Volkswagen Group of America

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VW Golf (modified for the American market)

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 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.  

2016 Highlights

“E-mobility in progress: $10 million investment to optimize electric vehicle infrastructure.”

Group of America Joins the Fight Against Breast Cancer

In September 2016, Volkswagen of America collaborated with The Pink Agenda, a non-profit devoted to eradicating breast cancer, along with breast cancer survivor and television personality Giuliana Rancic and her FAB-U-WISH initiative, to help raise money for breast cancer research and improve the lives of those undergoing breast cancer treatment.

As part of the collaboration, Volkswagen auctioned the first limited-edition 2017 Volkswagen #PinkBeetle to arrive in the U.S. market, raising $30,272.00 (28,105 €), with proceeds benefiting The Pink Agenda’s and FAB-U-WISH’s efforts to fight against breast cancer.

Employees across the Volkswagen Group of America network also celebrated #PinkBeetle Day to kick off the launch of Volkswagen’s new #PinkBeetle, in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. Women In Motion (WIM) Employee Resource Group (ERG) chapters from VWGoA locations across the country planned company-wide fundraisers throughout the month to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research. VWGoA colleagues from across the country helped raise close to $10,000 (approx. 9,300 €), with the company matching donations program, for breast cancer awareness.

In the same month, VW Chattanooga participated in the America Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event, where more than 2,500 supporters and 140 teams raised $150,000 (139,000 €) to help the ACS save lives from breast cancer.

Sponsoring Young Artists with Disabilities

Volkswagen Group of America is proud of its ongoing relationship with the Kennedy Center and 14-year sponsorship of VSA’s work. VWGoA has provided more than $1 million in funding to support these accomplished artists, as well as underscoring its commitment to diversity and inclusion. The program, which annually features artwork by artists aged 16 to 25, supports individuals with disabilities during a critical time in their lives when many are deciding whether to pursue the arts as a career.

In September 2016, fifteen talented visual artists converged in Washington, D.C. for the culmination of the VSA Emerging Young Artists Program. Every year, this program awards outstanding young artists with disabilities with cash prizes, professional opportunities, and visibility for their work. Alongside a weekend of career development activities in D.C., the 2016 winners attended celebratory receptions on Capitol Hill and at the VWGoA’s headquarters Herndon, Va. Their artwork has embarked on a nine-month tour of galleries and schools throughout the United States. The professional connections and exposure that each winner receives through this program allow them to take profound steps in their artistic journeys and careers alike.

Group of American Employees Give Back

In 2016, more than 300 Volkswagen Group of America employees volunteered approximately 900 hours with charitable organizations in the communities where they live and work as part of the company’s “Get Involved Month,” an initiative empowering employees across the country to support and give back to their communities within a dedicated month of service.

VWGoA also encourages employees to “Get Involved” year-round, providing robust incentives for employees to serve their communities. They include a matching employee donations initiative, a company-wide Dollars for Doers Program that provides a yearly one-time financial donation to a charity at which a full-time employee has volunteered for eight hours or more, and providing employees with a paid time off to volunteer. 

Other Projects

Alternative Transportation: Encouraging Employees to Bike to Work

In 2015, Volkswagen Group of America teamed up with People for Bikes and its National Bike Challenge to encourage VWGoA employees to bike to work more frequently. To support this initiative, Tim Johnson, Volkswagen Brand Ambassador and former professional cyclist, met with employees to discuss biking safety and led an employee bike ride around the Herndon, Virginia headquarters. Employees were also encouraged to bring in their old, unused bicycles to donate to Bikes for the World, an organization that collects used bikes and donates them to underserved people around the world.

Promoting Women and Diversity: Supporting Talent through Mentorships

With our signature program, we are providing talented female members of Volkswagen Group of America’s staff and people from ethnic minorities with mentors from the management division. The program will help ensure that groups of employees who have been historically underrepresented in management positions are provided with opportunities to connect with and learn from senior executives. This program aims to enhance and develop the business skills of mentees, as well as provide information on career development and access to new opportunities.

Sustainable Mobility in the United States: Supporting E-mobility

In 2014, Volkswagen of America (VWoA) introduced the all-electric 2015 e-Golf to the US market. The e-Golf was the most efficient car in its class for the 2015 model year, with an estimated range of 83 miles on a single charge and a fuel economy rating of 116 combined miles per gallon of gasoline equivalent (MPGe), according to the US Environmental Protection Agency. As part of its holistic approach to sustainable mobility, Volkswagen has invested in carbon reduction projects intended to help offset estimated greenhouse gas emissions from the e-Golf’s production, distribution and other estimated emissions for up to the first 36,000 miles of driving.

Furthermore, VWoA announced that by 2016, the company will invest approximately $10 million in charging station infrastructure to support the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) in the United States. One part of this investment has been made in an initiative with another automaker and ChargePoint®, a company specializing in charging stations, aiming to help increase the number of public fast-charging locations across the country. This initiative is working to make it more convenient to own and recharge electric vehicles, and give consumers the confidence of knowing they can drive their EVs without range anxiety.

Awards

Volkswagen Group of America Honored by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation as a 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 2016 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) and the distinction of “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality".