Volkswagen Financial Services combine global commitment with local focus.
Global commitment with local focus: this is the motto that describes how Volkswagen Financial Services assume responsibility not just in Germany and at its base in Braunschweig but all across the world. Over the years projects have come to life through the initiative of our national subsidiaries that serve to help the disadvantaged, alleviate social problems or contribute to conserving resources. There are currently 38 projects worldwide that we have started up and that we are actively supporting. They address pressing issues and promote improvements in areas such as regional structural development, health, education, sports or the protection of nature. All these projects are grouped under the umbrella "Empowering Social Mobility". This label acts as a framework and guideline for our international corporate responsibility commitment. After all, being "The Key to Mobility" also means empowering "Social Mobility".
Empowering Social Mobility
Volkswagen Financial Services are committed throughout the world to supporting social, cultural and environmental projects.
No food, no development
Volkswagen Financial Services Australia has been supporting the local non-profit institution Foodbank, Australia’s largest food relief organization, since 2016. In 2017 alone, it distributed more than 67 million meals to the needy and charities. Volkswagen Financial Services Australia was able to collect €6,500 in donations for the organization through several fund-raising events.
Little Prince Hospital
“The well-being of children is dear to our heart”
Volkswagen Financial Services Brazil supports the non-profit Little Prince Hospital in Curitiba in the south of Brazil. The Pediatric Specialty Center not only houses a children’s hospital, but also has a research department and trains skilled medical staff. The organization relies on supporters like Volkswagen Financial Services, since the public healthcare system only covers 60 percent of its total costs. Around €125,000 in funding has been given to the project since 2013.
Reuse Water: Rainwater treatment
Simple, but effective
As part of the renovation of headquarters at Volkswagen Financial Services Brazil in 2017, the company installed a rainwater harvesting and groundwater recharging system for toilets, gardens, air-conditioning systems and general cleaning of the outside areas. Around 5,000,000 liters of water have been treated and used since it was put into operation. That is one-third of annual needs and also enables the company to take appropriate action in times of water shortages.
Helping children and youngsters with music
Children and youngsters play first fiddle at the Instituto Baccarelli. Volkswagen Financial Services Brazil has been supporting the non-profit organization since 2002. Every year the institute gives more than 1,000 children and youngsters from disadvantaged families a musical education of a high standard. Volkswagen Financial Services Brazil funds the Baccarelli project with around €40,000 a year.
Bola Bacana Project
Creating self-confidence and opportunities through sport
Volkswagen Financial Services Brazil has been supporting the soccer and volleyball education program Bola Bacana since 2013. The organization helps children and youngsters from socially disadvantaged families. The not-for-profit initiative receives funding of around €100,000 a year from the local company and offers more than just sports lessons. The teachers at Bola Bacana regularly monitor how participants are doing at school and their academic achievements are assessed together with the schools every two months.
Children's Wish Foundation
Fulfilling the heart’s desires of seriously ill children
VW Credit Canada, Inc. has been supporting the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada since 2015. The Children’s Wish Foundation is the largest and only all-Canadian wish granting charity dedicated to fulfilling the wishes of children aged 3 to 17 who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening disease. The company enables its employees to support the Children’s Wish Foundation by volunteering at events in Toronto and Montreal, at which more than a million dollars are raised every year. In addition, the company donates around €40,000 a year to various departments of the Children’s Wish Foundation throughout Canada.
Blue Starry Sky Autistic Children Caring Project
Help children who have it tough
Since 2016, employees of Volkswagen Financial Services China have been volunteering to help out in Volkswagen Financial Services’ own Blue Action Foundation – an aid program for autistic children that is part of the Blue Starry Sky Autistic Children Caring Program. Our colleagues at Volkswagen Financial Services know that everyday life is a big challenge for the children, since they have to learn how to read emotions in the way others learn vocabulary. 14 projects have already been implemented with the foundation in Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai and Guangzhou and focus on subjects such as science, technology, vocational experience and creative projects: Because designing and painting things in different colors and shapes can help the children unfold their individual potential.
Centrum Paraple: Mobility program for people with a spinal cord injury
Paraplegia changes your life
Your life can change from one moment to the next. Volkswagen Financial Services Czech Republic has been supporting the Centrum Paraple since 2015 so as to help patients with a spinal cord injury. This not-for-profit organization based in Prague is funded to 50 percent from donations. The center advises patients after their rehabilitation therapy, for example, and helps them lead an independent and active life.
PeopHESTIA– The Centre for Volunteering: Support for the organization through practical commitment
Volkswagen Financial Services Czech Republic motivates employees to do voluntary work and supports them in that. The company cooperates closely with the HESTIA Centre, for example. This non-profit organization helps find suitable voluntary work for people and supplies ideas for special campaigns, such as for children, senior citizens or the unemployed. For instance, employees regularly participate in various projects, repair play equipment, help out in the garden or just simply talk with the needy.
Domov Sue Ryder: Support of this organization, which helps old and sick people and their families
Help in old age
Volkswagen Financial Services Czech Republic believes it is important to help the elderly. The company has been supporting the Sue Ryder initiative since 2010. The focus of this not-for-profit organization is on supporting the elderly and enabling them to lead a dignified life. Sue Ryder runs old people’s homes and organizes charity events. Volkswagen Financial Services Czech Republic regularly takes part in the Sue Ryder Charity Cup and, among other things, has financed ceiling lifts for old people’s homes. These lifts help residents stay as mobile as possible.
When the world is dark and quiet
Running for a good cause to help deaf-blind children, youngsters and adults – that is the aim of employees at Volkswagen Financial Services Czech Republic who regularly participate in the charity run of the not-for-profit LORM organization and so support diverse campaigns by this initiative. People with severe vision or hearing impairments have it difficult in a society that rarely takes consideration of their needs. That is all the more so for deaf-blind persons, who lack the two most important senses to communicate and find their bearings in their environment. Volkswagen Financial Services Czech Republic has been working with the LORM organization in a spirit of trust since 2006.
Volkswagen Financial Services encourages civic commitment by its employees. Community engagement is a key component of Volkswagen Financial Services’ corporate responsibility strategy. Social success has been, is and will continue to be driven by qualified and dedicated people who go that extra mile in their private life and are guided by clear values.
Volkswagen Financial Services supports innovative and original projects relating to the Braunschweig region with a one-off maximum amount of €5,000. Requirement: The employee must be personally involved in the project so that the funding can be awarded.
As part of their civic engagement, our employees supported, among other things, the circus project of the booster club at the KTK & Kita Veltenhof e. V. primary school, the Kinderkrebsfürsorge association in Gifhorn, which helps children with cancer and their families, and Semmenstedt Volunteer Fire Brigade.
The Art Mobile provided by Volkswagen Financial Services takes pupils from the Braunschweig region to Wolfsburg Museum of Art free of charge. The successful cooperation between Volkswagen Financial Services and Wolfsburg Museum of Art dates back to 2002. The bus has technical equipment that lets pupils watch a film during the journey so that they are playfully prepared for their visit to the museum.
The total number of pupils who have visited Wolfsburg Museum of Art in this way from when the project was launched up to 2019 is 76,436. The project was expanded in 2003. Senior citizens from various institutions, such as residential homes and community centers, have been given the chance to undertake excursions to the Museum of Art and then have a coffee in its restaurant. 8,256 senior citizens have now used the bus shuttle.
Foundation – “Our Children in Braunschweig”
The not-for-profit foundation “Unsere Kinder in Braunschweig” (“Our Children in Braunschweig”), which was established by Volkswagen Financial Services AG in December 2008, focuses on socially disadvantaged children. Nine facilities – daycare centers, primarily schools and secondary schools – are currently provided with permanent support in the shape of funding for educational offerings to suit their specific needs, or initiatives to promote a healthy diet, movement training and early musical education, while other institutions, such as sports clubs, a family center, the Health Department or youth clubs, are provided with support as part of one-off campaigns.
The foundation funded 16 projects to a total volume of €186,222 in 2018.
Of that, €63,935 went to education, €46,500 to dietary, €55,887 to music and €19,900 to movement projects.
Cooperation between Volkswagen Financial Services and the German Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU)
Volkswagen Financial Services and the German Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU) have been working together since 2009 to protect moors and restore them to their natural state. That is because moors are exceptionally important for climate protection and biodiversity.
From 2012 to 2020, Volkswagen Financial Services will invest a total of four million euros in the German and International Moor Conservation Fund established by NABU. In Germany, the money is currently being spent on 13 national project areas. In the international arena, the company supports the European Union's LIFE Peat Restore Project, as a result of which an additional four million euros in public funding has been obtained due to the fact that the basic financing for the project has been secured.
It is an international EU project the NABU is implementing together with its cooperation partners from Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Its objective is to renew degraded peatlands and restore their natural function as carbon sinks in the five partner countries.
The joint commitment of Volkswagen Financial Services and NABU has already received several accolades from independent bodies.
Renaturation of the Schunter floodplain in Braunschweig
In the 19th century, the River Schunter, which is located in the direct vicinity of Volkswagen Financial Services’ headquarters in Braunschweig, was realigned for agricultural reasons, to enable navigability or to generate water power. As a result, the river was canalized and the water simply surges through.
Renaturation of the Schunter floodplain means the course of the river will be restored to a more natural state, with the result that the typical diversity of species and biotopes will be able to become established again under these conditions. The hydraulic situation will be improved by the change in the speed and length of the river’s flow. If flooding or heavy rain occurs, the water can spread out better, the peak discharges are cushioned, and fewer areas – which may be inhabited – are flooded. The project is thus also an active means of protection against flooding. A further advantage is that islands are created between the meanders and are only accessible to natural wildlife. That means areas are created where threatened species of birds, amphibians and even various groups of insects feel at home. They use them as a source of food or a habitat where they can live and reproduce.
Restoring the floodplain to a more natural state improves the water body structure, obstacles to migration are reduced, and the inherent dynamism of the flowing water is strengthened. The natural course of a waterway is therefore always the one that is ecologically better.
Internship to enable recognition of refugees’ vocational IT qualifications
A bridge to the labor market
Internship as a bridge to the labor market: Volkswagen Financial Services gives refugees with vocational IT qualifications the chance to obtain supplemental training and upskill so that their prior vocational qualifications are officially recognized. Their opportunities on the labor market are increased by completing such training.
Wish list Campaign
The long-established campaign of the Works Council at Volkswagen Financial Services – the Christmas wish list tree – was again staged successfully this year. Employees of Volkswagen Financial Services take numerous wish lists from the tree and put together lovingly packaged presents, which are then dropped off at the Works Council office. They were then given to children and youngsters from the following institutions:
- St. Nikolaus, Braunschweig
- The midwife foundation “Eine Chance für Kinder”, Braunschweig
- The Remenhof Foundation, Braunschweig
- Diakonisches Werk, Wolfsburg
- Christliches Jugenddorf, Wolfsburg
- Diakonisches Werk, Gifhorn
- Elisabethstift, Salzgitter
- AWO Jugend- und Erziehungshilfen, Braunschweig
In 2018, the donation of €6,979.03 from Volkswagen Financial Services’ workforce went to the Hospiz am Hohen Tore in Braunschweig. The hospice was able to purchase a heavy-duty bed with the money.
The mission: a clean India
Around half of India’s population does not have a toilet at home. Volkswagen Financial Services India is therefore supporting the government’s initiative “Clean India: Clean School” project with the construction of sanitation facilities at schools. Inadequate sanitation facilities have a far-reaching impact on health. Children are the hardest hit: The most common cause of death among children aged five and below is diarrhea. Volkswagen Financial Services India have teamed up with Habitat for Humanity and the two partners have already built sanitation facilities at the following five schools:
1. Sarvotam Higher Secondary Gujrati Medium School, Rakholi village in Silvassa, Dadra and Nagar Haveli
2. Government High School, B Narayanpura, Bangalore, Karnataka
3. Government Higher Primary School, B Narayanpura, Bangalore, Karnataka
4. Government Model Higher Primary School, Gunjur, Bangalore, Karnataka
5. Government High School, Immadihalli, Bangalore, Bangalore, Karnataka
Around €490,000 has been donated to the project since funding of it was started.
Initiative for children from poor families
Volkswagen Financial Services India supports the not-for-profit organization Avanti Fellows. The initiative enables many hundreds of pupils from poor families and usually remote regions to gain admission to university every year. The organization pays for their costs, such as tuition fees, accommodation, food and travel, during their study. Volkswagen Financial Services India has been supporting the initiative since 2016 with funding of around €104,300 a year.
