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CC-Projects in South America

Argentina: 18 Projects

  • 2020 Christmas action: Corporate Volunteering #UniendoCorazones | Volkswagen | Social

    Under the slogan "We are TOGETHER" we launched our 2020 Christmas action: Corporate Volunteering #UniendoCorazones.

    We invited our employees to join their families in the Christmas 2020 volunteering. Each volunteer received a Christmas box at their home to assemble and decorate a Christmas box as a family and then include non-perishable foods in it. More than 200 collaborators with their families participated in Pacheco and Córdoba united by the same objective: to put together a Christmas box to donate it to those who need it most.

    In Pacheco, the boxes were delivered to the Nordelta Foundation and to the “El Gauchito” community center. These boxes reached the families of Barrio las Tunas, near our Plant. In the case of Córdoba, the donation was made to the "La horita Feliz" community center. In total, we donated 380 Christmas boxes with non-perishable food and Christmas products.

  • “All the better to see you with” | Volkswagen | Education and science

    Another example of a public-private partnership is still running strong in its tenth year. “All the better to see you with” is a health program that provides students at public schools of disadvantaged neighborhoods in the municipality of Tigre eye tests performed by a mobile medical team.

    VWA donated the portable testing equipment and provides a vehicle to reach all schools and students in the area.

  • “Delivery de Solidaridad” | Volkswagen | Social

    Due to the difficult context we have gone through during 2020, we invited VWA employees to collaborate with donations of food and hygiene items to distribute them to the families of the neighborhood surrounding our Pacheco plant. Through the Unilever web portal, employees could purchase the items. The equivalent of 150 food and cleaning food kits were collected to deliver to those who need it most.

  • Forestation Campaign | Volkswagen | Environmental protection

    In the Córdoba Industrial Center, a forestation campaign was carried out with the aim of recovering green spaces within the property. The activity brought together collaborators from all over the Plant who planted native species of the Province of Córdoba, generating an ecological restoration with native trees such as Talas, Molles, Algarrobos, Tuminico and Guindillos.

    The place was named as "Isla Verde", a representative a representative ecosystem and functional serrano, contributing to education and fostering in all employees an awareness of caring for the environment, thus reaffirming the commitment of Volkswagen Argentina.

    After this activity, the Pro Health walk sub-commission joined the Reforestation Program of Native Species of National Parks of the Province of Córdoba affected by fires, planting more than 300 species called “Tabaquillos” in the Quebrada del Condorito National Park, expanding in this way the frontiers of this activity.

  • Green spot in Assy Shop | Volkswagen | Environmental protection

    In our efforts to improve the perception of common spaces, we developed the first Green area in the Assy Shop, which counts with skylights to promote natural light, a garden bed and furniture made out from scrap material. During 2021, further resting areas such as this one, will be inaugurated.

  • “Hackathon SAM” | Volkswagen | Education and science

    Hackathon SAM was a corporate initiative that integrated participants from VW Brazil and VW Argentina in order to create innovative solutions to Regional challenges. The activity was supposed to take place in Brazil in March 2020, after the COVID Pandemic, it was decided to go through with the event, but virtually. That is how 72 participants (64 VWB e 8 VWA), selected by COMEX members, were gathered for a specific training session in Design Thinking Methodology and then participated in the Hackathon. The challenges were chosen by COMEX considering business priorities, such us Digitalization, Regional integration opportunities and Cultural Transformation.

    The Hackathon took place in November from the 3rd to the 5th.
    Every participant received a special kit with some tools for the activity, such us colored shirts for each team. At the end of the activity, the COMEX voted the winning Teams in order to promote the project's execution next year.

  • Launching of the Environmental and Energy Compliance Management System E-learning | Volkswagen | Environmental protection

    Taking into consideration the environmental and energy management knowledge that every employee in Pacheco Site should have, an E-learning was developed and launched during August 2020 for all those who have access to a computer and taking advantage of the home office scenario.

    This training consists in 3 sections. The first one is a short visual clip in which the Environmental and Energy Policy of Volkswagen Argentina is explained. The second section has 15 interactive slides where the remaining concepts are explained and before enabling the third section, there is a mini quiz which just serves for reinforcing concepts. The third and last section is the graded evaluation. From a total of 1161 employees that had access to this course, by December 2020 97% of them had already passed it with a grade of 8/10 or higher.

  • Launching of the Environmental and Energy Compliance Management System E-learning | Volkswagen | Environmental protection

    Taking into consideration the environmental and energy management knowledge that every employee and contractors in Còrdoba Site should have, an E-learning was developed and launched during September 2020 for all those who have access to a computer and taking advantage of the home office scenario. Face-to-face training was also carried out in small groups for operators.

    This training consists in 3 sections. The first one is a short visual clip in which the Environmental and Energy Policy of Volkswagen Argentina is explained. The second section has 15 interactive slides where the remaining concepts are explained and before enabling the third section, there is a mini quiz which just serves for reinforcing concepts. The third and last section is the graded evaluation.  

  • Maintenance of ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 50001:2018 Norms | Volkswagen | Environmental protection

    During 2020, we successfully maintained both integrated management systems (ISO 14.001 and 50.001), which uphold the commitment of environmental and energy compliance of our plant.

    In 2019, Volkswagen Argentina Pacheco Site became the first automotive in the country to obtain the certification of its Energy Management System.

  • Mentoring Program | Volkswagen | Social

    Within the framework of the Action Plan of the Win-Win Program of the Women United Nations, of which VWA is a signatory, it was designed a Mentoring program to connect VWA leaders with the new generation.

    In this first edition 9 mentors & 12 mentees of different areas of the company participated.  

  • New Plant MQ281 inauguration | Volkswagen | Environmental protection

    After an investment of US $ 150 million for the realization of a new MQ281 transmission, 100% destined for export to other VW Group plants around the world, such as Poland, Portugal, India and Mexico, in June 2020 it was carried out the start of production and export at the Córdoba Industrial Center. This 6-speed manual gearbox, which will be used in Volkswagen vehicles (T-Roc, Caddy, Tiguan and T-Cross), Seat Ibiza Ateca and León, as well as in the Skoda Octavia and even in the Audi A1 and Q2 , has a saving of 65% in energy used in lighting and 75% degree of automation in its production process, among which its Supply system stands out Autonomous to manufacture parts without variants, made by autonomous mobile robots AGV that make a journey from the machining cells to the Assembly Line.  

  • New processes for Taos and New Paint Shop inauguration | Volkswagen | Environmental protection

    After announcing an investment of 650 million USD in November 2017 intended for modernizing the infrastructure and installing the new MQB-A Platform for the production of the new Taos SUV, in 2020 we inaugurated the new paint shop which, given to its water-based formula, enables a significant energy, water and emission savings.

    During the installation of the new Taos’ productive lines, new innovative technologies were implemented to go along this project, such as the implementation of automation lights in robotized body cells, intelligent lighting in the new facilities of Taos, low frequency welding tongs with adaptive control (reducing its energy consumption by a 33%), polishing a total area of 28,370 m2 of floor in order to avoid maintenance with epoxy paint, new interfloor conveyors driven by electric motors of high efficiency, among others.

    Volkswagen Argentina becomes the first and only paint shop in the country to have a water-based and primer-less paint.

  • Recertification of ISO 14001:2015 and Certification ISO 50001:2018 Norms | Volkswagen | Environmental protection

    During 2020, the ISO 140001 standard was successfully recertified and the ISO 50001 standard certified for the first time, which confirms our commitment to environmental and energy compliance at our plant.

  • Remodeling of the Effluent Treatment Plant | Volkswagen | Environmental protection

    The Córdoba Industrial Center, through an investment of 1.7 million dollars, carried out an important modification and update of the processes in its Effluent Treatment plant in order to adapt to the new requirements of Decree 847/16. This new Treatment Plant has the capacity to treat liquids generated daily in the CIC's productive operation, exceeding the regulatory requirements of current regulations by 50%.

  • Solidarity Chain & Alliance with Food Bank | Volkswagen | Social

    Due to the worldwide pandemic, vulnerable population in Argentina increased the demand of food in community centers. Within this framework, and regarding the Sustainability social actions, the VW Argentina team, joined with a non-profit social organization known as “Banco de Alimentos” in a solidarity chain that has as main objective the reduction of hunger through the delivery of collected fruits & vegetables from surrounding areas of Buenos Aires, avoiding waste. Thanks to the loan of two Amarok, during the six months the amount of rescued fruits & vegetables achieved 80.000kgs. The recollected food has been distributed to many community centers around the country.  

  • Top Employer Certification | Volkswagen Group | HR Strategy and Employer Branding

    As part of our Together Strategy 2025, addressing all relevant stakeholders on our journey to become a globally leading provider of sustainable mobility and an Excellent Employer, VW Group Argentina got certified in HR practices to attract and retain the best conditions for our future and actual employees.

    The Top Employer Institute recognized our efforts to put our collaborators at the center of strategy and employ measures, reinforcing our commitment in pandemic situation to prioritize their well-being.

