was the largest of its kind in the UK. Owned and operated by a third party, the solar panels have a capacity of 5.1 MW and help reduce annual CO2 emissions by 2,500 t. This has been augmented with the new Bentley solar car port installation, bringing total capacity to 7.7 MW. In addition to the electricity generated on-site by solar power, all electricity purchased by Bentley is certified green.

  • School liaison | Bentley | Education and science

    Bentley engages with schools and colleges in the community by offering more than 150 work experience placements each year, giving students the opportunity to gain insights into almost all areas of the business. From December 2018, Bentley is working in partnership with a local College to offer Technical Industry Placements as part of the changing landscape in education.   Bentley are a Key partner in the local University Technology College offering mentoring programmes, work experience placements and curriculum aligned projects to students to enable Bentley to build a talent pipeline into the apprenticeship programme.  In addition Bentley has invested in a digital careers platform Start-up to promote careers advice and apprenticeship vacancies in schools and colleges across the UK.  To support diversity and inclusion Bentley also hosts "Girls in Manufacturing" and “Girls in Engineering days. These exclusively female events are held at Bentley's flagship showroom, CW1 House in Crewe, where Bentley trainees share their experiences with students in a series of workshops, benefiting from this valuable opportunity for personal development in the process.

  • The Bentley Fund | Bentley | Regional support

    Bentley is a member of the Cheshire Community Foundation, which provides funding for community projects that often struggle to secure financial backing. The charity manages the Bentley Fund, ensuring that the company's annual donation is effectively channeled to local projects that benefit health, education and children, and/or alleviate social deprivation.

  • Trainee volunteering | Bentley | Voluntary Work

    As part of the trainee programmes at Bentley, all apprentices, undergraduate placement students and graduates are asked to take part in volunteering projects within the local community. Since 2016, Bentley trainees have been supporting the Prince's Trust, a charity for young people that is helping to deliver the TEAM program in Crewe.  Additionally we support Young Enterprise events in the North West of England which promotes business start-ups and innovation to develop entrepreneurial skills in young people

  • University Technical College | Bentley | Education and science

    University Technical Colleges provide an exciting educational offering, backed by real business partners and a university. Crewe Engineering and Design UTC is driven by a collaboration between Bentley Motors, Manchester Metropolitan University, Siemens, Bosch, OSL Rail, Air Products, James Walker and Cheshire East Council. As an employer partner to the school, Bentley has been closely involved in all aspects of setting up the UTC, with colleagues serving as members of the Trust, acting as governors, mentoring students and providing input into the college curriculum.

    In 2017, a new state-of-the-art teaching facility opened its doors at the UTC. The new building is part of a £10.6 million government investment in the institution and provides an ideal learning environment for pupils. A Bentley Continental GT, one of two loaned to the college, sits on display in the foyer of the glass-fronted building. The other car will be used as a tool for teaching pupils. Recent collaborations have included the Bentley Seat Challenge, in which pupils were asked to design the Bentley seat of the future.

  • Willen Hospice and Keech Hospice | Volkswagen Financial Services | Miscellaneous

    Support for hospice work

    The Willen Hospice is located in Milton Keynes, where Volkswagen Financial Services and the VW Group are based. The hospice offers care for adults. Keech Hospice Care is in Luton, around 30 kilometers from Milton Keynes, and offers palliative care for adults and children.

    Employees from Volkswagen Financial Services UK support the two institutions with around 30 fund-raising and voluntary activities, such as renovation work, abseiling, fire-walking or marathons. Besides taking part, Volkswagen Financial Services also helped provide logistics for the events.

Holland: 1 Project

  • Sponsorship partner ALSopdeweg | Volkswagen Financial Services | Healthcare

    When your muscles stop working: ALS
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is an incurable, fatal disease that causes the death of motor neurons controlling voluntary muscles, finally resulting in sufferers’ inability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe.

    The goal of Volkswagen Pon Financial Services/DFM is to help ALS patients lead an independent life for as long as possible. That is why the company supports the ALSpodeweg foundation. This organization helps patients lead a dignified life. In 2018 and 2019, Volkswagen FS Netherlands sponsored two VW Caddies the ALS foundation provides to patients. VWPFS/DFM donates a total of around €50,000 a year to ALSopdeweg.

Hungary: 10 Projects

  • Award for Dance | Audi | Arts and culture

    Extrordinary performance of a single dancer of the ballet.

  • Biomonitoring using Honeybees | Audi | Nature and environment

    • building a beekeeping institution and establish bee colonies
    • sensitize management/employees/visitors to the topic of bee protection / bio diversity / bee research
  • Environmental cooperation with ecological schools and the Audi Hungaria School | Audi | Nature and environment

    • redesign of the educational trail
    • environmental protection events
  • Establishment of a kindergarten | Audi | Education and science

     Construction of a two story kindergarten with outside areas.

  • Forest Project I and II | Audi | Nature and environment

    Reforestation following the NELDER-principle at two locations, support of the maintenance works and a science program regarding the capability to bind CO2 of the trees.

  • Formula Student Hungary | Audi | Education and science

    A competition for college students, in which they race against each other with self built and developed cars and engines.

  • Geothermal energy | Audi | Nature and environment

    Since 2015, Audi Hungaria has purchased energy for heating from a geothermal energy plant managed by Pannergy, as part of an ongoing initiative to achieve carbon-neutral energy consumption.

  • Road safety program | Audi | Education and science

    In a partnership with charity Vidám Kölykök, Audi Hungaria runs a road safety initiative, both to fulfil the company’s corporate citizenship obligations and protect younger generations of potential threats.

  • Summerfestival Concert | Audi | Arts and culture

    In support of cultural life in Győr, Audi sponsors the final concert in the city’s popular summer festival, widely regarded as the festival’s closing highlight.