Water and Livelihood Project
In short supply and valuable
Since 2015, Volkswagen Financial Services India has been supporting three villages – Lonar Bhaigaon, Khedgaon and Kauchalwadi – most affected by drought in the Indian state of Maharashtra by building and maintaining dams and water canals. Volkswagen Financial Services India embarked on the partnership with the Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR) as part of its corporate responsibility initiative. The project’s goal is to provide people in the rural region with a sustainable water supply and thereby improve the population’s health and economic situation. Volkswagen Financial Services employees also support the communities in their spare time, for example by helping to remove slurry from existing waterways or creating dams and ponds. Around €87,000 a year is given to the project.
Sponsorship of Finance Park
Fit in finance
In order to give young people the know-how they need to manage money, Volkswagen Financial Services Japan (VFSJ) has been supporting Finance Park, a non-profit financial education program for students, in Tokyo since 2015. The Finance Park is located in a public junior high school in the center of Tokyo, just 15 minutes’ walk from the VFSJ’s office. Six other leading companies are involved in this initiative. Only one company from each sector can be a sponsor – and Volkswagen Financial Services Japan represents the automotive industry. Young people learn about everyday issues relating to finances in theory and practice and create a monthly budget at the end of their training. VFSJ supports the project with annual funding of around €4,000.
Special lecture to encourage the young: Funding of educational projects
Inspiring an interest in music and history
Volkswagen Financial Services South Korea has been supporting an education program for school pupils since 2016. Regular one-day events for around 200 participants are held as part of it. The young people listen to exciting talks on subjects such as history and music. Volkswagen Financial Services South Korea provides the project with funding of around €62,000 a year.
Sponsorship of educational projects specifically for students
High school program for disadvantaged youngsters in Puebla City
VW FS Mexico has been supporting the “Preparatoria” project, a high school program for disadvantaged youngsters in Puebla City, since 2015. This sustainable project was developed in cooperation with the Universidad de las Américas and the Office for Family Development of the State of Puebla. The program gives youngsters the chance to finish school and also complete technical training, enabling then to gain qualifications for the labor market if they do not attend a college. VW FS Mexico helps ensure that the tuition is free for all pupils. Around €9,800 is donated to the project every year.
Street children project
Offering a perspective for children
Many children in Mexico live on the streets. Volkswagen Financial Services Mexico has been supporting the Quiera Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping street children, since 2011. The foundation has 53 care centers throughout the country, where disadvantaged children and youngsters can obtain advice and help, can go to school and are given a new perspective in life. Volkswagen Financial Services Mexico supports the project with around €5,000 a year.
Capilla del Arte
The objective of the Capilla del Arte project is to enable people of all ages to gain free admission to museums, galleries and other cultural events. Volkswagen Financial Services Mexico has been supporting this project, which was designed in cooperation with the Universidad de las Américas (UDLAP), since 2011. The cooperation has allowed UDLAP to expand its program. Volkswagen Financial Services Mexico also organizes a festival for approximately 45,000 visitors every year. The company supports the project with around €11,000 a year.
Summer Institute for teaching
Equal educational opportunities for children and youngsters
Equal educational opportunities for children and youngsters Volkswagen Financial Services Mexico has been the main sponsor of the summer institute Ensena por México (Education for Mexico) since 2012. The not-for-profit organization is committed to ensuring equal educational opportunities for children and youngsters from Mexico’s poor regions. Ensena por México is also a member of the internationally recognized leadership program Teach for All. University graduates are recruited and trained under the program, after which they devote two years of their career to the organization and teach at schools in the country’s poor regions. Ensena por Mexico welcomes around 200 new university graduates every year. Volkswagen Financial Services Mexico supports the project with around €12,500 a year.
Donation collection point 2017 earthquake catastrophe
2017 earthquake catastrophe: Volkswagen Financial Services Mexico appointed as an aid center by the Red Cross
Showing solidarity and sticking together are vital in times of great need. And that was the case when a massive earthquake with a magnitude of 7.1 on the Richter scale hit the Mexican region of Puebla in September 2017. The employees of Volkswagen Financial Services Mexico set up a donation collection point in the company’s building, worked in the donation center, and supported the rescue operations. They soon gathered food, medication, water, clothing and blankets, which were then distributed to the affected people.
