24 Projects

Project Brand Topic
Aceleração da Aprendizagem Volkswagen Education and science

The Project Aceleração da Aprendizagem, which directs multi repetition students from the elementary school to a classroom with a lower number of students, where their learning difficulties may be individually treated.

Which are the purposes?

• To promote the learning of students who are in age-grade delay, aiming to reintegrate them to the regular grade on a school year compatible with their ages;

• To promote activities which contribute to the correction of the age-grade delay of multi repeating students from the 1st to the 5th grade of the elementary school;

• To develop continuous training for teachers of the primary years of the elementary school and educational managers based on didactic-pedagogical material (for teachers and students), particularly prepared to the curricular and pedagogical organization of Classes de Aceleração;

• To enable teachers and other education professionals involved in the incorporation of changes in their pedagogical practices so to provide the students in age-grade delay with learning effective gains;

• To enable well succeeded learning experiences to students in age-grade delay, strengthening their self esteem so they may continue their school life with greater security;

• To offer subsides to stop the reproof cycle, multi-repetition and school exclusion installed in the public education systems.

To whom?

To students of the primary years of the elementary school in delay of two years regarding the regular registration age, either literate or not, in addition to teachers of the municipal education system conductors of the Acceleration Classes, the technical team of schools and Municipal Department of Education  (coordinators/pedagogical mentors, principals and technicians).

In 2016, the project trained a total of 129 teachers, 648 students in 02 different cities.

Aprendendo com Arte Volkswagen Education and science

The program is intended to Art teachers of the Basic Education, school managers and pedagogical coordinators. The purpose is to involve and help these professionals in the in-depth understanding  of the role of art, culture, education potential of the curricular element and the cultural venues.

Which are the purposes?

• To enable art teachers to the understanding of educational potential of the cultural venues;

• To help in the in-depth understanding of the role of art and culture as a social inclusive educational resource; • To amplify the perception of educators in the association between formal and non-formal education and disseminate the pleasure of visitation and frequency to cultural institutions, so to develop the critical consciousness and citizenship;

• To produce and distribute diversified material.

To whom?

Generic teachers, teachers expert in art, pedagogical coordinators and school managers.

In 2016, the project trained a total of 120 teachers, 3.600 students, in 02 different cities.

A distance-learning version of the course was successful in providing training for another 520 participants located elsewhere.

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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 to change their behavior, encouraging them to improve their quality of life and that of their families. Social workers, doctors and psychiatrists help addicts to reintegrate into normal life. The program has reduced absenteeism, increased productivity and improved workplace behavior.

Costurando o Futuro Volkswagen Education and science

In order to favour the social development with generation of job opportunities and business networks, Volkswagen Foundation created the Project Costurando o Futuro which operates in the three sustainability pillars: social,  economic and environmental. By means of the Project, the automotive manufacturer donates uniforms used by employees and samples of automotive fabric (from car seats to safety belts) so they are transformed in new products, such as toiletry bags, purses, backpack, aprons, garbage collector and others. The idea is to offer work alternatives and income to the participants who receive qualification in entrepreneurship, management, network establishment and sewing.

Which are the purposes?

• To mobilize and support an entrepreneurs sewing and/or handicraft network for the optimization of the work and increase of sales;

• Empowerment and Entrepreneurship Content, so they can make their business grow;

• To present content about the Law for solid residues to entrepreneurs who work with fabric and, thus, encourage the use of recyclable material.

To whom?

Residents of low-income communities in the surroundings of Volkswagen Brazil plants.

In 2016, the project has reused 4 t of fabric and trained a total of 80 peoples, in 01 city.

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Encouraging Voluntary Work Volkswagen Voluntary work

The VW na Comunidade project provides support to social organizations through the efforts of Volkswagen employees. Their voluntary work strengthens relationships between the company’s business units and their local communities.

The program is open to social organizations working with employees, interns and contractors at the Jabaquara, São Bernardo do Campo, São Carlos, São José dos Pinhais, Taubaté, Vinhedo and MAN Group plants and facilities, as well as those at all regional sales offices and in financial services. Organizations wishing to participate must submit a bid, which is then evaluated according to specific criteria. Assistance is provided in the form of guidelines for bid submissions.

In addition to the cash awards, the eleven winning organizations and the other finalists are given access to a tailored course to learn about sustainable management of social 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 2015, the program has supported 73 social organizations, with 18,239 direct beneficiaries, and made awards totaling R$2.6 million. Some 2,734 organizations have submitted bids on 3,560 projects.

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Projeto Restaurante escola e premiado em Sao Paulo

Entre na Roda Volkswagen Education and science

The proposal is to qualify professionals of elementary school, libraries and other institutions so they act as  mediators, promoting, by means of articulated actions, the taste for the reading and training of readers not only where they act, but also in their neighborhood.

Which are the purposes?