  • Un Techo | Porsche | Regional support

    Porsche Latin America has worked with the not-for-profit organization “Un Techo” since 2012. The Latin American non-governmental organization helps socially weak families in marginalized districts, provides housing in slums, and offers educational programs.

    More than 600 shelter homes have been built in Latin America and the Caribbean and have helped over 4,700 people with the more than two million dollars that Porsche Latin America has donated since the partnership was initiated and thanks to the support of local importers and dealers and the work of thousands of volunteers.

    Around 30 car workshops were likewise established to provide vocational training and further educational programs were implemented. Help was also provided in response to natural disasters, including the floods in northern Chile (2015), Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico (2017), the earthquake in Mexico (2017) and the Fuego Volcano eruption in Guatemala (2018). In 2020, hygiene kits and food were supplied to needy persons in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

  • UN Women's "Principles for Women's Empowerment" | Volkswagen | Equal opportunities

    In 2019 Volkswagen Group Argentina signed UN Women's "Principles for Women's Empowerment" and during 2020 received the recognition for developing and implementing the action plan.

    Women Empowerment Principles (WEPs) have been created as a platform for private companies to in force measures for gender equality in labor environment and the community. During 2019 we made the diagnosis trough the WEP’s questionnaire to have a self-assessment diagnosis of its current situation and during 2020 developed and implemented measures according to the diagnosis results:

    • Additional Soft-landing for Maternity leave
    • Additional Soft-landing for Paternity leave
    • Work-life balance – Home Office
    • Mentoring Program
    • Gender violence protocol

    By adhering to these principles, the company reaffirms its commitment to diversity and integration as fundamental pillars of its strategy and is committed to continuing to work on policies that strengthen gender equity in the workplace. This initiative is aligned with the overall diversity group program within the TOGETHER 2025 strategy, which seeks to incentivize differences in the field of work, understanding diversity such as the integration of the various genders, origins, religions and professional competences, among other aspects

Brazil: 37 Projects

  • 100% renewable electricity | Volkswagen | Environmental protection

    Since 2020 VWB has started a proceed to incorporated 10% in future contracts other sustainable sources as solar, wind and biomass in its electricity mix.

    Also, in 2020 Vinhedo Parts & Acessories warehouse is using 100% sustainable electricity from solar, wind and biomass sources.

  • Actions to combat Covid-19 | Volkswagen | Health or Regional support

    1. Maintenance hub implementation of lung ventilators for medical use: Volkswagen, in partnership with SENAI, performed the maintenance of 37 out of service lung ventilators from public hospitals, in the VWB Plant Anchieta, enabling them to return to service, supporting the coronavirus patients. SENAI is the National Service for Industrial Training, a network of not-for-profit secondary level professional schools established and maintained by the Brazilian Confederation of Industry. SENAI is one of the most important institutions in the country providing formal training for specialized workers for the industry, in the areas of chemistry, mechanics, construction etc. The repaired lung ventilators were from hospitals from 17 hospitals, in 5 cities from 3 Brazilian States (São Paulo, Paraná and Rio de Janeiro). This initiative involved more than 50 volunteer employees, who have worked in different phases of the project.
    2. Loan of vehicles to the Health Secretary of municipalities, where the VWB has operations and to the São Paulo State Government, for actions against the coronavirus. The loan of 100 vehicles was mainly intended to support the displacement of doctors and nurses, as well as the transport of medicines and health equipment, and could be used for any other need by the authorities.
  • AHPAS | Porsche | Equal Opportunities

    In 2020, Porsche Brazil campaigned for the not-for-profit organization AHPAS (“Peace”), which was founded in 1999. It supports children and youngsters who have cancer and so have to go to hospital regularly for therapy and treatment. The focus was on helping in particular disadvantaged children and youngsters by offering AHPAS transportation services between where they live and hospital. That is complemented by social and family support measures.

    According to specialist physicians, one of the main factors why people go without necessary treatment is their inability to travel to obtain it. There are hospitals that have advanced technology, but many people are unable to come to them due to the distance, mobility problems and/or low immunity. AHPAS combats that by ensuring that sick children and youngsters remain mobile and so receive the treatment they need, regardless of the patients’ financial means.

  • Baccarelli Institute | Volkswagen Financial Services | Education and science

    Helping children and youngsters with music
    Children and youngsters play first fiddle at the Instituto Baccarelli. Volkswagen Financial Services Brazil has been supporting the non-profit organization since 2002. Every year the institute gives more than 1,000 children and youngsters from socially disadvantaged families a musical education of a high standard. Volkswagen Financial Services Brazil funds the Baccarelli project with around €40,000 a year.

