Canada: 1 Project
Children's Wish Foundation | Volkswagen Financial Services | Miscellaneous
Fulfilling the heart’s desires of seriously ill children
VW Credit Canada, Inc. has been supporting the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada since 2015. The Children’s Wish Foundation is the largest and only all-Canadian wish granting charity dedicated to fulfilling the wishes of children aged 3 to 17 who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening disease. The company enables its employees to support the Children’s Wish Foundation by volunteering at events in Toronto and Montreal, at which more than a million dollars are raised every year. In addition, the company donates around €40,000 a year to various departments of the Children’s Wish Foundation throughout Canada.
Mexico: 38 Projects
A Day for the Future – help for children in Puebla | Volkswagen | Equal opportunities
Aid for disadvantaged children: back in 2002, Volkswagen de México joined forces with the local union to launch the "A Day for the Future" initiative. Employees voluntarily donate one day's wages and the company then fund-matches each donation. The money goes to projects run by institutions in the state of Puebla that are dedicated to helping sick, orphaned, abandoned or disabled children. Since the program was first founded 17 years ago, it has raised a total of € 2 million for more than 300 projects.
Application Offices | Audi | Social projects
Creation of two offices that operate from Monday to Saturday. One in San José Chiapa and one in Puebla.
Audi Girls' Day | Audi | Education
Annual event focused in education and inclusion to women of the region, in the automotive industry. Target: 130 girls of the region and employees' daughters.
Audi Habita | Audi | Education
Rally inside the Audi Plant with topics like: water, sustainability and waste.
Audi México Comparte | Audi | Voluntary work
Blankets and winter clothes were collected in colaboration with the employees of the plant. Also a group of employees-volunteers went to the communities to deliver the clothes and share with the families.
Audi Mexico Orchestra | Audi | Education
Orchestra formed by more than 200 children from SJC and the region, with daily practice by Fundación Azteca.
Audi Mexico Orchestra check up | Audi | Health
Check up for 200 children and teenagers from the Audi orchestra. Weekly program with groups of 30 children on Saturdays.
Audi Mexico Orchestra impact research | Audi | Culture and arts
Surveys with all the children and interviews with some parents and teachers.
Audi Soccer Camp | Audi | Sports
"Audi Mexico made with the German soccer club FC Ingolstadt 04 and SITAUDI, the first ""FC Ingolstadt Soccer Camp"".
The event took place at the facilities of the Instituto Poblano del Deporte y Juventud. This camp was focused for 120 children (6-14 years old) of employees and of the region, who were trained by FCI trainers."
Bamboo Project of Las Margaritas | Volkswagen | Environmental protection
As an expression of Volkswagen de México's explicit climate change strategy, the "Bamboo Project" has evolved. Because the company wanted to compensate for the environmental impacts of the extension of the Tiguan production hall, the project was iniciated in 2015 and runs for a period of five years.
The project of 355 hectares is a joint venture with the National Research Institute for Forestry, Agriculture and Livestock Breeding (INIFAP). Since bamboo grows to heights as tall as 22 meters per year (in its 5th year), it is perfect for binding huge amounts of CO2. Moreover, local communities should be incentivized to acknowledge the domestic bamboo "Guadua aculeata" as a sustainable useful plant. Also, a genetic reservoir for preserving and studying the genetic diversity of bamboo species has been planted ("Bambusetum"). By employing and training inhabitants of the surrounding regions, as well as by manufacturing everyday consumer goods, the project makes an important contribution to the social and economic development of the region. The research done involves the quantification of bound carbon, additional possibilities for the use of bamboo, market surveys for the products developed from the project and the monitoring of flora and fauna. The project is located on the research area "Las Margaritas".
Capilla del Arte | Volkswagen Financial Services | Education and science
The objective of the Capilla del Arte project is to enable people of all ages to gain free admission to museums, galleries and other cultural events. Volkswagen Financial Services Mexico has been supporting this project, which was designed in cooperation with the Universidad de las Américas (UDLAP), since 2011. The cooperation has allowed UDLAP to expand its program. Volkswagen Financial Services Mexico also organizes a festival for approximately 45,000 visitors every year. The company supports the project with around €11,000 a year.
Christmas Party in San José Chiapa | Audi | Culture and arts
Employees from Audi México get together with people from San José Chiapa, give Christmas gifts to the children of the community and share this important season with the families of the community.
Colegio Humboldt week | Audi | Education
A week with activities such as: Smart Factory tour, Premium Road Tour, Greenovation tour, talks with Audi experts and rally by the Training Center facilities.