• To train the participants so they amplify their performance as readers and promote, among the public they operate with, the development of reading abilities and the taste for reading;

• To train schools and bureaus managers so they understand the projects proposals and create conditions for their implementation;

• To encourage, from schools, the irradiation of articulated actions for promotion of reading activities so to amplify the reading practices in the  community;

• To amplify the cultural universe of the involved people;

• To know and value the local culture.

To whom?

To teachers of the elementary school, pedagogical coordinators and other school managers, technicians of the Education and Culture Departments, librarians and agents of other institutions who undertake to promote the taste for the reading and to train readers.

In 2016, the project trained a total of 195 teachers, 28.119 students, in 02 different cities.

A distance-learning version of the course was successful in providing training for another 500 participants located elsewhere.

Environmental Risks Management Committee Volkswagen Environmental protection

The Environmental Risks Management Committee performs a strategic role within the Volkswagen do Brasil 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 scores them in order to evaluate and develop actions according to predefined rules. Critical points raised by the committee are reported at VWB Board meetings.

Health Practice Program for Employees Volkswagen Health

The Mais Saúde VW program provides comprehensive care for the health, quality of life and well-being of employees.

HIV / AIDS program Volkswagen Health

The HIV/AIDS program offers new prospects for 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 activities.

Home Care Program Volkswagen Health

It provides home care for chronic patients with prolonged hospitaliszation and / or frequent readmissions.

Instituto Baccarelli Volkswagen Culture and arts

At the same time that life inspires art, art may transform lives. Aware of this principle, Volkswagen of Brazil keeps, since 2000, a partnership with Instituto Baccarelli, a non-profit organization which operates within Heliópolis community, in São Paulo, offering excellence musical training to over one thousand children and young people under social vulnerability situation.

Which are the purposes?

• To provide young people integrated to the programs with knowledge and development of their human potential by means of the promotion of artistic education and training of groups of the education programs, with the purpose of granting to the students a real experience of the routine of a musician/singer and encourage the increase of groups which compose the artistic scenario of the country counting on good quality schedule;

• To develop a set of skills – by means of musical practice and other socio cultural actions – such as, discipline, creativity, logic/mathematic intellect, capability of interacting and collectively working, for the group, so to prepare them not only for the music presentations, but also for the life in society;

• To offer cultural schedule to the assisted communities and to the public in general.

To whom?

To children at the ages of 4 to 6 years and young people from low-income families preferably focusing Heliópolis.

In 2016, the project trained a total of 2.144 students, in 01city.

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JVT Jogo da Vida em Trânsito Volkswagen Education and science

The “Jogo da Vida em Trânsito” (JVT) project is aimed at high-school students and offers a playful approach to helping them learn and practice citizenship in traffic, in terms of ethics, respect and safety. Launched in December 2011, the project has benefited about 17,000 students and 564 teachers in 46 cities in the states of Amapá, Piauí and São Paulo.

The project involves training public-school teachers and encourages them to set up educational programs in schools so they in turn can teach their students about citizenship and traffic safety.

The project fosters a sense of social responsibility among adolescents and young people, developing their values and critical awareness in order to encourage their active participation in reducing accidents and improving road mobility.

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Measuring Biodiversity on Corporate Premises Volkswagen Environmental protection

A group of interns has developed a tool to map all of the areas where Volkswagen does business, verifying the biodiversity value of each. The initiative contributes to the ETHOS sustainability indicator, which provides an annual assessment of the sustainability of the company’s operations. The mapping included the four production plants (Anchieta, São Carlos, Taubaté and Curitiba), Parts and Accessories in Vinhedo, offices in Jabaquara, the small hydroelectric power plant, six external warehouses and three internal warehouses, making a total of 25 areas.

The tool takes the form of an Excel sheet that quantifies the answers to a survey and generates a grade from 0 to 10 where 6 or above is considered to reflect a high biodiversity value. Of the 25 areas that were studied, only six were categorized as having a high biodiversity value.

New scrubber Volkswagen Environmental protection

At the Taubaté plant, Volkswagen do Brasil has implemented an innovative and highly efficient concept for the removal of paint particles that are not absorbed in the painting process. Over the 12-month period, the new process has achieved a saving of R$6.5 million for the plant.

The new system is called a scrubber and it cleans the air circulating in paint cabins, absorbing overspray (paint residue remaining in the air) through a glass-fiber filter or polymer, without needing to use water or an electrostatic charge. Any paint particles that did not adhere to the vehicle body are retained in mats, forming a dry sludge. This is sent for proper disposal, and is reused as an energy source in coprocessing plants.

The new scrubber has secured a patent for the company from the Brazilian Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) and has achieved an environmental impact of 73% in terms of energy saved where the system is installed. This is calculated as a function of the global warming, formation of acid rain, ozone layer and eutrophication that would otherwise accrue. The process also reduces waste in the paint process by 40%.
A technically simple solution with a strong environmental impact, the system was developed by experts from the paintshop maintenance and operations unit. The entire process uses 22 filters in three layers of mats and only requires maintenance once a day, in parallel with cleaning the cabin, and with no need to stop production. It takes just eight minutes to change the mats.