  • Voluntary day | Audi | Social projects

    29 supported projects within a 50km radius with around 500 voluntary participants.

Italy: 55 Projects

  • Alternanza scuola- lavoro (Vocational Training) | Automobili Lamborghini | Education and science

    Vocational Training activation with high schools students in order to provide an innovative learning experience and combine knowledge and practice by orienting students aspirations and open up learning and didactics to the outside world.

  • Biomonitoring | Ducati | Environmental Protection

    The purpose of this project is to verify the possible environmental impact of Ducati’s activities using excellent bioindicators such as bees. With this in mind, in April 2016, an apiary was placed in an area inside the factory that is close to a track test, trigeneration plant, wastewater treatment plant and various sources of production emissions. Ducati’s apiary consists of three hives. Since 2016, samples of all the hive matrices (honey, pollen, wax and the bees themselves) have been taken from all the hives and tested for local environmental pollution, including heavy metals, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, dioxins and pesticides. While they are exploring their territory in search of nectar, pollen, propolis or water, bees collide with pollutant particles in suspension in the atmosphere. Bees’ range over areas with a radius of about 3 km (2 miles). For this reason, the positioning of the Ducati apiary is considered to be particularly representative, because it is located within a 3-kilometer radius of high-impact activities such as Bologna Airport and the city’s industrial zone.

  • Boys & Girls days | Italdesign | Education and science

    Employees invite their children in the company. The children could participate to different activities according to their age, including 3D modelling.

  • Canteen food surplus redistribution | Italdesign | Social projects

    Food surplus in the company canteen is distribuited to poor families on the territory.

  • Car pooling service | Italdesign | Environment

    Italdesign promoted a service dedicated to car pooling.

  • Carbon Neutrality | Automobili Lamborghini | Environment

    This Carbon Neutrality project aims to offset CO2 emissions resulting from energy consumption by 100%. This is achieved through the annual purchase of Green Certificates and Carbon Credits to offset emissions linked to the consumption of energy from nonrenewable sources such as natural gas, gasoline and diesel. Ultimately, the company seeks to reduce dependence on nonrenewable sources and implement a sustainable energy program.

  • CAR POOLING Ducati | Ducati | Traffic and mobility

    In order to promote sustainable mobility, Ducati encourages its employees to share cars to reach the workplace. Ducati offers all employees a mobile application for Car Pooling that combines both the needs of environmental protection and CO2 emissions reduction.

  • Christmas with AGEOP | Automobili Lamborghini | Social projects

    In 2016 Lamborghini started a collaboration with Ageop, an Association involved in the fight against cancer and leukemia in infancy. With the campaign "A small gift full of smiles" we involved our people in the collection of Christmas gifts for cancer- affected children. All the gifts collected were destined for several hospitals in Bologna with the big goal of giving them a moment of happiness and joy while fighting against severe diseases.

  • Collaboration with non profit organization | Automobili Lamborghini | Social projects

    Supporting social development in the community encouraging employees to show solidarity with local non-profit organizations by:

    1. “Libera Terra” gift collection for Christmas
    2. Making donations to the “Casa delle donne” women’s shelter
    3. Draft agreement with Emergency for social projects involving employees.
  • Connection to a District heating system coming from a biogas cogeneration plant | Automobili Lamborghini | Environment

    Automobili Lamborghini has become the first Italian automotive company to install a district heating system. Supplying hot water from a biogas-fueled cogeneration plant, the system is located in Nonantola (around six kilometers from the factory). The hot water produced by the plant (at 85 °C) is transported via underground pipes to the Lamborghini facility, where its thermal energy is used to heat the buildings. The biogas cogeneration plant has a total capacity of 1 MW. The project is expected to supply Lamborghini with a minimum of 7,200 MWh in thermal energy per year. The estimated annual reduction in greenhouse gases should come to approximately 1,780 t CO2.

  • Construction of Class A energy buildings | Automobili Lamborghini | Environment

    Starting from 2011, Lamborghini has established more restrictive criteria for the construction of its new buildings: all new buildings must be energy class A, according to the Emilia Romagna region’s energy classification.

    The outer structure of the buildings window surface has been designed to achieve the highest possible energy performance through the use of a very high performance polycarbonate facade system. All lighting, including for industrial areas, uses very high efficiency LED lights. Natural gas is not used to heat this buildings, because the air conditioning system consists of high performance heat pumps, so the only type of energy used during operation is electricity.

  • Dedicated employee activities | Automobili Lamborghini | Health and prevention

    Encourage prevention and health care – partnership with AIRC (Italian association for cancer research) in order to enhance knowledge and awareness about risks and preventive behavior (e.g. smoke dangers, nutrition factors…).

  • Dedicated events to employees and families & people care program | Automobili Lamborghini | People

    Dedicated activities inside & outside the company (e.g. special agreements with local shops and gyms, summer camps for employees' children, events, etc.)

  • DESI Project (Dual Education System Italy) | Ducati | Education and science

    Lamborghini and Ducati go on with the social project jointly organized by both companies and inaugurated in 2014. The Dual Education System Italy (DESI) project was launched in collaboration with the Volkswagen Workforce Foundation, the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research, and the Ministry of Education of the Emilia Romagna region. The two companies have created a curriculum/program, new for Italy, based on the German dual-education model, which combines classroom-based theory with practical work experience placements.

    Starting from 2016, the successive classrooms of students, coming from the 3rd classes of the professional high schools Aldini-Valeriani and Belluzzi-Fioravanti in Bologna, started the first year of the two-year training path, necessary in order to obtain the professional Diploma from the schools and the competences certification from the companies.To manage this CSR activity, Lamborghini and Ducati have built modern, dedicated training centers inside their production facilities.