Cooperating with universities to train engineers | Volkswagen | Education and science
Since 2009, Volkswagen de México has been collaborating with universities in Puebla to train engineers specializing in automotive technology. The core element of the program is an academic major in Automotive Engineering at the Universidad Popular Autónoma de Puebla (UPAEP). Volkswagen was closely involved in developing the curriculum and is also providing support in the form of scholarships, internships, laboratory access and expert advice.
Other universities in Puebla have also worked with Volkswagen to develop application projects and customize their syllabi. In addition, Volkswagen offers internships and apprenticeship programs in Puebla. The company has joined forces with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to support students studying in Germany as part of their degree program.
In 2018, Volkswagen de México celebrated the Fourth edition of “Road Show”; an event aimed to strength their cooperation with local universities. In this year, more than 3,300 students from 43 different universities attended the event.As an expression of Volkswagen de México's explicit climate change strategy, the "Bamboo Project" has evolved. Because the company wanted to compensate for the environmental impacts of the extension of the Tiguan production hall, the project was iniciated in 2015 and runs for a period of five years.
Donation collection point 2017 earthquake catastrophe | Volkswagen Financial Services | Regional support
2017 earthquake catastrophe: Volkswagen Financial Services Mexico appointed as an aid center by the Red Cross
Showing solidarity and sticking together are vital in times of great need. And that was the case when a massive earthquake with a magnitude of 7.1 on the Richter scale hit the Mexican region of Puebla in September 2017. The employees of Volkswagen Financial Services Mexico set up a donation collection point in the company’s building, worked in the donation center, and supported the rescue operations. They soon gathered food, medication, water, clothing and blankets, which were then distributed to the affected people.
EMA Program | Audi | Education and science
1.5 years of training in which they do an internship in Audi México, language course in Germany, studies in a University in Germany and finally an internship at AUDI AG. At the end of this program and once they have graduated and if they have a good performance we hire them.
Environmental Day at Humboldt School | Volkswagen | Education and science
Every year, as part of the celebrations of the World Environment Day, teaching experts of the Izta Popo Project visit the Humboldt School to promote activities with students on forest conservation and the protection of biodiversity.
Environmental Education Program for employees and their families | Volkswagen | Environmental protection
The Environmental Education Program creates awareness of employees of VW México and their families for environmental topics by informing them about actions taken and progress achieved by the company. Projects and programs aiming at protection of biodiversity, reforestation, CO2 and water capture and the restoration of ecosystems as well as scientific research projects and other environmental education programs in Puebla and all around the country are being presented.
Environmental Education Program in the Puebla region | Volkswagen | Environmental protection
The Izta Popo and Bamboo Reforestation projects sponsored by Volkswagen de México, involve visiting of schools close to the projects. The goal is to promote eco-friendly behavior. At the same time, children and adults learn about Volkswagen's measures to reduce the environmental impact of industrial production. Projects and programs aiming to protect biodiversity, reforestation, CO2 and water Capture and the restoration of ecosystems as well as scientific research projects and other environmental initiatives worldwide are being presented.
This environmental awareness program offers trips to the Projects sponsored by VWM for public school students. There, the students learn up close and experience how Volkswagen de México protects species and conducts reforestations. The visitors enjoy the harmonization with nature and get to know Volkswagen's Centers of Environmental Education and Diffusion (CEDAs). These cabins, located right in the Izta Popo State Park and Las Margaritas (for the Bamboo Project), show students how sustainable building technologies, such as the use of bamboo for construction, collection and infiltration systems for rainwater, the use of solar panels as a source of electricity and the recycling of materials, all having the overall goal of reducing the impact on the environment.
ESR Naming (Corporate Social Responsibility) | Audi | Social projects
CEMEFI is the mos important social institution in México. It makes an annual contest in order to name the companies with the best practices in topics like: social development, employees' life quality, and environmental care.
Focus Group Susainability with employees | Audi | Social projects
Three focus group sessions with 15 employees. One hour session, guided discussion (per session). Results: Complete perception about the sustainability programs at Audi México.
House of the Sun – life opportunities for orphans | Volkswagen | Equal opportunities
The Casa del Sol ("House of the Sun") orphanage offers a home and care to disadvantaged children aged 0 to 6 years. Some are orphans, others have been abused or abandoned. The institution provides medical and psychological care, a balanced diet, and nursery-school education. The primary goal is to place the children with adoptive families by the time they reach school age or, if possible, reintegrate them into their own families. Volkswagen currently supports this institution by donating €50,000 each year to help cover its operating costs.
As part of its project called “Creciendo y aprendiendo juntos” (Growing and learning together) in 2018 the organization used the donations for general equipment in three class rooms, as well as the equipment of one multimedia room and a playground.
Internship Program | Audi | Education and science
The internship can last 2-6 months. Each department is in charge of providing a project for the development of the intern. This also adds value to Audi México.
Mini Audianos Tours | Audi | Education
Tours designed to show the production process for children, during the vacation period. The groups are provided for 10 children and their parents working at Audi.
Oak Project | Audi | Education and science
Verify and follow up the development of 3,000 oak trees in a period of 100 years.
Promoting a Healthier lifestyle | Volkswagen | Health
About 1,200 runners participated in the Fourth edition of the race Corre como un Volkswagen (Run as a Volkswagen). The peculiarity of this competition is that it takes place within the factory, and it has positionated as an extraordinary chance to promote the family-work balance.
Reforestation in Izta Popo State Park | Volkswagen | Environmental protection
The reforestation project of 750 hectares started by Volkswagen in the Iztaccíhuatl-Popocatépetl National Park protects species and natural habitats. It also helps replenish the groundwater reservoirs of the Puebla region with rain and meltwater stopping ditches. The project planned together with the State Parks National Commission and the "Produce Puebla" Foundation, planted a total of 490,000 Hartwegi's pines.
A biodiversity specialist monitors the project´s endangered species and the local community is actively participating in the conservation of the protected area.
The project also raises awareness for the protection of nature and biodiversity through guided tours by its environmental educator. Visitors walk through the trail designed for nature observation, feeling reconnected to the environment and recognizing the importance of conservation. Further insights are provided by the Center of Environmental Education and Communication (CEDA) of Volkswagen de México: eco-friendly technologies like solar panels, rainwater deposits and sustainable building materials (bamboo, soil, sand, mulch, reusable glass) are presented there.
As of today, Volkswagen has supported the project with about 2.5 million USD, being supported by 39 suppliers of VWM, as well as by Puebla's water and sewage services provider. Together, the sponsors will ensure that the forest is protected for years to come.
Reforestation in Sierra de Lobos State Park | Volkswagen | Environmental protection
From 2012 to 2018 the joint project with the Ecological Institute started by the reforestation of native species on 114 hectares in the Sierra de Lobos State Park (Silao, Guanajuato State). A total of 152,000 trees were planted. By restoring natural vegetation, ground subsidence was counteracted and extreme droughts were reduced. In order to collect and infiltrate groundwater, water stopping ditches and ponds were installed. Fire stopping ditches prevented forest fires from spreading.
The project combined social and economic interests by creating new positions that could be taken up by women as much as by men, thereby promoting gender equality. The project lasted 7 years and was supported by Volkswagen de México throughout the period. 224,000m3 of water were captured, more than 607 tons of Carbon were stored in the trees planted, and 177 wildlife species (vertebrates and invertebrates were monitored, 14 of which were listed in the NOM-ECOL-059 for species at risk of extinction.
Research: San José Chiapa community | Audi | Regional support
65 interviews conducted by Tecnologico de Monterrey students with people from San José Chiapa. The results ae delivered to Audi México.
San José Ozumba | Audi | Environmental protection
The community of San José Ozumba in cooperation with Audi planted 100,000 trees and built 25,000 trenches in order to retain water in an area of 100 hectares.
Sponsoring research into biodiversity | Volkswagen | Environmental protection
Volkswagen de México has been funding biodiversity research and conservation projects in Mexico since 2006. By 2016, 11 Mexican scientists had been awarded grants of €30,000 each in recognition of their contributions to species conservation in Mexico and in support of their ongoing work. Each year, the same amount has been donated to a nature conservation research project undertaken by scientists working in a protected area. Volkswagen de México has become the country's leading private donor in the field of biodiversity.
In 2017, under the new motto "Volkswagen, Por Amor a México" (Volkswagen, for the Love of Mexico), the award was opened up to the whole of Mexico's conservationist community, representing all kinds of nature conservation projects, any of which may qualify for the €30,000 grant. Each year, a jury of highly respected Mexican scientists specializing in nature conservation select the two best qualified projects; the general public is then asked to vote for the winner via the web page www.vwporamoramexico.mx.
The first winner of the new competition is a research program that aims to preserve amphibians in Puebla. A year after been granted with the prize, this project achieved some milestones such as a steady rate of capture of individuals and no sick animals reported; 3,000 trees planted and facilities for preservation of amphibians built.
Sponsorship of educational projects specifically for students | Volkswagen Financial Services | Education and science
High school program for disadvantaged youngsters in Puebla City
VW FS Mexico has been supporting the “Preparatoria” project, a high school program for disadvantaged youngsters in Puebla City, since 2015. This sustainable project was developed in cooperation with the Universidad de las Américas and the Office for Family Development of the State of Puebla. The program gives youngsters the chance to finish school and also complete technical training, enabling then to gain qualifications for the labor market if they do not attend a college. VW FS Mexico helps ensure that the tuition is free for all pupils. Around €9,800 is donated to the project every year.
Street children project | Volkswagen Financial Services | Education and science
Offering a perspective for children
Many children in Mexico live on the streets. Volkswagen Financial Services Mexico has been supporting the Quiera Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping street children, since 2011. The foundation has 53 care centers throughout the country, where disadvantaged children and youngsters can obtain advice and help, can go to school and are given a new perspective in life. Volkswagen Financial Services Mexico supports the project with around €5,000 a year.
Summer Institute for teaching | Volkswagen Financial Services | Education and science
Equal educational opportunities for children and youngsters
Equal educational opportunities for children and youngsters Volkswagen Financial Services Mexico has been the main sponsor of the summer institute Ensena por México (Education for Mexico) since 2012. The not-for-profit organization is committed to ensuring equal educational opportunities for children and youngsters from Mexico’s poor regions. Ensena por México is also a member of the internationally recognized leadership program Teach for All. University graduates are recruited and trained under the program, after which they devote two years of their career to the organization and teach at schools in the country’s poor regions. Ensena por Mexico welcomes around 200 new university graduates every year. Volkswagen Financial Services Mexico supports the project with around €12,500 a year.
Verano Audi | Audi | Sports
Funny, sporting and development skills activities, performed in a week with children of SJC.
VfL School in Puebla | Volkswagen | Sports
Volkswagen de Mexico and VFL Wolfsburg established the first Germany´s professional soccer club school in the State of Puebla, which are located at the Company Sports Club.
Kids from 5 to 17 years are trained- since August 2018- under the methodology of this team. The school in Puebla is part of a worldwide net of training centers, with presence in Wolfsburg, China, Brazil and United States.
Summer Technical course | Volkswagen | Equal opportunities
In 2018, Volkswagen de México celebrated the Tenth edition of its Summer technical course for youth in a pooverty situation. The boys and girls who attend this course comes from civil associations participating in the program Un día para el Futuro (A Day for the Future).
Since the beginning of this project, the Dual Educational Centre has hosted the courses.
Sponsorship for commuting of Esperanza Azteca Orchestra | Volkswagen | Equal opportunities
80 young musicians from the Esperanza Azteca Orchestra are driven from designated city spots to their sessions, in a private bus that enable them a safety and comfortable way of commuting.
USA: 9 Projects
Audi Fellowship scholarship program with the American Film Institute (AFI) Conservatory | Audi | Culture and arts
Audi, a long-time supporter of the motion picture arts and the America Film Institute (AFI), recently announced a pivotal scholarship program that will expand opportunities for female storytellers. Audi has been the official automotive sponsor of AFI FEST for over 14 years. The collaboration has evolved through a shared passion for supporting master filmmakers and has expanded to include the Audi Fellowship, announced at the AFI Awards in January. The Audi Fellowship scholarship program will support one promising female director for the entire two-year AFI Conservatory enrollment, a $215,000 investment. The recipient possesses exceptional talent, passion, need, and a fearlessly forward spirit. The scholarship was awarded to one women applying to be a member of the August 2017 class. The recipient, Ms. Natalie Camou, was announced June 8 at the AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards honoring Diane Keaton. The AFI Conservatory is among the most respected filmmaker training programs in the world. The program includes notable alumni Amy Heckerling (Fast Times at Ridgemont High), Mimi Leder (The Leftovers), and Patty Jenkins (Monster), the first female director to helm a major comic book franchise (Wonder Woman). https://media.audiusa.com/en-us/releases/146
Audi Partners with Forbes and NYU Tandon School of Engineering on the inaugural Forbes Idea Incubator | Audi | Education and science
Held in New York, the Forbes Idea Incubator was characterized by endless collaboration, innovation and creative thinking, providing NYU Tandon students – with backgrounds in science, technology, engineering or mathmatics ( STEM) – the opportunity to be awarded the first-ever Audi Drive Progress Grant. As an extension of the Audi-sponsored Forbes Women’s Summit held this past June, the Idea Incubator challenged these students to utilize their STEM knowledge to address one of the critical issues facing women and girls today – reliable, safe and affordable access to transportation solutions. In a video message to students, Audi of America, noted: “Your generation will unleash on the world new ideas and unimaginable innovation, particularly when it comes to the STEM fields.” Following an engaging four-hour work session, seven teams presented their ideas to a panel including two professors from the NYU Tandon School. Presentations showcased a variety of solutions and the team with the most innovative solution received the $50,000 donation to help cover tuition and student expenses. This cause launched in 2017 will continue into 2019.
