At Volkswagen Group of America (VWGoA), we believe that effectively confronting the social and sustainability challenges of today and the future requires the collective actions of our employees and partners
We instill a perseverant drive throughout the company to work toward the greater good and to be compassionate citizens. We are proud that our unified efforts have not only enriched our local communities nationwide, but have also strengthened our corporate culture. Looking ahead, we pledge to work even harder to build the future we want for our employees, families, neighbors and communities.
The three highlight projects 2018
Volkswagen Group of America employees give back to celebrate the second annual Get Involved Summer of Service
This past year Volkswagen Group of America (VWGoA) concluded its second inaugural Get Involved “Summer of Service” in which an estimated 700 employees from around the country volunteered with charitable organizations in the communities where they live and work. This year’s Summer of Service featured nearly 20 different volunteer projects organized by employees at eight VWGoA locations across the United States.
The Get Involved Summer of Service is VWGoA’s annual, concerted volunteer effort from late May to early September, empowering employees at locations across the country to jointly take time to give back to their communities.
“The incredible motivation and participation in this year’s Get Involved Summer of Service was truly a testament to our employees’ incredible passion and desire to serve their communities,” said Machelle Williams, Senior Director, Diversity and CSR, VWGoA.
In July, six VWGoA locations across the country joined together to pack 35,000 meals simultaneously for Generosity Feeds, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing resources for children who are facing food insecurity. This was the Summer of Service’s largest event.
“Watching hundreds of employees from across the nation collectively bond together to help those struggling with hunger gets to the root of why we created the Get Involved Summer of Service – and the Generosity Feeds event is just one of the many wonderful examples of volunteer work during the Summer of Service,” Williams said. “Giving back builds a powerful connection to the communities where we work and is deeply rooted in our company culture. It further exemplifies our commitment as a company to being a good corporate citizen.”
Additionally, as part of VWGoA’s commitment to encouraging community service, the company also annually awards employees who show an outstanding level of commitment and dedication to their volunteer projects during the Get Involved Summer of Service. The Get Involved Community Leadership Award winner, or winners, receives a plaque and a $2,500 donation made to a 501(c)(3) charity organization of their choice. This year’s winners were Bibiana Koch, OBD Analyst, TCC- Test Center California, VWGoA, who donated her Community Leadership Award check to the Ventura County Animal Services, and Chandra McLean, Internal Communications Senior Specialist, VWGoA, who donated her check to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington Fairfax County Chapter.
While last summer’s Get Involved Summer of Service, saw a record-number turnout for employee participation, the company also encourages employees to “Get Involved” year-round by supporting initiatives like matching employee donations and providing employees with a volunteer day, in which each employee has a paid day off to volunteer.
Hundreds of local families receive holiday gifts from Volkswagen Chattanooga through Salvation Army
More than 700 disadvantaged children and senior citizens received gifts last holiday season through Volkswagen Chattanooga team members volunteering time and participating in the Salvation Army of Greater Chattanooga’s annual Angel Tree program.
For the fifth consecutive year Volkswagen Chattanooga’s information technology department volunteered at the Salvation Army warehouse, building more than 150 children’s bicycles and filling nearly 500 Angel Tree orders. At the plant, team members helped fill more than 50 unclaimed or returned Salvation Army Angel requests.
The Salvation Army of Greater Chattanooga Angel Tree program provides necessities and holiday gifts for disadvantaged children, senior citizens and families in Tennessee and neighboring counties in Georgia.
16 Volkswagen eLabs open in Hamilton County
Volkswagen Chattanooga, in collaboration with the State of Tennessee, Hamilton County Department of Education and Public Education Foundation, opened 16 Volkswagen eLabs in Hamilton County Schools.
“I am amazed by what Hamilton County students are doing in the Volkswagen eLabs, the tools they are using and the solutions they are discovering,” said Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam. “Hamilton County Schools is leading the way in workforce development with these groundbreaking eLabs, and I thank Volkswagen for its investment in our schools.”
Volkswagen eLabs, the result of a $1 million donation by Volkswagen Chattanooga and the State of Tennessee, provides approximately 11,000 Hamilton County students with access to digital fabrication tools and emergent technologies that will offer opportunities for authentic problem-solving.
“Volkswagen eLabs encourage learning exploration and help students to be future-ready and prepared for success after high school,” said Bryan Johnson, superintendent of Hamilton County Schools. "These labs provide opportunities for students to tackle challenges individuals may face on a daily basis in our world today and open doors to the possibilities of the future."
The Volkswagen eLabs are administered in collaboration with PEF, an independent, nonprofit organization. PEF provides training, research and resources to teachers and principals at schools in Hamilton County.
"Volkswagen eLabs are changing how our children are learning,” said Dan Challener, president of PEF. “Thanks to these labs and the extraordinary teachers who lead the learning, students are now using cutting-edge tools to wrestle with real problems – can you build a water filtration system without electricity? Can drones deliver eggs? Can you build a solar-powered go-cart?”
Each Volkswagen eLab is implemented by a Volkswagen eLab Innovation Team to help ensure utilization to the maximum capacity. The teams are led by teachers, dubbed “Volkswagen eLab Specialists,” who are equipped with skills in facilitating learning through digital fabrication.
"This work is truly transformational for our community," said PEF Director of Innovation Michael Stone. "Volkswagen eLabs Specialists are redefining what is possible in the classroom, and their students are engaging in revolutionary learning experiences that are reshaping how they think about their future."
Schools were selected through a competitive proposal process by representatives from Volkswagen Chattanooga, Tennessee Department of Education, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, HCDE, and PEF.
Students and teachers community-wide benefit from Volkswagen Chattanooga’s “Stuff the Atlas” donation drive
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 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.
Volkswagen Group of America Honored by Human Rights Campaign Foundation as Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality.
At Volkswagen Group of America, we embrace the diversity in our workforce, and strive to create a culture of respect and inclusion for every employee regardless of race, creed, religion, origin, gender or sexual orientation. We have proudly earned a 100 percent score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2018 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) and the distinction of “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality".
Volkswagen Chattanooga recognized for Environmental Excellence
Volkswagen Chattanooga received the Environmental Excellence award at the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s 36th Annual Environment and Energy Awards Conference.
The two-day conference brought business and industry leaders from across the state together with representatives of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) and Region IV of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to celebrate environmental and energy improvements in the state.
Volkswagen Group of America’s commitment to Tennessee began with its decision in 2008 to build a plant in Chattanooga along with a promise of environmental stewardship in connection with the operation of the plant. Volkswagen committed to restoring the area wetlands, which were destroyed by the former occupants. As of 2018, the Volkswagen wetlands have grown from 40 to more than 88 acres.
In 2018, Electrify America, a subsidiary of Volkswagen Group of America, announced a $2 billion/10-year investment to advance the adoption of electric vehicles, with a significant focus on electric vehicle charger infrastructure. Even in its early stage, Electrify America has announced EV charging stations in Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga and Knoxville.
GLOBAL ORGANIZATION CERTIFIES VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA AS 2019 TOP EMPLOYER
Volkswagen of America, Inc. (VWoA) has been certified as a Top Employer for 2019 after a company-wide audit in 2018 by an independent third-party. VWoA is one of 23 US employers to receive this acknowledgement from the Top Employers Institute, a global independent human resources certification company. To be certified as a Top Employer, 600 working condition practices and indicators are assessed and validated.
The annual, international research recognizes employers around the world who successfully achieve the required standards for top employment practices and working conditions.
The Top Employer Institute has certified and recognized more than 1,500 Top Employers in 118 countries across five continents since 1991.