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  4. CC-Projects worldwide
  5. South America

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CC-Projects in South America

Argentina: 5 Projects

  • Ferdinand Porsche Institute | Volkswagen | Education and science

    The activities of the Ferdinand Porsche Institute represent the last link in a chain of educational initiatives extending from early childhood education to university level. With a preliminary investment of more than $3 million (US dollar), VW facilitated the construction of a new building with modern laboratories on the grounds of the public technical university. The state pays the teaching staff, making it possible to offer a degree program for engineers who want to specialize in the automotive industry.

    The following careers are currently offered: EIA (Engineering in Automotive Industry) & STMAI (Superior Technical Management in Automotive Industry). These two carreers were specially created, to articulate even more, the educational system & the productive system throughout an agreement between Volkswagen Argentina, The National Technological University (UTN) and the National Governement.

  • Power chair football team & VWA | Volkswagen | Equal opportunities

    Powerchair Football Argentina is the foundation that is responsible for developing football in motorized wheelchairs in Argentina to integrate people with motor disabilities to practice sports and promote their social inclusion. It forms part of the Argentine Paralympic Committee and accompanies the development of sport in countries such as Uruguay, Chile and Mexico.

    VWA made the loan of an Amarok unit with which the transfer of sports and institutional material of the foundation was possible to promote the sport at the national level.

    With the slogan "Together changing lives" Volkswagen Argentina and the Powerchair Football Foundation Argentina, seek to make a sustainable alliance in time to accompany the development of sport throughout the country. The Powerchair is a mixed sport that is 30 years old at the international level and arrived in Argentina in 2012. It is played in motorized wheelchairs and is practiced by people who due to their motor disabilities can’t do another sport. Through it, it seeks to generate spaces of containment and development for athletes to progress and develop individual and social capacities.

  • ReforestArg | Volkswagen | Environmental protection

    Volkswagen Argentina made a cooperation with “Asociación Amigos de la Patagonia”, which carries out the ReforestArg program to accompany the ecological restoration activities in the province of Chubut.

    Chubut is a province affected by the wildfire season of 2015, as a result of this, more than 40,000 hectares of native forest were destroyed.

    Through the loan of a vehicle, Volkswagen Argentina gave its support in the restoration of the forest to plant 4000 seedlings of the “Ciprés de la Cordillera” species around Cholila Lake.

  • Stakeholder Dialogue | Volkswagen | Regional support

    Since five years VWA held continuous dialogue with its value chain. Fifty company representatives joined our annual face-to-face meeting in the Ferdinand Porsche Institute where Hernan Vazquez, CEO & President VWA, welcomed the suppliers.

    Volkswagen Argentina used this opportunity to reinforce the Compliance and GRC concepts and presented the Best practices related to the 3 “R”: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. The special guest speaker was Mr. Marco Philippi, who represented the VW Group, highlighted the importance of a shared responsibility in Sustainability in Supplier Relations.

    During the year many other activities were held to assure the sustainability in our value chain: Three CSR Audits to selected suppliers were performed during 2018, Trainings to Buyers to transmit the sensibility of the subject, Follow up of Questionnaire and e- Learning answers.

  • Volunteer Group | Volkswagen | Voluntary work

    In Argentina, almost 30 % of the population lives below the poverty line. However, solidarity is also highly valued within society. The VW plants in Pacheco and Cordoba can count hundreds of volunteer helpers for a variety of projects, especially those aimed at children. Some 4,000 children living close to the plants as well as in rural areas have been assisted by these volunteers through a wide variety of activities: donations of foodstuffs and school supplies, clothing drives, and partnerships with other companies. For example, on Children's Day our group of volunteers from the Pacheco & Cordoba Plant traveled to different parts of Argentina to deliver food, clothes, medicines and toys.

    VW through the loan of vehicles contributed to these activities. All-terrain VW Amaroks made it possible to get through to remote, difficult-to-reach rural areas.

Brazil: 33 Projects

  • 100% renewable electricity | Volkswagen | Environmental protection

    Since 2016, Volkswagen do Brasil has included a clause in its contracts with the Group's electricity supplier guaranteeing that 100% of the electricity sold to VW plants comes from renewable sources - in this case, hydroelectric plants. This ensures that no CO2 is emitted in generating electricity for the plants.

  • Aceleração da Aprendizagem (Learning Acceleration) | Volkswagen | Education and science

    The Aceleração da Aprendizagem (Learning Acceleration) project is led by Volkswagen Foundation and channels elementary school students who have to repeat a grade into a class with a reduced number of students where their learning difficulties can be addressed individually.