DC Scores | Volkswagen | Sports
- DC Scores partners with 59 schools across the DC area to give 2,500 students the opportunity to play soccer competitively.
- Volkswagen sponsors the Marie Reed Elementary School team.
- Anna Schneider, SVP Government and Industry Relations, sits on the board along with Loren Angelo, CMO, Audi of America
- 80% of students return year after year.
- 96% of players are confident they will graduate high school.
- DC Scores has 12 affiliates across the US collectively sponsoring 200 schools, 630 coaches, and over 15,000 kids.
Employees volunteer through Porsche Care Network | Porsche | Regional support
In 2011, Porsche Cars North America, the company's sales organization in the United States, launched the Porsche Care Network, an initiative which coordinates employees' CSR activities. The Porsche Care Network has three main areas of focus: the environment, family and vocational training. Examples of environmental projects in 2017 included an initiative to clean up a section of the Chattahoochee River and plant trees there. Social-welfare activities included putting together food parcels for disadvantaged families, while an educational yet fun project helped children learn more about budgeting and managing money. In the reporting year, Porsche employees in the United States managed to top the 746 hours of voluntary work they contributed in 2016, once again setting a new benchmark for community involvement.
Financial Heroes | Volkswagen Financial Services | Education and science
Volkswagen Credit has been supporting the “Financial Heroes” initiative since 2012. The initiative focuses on teaching children and youngsters aged 10 to 17 how to manage money responsibly. The pupils have the chance to test and try out their newly acquired skills in a digital learning environment in their classroom. Volkswagen Credit supports the project with around €13,000 a year.
Public and policy education | Audi | Education and science
In 2019, Audi of America joined with the National Safety Council in the U.S. to create the Partners for Automated Vehicle Education (PAVE) coalition. This non-profit effort is dedicated to better educating the public, policymakers and media on the true status of AV research and development, as well as the future societal opportunities new mobility solutions could unlock. PAVE lanched to high acclaim at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the world's largest technology showcase. Twenty-five other OEMs, tech companies, safety and avocacy groups form the steering committee chaired by Audi and National Safety Council. Among the OEM partners are Volkswagen Group and the AUDI AG subsidiary, Autonomous Intelligent Driving (AID).
Students and teachers community-wide benefit from Volkswagen Chattanooga’s “Stuff the Atlas” donation drive | Volkswagen | Education
On Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, Volkswagen delivered an Atlas full of school supply donations to the United Way’s 2018 Stuff the Bus event held at Office Depot. Stuff the Bus has collected school supply donations to provide for Chattanooga children, teachers and schools in Hamilton County for the last nine years.
Two rehabilitated Great Horned Owls released at Volkswagen Chattanooga wetlands | Volkswagen | Environmental protection
Volkswagen Chattanooga’s Environmental team, in conjunction with Happinest Wildlife rescue, released two Great Horned Owls at 8 p.m., August 17, 2018 at the new part of the wetlands, south of the road adjacent to Gestamp site.
The release was a public event with brief education on owls and danger of leg hold traps.
Happinest Wildlife Rehabilitation & Rescue Inc. is a small group of licensed volunteers dedicated to the rehabilitation of Tennessee’s sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. Their goal is to prevent suffering and successfully return animals to the wild. Volkswagen Chattanooga is a proud sponsor of their environmental efforts.
VSA | Volkswagen | Culture and arts
- VSA is a program under the Kennedy Center’s Arts and Accessibility Program.
- Curated art competition for disabled artists ages 16-24.
- Volkswagen Group of America has sponsored the VSA Emerging Young Artists Program for 17 years.
- VWGoA’s sponsorship provides $60,000 in grants. Total support $220,000.
- Sponsorship also pays for educational and career development opportunities for the artists.
- Program awareness is elevated among key audiences through:
- Award ceremony takes place on Capitol Hill year year (Rayburn Foyer) and awardee’s Members of Congress as well as the Disabilities Caucus are invited to speak.
- Gallery opening takes place in Herndon (and in the Washington Office as well in 2018) to raise awareness among employees and Washington influentials.