One hour to the Future Volkswagen Voluntary work

to The purpose of the One Hour to the Future program is to work with Volkswagen employees in Europe, especially in Germany, on fundraising efforts to support projects with street children and adolescents in South Africa, Brazil and Mexico. We joined forces with Terre des Hommes, a network of international organizations based in Germany, as implementation partner and monitor. All Volkswagen do Brasil plants are participating 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 the Volkswagen factories.

Plataforma do Letramento Volkswagen Others

The Plataforma do Letramento (“Literacy Platform”) offers online training, educational activities, specialized articles, news, forums, and other content developed by a multidisciplinary team, supported by recognized educational experts and authors, all working collaboratively in the belief that this is the best way to produce and disseminate knowledge in the contemporary world.

Since its implementation in 2013, we have recorded the following numbers:
Visitors – 695,465 / Page views – 2,014,304 / Average duration of each visit - 3’08” / Entries – 16,740 / Likes on Facebook – 11,720 / Posts – 1,932 / Newsletters – 105

Preventive Checkups for Employees Volkswagen Health

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

Pró Educar Brasil Volkswagen Education and science

Project Pró-Educar Brasil according to the law for Guidelines and Bases of the National Education, of 1996, all teachers from the basic education should have a higher education degree – goal that the National Plan for Education forecasted to achieve in 2015. However, this scenario is yet too distant from reality. According to the same census, 12.7% of the posts are filled by teachers without graduation.

Which are the purposes?

• To invest in the University education of teachers, aiming their professional emancipation and the development of their skills;

• To contribute to the improvement of the education quality in the cities of the Northeast region in Brazil.

To whom?

To child education and elementary school teachers who do not have diploma of higher education courses in cities in the Northeast region in Brazil.

In 2016, 80 teachers without a first degree benefited from the program, which covered the states of Pernambuco and Ceará.

Public Water Pumps Volkswagen Regional support

Volkswagen do Brasil manages a program to provide free access to water in Brazil’s semi-arid region. The Popular Water Pump program has installed 1,001 pumps for communities in need in this region, providing 143,375 people with a free supply of water. Another 40 pumps will be installed by the end of 2016.

Sludge recycling Volkswagen Environmental protection

The sludge generated by the treatment of domestic and industrial sewage at São Carlos, Curitiba and Anchietaplant is being used in cement production, with the aim of reducing the amount of waste that ends up in landfill. The project, running since May 2014 in São Carlos, August 2015 in Curitiba and December 2016 in Anchieta, provides sludge for use in combination with other materials as a fuel for cement kilns. The sludge may even be incorporated into the raw materials used to make cement.

This initiative is a direct result of the teamwork and creativity of the plant’s maintenance team. The sludge is composed of industrial and domestic sewage. As the product may not be used in agriculture, the maintenance team looked for a new avenue for reuse. After research and testing, it was found that it could be used in the cement industry. The initiative has reduced an amount of 300.000 t in 2016 of being destined for landfill of the three VWB plants

Sponsoring of “Un Techo para mi País” Porsche Equal opportunities

Porsche and its local importers also provide social aid for those in need abroad, lending their financial and practical support to the non-profit organisation “Un Techo para mi País” (“A Roof for my Country”). The organisation provides care for socially disadvantaged and isolated people, helps them get housing and integrates them into a stable community in many countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Voting Awareness Campaign for Employees Volkswagen Regional support

Since 2014 was an election year in Brazil, Volkswagen do Brasil conducted a voting awareness campaign. Using materials provided by the Brazilian Supreme Electoral Court, the awareness-raising campaign stressing the importance of voting was directed at Volkswagen do Brasil employees.

Wastewater treatment Volkswagen Environmental protection

Smart technologies allow water to be re-used 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.

Work safety programs Volkswagen Health

Volkswagen plants use the KAMS (Group Work Safety Management) tool to manage safety at work, using a multifaceted approach based on culture, technology and employees. Volkswagen do Brasil uses a methodology based on the 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 to the central KAMS system, several other tools are used for the assessment and prevention of safety and environmental risks, and the training of 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 production managers’ behavior and that of their respective teams, to identify and correct unsafe behaviors.
  • Housekeeping: management of organizational processes such as cleaning, health and safety, to reduce waste of resources and time, and improve 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).
  • PPE – Personal Protective Equipment Management: research, development, testing, specification, approval and management of PPE.
  • PEC – Continuing Education Program for Leadership: ongoing training and updating of leadership skills through transfer of health and safety knowledge.
  • Prevention and Fire Fighting: management of systems, equipment and practices to prevent and combat fire, aimed at preserving employees’ safety and the company’s assets.
  • Third-party Management: technical, administrative and operational criteria for recruitment, integration and tracking of business activities contracted out by Volkswagen do Brasil.
  • Safety Index: preventive and reactive indicators that produce a “Safety Index” rating, which is discussed monthly with the Board.