  • Bola Bacana Project | Volkswagen Financial Services | Education and science

    Creating self-confidence and opportunities through sport
    Volkswagen Financial Services Brazil has been supporting the soccer and volleyball education program Bola Bacana since 2013. The organization helps children and youngsters from socially disadvantaged families. The not-for-profit initiative receives funding of around €100,000 a year from the local company and offers more than just sports lessons. The teachers at Bola Bacana regularly monitor how participants are doing at school and their academic achievements are assessed together with the schools every two months.

  • Brincar (Playing) | Volkswagen | Equal opportunities

    Playing is a right enshrined in the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1959. In Brazil, it is also defined in the Brazilian Constitution, the Child and Adolescent Statute (ECA) and the recent Legal Framework for Early Childhood, in 2016.

    By playing, children get to know themselves, other children and the world around them better, strengthening bonds and developing essential skills.

    Due to its importance, the Volkswagen Group Foundation decided to ensure that the act of playing can perform its most essential role: to provide inclusion, regardless of the physical, intellectual or social conditions of the children, especially at the beginning of the school year.

    This option meets the difficulties of many educators in accommodating children with disabilities, with global developmental disorders or with high intellectual skills and giftedness. Therefore, a set of articulated actions that involve the continuous formation of the teachers, managers and other professionals of the Kindergarten were defined, besides the accompaniment of pedagogical practices that gather different forms of expression, such as visual arts, cinema, literature, dance, music and games, to favor the act of playing.

    The school community and families actively participate in this interaction and on how inclusion has to be prioritized in all places for children.

    The Volkswagen Group Foundation, at the request of the Municipal Department of Education of São Paulo, implemented the "Playing Project" in 13 Regional Education Boards. With this experience, and in view of the diversity of these circumscriptions, the different realities of the country were contemplated in some way, fomenting an inclusive educational solution, of early childhood, to be replicated in other networks of education.

    In 2020, estimates indicate that the project trained and supported more than 3,000 educators, totally online, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, several digital materials, such as videos, publications and pedagogical contents, were launched on Foundation’s website for free, in order to support teachers, students and families during the period when Brazilian schools were closed. Also, the project received the "Zero Project Award", offered by the Essl Foundation, as one of the best educational practices in the world related to the rights of persons with disabilities and was presented at the United Nations office (Vienne, Austria) in February, 2020.

  • Carretas do Conhecimento (Trucks of Knowledge) | Volkswagen | Education and science

    Trucks of Knowledge are mobile-schools that cross various cities in the states of São Paulo and Paraná, including those where Volkswagen operates, enabling professional qualification and development to enhance citizens' employability through 20 to 80-hour courses.

    The courses are indicated by government departments or technical partners, including industrial mechanics, air conditioning maintenance and installation, auto and motorcycle mechanics, automotive electricity, baking, industrial sewing, building electrical installations etc.

    In 2020, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Project occurred totally online, only in São Paulo State, and the investment was full supported by the Volkswagen Group Foundation. In this year, the project trained more than 700 students.

  • Cidadania em Movimento (Citizenship in Motion) | Volkswagen | Education and science

    According to the World Health Organization, Brazil is one of the record-breaking countries in the world in number of deaths as result of traffic accidents. Most of these victims are young people aged 15 to 29 years. In order to raise awareness among educators, students, public managers and civil society about the importance of urban mobility, the Volkswagen Group Foundation developed the "Citizenship in Motion" project in 2020.

    The project is divided in several fronts. In partnership with the São Paulo State Traffic Department, it offers lectures and workshops on road safety for teenagers and public school teachers. As a result of an agreement with the "Respect for Life Program", promoted by the Government of the State of São Paulo, public managers are trained. In addition, high school teachers are also trained at the Paula Souza Center, a public pool of technical schools. Finally, in partnership with the Nova Escola Association, three free online courses were created for teachers, with focus on discussions regarding means of transportation, sustainable mobility and urban planning.

    In 2020, the project was able to train more than 4,400 people, totally online, because of the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Chemical Dependency Program | Volkswagen | Health

    The Chemical Dependency Program aims to prevent alcohol and drug abuse by raising awareness among Volkswagen employees. It also helps people with a chemical dependency change their behavior, encouraging them to improve their own quality of life as well as that of their families. Social workers, doctors and psychiatrists help addicts reintegrate into normal life. The program has reduced absenteeism, increased productivity and improved workplace behavior.

  • Conversas Inclusivas (Inclusive Talks) | Volkswagen | Equal opportunities

    Brazil is one of the countries most affected, in number of deaths and infected, by the new coronavirus in the world. It is also worth noting that many persons with disabilities are part of the so-called risk groups, which reinforces the need to respect social distancing policies.

    Therefore, Volkswagen Group Foundation supported the "Conversas Inclusivas" project (Inclusive Talks), through webinars, digital materials and communication actions aimed at discussing topics related to the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the Brazilian labor market, with the support of renowned specialists (for example, Mr. Cid Torquato, Secretary of Persons with Disabilities of the City of São Paulo, the largest metropolis in the Southern Hemisphere, who is also a PWD).

    The main goals were to raise awareness and spread knowledge among PWDs, families, human resources professionals, companies, civil society organizations and others interested in topics such as labor rights for persons with disabilities, legislation topics, professional training, accessibility, good Brazilian practices (including those by Volkswagen Trucks and Buses), mentoring for PWDs, etc.

    The project was essential to keep the theme in evidence to the civil society and companies, especially during the pandemic. Amid a lot of news and information about COVID-19, which tends to make the topics related to PWDs even more marginalized, the project gained strength, visibility and importance when supported by the Volkswagen Brand.

    Brazil is one of the countries most affected, in number of deaths and infected, by the new coronavirus in the world. It is also worth noting that many persons with disabilities are part of the so-called risk groups, which reinforces the need to respect social distancing policies.

    Therefore, Volkswagen Group Foundation supported the "Conversas Inclusivas" project (Inclusive Talks), through webinars, digital materials and communication actions aimed at discussing topics related to the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the Brazilian labor market, with the support of renowned specialists (for example, Mr. Cid Torquato, Secretary of Persons with Disabilities of the City of São Paulo, the largest metropolis in the Southern Hemisphere, who is also a PWD).

    The main goals were to raise awareness and spread knowledge among PWDs, families, human resources professionals, companies, civil society organizations and others interested in topics such as labor rights for persons with disabilities, legislation topics, professional training, accessibility, good Brazilian practices (including those by Volkswagen Trucks and Buses), mentoring for PWDs, etc.

    The project was essential to keep the theme in evidence to the civil society and companies, especially during the pandemic. Amid a lot of news and information about COVID-19, which tends to make the topics related to PWDs even more marginalized, the project gained strength, visibility and importance when supported by the Volkswagen Brand.

    In 2020, an audience of 2,046 certified participants attended in the live webinars, which achieved a total of more than 10,000 views on YouTube, in addition to the impact on the networks social media, websites and other communication and press channels, which brought visibility to the cause and project. Also, an e-book was released with all the knowledge and practices worked throughout the year. The content is accessible and the publication is available for free on Foundation’s website.

  • Corona related donations | Volkswagen Financial Services | Health

    Volkswagen Financial Services Brazil is supporting the “Adopt a Hospital Bed” project of the Faculty of Medicine of São José do Rio Preto.  

  • Costurando o Futuro (Sewing the Future) | Volkswagen | Education and science

    In order to foster social development at the surroundings of VW do Brasil plants and VW Group’s companies headquarters in Brazil, the Volkswagen Group Foundation has developed the project Costurando o Futuro (Sewing the Future). It encompasses the social, ecological and economic dimension of sustainability, by giving means to the establishment of workplaces and networks in the communities.

    As part of the project, VW Group Brands in Brazil and its suppliers donate used working gear as well as textile waste (from car seat covers to seat belts), which are then transformed into new products such as travel bags, purses, backpacks, aprons, wastepaper baskets etc. This process is also known as upcycling. On a metalevel, the project aims to offer work and income alternatives to participants. They are therefore trained in the corresponding fields of entrepreneurship, incorporation of a company, business management, network formation and sewing. On top of the focus on social and economic questions, the project adds to environmental protection by reuse of raw materials that would have otherwise ended up in the Volkswagen sites' cities' landfills.

    The project targets residents of low-income communities. In 2020, it trained more than 200 entrepreneurs, totally online (including innovative courses by WhatsApp and YouTube), because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, the sewers were involved in the production of more than 120,000 cotton masks bought by the VW Group Brands and its suppliers and dealers, to provide safety equipment for their employees in Brazil and Argentine. In addition, the Foundation developed a mask with transparent plastic in the mouth area, in partnership with BASF, in order to include deaf persons who do lip reading, and launched the Sewing the Future e-commerce, selling project’s products on Internet: www.costurandoofuturo.org.br.  

  • Diversa | Volkswagen | Equal opportunities

    In 2020, the Volkswagen Group Foundation supported the Diversa project, idealized and developed by the Rodrigo Mendes Institute. The goal of this in-service training is to build and increase the number of educators of public education networks, leading to changes in pedagogical strategies and in the education systems themselves, in order to ensure all children, without exception, the right to education - with focus on the inclusion of persons with disabilities. The method responds to the growing demand for formations, considering different contexts and based on collaborative work. It brings together, in the same space, education secretaries, school administrators, teachers of regular classrooms and of specialized educational assistance, so that they can as one group and with the same focus, organize strategies based on real and challenging cases, chosen by the participants themselves.

    In 2020, the project trained and supported a total of 56 teachers and reached more than 10,200 students, totally online, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Environmental Risks Management Committee | Volkswagen | Environmental protection

    The Environmental Risks Management Committee performs a strategic role within the Volkswagen do Brasil (VWB) Group, ensuring that shareholder value is maintained while potential environmental risks are avoided or mitigated. The committee identifies the main environmental risks to which VWB is exposed and gives them comparative ratings, in order to be able to assess and develop actions according to predefined rules. Critical points raised by the committee are reported at VWB board meetings. In 2020 the criticality rating tool has been improved to better compare the risks grades.

  • Ergonomics | Volkswagen | Health

    The ergonomics management project at Volkswagen do Brasil is aligned with Volkswagen Group guidelines, which aim to adapt workstations to all employees' needs and offer the best possible working conditions. It also targets compliance with Brazilian legislation (NR 17).

    The ergonomics specialists are actively involved in company forums, and work in line with the phases of the PEP - Product Emergence Process. Some of these phases are listed below:

    • 3P Workshop - At this stage in the process, ergonomic specialists plan appropriate working conditions for a multidisciplinary team;
    • KVP Workshop (Kontinuierlicher Verbesserungsprozess) - In the productivity forums, ergonomics specialists work to improve working conditions with the aim of safeguarding employee health and facilitating the achievement of productivity and quality goals;
    • CIPA - Specialists on the Internal Accident Prevention Committee (CIPA) act to mitigate or improve specific issues with the aim of solving ergonomic problems reported by employees or their members.

    Transform Together - the ergonomics team is tasked with 34 corporate actions traced by a multidisciplinary team that are included in thematic strategy field Sustainable Structure. Best practices implemented in various Volkswagen Group units are continuously evaluated as benchmarks for implementation in sites of Volkswagen do Brasil.

  • Fire Department training support | Volkswagen | Regional support

    Loan of vehicles to Firefighters: in 2020, VWB continue to support the training of firefighters with the loan of test vehicles to Fire College, the largest fire school in Latin America with national and international recognition. One of the main courses of the School, land rescue has several modules such as rescue of victims of vehicular accidents. Since the beginning of this program, 130 vehicles have been loaned and after training, they are returned for scrap process.

  • Health Plan new partnership | Volkswagen | Health

    Health Plan bring in the benefit the concept of primary healthcare to all employees in partnership with Hospital Christovão da Gama. Nurses and family doctors navigate the employees and families throw the accredited medical network taking care of their health (Chronical diseases, hospital discharge and preventive exams/actions).

  • Hematology Medical Center | Volkswagen | Health

    Reform of unit and acquisition of equipment for full operation of a hematology treatment unit, with ca. 1,300 sq meter located at The Erasto Gaertner Hospital, in Curitiba/PR, supported by a tax incentive program; Intensive use of technology in the treatment of cancer in adults; Offer of treatment in bone marrow transplantation in more than 150 adult patients/year, from the health public system; Dedicated and exclusive area improving the operation, training and safety of treatments, with about 30 beds; Increase in service offer by 45% for new patients; The Erasto Gaertner Hospital is a reference in Paraná in bone marrow transplantation.  

  • High efficiency electrical motors | Volkswagen | Environmental protection

    In 2020 VWB has started the replacement of old electrical motors by the new high efficiency electrical motors in the pumps houses and ventilation system with a estimated improvement around 30% when comparable with the previous equipment.

  • HIV / AIDS program | Volkswagen | Health

    The HIV / AIDS program offers new prospects to people living with HIV. It provides suggestions for integrated counselling, identifies services and experts, and secures access to medication and specific clinical tests. Reintegration into the workplace and society are its ultimate aims. The program also supports HIV/AIDS prevention initiatives.

  • Home care program | Volkswagen | Health

    This program provides home care for patients with chronic illnesses who have required prolonged hospitalization and/or frequent readmissions.