  • DESI (Dual education Sistem) | Automobili Lamborghini | Education and science

    The Dual Education System was born in 2014 as a social project to develop the professional competences of socially disadvantaged juveniles and  integrate them into a company’s organization and culture.

    With DESI, we have been developing a new process for education and training in Italy, inspired by the German system. The Project is part of the Lamborghini Corporate Social Responsibility strategy that puts the accent on professional training and competences development.  The program combines theoretical education and training to ensure high qualified workers with concrete experience in the Company.

  • Donation of the selling quote of a Lamborghini Huracán signed by the Pope for charity | Automobili Lamborghini | Social projects

     A Lamborghini Huracán signed by  the Pope was donated for charity.

  • Environmental | Automobili Lamborghini | Environment

    This project was set up to analyze local atmospheric pollution levels and produce honey for use inside the company in line with the relevant regulations.

    The project involved the installation of an apiary inside the Lamborghini BioPark made up of eleven hives. Every year all matrices (honey, pollen, wax and the bees themselves) from three of the eleven hives are sampled three times and analyzed to identify any localized environmental pollution: heavy metals, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, dioxins, but also any pesticides (190 active ingredients) used in farming and in urban or private green spaces.

  • Erasmus | Italdesign | Education and science

    Sponsorship of four Erasmus projects in collaboration with Polytechnics of Turin and TUM.

  • Family Day: Safety corner | Italdesign | Safety

    During the Family Day we're organizing a safety corner for both adults (i.e. how to fasten children's seats) and children (i.e. how to call for help when necessary).

  • Fisica in Moto (FIM) | Ducati | Education and science

    “Fisica in Moto” (FIM) is a didactical laboratory addressed to secondary schools. The purpose is to orient the students in choosing an engineering university. Every year FIM hosts around 9,000 students. In addition to this, every July, Fisica in Moto hosts a 1 week Summer School during which the best Italian high-school students in physics meet experts and Professors in scientific fields.

  • Founding membership of ITS Maker | Automobili Lamborghini | Education and science

    Lamborghini has become a founding member of ITS Maker, a specialistic High School dedicated to Mechanics, Mechatronics, Motoring and Packaging which realizes two-year post-diploma courses aimed at giving students access to the best mechanical and mechatronic companies in Emilia Romagna. The educational offer is characterized by a strongly laboratory and practical didactics, realized with experts in the field and with a high percentage of the training carried out in the company. At the end of the courses a diploma of V level EQF, valid in Italy and in Europe, is issued by the Ministry of Education.

  • Free annual vaccination | Automobili Lamborghini | Health and prevention

    Since 2013 Lamborghini offers free flu vaccination inside the Company infirmary during the working hours.

  • Free health insurance for employees and families | Automobili Lamborghini | Health and prevention

    Lamborghini offers free health insurance for employees and families

  • Free water | Automobili Lamborghini | Environment

    Free water dispenser at company canteen and break areas

  • Hybrid car fleet | Italdesign | Environment

    Usage of E-tron in the company fleets.

  • Installation and commissioning of 2 Trigeneration plants | Automobili Lamborghini | Environment

    A Trigeneration plants is a system that produces heating, cooling and electricity from a single fuel, in Lamborghini’s case natural gas. The transformation of heat energy into power for refrigeration utilizes the refrigeration cycle via an absorption chiller. The chiller exploits phase changes in the temperature of the refrigerant, combined with an absorbent.

  • Installation of 8 new stations in the Lamborghini Park and organization of free sports courses for employees | Automobili Lamborghini | Wellness

     In 2018 a new fitness trail was realized inside the Lamborghini Park: the path is 950 meters long, consisting of 8 stations that integrate the existing fitness area.All products have been made of FSC certified wood and CO2 emissions related to the production of equipment have been offset by the purchase of green certificates reforestation of tropical areas. 

  • Io poi do una cosa a te | Italdesign | Social projects

    Italdesign employees gather school material and toys that are then delivered to local social institutions.

  • “ITS Maker” | Ducati | Education and science

    Training course, post high-school diploma, on innovative products designing with advanced materials and additive engineering: support of the educational program managed by Dallara Automobili SpA.

  • Laptops donation to local secondary schools | Italdesign | Education and Science

    Used laptops are donated to the secondary schools of the territory.

  • Let's clean the world | Italdesign | Environment

    Participation to the event Let's clean the world organized by Legambiente. Employees cleaned a park in Turin supporting Legambiente volunteers. 

  • Maternity & Paternity program | Automobili Lamborghini | People

    Since 2017, Lamborghini developed a dedicated program for new parents that offers training, financial contributions and other support tools to assist Lamborghini’s new mums and dads. In 2018 Lamborghini organized a dedicated pediatric first aid course. 

  • Moby | Italdesign | Social projects

    Italdesign participated to the Toyota Mobility Foundation’s $4m Mobility Unlimited Challenge presenting Moby, the first mobility service designed for wheelchair users; it’s the bicycle-sharing  system equivalent for wheelchairs: it consists of “wheel-on”, semi-autonomous, electric devices, located in urban hubs, that will make travelling around cities much simpler and easier for people with lightweight manual wheelchairs. 

  • Moncalieri Jazz Festival | Italdesign | Culture

    Italdesign employees gather school material and toys that are then delivered to local social institutions.

  • Motorvehicle Engineering Degree | Ducati | Education and science

    Ducati  supports and finances a specific degree course in Motovehicle Engineering at Bologna University.

  • Muner (Motorvehicle University of Emilia Romagna) | Automobili Lamborghini | Education and science

    The Motorvehicle University of Emilia-Romagna (MUNER) is an association which was created thanks to a synergetic connection among the main universities of the Region and the automakers that represent the excellence of Made in Italy in the world and are historically rooted in this territory (Automobili Lamborghini, Dallara, Ducati, Ferrari, Haas F1 Team, HPE Coxa, Magneti Marelli, Maserati e Toro Rosso).

