Volkswagen do Brasil
Volkswagen do Brasil is one of the largest private companies in the country. Throughout its history of more than 60 years, Volkswagen do Brasil has accumulated expressive milestones: more than 22 million vehicles produced, more than 3,5 million exported vehicles and domestic sales exceeding 18 million units historically.
The company has three vehicle plants and one engine plant. The three factories for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles are complete production units. The Volkswagen do Brasil’s plants are:
- Anchieta plant.
- Taubaté plant.
- São Carlos plant.
- Curitiba plant.
In November 2016, during the São Paulo International Auto Show, Volkswagen do Brasil announced that it will invest R$ 7 billion in its operation until 2020.
Since June 2016, the Volkswagen brand is working under a new regional structure in South America, which also includes Central America and the Caribbean, progressing as planned by the company’s regionalization strategy.
“Volkswagen do Brasil was awarded the title of Brazil’s Most Admired Company by CartaCapital magazine.”
Every three years, Volkswagen do Brasil reviews its materiality matrix to update its key stakeholders’ topics of interests covered in this document. By late 2014 and early 2015, the company expanded its stakeholder survey process performed as part of this document’s development process in 2012, contacting representatives of the following priority stakeholders: individual and corporate customers, communities surrounding all four production units, dealerships, companies of the automotive segment, employees from all four units, Class Entities, vendors, public agencies, financial institutions, company executives, German head offices, NGOs, and trade unions/associations. This process involved more than four hundred interviews and discussion meetings.
A total of 38 topics were mapped, 15 of which were prioritized as the most relevant topics for both the company and its stakeholders. These topics include:
- Eco-efficient product
- Efficient production: use of resources and materials
- Sustainable supply chain
- Economic performance in Brazil
- Risk management, Compliance and Conformity
- Business ethics
- Vehicle safety
- Social Investments
- Vision and Strategy
- Disposal of materials, parts and vehicle maintenance
- Customer Satisfaction
- Occupational health and safety
Upon due analysis of the materiality matrix results in a meeting of the company’s Executive Committee, executives decided not to cover the Mobility topic in this year’s edition, due to its strategic business nature. In addition, the members of the Executive Committee decided to cover the three following topics in this edition. Such topics were mapped by the Materiality Matrix, but ranked below the cut-off line, which was 50% for both the company and the stakeholders. The executives chose to cover such topics in this document due to its high relevance to the business.
- Union Relations, and
- Sustainability Education