  • Increase the access to literature | Audi | Education

    The project was renewed for this year, changing the activities, but keeping the reading agents, with new trainings they can find even better ways to interact with the public. This year we have an estimative of 70,000 people benefited through this program.

  • Instituto Baccarelli (Baccarelli Institute) | Volkswagen | Culture and arts

    Just as life inspires art, art may transform lives. In keeping with this principle, Volkswagen do Brasil has sponsored Instituto Baccarelli since 2000. The institute is a non-profit organization that works in the Heliópolis community in São Paulo. The institute offers a very high standard of musical education and training to socially vulnerable children and young people.

    The project aims to:

    • Provide youngsters involved in the project with valuable knowledge, develop their individual potential by giving them an artistic education based on a group teaching approach, and in the process provide students with genuine experience of the routines of professional musicians and singers;
    • Increase the number of skilled creative groups in the country by offering high-quality educational programs;
    • Develop skillsets - such as discipline, creativity, logical reasoning, the ability to interact and work in a group - through musical practice and other cultural activities, with the aim of preparing participants not only for musical performances, but for life in society;
    • Offer cultural programs to disadvantaged communities and the general public.
  • Instituto Tenis | Porsche | Sports

    Porsche Brazil supported the Instituto Tênis in its Grand Slam Project in 2020. The project aims to introduce children and youngsters to tennis, with the aim of motivating them to exercise and kindling enthusiasm for the sport. To enable that, free tennis courses are offered at schools and are accompanied by further educational programs. Another objective is to identify and support particularly talented children and youngsters.  

  • ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 50001:2011 integrated system | Volkswagen | Environmental protection

    In 2020 Anchieta, Taubaté and Curitiba were re-certified in environmental and energy integrated system among ISO 14001:2015 and the new ISO 50001:2018 standards by external auditors. Being Anchieta one of the first factories in the VW Brand to migrate into the new version of ISO50001:2018 (Energy Management System).

  • Little Prince Hospital | Volkswagen Financial Services | Healthcare

    Help for little patients
    Volkswagen Financial Services Brazil supports the non-profit Little Prince Hospital in Curitiba in the south of Brazil. The Pediatric Specialty Center not only houses a children’s hospital, but also has a research department and trains skilled medical staff. The organization relies on supporters like Volkswagen Financial Services, since the public healthcare system only covers 60 percent of its total costs. Around €125,000 in funding has been given to the project since 2013.

  • Low income micro-entrepreneurs qualification | Audi | Education

    Audi is developing a social entrepreneurship project for the communities near its factory, in São José dos Pinhais, Paraná. In line with the company's global guidelines for corporate responsibility and sustainability, the initiative provides education to low-income micro entrepreneurs in the region.

    The program called "Entrepreneurship in the Community" is a partnership with the State Government and the "Entrepreneurial Alliance Institute", an organization that develops business models for communities with large companies support.

    The project offers training to NGOs that have entrepreneurship programs in partnership with the Institute. In addition, the action is responsible for providing weekly meetings for low-income micro entrepreneurs which live in the localities around the factory.

    Through these activities, the initiative enables the development of business models and provides new jobs and income opportunities for the participants. In this way, the company promotes social inclusion and contributes to local and regional economic development.

    The project started in 2017 and continued in 2018. Considering the two years, the project has already achieved more than 450 entrepreneurs trained.

  • Mais Saúde VW employee health program | Volkswagen | Health

    The “Mais Saúde VW” (More Health VW) employee health program provides comprehensive care for the health, quality of life and wellbeing of employees.

  • Management Social Action – Schools Renovation Task Force (São Paulo State) | Volkswagen | Education and science

    The project seeks to cultivate a culture of social awareness among management members and spread it around VWB through leading by example, also it aims to develop team building among participants.

    The first renovation, close to Anchieta plant (São Bernardo do Campo) was in 2019. About 150 managers from VW do Brasil dedicated a whole day to the municipal school Octávio Edgard de Oliveira renovation, painting the classrooms, the outside school area, the sports court and revitalizing the vegetable garden.

    In February 2020, Volkswagen’s managers renewed the municipal school Vereador Joaquim França, which serves about 500 students in Taubaté. The executives painted the classrooms and the external walls and also revitalized the vegetable garden.

  • One Hour to the Future | Volkswagen | Equal opportunities

    The purpose of the One Hour to the Future program is to work with Volkswagen employees on fundraising efforts to support projects targeting street children and adolescents in South Africa, Brazil and Mexico. Employees joined forces with Terre des hommes, a network of international organizations based in Switzerland, which serves as implementation partner and monitor. Workers can elect to donate the equivalent of their last hour's pay to one of the organizations that benefit from the program. The funds collected are distributed to charities working with low-income communities in the vicinity of Volkswagen factories.

