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Global challenges are creating an ever-growing raft of problems for our society and our environment, amid constantly evolving legal and regulatory requirements. These changes are having a tangible impact on companies, and their stakeholders expect solutions. At Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, we are tackling these challenges head-on. We are actively committed to passing on an intact and healthy living and working environment to future generations, while at the same time securing a strong future for our own company.
The Volkswagen Group aims to become a world-leading provider of sustainable mobility. This ambitious goal can only be achieved if all of its brands work closely together. With our vehicles and services, we are the Group’s only brand offering tailor-made transport solutions in the light commercial vehicle market. Alongside our vision – to offer world-leading transport solutions to our customers – we have a responsibility to help the Group achieve its targets as efficiently and effectively as possible. At the same time, we want to make addressing the global challenges of urbanization and climate change our main priorities. These are the two areas in which we add the most value for our customers, society and the environment.
Sustainability is a top priority at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. The Brand Board of Management meets twice yearly to formulate a CSR roadmap and decide on focus topics. All departments in the company, from procurement and human resources to production and logistics, take part in regular steering committee meetings in which they set common, binding targets in order to make corporate responsibility the common decision-making framework for processes and projects.
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“Urban Logistics” Pilot Project
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is engaged in an ongoing dialog with Hanover, state capital of Lower Saxony, and the Hanover-Braunschweig-Göttingen-Wolfsburg metropolitan region, on how best to improve the urban logistics infrastructure. One example of this joint work is the “Urban Logistics” pilot project involving the City, the metropolitan region, Leibniz University of Hanover, the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hanover, Braunschweig University of Technology, the Deutsche Post DHL mail and logistics group, and enercity, the Hanover city utilities company. This collaboration is based on two guiding principles: first, that future logistics must be focused on the needs of people in a livable city, and second, that future logistics in a climate-neutral Hanover must be based on quiet, safe, zero-emission transport solutions and an innovative urban infrastructure.
The Hanover plant maintains a regular dialog with its neighbors. News about the brand and plant is distributed in a spirit of transparency. Company representatives make a point of listening to critical questions from local residents, for example about emissions or the local traffic situation. This neighborhood dialog has been in place at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles since 1998. The open dialog format has helped to break down skepticism and fostered a climate of mutual understanding. The ongoing discourse with the factory’s neighbors has become an integral part of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ corporate and environmental policy.
Dialog and Community Involvement
Volkswagen’s Polish plants in Poznań and Września also maintain regular dialog with their neighbors. At least two meetings with local residents are held each year by all four plants. The meetings are organized with local leaders such as village elders or community councils. Agenda items include the current situation at the factories, as well as social responsibility. One of the social projects in 2016 was the creation of a football pitch in a joint initiative with the neighbors of the Crafter plant in Września.