    The Motorvehicle University of Emilia-Romagna represents a hub that aims at attracting to the region the best university students from all over the world, with the goal of training and introducing into the corporate world tomorrow’s engineers, the professionals who will design street and competition vehicles, sustainable propulsion systems and subsystems for smart features, and production plants in keeping with Smart Manufacturing.

  • Office Block LEED Platinum Certified | Automobili Lamborghini | Sustainability

    In 2017, the company began construction of a new office building that complies with LEED criteria and is eligible for full certification under the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standard. This international green building standard promotes a sustainability-oriented approach, evaluating the performance of buildings in terms of key criteria such as energy efficiency, water consumption, reduced carbon emissions, the ecological quality of interiors, the materials and resources used, the way the project is managed and the choice of site.

  • "Opus-Facere": Territorial laboratories for employability | Ducati | Education and science

    Support of an educational project, managed by Opificio Golinelli, with a number of companies and schools associated, named “Laboratori territoriali per l’occupabilità”

  • Oak Forest research project | Automobili Lamborghini | Environment

    This project aims to increase local biodiversity and create a teaching area for the scientific and local communities. It involves planting more than 10,000 young oak trees (quercus robur) in an area of just over 17 acres (70,000 sqm) in the municipality of Sant’Agata Bolognese (Bologna). The aim of this experimental project is to examine the relationships between plants, their density, the climate and CO2.

  • Partnership with Italian and foreign Universities | Automobili Lamborghini | Education and science

    Research in automotive sector. Participation to universities workshop and career events with the goal of supporting innovation and boosting collaboration with institutions that are incubators of great ideas. Promote an active link between the world of Industry and University on topics such as mobility and the future of the automotive sector, in a context in which both industry experts and researchers can benefit from each other.

  • Partnership with research institutes | Automobili Lamborghini | Education and science

    Automobili Lamborghini started a cooperation with national and international research institutes in different medical and biomedical projects in order to promote research and innovation in the Automotive sector.

  • Partnership with Teatro Bibiena Sant'Agata Bolognese | Automobili Lamborghini | Culture

    Automobili Lamborghini supports the season of the Theatre in Sant'Agata Bolognese.

  • Partnership with Teatro Comunale of Bologna | Automobili Lamborghini | Culture

    The project “Tracce Musicali” was launched in order to spread the culture of music and opera trough the young generations, allowing students of all school levels in the region to attend the rehearsals of the 2017 Symphony Season at the Teatro Comunale and at the Manzoni Auditorium of Bologna free of charge. Together with Tracce Musicali Automobili Lamborghini supports also the Opera season.

  • Partnership with UniBo in Formula SAE | Automobili Lamborghini | Education and science

    Lamborghini is an official partner of the UniBo Motorsport Team involved in Formula SAE, the student automotive championship open to major universities all over the world. The Motorsport department supports the students in the task of designing, constructing and bringing on the track a prototype wheeled vehicle in the Formula SAE races. 

  • Passive Safety presentation | Italdesign | Safety

    Passive Safety presentation in a secondary school.

  • Preventive medicines | Italdesign | Health prevention

    Free medical examinations for employees.

  • Moving & Safety21 | Ducati | Road Safety

    Concerning road safety, both at national and European level, Ducati Foundation promotes information and awareness campaigns on several fronts.

    In 2018, for example, Ducati Foundation started with the Moving research group of the University of Florence the development of some projects that, through a multidisciplinary approach, will be aimed at accident analysis and road safety dissemination and training courses.

    Ducati Foundation has also signed a partnership with Safety21, an Italian technology services company that offers advanced platforms and innovative outsourcing services for improving road safety standards, in order to create events and communication campaigns that promote the culture of road safety.

  • Safety at the workplace thesis sponsorship | Italdesign | Education and science

    Institution of an annual sponsorship in the field of safety at the workplace.

  • Setting up a company carpooling service | Automobili Lamborghini | Environment

    In 2017 Lamborghini implemented a Company Carpooling Service which allows employees to share their commutes in a convenient and flexible manner. The service will also allow CO2 savings to be measured by a dedicated platform.

  • Shape the future | Italdesign | Education and science

    ITI Agnelli school is a private secondary school that offers a special development path in collaboration with Italdesign.

  • 'Tante cose per la testa? Metti la prevenzione al primo posto.' | Automobili Lamborghini | Health

    Encourage prevention and health care - partnership with Fondazione ANT Italia Onlus (Italian tumor association) providing female employees with specific preventive activities for breast cancer. Employees have the possibility to schedule a completely free and anonymous screening during working hours. 

  • The future of mobility conference | Italdesign | Education and science

    Organization of a free conference for university students dedicated to future mobility in collaboration with a cultural institution and Polytechnics of Turin.

  • Trigeneration plant | Ducati | Enviromental protection

    The aim of this project is to generate energy more efficiently than traditional power plants. Trigeneration, also known as CCHP, is a system which uses a single fuel to simultaneously generate energy for heating, cooling and electricity. The company’s trigeneration plant was commissioned in January 2016. It consists of two endothermic engines powered by methane gas that are used to produce electrical energy, thermal energy and cooling energy. The electricity produced by the trigeneration plant during 2018 met 84% of the Ducati factory’s total demand.

    The remaining electricity that must be purchased from the network is green energy (in 2018 entirely from wind farms). This allows Ducati to successfully reduce its CO2 emissions by 54% in 2018 compared with 2013.

  • Water coolers | Italdesign | Environment

    Water coolers installation.