Sponsorship partner ALSopdeweg
When your muscles stop working: ALS
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is an incurable, fatal disease that causes the death of motor neurons controlling voluntary muscles, finally resulting in sufferers’ inability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe.
The goal of Volkswagen Pon Financial Services/DFM is to help ALS patients lead an independent life for as long as possible. That is why the company supports the ALSpodeweg foundation. This organization helps patients lead a dignified life. In 2018 and 2019, Volkswagen FS Netherlands sponsored two VW Caddies the ALS foundation provides to patients. VWPFS/DFM donates a total of around €50,000 a year to ALSopdeweg.
Support for the Fossheim Verksteder Foundation
Where people with disabilities work
Work also gives disabled people the chance to boost their confidence, be independent, achieve social recognition and live in the community. That is also a reason why Volkswagen Møller Bilfinans has awarded all work related to packaging, labeling and dispatch to the Fossheim Verksteder Foundation. The non-profit organization offers people with disabilities a sheltered workshop and employment to suit their personal abilities and talents. Volkswagen Møller Bilfinans supports the organization with annual funding of around €2,300.
A day with children: Employee volunteering
Time for orphans
Since 2014, employees from Volkswagen Financial Services Poland have been giving their time to an orphanage in Chotomow in Eastern Poland. For example, they have renovated rooms, laid out a garden and built a playground. More than 300 colleagues take part in the annual two-day action. The company also supports the orphanage with a Christmas present campaign, donations in kind and educational projects.
Promotion of social integration of people
The weaker can also be winners
Play and movement are of huge importance for children. That also goes for children with a handicap. Volkswagen Financial Services Spain has been supporting the Fundal Foundation since 2014. Its focuses on the social integration of people, in particular children, with handicaps. The Fundal Foundation has had an alliance with UNICEF since 2004. Volkswagen Financial Services Spain supports the foundation with funding of around €15,000 a year.
Funding of a laboratory for a girls’ high school
Education empowers girls
Volkswagen Financial Services South Africa paid for renovating and equipping the laboratory at the Lofentse Girls High School in Soweto. It was officially handed over to the school in 2017. Volkswagen Financial Services South Africa embarked on the partnership with the SAME Foundation as part of its corporate responsibility initiative. The focus of this not-for-profit organization, besides healthcare, is also on education, with the goal of giving children and youngsters in very poor communities the chance to exploit their potential to the full. The organization has identified and supported 50 highly effective and sustainable projects, including the Lofentse Girls High School.
Collecting refuse at the beach together
Marine plastic pollution is a serious problem. Cleaning refuse from the beach helps protect the environment – even if only on a small scale. Employees of Volkswagen Financial Services Taiwan regularly invite family and friends to help them in that by taking part in the beach cleaning initiative of the European Chamber of Commerce.
Willen Hospice and Keech Hospice
Support for hospice work
The Willen Hospice is located in Milton Keynes, where Volkswagen Financial Services and the VW Group are based. The hospice offers care for adults. Keech Hospice Care is in Luton, around 30 kilometers from Milton Keynes, and offers palliative care for adults and children. Employees from Volkswagen Financial Services UK support the two institutions with around 30 fund-raising and voluntary activities, such as renovation work, abseiling, fire-walking or marathons. Besides taking part, Volkswagen Financial Services also helped provide logistics for the events.
Financial support for the charity organization BEN
Financial support for the charity organization BEN Volkswagen Financial Services UK has been supporting the aid organization BEN since the 1990s. It helps people and their relatives who work or have worked in the automotive industry.
The local company assists in various campaigns, for example by providing vehicles, through fund-raising or by organizing Christmas dinners for residents of Olney, a town in the vicinity of Milton Keynes.
Mentoring for school pupils
Mentoring can make a key contribution to the personal and social further development of young people. That is why around 25 Volkswagen Financial Services employees are regularly involved in the mentor program, which runs annually from September to June of the next year. The initiative was launched in 2013 and some of the former pupils are now employees at Volkswagen Financial Services.
Volkswagen Credit has been supporting the “Financial Heroes” initiative since 2012. The initiative focuses on teaching children and youngsters aged 10 to 17 how to manage money responsibly. The pupils have the chance to test and try out their newly acquired skills in a digital learning environment in their classroom. Volkswagen Credit supports the project with around €13,000 a year.