  • Prêmio Fundação Volkswagen (Volkswagen Foundation Award) | Volkswagen | Education and science

    The Volkswagen Group Foundation Award aims to support non-profit organizations that develop innovative social and educational technologies, strengthening projects related to the causes embraced by the Foundation: Urban Mobility, Social Mobility and Inclusion of People with Disabilities.

    As part of this development methodology, the six semi-final selected organizations have the opportunity to take part in an Acceleration Program, in order to leverage and sustain the impact of their projects.

    At the end of this Program, the three organizations whose projects demonstrate the greatest potential for social transformation (one for cause) are funded by the Foundation. Thus, they are able to use this resource to test new business models and seek for the financial sustainability of the project, with close support and monitoring by the Volkswagen Group Foundation and Yunus Corporate Social Innovation.

    In 2020, the three winners of the 2019 edition (Aromeiazero Institute, MeViro Institute and NGO Acreditar) were accompanied in the investment and execution of their projects, which needed to be remodeled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The focus of the initiatives started to support vulnerable populations impacted by the COVID, including awareness campaigns, distribution of masks and food, online training and webinars, among others. The next edition of the award will take place in 2021.

  • Preventive checkups for employees | Volkswagen | Health

    Routine checkups and a range of medical consultation options are helping prevent disease and encourage healthy activities through the Practical Health Program.

  • Reuse Water: Rainwater treatment | Volkswagen Financial Services | Miscellaneous

    Simple, but effective
    As part of the renovation of headquarters at Volkswagen Financial Services Brazil in 2017, the company installed a rainwater harvesting and groundwater recharging system for toilets, gardens, air-conditioning systems and general cleaning of the outside areas. Around 5,000,000 liters of water have been treated and used since it was put into operation. That is one-third of annual needs and also enables the company to take appropriate action in times of water shortages.

  • Viva Bem VW (Wellbeing) | Volkswagen | Health

    Stimulate people life balance encouraging them to be proactive in taking care of your physical, social and mental health. Several life quality projects are implemented in 2020. This projects now are available by all community by social midias like Instagram, You Tube, Facebook.

  • Work safety programs | Volkswagen | Health

    Volkswagen plants use a multifaceted approach encompassing culture, technology and employees. Volkswagen do Brasil uses a methodology based on four pillars: machinery, environment, workforce and raw materials. These pillars define criteria used to assess health and safety requirements for the items they cover.

    In addition, several other tools are used to assess and prevent safety and environmental risks, as well as for training all managers and employees in safe working practices:

    • PIPAS - Planned Inspection Program and Safety Audit: routine inspections and periodic safety audits of machinery, equipment and facilities;
    • ICS - Safe Behavior Index: systematic evaluation of the behavior of production managers and their respective teams with the aim of identifying and correcting unsafe behavior;
    • Housekeeping: management of organizational processes such as cleaning, health and safety with the aim of reducing wastage of resources and time, and improving quality of life and the production process;
    • PPRA - Program for Environmental Risk Prevention: anticipation, recognition, evaluation and management of environmental hazards (chemical, physical and biological);
    • PEC - Continuing Education Program for Leadership: ongoing training and updating of leadership skills through the transfer of health and safety knowledge;
    • Third-party Management: technical, administrative and operational criteria for the selection, integration and tracking of business activities contracted out by Volkswagen do Brasil;
    • Safety Index: preventive and reactive indicators for producing a Safety Index rating, which is discussed monthly with the board.
  • Youth professional qualification | Audi | Education

    Projeto e-ducar was one of initiatives developed by Audi of Brazil in a partnership with Fundação Projeto Pescar, that started in 2017 to prepare young people for the job market. The aim of the social project is to support the education of young people socially vulnerable and help them to enter in the job market. The selection process includes individual interviews and household visit, every year 15 youths are selected to be part of the program.

    The qualification course encompasses 960 hours of lessons during the year given by Audi´s employees voluntarily and other partners. After the end, Audi provide to its dealerships the list of students who have concluded the course, so they can be considered in case of job post´s availability.

  • Zero Landfill Waste Destination | Volkswagen | Environmental protection

    Since November 2019, the Anchieta plant has also achieved zero landfill destination by switching contracted suppliers to final destinations. What has significantly improved factory waste indicator.

    In 2020 both São Carlos and Taubaté factory already reached over 98% of waste out of landfill destination.

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