  • WDW – a sustainable event | Ducati | Environmental Protection

    The 2018 edition of WDW also obtained certification as a sustainable event according to the ISO 20121 standard, confirming as the only event in the world in the two-wheeler sector to have achieved this result.

Norway: 1 Project

  • Support for the Fossheim Verksteder Foundation | Volkswagen Financial Services | Miscellaneous

    Where people with disabilities work

    Work also gives disabled people the chance to boost their confidence, be independent, achieve social recognition and live in the community. That is also a reason why Volkswagen Møller Bilfinans has awarded all work related to packaging, labeling and dispatch to the Fossheim Verksteder Foundation. The non-profit organization offers people with disabilities a sheltered workshop and employment to suit their personal abilities and talents. Volkswagen Møller Bilfinans supports the organization with annual funding of around €2,300.

Poland: 27 Projects

  • 1 + 1 = 3 | Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles | Regional support

    The "1 + 1 = 3: Together we can do more" program provides funding to a foundation chosen in advance by an employee vote. Each member of staff makes a voluntary donation of one zloty from their monthly salary, and this is supplemented by the proceeds from collection buckets filled with donations by employees, guests, business partners and visitors to the factory. In 2017, over 70% of employees paid into the scheme, which was launched in 2009. The total amount raised to date is more than PLN 540,000 (approximately € 127,000).

  • A day with children: Empolyee volunteering | Volkswagen Financial Services | Voluntary work

    Time for orphans
Since 2014, employees from Volkswagen Financial Services Poland have been giving their time to an orphanage in Chotomow in Eastern Poland. For example, they have renovated rooms, laid out a garden and built a playground. More than 300 colleagues take part in the annual two-day action. The company also supports the orphanage with a Christmas present campaign, donations in kind and educational projects.  

  • “Be seen on the road” – “Świeć przykładem” | VW Commercial Vehicles | Road safety education

    The first “Be seen on the road” campaign was organized in 2018. The children from the kindergartens near to the foundry were given safety vests – meaning almost 640 kids can now be seen more clearly. The campaign’s purpose is to increase awareness of road safety issues and encourage the use of reflective elements.

    Our visits to the kindergartens were accompanied by officers from Poznań Police Headquarters. Together we staged an education campaign. Further visits to public kindergartens in the towns of Swarzędz and Września are on our agenda.

  • Biodiversity campaigns |VW Commercial Vehicles | Nature conservation

    The various biodiversity campaigns in 2016 and 2017 were followed by others in 2018. Local tree species and shrubs were planted near to the factories at Chwalibogowo and Swarzędz in Poland. The planting campaign was assisted by volunteers and conducted in cooperation with local policymakers and residents.

  • Blue Grant (= Niebieskie Granty) | VW Commercial Vehicles | Nature conservation

    The Blue Grant is a program in which environmental initiatives are advertised and that is aimed at schools, kindergartens and non-governmental organizations from the Wielkopolskie voivodeship. The program was launched in 2011. Three environmental projects are funded every year, one of them by employees from Volkswagen Poznań. The following projects were supported in the 2017/2018 program: “You can also increase the biodiversity of our forests” of the Babki Forest Supervisory Office, thanks to which more than 1,000 different tree seedlings will enrich the nearby forest areas. “Butterfly Garden,” developed by Kindergarten No. 40 from Poznań. It is a beautiful, blossoming and brightly colored butterfly garden with a playground in the kindergarten and is open to residents of the district. In addition, deaf people will also take part in the project. The third project is called “Eco Valley” and helps share practical knowledge as part of active educational projects for residents of Kiekrz (near Poznań). The 4th project to pick up the award envisages constructing a special sensory path for kindergarten pupils, including several autistic children, in cooperation with employees from Volkswagen Poznań. Volkswagen Poznań has so far donated 146.000 PLN to the program and provided a VW Caddy every year.

  • Children get to know the environment | SITECH | Environmental protection

    What is the best way to teach children about the environment and environmental protection? By playing games, of course! SITECH, a company located in Polkowice which supplies seat structures to Volkswagen, takes its environmental responsibility seriously, so aims to share its knowledge and experience with the next generation. For this reason, SITECH has joined forces with the regional Przemków forestry service to organize an annual ecological scavenger hunt - and children from nearby elementary schools are invited to join in the fun. As part of this competition, the children hike through the forest and answer questions about the environment and nature conservation at different stations, or perform tasks related to these subjects. Every year, the project proves very popular with the schoolchildren, allowing them to have fun while they learn about their local flora and fauna, as well as about broader environmental topics.

  • Children’s Day | ŠKODA | Culture and Art

    AutoLab Poznan each year organizes a special event due to Polish Children’s Day celebrated on the 1st of June. There are a lot of games and activities prepared for the youngest. Adults can take part in driving classes, listen to specialists. Everyone is invited to take part in competitions, in which there is a chance to win free driving courses and ŠKODA bikes. This year ŠKODA is planning to organize the 4th edition of the event. Last year there were almost 3 000 participants.

  • Clean up the World | Volkswagen Group Components | Nature conservation

    The group consisting of Volkswagen Motor Polska, young employees and the workforce commission Solidarność is cleaning up the woodland, which was reforested by Volkswagen Motor Polska in 2012. The reforestation was carried out in collaboration with the Lubin Forestry Office. The forest is home to plants that are typical of the region.

  • Cooperation with Bnin Children’s Home | VW Commercial Vehicles | Voluntary work

    Volkswagen Poznań has been cooperating with the children’s home in Bnin near its Poznań production site since 2016. In 2018, management of the plant in Antoninek invited the children to the plant and organized an interactive knowledge event (similar to the program for young engineers). The goal of this social project was to provide the children with technical education through programming of the LEGO robots and a tour of production.

  • Dialog with the neighborhood and society | VW Commercial Vehicles | Regional support

    Regular exchange between company representatives, residents and 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, this 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 also 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.

  • Dialog with stakeholders | SITECH | Regional support

    SITECH nurtures dialog with stakeholders at its site. We meet every year with representatives from universities, local authorities and neighboring companies. It is a great opportunity to discuss SITECH’s corporate social responsibility activities and tackle new challenges.

  • Drużyna Szpiku SITECH | SITECH | Voluntary work

    Drużyna Szpiku is a voluntary work group at SITECH that aims to motivate SITECH employees and people outside the company to register as potential bone marrow donors. The team primarily provides information about leukemia and donating bone marrow. It cooperates in that with the DKMS foundation “Leben Spenden” (“Donate Life”). A good opportunity to advertise its work is the charity marathons in which members of Drużyna Szpiku take part.

  • Dual system of education | SITECH | Education and science

    SITECH is the first company in Poland's Lower Silesia Province to introduce the dual-education system, meaning that SITECH integrates specialist education with business experience. In cooperation with the German-Polish Chamber of Industry and Commerce and Wrocław University of Science and Technology, SITECH is making it possible for students studying structural engineering to combine theory and practice, by offering the students positions in the company's Polkowice plant for the duration of the integrated degree program. SITECH also works with the comprehensive school in Chocianów, offering a vocational training program in which students can train as mechatronics technicians. During the 3-year program, the students are employed as apprentices at SITECH.

  • Green energy | VW Commercial Vehicles | Nature conservation

    The plant in Poznań has been supplied with 100% renewable energy since 2018, meaning its C02 emissions have been reduced by 72%. As a result, all VWP plants will be supplied with green energy as of 2019.

  • Guided tours of the plant | SITECH | Regional support

    Other companies and nearby schools show a keen interest in SITECH. Visitors to the plant can get to know more about the company’s organizational structure and production processes. In that way we can inspire other companies, not only in the automotive industry, in their further development and show students that we are attractive employer for their future career.

  • Keeping children safe in cars | SITECH | Traffic education

    A seatbelt can save lives - especially those of children. But what is the right way to position a seatbelt? And why do I need a child safety seat? Experts from SITECH provide answers to these questions as part of the "Safely on the Road" project in Poland. Head of plant safety Andrzej Świerczyński and his team visit preschools in the region, invite school classes to the SITECH plant in Polkowice, and partner with the police to provide safety education. Using seat simulators, they demonstrate the correct way to sit and fasten a seatbelt in a car. Their goal is always the same: to teach children, their parents, and anyone who drives in a car with children about the importance of child safety seats and seatbelts. "In conversations with the police, we have discovered that many children are riding in cars without car seats or are using their seatbelts incorrectly. We are aiming to change this, because this is one way to help keep the children in our region safe and healthy," explains Andrzej Świerczyński.

  • “Losing weight the healthy way” | SITECH | Healthcare

    SITECH Sp. z o.o. looks after its employees and their health in particular. And so there is also a new program in 2018: “Losing weight the healthy way.” The initiative helps overweight employees improve their health by means of a healthier diet and physical activity. After undergoing a medical check and being given expert advice, 11 women and men were admitted to the 3-month program. They obtained basic knowledge about nutrition and dietetics in an initial workshop. A tailored training program was then drawn up for every employee and accompanied personally by a coach.

  • Occupational health management | SITECH | Health

    As part of the SITECH health management program, the Polkowice plant has an on-site walk-in clinic which is open during all shifts to offer care to employees at short notice, as needed. In addition, SITECH offers diagnostic and laboratory tests, visits to specialists, physical therapy, and regular vaccinations. The program also organizes regular health campaigns in which employees are offered medical examinations. With the aim of achieving a lasting improvement in health awareness, SITECH employees can attend lectures on a wide variety of health and nutrition topics. Finally, the company also offers anonymous counselling sessions with a psychologist.

  • Planting campaign | SITECH | Nature conservation

    SITECH employees are participating in a tree planting program with the Przemków Forestry Office. The group is to spend a day planting new beech trees over one hectare of the pine forest.

  • Planting of 25,000 trees to mark the 25th anniversary of VWP | VW Commercial Vehicles | Nature conservation

    To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Volkswagen Poznań, the team of VWP planted 25,000 trees in a forest near to Plant 1 in Antoninek together with the Forestry Office. Employees could volunteer to take part in this campaign and thereby enhance the visibility of the company’s commitment to environmental issues. 

  • Safe Woman | ŠKODA | Education and science

    A cycle of 12 (free of charge) courses for women. Each meeting is composed of thematic stages: road safety, women safety, self-defense course. This year, ŠKODA Poland is planning to organize the 3rd edition of the course. Last year, there were 300 women, that were interested in taking part in the program. 

  • SITECH sports initiatives | SITECH | Sports

    SITECH Sp. z o.o. is stepping up its efforts to boost participation in sports. The "SITECH Sports Academy" program was established 3 years ago to encourage employees' children to take more exercise in their free time. The children play soccer under the supervision of a SITECH employee who is also a trained soccer coach. The practices are adapted to the individual needs of the children.

    Physical exercise is important for adults as well. So SITECH Sp. z o.o. has its own volleyball team that practices once a week. Twice a year the team also participates in a national championship for teams from Polish companies.

  • ŠKODA AutoLab | ŠKODA | Traffic education

    ŠKODA AutoLab is the first such advanced and technological interactive center of safety in Poland. It enables visitors to take part in the exhibition devided into 5 theme zones. Visitors can learn about safety on road, technology used in new cars, eco-driving techniques, safe rad tours, and watch a short movie in the ŠKODA cinema. Each year over 20 000 people visit our center.