    The project aims to:

    • Promote the learning of students with an age/grade gap, aiming to reintegrate them into the regular school grade compatible with their ages;
    • Promote actions that help to correct the age gap of students who have repeated multiple grades in grades 1-5 of elementary school;
    • Develop continuing education programs for educators who teach the early years of elementary school as well as school administrators, based on educational materials (for teachers and students) specifically designed for the curricular and pedagogical requirements of the acceleration classes;
    • Enable teachers and other relevant education professionals to incorporate changes into their teaching practices in order to provide effective learning gains to students with a gap between their respective age and grade level;
    • Enable successful learning experiences for students with an age/grade gap, building their self-esteem so they can continue school life with greater confidence;
    • Provide subsidies to stop the cycle of disapproval, recurrent grade repetition and school exclusion inherent in public education networks.
    • The project is aimed at students enrolled in the early years of elementary school who have a 2-year age/grade gap compared to the regular registration age, whether literate or not. The program also provides support to teachers in the municipal education system who teach these acceleration classes, as well as the technical teams at schools and at the Municipal Department of Education (coordinators/pedagogical mentors, principals and technicians).

    In 2018, the project is thought to have trained more than 500 teachers and reached more than 7,400 students in 3 different Brazilian states.

  • Aprendendo com Arte (Learning through Art) | Volkswagen | Education and science

    The Aprendendo com Arte (Learning through Art) project is led by Volkswagen Foundation and promotes the arts, education and technology in line with national curriculum parameters for the arts. As its basis, it takes the Triangular Approach, using art education to combine doing, reading and contextualization based on the national and local cultural heritage. The main objective of the project is to provide elementary-school teachers and students with opportunities to deepen their knowledge of the arts by way of educational processes and experimental learning approaches involving cultural and artistic productions.

    The project aims to:

    • Enable art teachers to understand the educational potential of cultural venues;
    • Promote an in-depth understanding of the role of the arts and culture as socially inclusive educational resources;
    • Help educators understand the importance of building bridges between formal and non-formal education and creating enjoyment in visits to cultural institutions, with the aim of developing critical awareness and citizenship;
    • To produce and distribute diversified material.
    • The program is aimed at all teachers; in particular teachers specializing in the arts, education coordinators and school administrators.

      In 2018, the project trained a total of 750 teachers remotely (distance-learning) and reached 310,575 students in 299 different cities. 
  • 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 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 Foundation decided to monitoring in order act of playing to happen an essential role: 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 how inclusion has to be prioritized in all places for children.

    The Volkswagen 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 2018, the project trained and supported a total of 681 teachers and reached 6,549 students.

  • 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.

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

    To foster social development at the Volkswagen do Brasil sites by the establishment of workplaces and networks, the Volkswagen Foundation has originated the project Costurando o Futuro (Sewing the Future). It encompasses the social, ecological and economic dimension of sustainability. As part of the project, Volkswagen and suppliers donates used working gear as well as textile waste (from car seat covers to seat belts), which are then transformed into new products such as toilet bags, purses, backpacks, aprons, wastepaper baskets etc.. On a metalevel, the project aims to offer work and income alternatives to participants. They are therefore trained in the corresponding fields of incorporation of an enterprise, 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 do Brasil sites' cities' landfills.

    The project aims to:

    • Mobilize and support a network of entrepreneurs specializing in sewing and/or crafts with the aim of creating jobs and increasing sales;
    • Support autonomy and business opportunities to enable the companies' growth;
    • Raise awareness of solid-waste laws among entrepreneurs working with fabrics and thereby encourage them to use recyclable materials

    The project targets residents of low-income communities in areas surrounding Volkswagen do Brasil plants. In 2018, estimates indicate that the project reused 1.8 t of materials and trained a total of 46 entrepreneurs.

  • Diversa | Volkswagen | Equal opportunities

    In 2018, the Volkswagen Foundation supported the Diversa Presencial project idealized and developed by 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. Focus is on inclusion of persons with disabilities. The method responds to the growing demand for formations, because it considers different contexts and is 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, together, they can organize strategies based on real and challenging cases, chosen by the participants themselves.

    In 2018, the project trained and supported a total of 254 teachers and reached 18,507 students in 8 different cities.

  • Encouraging volunteering - "Volkswagen na Comunidade" project | Volkswagen | Voluntary work

    The VW na Comunidade project was created 9 years ago to encourage Volkswagen do Brasil employees to engage with their communities and play active roles in building a better future. The program offers cash prizes for the best projects submitted by employees who undertake some form of volunteer work in non-profit organizations.

