Fit for Work on the International Stage
On the regional level Volkswagen Group Russia is involved in the MOST project in Nizhny Novgorod Oblast, 400 kilometers (250 miles) from Moscow. The project is aimed at selected students seeking an international career and offers them educational and professional support over a 12-month period. The company initiated MOST in cooperation with the International Community Association of Nizhny Novgorod of which Volkswagen Group Rus is an active member jointly with the leading regional universities in 2014, and supports the project by organizing lectures by company managers, factory visits and work placements.
Volkswagen Group Rus' educational projects in cooperation with the Goethe Institut include scholarships granted by the company to the selected students. The programme was further extended in 2016 for the next three years. The focus group of Studienbruecke Deutschland project is highly motivated talented and active school students concentrating on science and technical subjects from Moscow and other regions in Russia with exemplary academic achievements and vision, who plan to continue education in German Universities. They receive a one-year German language and cross-cultural pre-university training and advisory support in parallel with regular school studies. In 2016 five graduates of the programme who had got preparatory training via Volkswagen scholarship successfully entered German Universities and will be getting their education in the applied fields. The project is on-going and supported by Volkswagen Group in Russia since 2012.
Support for Charitable Institutions
Volkswagen Group Rus supports a number of institutions and organizations committed to social welfare. One example is children’s hospice in St. Petersburg.
Since 2010, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has been supporting the children’s hospice in St. Petersburg the first children’s hospice in Russia. The hospice was provided with two VW Multivans in the reported period for medical and other trips. Around 300 families made use of the assistance provided by doctors, nurses and psychologists both at homes and directly at the hospice with additional focus on improving quality of life for both the patients and their families.
ŠKODA Auto Russia as part of Volkswagen Group Rus since 2011 continuously supports well-known international charity SOS Children’s Villages, currently with eleven ŠKODA Octavia and Yeti cars in different locations of charity’s presence on the territory of a large country to provide mobility needed. In 2016 children under the charity’s supervision were invited by the company to the Ice Hockey World Championship 2016 which took place in Russia and that was an unforgettable experience, for some being the first visit to Moscow.
For Christmas Volkswagen Group Rus employees from Moscow, Kaluga and Nizhny Novgorod traditionally pay visits and organize gifts or money donations for the orphanages and charities in the vicinity. In 2016 six institutions for children and charities were covered. In June the employees of the VGR factory in Kaluga spent a day at Kondrovo orphanage with sports program and master classes and talked about environmental issues with the children. In 2016 an initiative group of volunteers from the company’s Moscow office started a project with an orphanage in Kolomna, 100 kilometers from the capital. Throughout the year every month they visited 27 children bringing food products and other goods needed, books and presents, discussing various topics and organizing educational activities and games for the kids.
Sport for a good cause / Young football and hockey professionals
Sports theme is continuously supported by the company in Russia and in 2016 involvement was expressed by supporting development of sport for the youth on the national level. Volkswagen and ŠKODA continued accordingly Volkswagen Junior Masters Cup and ŠKODA Junior Ice Hockey Cup projects in Russia, supporting and developing young talented players from all over the country and popularizing sport and healthy lifestyle.
Volkswagen Junior Masters Cup is run in Russia since 2006. National level winning team biannually represents the country at the international final competition. In 2015/2016 5 teams from Moscow and Moscow region totaling sixty-five 11-13 year old young football players competed to represent Russia at the VW Junior Masters World Cup in May 2016 in France. The project is on-going and will be run across Russia further on raising additional interest to sport generally and football in particularly among young sportsmen and future possible football stars.
Partnership and cooperation of ŠKODA in Russia with Russia’s Ice Hockey Federation and the Russian National Ice Hockey Team is extended to active support of youth sport in the country. ŠKODA Junior Ice Hockey Cup is a significant nation-wide project aiming at promoting children and youth sport. The games are organized at the professional venues, famous ice hockey players share their experience with the future professionals. In 2016 the winning team was invited by the company to the Ice Hockey World Championship 2016 which took place in Russia
VW Commercial Vehicles has been cooperating with the Flag of Kindness charity foundation for more than 5 years in Russia. Every year, as well as in the reported period, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles supports the charity with its transport. The Cup of Kindness is a mini football cup organized across the country in the frames of the “Under the Flag of Kindness” charity campaign with 12 teams of well-known companies and enterprises, famous actors, musicians, singers and sportsmen competing in Moscow to raise money for charity purpose, namely for medical cure of seriously ill children.