  • ŠKODA Driving School | ŠKODA | Traffic education

    ŠKODA Driving School is the school of improving driving skills, in which drivers are taught how to eliminate bad habits, and errors while driving a car. The main goal is to reduce the number of car accidents committed every year. Trainers working in ŠKODA Driving School have international certificates that enables them to conduct courses in whole Europe. All the trainings are carried out at the special truck – SKODA AutoDrom.

  • Stowarzyszenie Sygnał Serca (Heart-Signal Association) | SITECH | Voluntary work

    Made up of SITECH employees, the Stowarzyszenie Sygnał Serca (Heart-Signal Association) supports children and families in the region who are impoverished or in need of assistance. Every year, the group organizes a children's day for disadvantaged families at which children receive urgently needed school supplies and other necessities. In 2016, a picnic was also organized for disabled children from a home in Jaszkotle. The association also took this opportunity to join forces with other companies and organizations and collect care products for the children. During the picnic, SITECH employees who are members of Sygnał Serca looked after the children.

  • Support for pregnant employees | Volkswagen Nutzfahrzeuge | Health

    Volkswagen Poznań helps its employees to balance families and careers. Expecting mothers, for example, are only expected to work 6 hours per day instead of 8. In addition to flexible working hours, pregnant employees' working conditions are also adapted to their physical needs. Following the birth of their child, new mothers can also take advantage of special rooms for breastfeeding.

  • Young Engineers’ School | VW Commercial Vehicles | Education and science

    The “Young Engineers’ School” project aims to promote science, in particular robotics, automation and the fundamentals of programming, among pupils at primary and high schools in Poland. The program is staged together with the Education Development Fund for Young Engineers. Funding was given to schools from the Wielkopolska region that received the most votes in an Internet survey. The program was staged for the second time in 2018, with 13 out of 140 schools being chosen and supported by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Poland with special teaching materials on how to construct and program robots. In addition, an all-day technology festival and certified training in how to use the programmable robots in lessons were held.

Slowakia: 2 Projects

  • Preservation and support of biodiversity in grassland and field communities | Volkswagen | Environmental protection

    Topic: Return of natural wildlife and preservation of pollinators

    Objective: Protection and preservation of insects; natural meadows instead of grass monocultures on the plant premises


    1. Wild flower meadows
    Creating wild flower meadows makes a valuable contribution to biodiversity and sends out a clear signal for its preservation

    2. Erection of insect hotels:
    Creation of habitats by erecting insect hotels and bird feeders for hibernation and reproduction of natural species.

    Just under 30 children tackled the subject of biodiversity and meadow orchards on this spring day in Emden. They learned how important biodiversity is and how bees and domestic trees can contribute to that diversity. The children got to know a beehive, created a hotel for wild bees, and planted another fruit tree in the plant’s own Fruit Tree Daycare Center.

  • We save crabs for Slovakia | Volkswagen | Environmental protection

    • Breeding of crabs in a facility on the grounds of the sewage treatment plant
    • Crabs are released at selected locations in the Little Carpathians.
    • Creation of an information panel on the subject of crabs at the VW SK sewage treatment plant
    • Proactive communication on the quality of waste water produced by VW in which crabs can live without any problem  

Spain: 16 Projects

  • ARBORETUM, conservation of the flora and fauna | SEAT | Nature conservation

    Conservation of the flora and fauna; planting of 80 tree species and bushes; protection of the Hyla Meridionalis frog in Martorell’s Can Casas park.

  • BeSEAT | SEAT | Education and science

    During 2018, SEAT developed in Madrid a program addressed to the students of Vocational Training in the last year of the Automotive degree. The main goal of the initiative is to improve the employability conditions of the young students through training in the brand’s technologies and processes and internships in SEAT’s services. After finishing the program, the students have the opportunity to be part of the job bank of SEAT for a year. 

  • Biodiversity projects | SEAT | Environmental protection

    Protection of threatened animals, plant and tree species, biodiversity and nature conservation, availability of water, clean air and renewable raw materials, securing of resources, development and preservation of natural CO2 reservoirs, planting of tree species, climate protection.

  • Biodiversity study at the Navarra site in Spain | Volkswagen | Nature conservation

    A biodiversity study at the plant, created with the support of employees, revealed that 266 species of flora and fauna were at home on the 1,630,199 m2 campus. The campus offers space, food and a breeding ground for orchids, reptiles and birds, among other things. The study’s objective was to establish a management system for caring for, preserving and protecting the species.

    Download: Cartel estudio bioversidad

  • CLOSE (Circular life of used components) | SEAT | Environmental protection

    Project CLOSE was conceived for exploring the possibilities of second life in different valuable parts of the car. Taking as a basis projects of reusing (high voltage batteries) and remanufacturing (combustion engines) in the automobile sector, we analyzed technically, economically and environmentally different car parts, so that we were able to detect the ones with more potential in this field. Depending on the purpose, several car parts were identified, mainly sensors for technically applications in mobility infrastructures and headlamps for light installations in brand events.

  • CTS photocatalysis of the soil | SEAT | Environmental protection

    Pedestrian zones at the plant (SEAT research and development), area: 26,000 m2

    Reduction capacity 5.2 tonnes of NOx per annum

  • Customer Satisfaction | SEAT | Social projects

    The Customer Experience Management (CEM) is a Voice of Customer Program that collects Customers’ feedback and gives insights for SEAT, importers and dealers. The program was successfully implemented since January 2018 in more than 20 Markets. The program allows SEAT to listen to our Customers and to constantly improve the Customer Experience at retail level.

  • Donations for educational purposes | SEAT | Education and science

    In 2018, SEAT reinforced its commitment to vocational training by donating materials to several institutions for educational purposes. By giving students access to automotive components and complete automobiles featuring the latest technological advances, SEAT helps them complete their studies and makes it easier for them to break into the labor market. This year, SEAT donated a total of 44 cars to the Universities of Vic and Manresa, to the Department of Education and Culture of Asturias, to the Vocational Training Center in Martorell and to the Department of Education of Madrid. SEAT also donated other components for educational purposes to different entities.