    The program is open to charitable organizations working with employees, interns and contractors of the VWB Group's Jabaquara, São Bernardo do Campo, São Carlos, São José dos Pinhais, Taubaté, Vinhedo plants, MAN Group plants and facilities, and all regional sales offices and financial services. Organizations wishing to take part must submit an application which is then evaluated against specific criteria. Assistance is provided in the form of guidelines for submissions.

    In addition to the cash awards, the 11 winning organizations and other finalists are given access to a customized course to learn about the sustainable management of charitable projects. The course covers topics such as planning, communication and marketing, resource mobilization, financial organization, accountability, evaluation and project monitoring.

    Throughout the year, the Volkswagen Foundation conducts follow-up visits to monitor the progress of supported projects.

    Between 2008 and 2018, the program has supported 107 charitable organizations, with 931,539 direct beneficiaries, and made awards totaling R$3.96 million. Some 5,312 organizations have submitted applications for 6,664 projects.

  • 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.

  • 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 - 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 act to mitigate or improve specific issues with the aim of solving ergonomic problems reported by employees or CIPA 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.

  • 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 devided in two phases:

    Phase I - Book donation.
    In this phase, Audi from Brazil donated 10,000 books to 10 libraries in Paraná State. The libraries and the cities were choosed by the Government based on the vulnerability level.

    Phase II - Promote the access to book and reading.
    In this phase, Audi do Brasil in partnership with Paraná Government, has created several cultural events for child, teenagers and their families, in social vulnerability situation, through activities mediated by reading agents, such as reading rounds, literary production workshops, meeting with writers and music & poetry shows. With this project, we were able to impact more them 38,000 people.

  • 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 maintained a partnership with 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 more than 1,000 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.

    The program targets children from 4 years of age upward, as well as young people from low-income families. It focuses on Heliopolis in particular.

    In 2018, the project trained a total of 2,608 children and youngsters.

    Further details can be found at: institutobaccarelli.org.br

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

    In 2018, Anchieta, Taubaté and Curitiba plants were certified under the new environmental and energy integrated system among ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 50001:2011 standards by external auditors. This ensures that Volkswagen do Brasil's strategy for implementing an efficient energy management system at the Group's four Brazilian plants are garanteeded. The São Carlos plant will be audited in the first quarter of 2019 under both standards.

  • Jogo da Vida em Trânsito (Traffic Game of Life) | Volkswagen | Traffic education

    The Jogo da Vida em Trânsito (Traffic Game of Life) project is led by Volkswagen Foundation and focuses on project-based learning, the use of games in schools, and innovation through design thinking. It aims to inspire and empower educators to be multipliers, bringing about the positive transformation of mobility behaviors throughout the country's educational network. By taking this approach, the project facilitates the implementation of the Brazilian Traffic Code, based on the premise that educational institutions should take an active role in promoting traffic safety.

    The project aims to:

    • Encourage education programs in schools that help teach young people to be advocates for responsible mobility;
    • Train educators to plan, implement, monitor and multiply educational projects with their students, thereby encouraging them to take action in the school environment, at home and in their daily lives;
    • Disseminate free educational materials and fun tools which address mobility through project-based learning, developing young people's advocacy skills, critical thinking and motivation to act.
    • The program is geared toward school communities in general, serving educators in educational networks across the country - including teachers, coordinators, administrators, educational agents and parents of students.

    In 2018, the project trained a total of 46 teachers and reached 26,282 students in 20 different cities, with a distance-learning version of the course successfully providing training for another 328 participants remotely and reaching 9,840 students.

  • Little Prince Hospital | Volkswagen Financial Services | Healthcare

    “The well-being of children is dear to our heart”
    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 entrpreneurs trained.

  • Mais Saúde VW employee health program | Volkswagen | Health

    Mit der finanziellen und praktischen Unterstützung der gemeinnützigen Organisation „Un Techo para mi País" (ein Dach für mein Land) engagieren sich Porsche und lokale Importeure auch im Ausland im sozialen Bereich. In zahlreichen Ländern Südamerikas und der Karibik kümmert sich die Organisation darum, dass sozial benachteiligte und gesellschaftlich isolierte Menschen ein festes Zuhause erhalten und in eine stabile Gemeinschaft integriert werden.

  • One Hour to the Future | Volkswagen | Equal opportunities

    The purpose of the One Hour to the Future program is to work with Volkswagen employees in Europe, and especially in Germany, 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. All Volkswagen do Brasil plants participate in One Hour to the Future. 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.

  • 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.

  • Pró Educar Brasil | Volkswagen | Education and science

    The Pró Educar Brasil project is working to improve teacher education. According to the Brazilian national education guidelines of 1996, all primary-education teachers should have a higher education degree - a target that was supposed to have been achieved by 2015. But this target is still a distant reality: according to the same census, 12.7% of teaching posts are filled by instructors who have not graduated from university.

    This project aims to:

    • Invest in the university education of teachers, empowering them professionally and developing their skills;
    • Contribute to an improvement in the quality of education in the cities of northeastern Brazil.
    • The project targets teachers in preschool, primary and elementary education who do not have a university degree in cities in the Northeast region of Brazil.
    • In 2018, 80 teachers without a first degree benefited from the program, which covered the states of Pernambuco and Ceará.
  • 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.

  • São Carlos Ecological Park | Volkswagen | Environmental protection

    Since 2010, Volkswagen do Brazil has been working with the São Carlos Ecological Park to protect endangered animals, and is also involved in the construction of a new outdoor enclosure. The partnership is responsible for building a new enclosure for the spectacled bear and helps maintain other areas for wildlife and endangered species such as the Cerrado wolf and the Andean condor. The initiative also includes projects and guided tours in which schoolchildren from São Carlos learn about the importance of safeguarding biodiversity. The park receives 270,000 visitors per year on average, and takes care of 350 animals in 90 habitats spread over an area of 72 hectares. Through projects and guided tours, around 17,800 schoolchildren learn about the fundamental importance of biodiversity every year.

  • Sludge recycling | Volkswagen | Environmental protection

    The sludge generated by the treatment of domestic and industrial sewage at the São Carlos and Curitiba plants is being used in cement production, with the aim of reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills. The project, in effect since May 2014 in São Carlos and August 2015 in Curitiba, delivers sludge for use (in combination with other materials) as fuel for cement kilns. The sludge may even be incorporated into the raw materials used to make cement.

    The Anchieta plant began to send sludge for processing in january 2017 and Taubaté plant in May 2018. This process consists of separating sludge components and reusing the metals therein (such as iron, zinc, nickel, calcium and manganese) for producing new steel in the steelworks. This environmentally effective alternative cuts down the extraction of these minerals from natural sources. This action prevented an amount of almost 1.600 tons to be sent to landfill.

  • Sponsoring of "Un Techo para mi País" | Porsche | Equal opportunities

    Porsche and its local importers also provide aid for those in need in other countries, lending their financial and practical support to "Un Techo para mi País" ("A Roof for my Country"), a non-profit organization. Active in many countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, the organization provides care for socially disadvantaged and isolated people, helping them obtain housing and integrate with stable communities.

  • Video Surgery Training | Audi | Education

    The project is a partnership with the "Hospital Pequeno Príncipe", which is a Hospital focused on children care. Besides the Hospital, the "Pequeno Príncipe" has also a University and a Research Institute. The project consists in purchasing and installing equipment, furniture and materials for installation of realistic simulation rooms of pediatric laparoscopic surgery in Hospital Pequeno Príncipe Simulation Center.

    The project also encompass developing programs of basic and advanced skills courses in pediatric video surgery, according to the simulation model to be adopted by Hospital.

  • Wastewater treatment | Volkswagen | Environmental protection

    Smart technologies allow water to be reused instead of being wasted. The Volkswagen plant in São Carlos, Brazil, has seen the introduction of a special industrial water treatment system that uses UV light and catalysts instead of chemicals. The technology has improved water quality. The water remains fresh for longer, to such an extent that it can be used to cool machinery and does not have to be replaced as often.

  • Water Reuse System | Volkswagen | Environmental protection

    Taubaté plant has improved the reuse water system in painting and has saved more than 800,000 liters of drinking water since January 2017.

    By reverse osmosis, the water used in production goes to the Wastewater Treatment Station of the factory, which has been reactivated, and returns to the Painting.

    Thus, the plant reduced the consumption of purchased water, saving more than R$ 250 thousand per year. The facilities were adapted to offer treated water within the quality parameters required by the Paint.

    In 2018, Volkswagen do Brasil raised the total value of R$ 83.315,12.

  • 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 in 2018 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. After a rigorous evaluation process, 15 youth were selected to join the 2018 edition of the ptogram. The selection process includes individual interviews and household visit.

    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. For now, seven of them are presently working in the automotive centers.