  • EXCITE (Exergy approach to encourage circular economy practices in vehicles) | SEAT | Environmental protection

    The aim of this project was to identify the metals contained within a car (current SEAT Leon), detecting the most valuable ones in terms of exergy. With exergy as an indicator one is able to quantify the importance of a specific metal considering its physical value (how scarce or abundant in the earth’s crust). This is, in fact, a very relevant achievement, given that in terms of mass there is no possibility of comparing the different weight streams of the implied metals (it becomes clear that 1 kg of cobalt is not the same as 1 kg of iron). Then, by identifying the most valuable metals, the most valuable car parts have been detected in order to propose ecodesign guidelines, which can at last reduce the metals’ supply risk.


    In 2018, SEAT obtained certification for its occupational health and safety management system in accordance with the new ISO 45001 standard, which was approved in February after five years of work. In this way, the company became the first company in the sector, and one of the first in the whole of Europe, to achieve this certification.

    The ISO 45001 standard recognises the strategic nature of the initiatives carried out in the field of health and safety and their alignment with the company’s objectives.

  • Promotion of social integration of people, in particular children, with handicaps | Volkswagen Financial Services | Miscellaneous

    The weaker can also be winners

    Play and movement are of huge importance for children. That also goes for children with a handicap. Volkswagen Financial Services Spain has been supporting the Fundal Foundation since 2014. Its focuses on the social integration of people, in particular children, with handicaps. The Fundal Foundation has had an alliance with UNICEF since 2004. Volkswagen Financial Services Spain supports the foundation with funding of around €15,000 a year.

  • GREEN ELECTRICITY | SEAT | Environmental protection

    SEAT obtains all its power in its production operations from green electricity generated from renewable sources.

  • Heat recovery from the stacks in Hall 5 | SEAT | Environmental protection

    Recovery of some of the residual energy emitted to the atmosphere by air/water heat exchangers. The recovered energy is passed to the overheated water system. (CO2 reduction of 2,300 tonnes)

  • Involvement of employees in preserving biodiversity | SEAT | Environmental protection

    Internal communication of biodiversity projects and sharpening employees’ awareness of environmental aspects. Illustration of the good practices in conserving resources on monitors in tunnels and halls and through internal magazines.

  • LEED certification, building CARS | SEAT | Environmental protection

    LEED certification is official confirmation that a project meets the prescribed requirements within the LEED assessment systems created and administered by the U.S. Green Building Council® (USGBC®). The building was constructed by SEAT with a solar collector for warm water.

  • DUOTRAILER logistics transport emissions | SEAT | Environmental protection

    SEAT’s Logistics department is doing trail-blazing work in protecting the climate. SEAT is the first company in Spain to use a megatruck for transportation. As a result, the company is cutting its CO2 and pollutant emissions by 14%. The megatruck has a capacity of 60 tonnes and is 25.25 m in length. SEAT has thus achieved a major milestone on the path to carbon-neutral production.

Sweden: 3 Projects

  • Scania Driver Competitions | Scania | Traffic education

    Since 2003, more than 400,000 truck drivers in nearly 50 countries have participated in Scania Driver Competitions - the world's biggest driving competition for truck and bus drivers.

    The competition started as a response to a 2003 European Commission directive on driver training that aimed to minimize the environmental impact of truck driving by increasing road-safety awareness and improving fuel consumption. The European Commission has endorsed the event ever since.

    During 2018/2019 the competition will be arranged in 30 countries in Europe and a European Final will be held in Södertälje in the end of May.

    Scania Driver Competitions highlight the driver as one of the most important factors in the world of transport for business, the environment, and road safety. The competition positions Scania as a long-term partner and provider of sustainable transport solutions.

  • Scania Top Team | Scania | Others

    Scania Top Team is a competitive training programme and international competition, developed to continually enhance the skills, knowledge, professionalism and teamwork in Scania’s workshops all over the world.

    The Scania Top Team competition helps develop technical skills by combining training and teamwork, as well as providing a competition that is an unforgettable and enriching experience for the participating teams. The results benefit Scania customers by offering a highly-skilled, effective service

    Scania Top Team’s theme for 2017 -2018 was “Driving the Shift” and participating teams from 70 countries took part in activities/discussions like waste handling, safety in the workshop, alternative fuels, both on national and international competition level. 

Transport is one of the industries where the digital revolution is moving fast. Connectivity, electrification and autonomous transport technology is beginning to disrupt the traditional transport industry. Hence, by training the global organisation through local activities at Scania’s almost 1,400 workshops, we create awareness globally about how all can contribute to driving the shift towards sustainable transport solutions.

  • TOGETHER | Scania | Voluntary work

    TOGETHER is a partnership where Scania join forces with the NGO War Child to offer a mentoring program that offers exceedingly more than a regular one. Giving up to 20 Scania employees (during working hours) the opportunity to mentor 20 refugee teenagers in a format where it all starts off with a period of group activities before forming the mentor/mentee pairs.

    Training of our mentors is a prerequisite to be able to provide the teenagers with the right kind of support on their journey into adulthood. Scania and War Child train the mentors in both coaching as well the activities during the group meetings. These activities build on the well proven methods developed by War Child, aimed at establishing psychological safety, developing interpersonal skills and of course having fun. The mentor/mentee sessions then focus on coaching the teenagers to work towards their goals.

    The program has proved to not only give the teenagers an opportunity to leave daily worries for a short time, but it has also been a source for new friendships and an increased network for our Scania employees.

    During 2019 we have started a second round with 20 employees and 20 students.