Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus continues to demonstrate its commitment to improving the quality of life of the population, ending 2018 with more than 15 projects which range from training young people, combating the sexual exploitation of children on Brazilian highways, and support to cultural events, to major investments in health care institutions. New projects are already underway for 2019.
The company has a particular focus on social action projects that help the population of Resende, where its factory is located. Working closely with the seven companies that are part of the Modular Consortium, young people from low-income families are given the help they need to realize their potential and join the labor force, through the Formare program. More than 250 young people have already been trained as assembly line technicians, with the support of 130 volunteers from the workforce. More than 90% of them continue working in the factory a year after completing the course.
It’s not just outside the factory that Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus helps young people become part of the workforce. Young people with disabilities are also given special help through the company’s New Horizons program, which hires employees with special needs and covers the full cost of their education. More than 70 employees have been supported over the last seven years, strengthening the company’s inclusion policies.
“Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus is not only committed to those who live in Resende, in the state of Rio de Janeiro, but to all of Brazilian society. All of the company’s initiatives are supported by the workforce and show our commitment to the future of our country", says Roberto Cortes, President and CEO of Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus.Another social project run jointly by VWCO and its employees is “Hello World”, which aims to give young people and children from the low-income community of Emaús in Resende’s Baixada da Olaria region a new view of life. The initiative seeks to broaden the expectations of these young people and help them build a promising future by encouraging contact with new realities in the three main areas of employment, sport and culture.
Donations to Health Care
One of VWCO’s most recent donations to the city of Resende has helped the Santa Casa da Misericórida de Resende public hospital increase the number of surgical procedures by almost 50%. The company’s financial support has also increased the number of medical specialties available for outpatients while, at the same time, helping make the hospital’s services more humane and safer.
The company has also continued to invest in the Neonatal ICU supported by the Pestalozzi Association’s APMIR charity, and in Hiporte, an equine therapy project. The company is also preparing to donate a bus to the Gente Eficiente project early in 2019. All of these projects are based in Resende, but the company also supports social action projects elsewhere in Brazil.In the city of São Paulo, for instance, the Doutor Saúde program, which brings medical services to low-income families throughout the city, has been equipped with mobile clinics using VW Constellation trucks donated by the company. The goal is to promote preventive health care with medical services, monitoring, and early diagnosis.
A History of Social Responsibility
Improving the quality of life is an integral part of Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus’ social responsibility strategy, especially in the South region of Rio de Janeiro State, where the company’s factory is located. The company believes that such support is one of the pillars of a better society.In the cultural field, the company supports popular shows and entertainment in the traditional festivals organized by the towns near to its plant. It also supports the Orquestra Jovem Filarmônica Alemã, a youth orchestra which trains musicians aged from 18 to 28.
In addition to the traditional GRAACC street race and walk to raise funds for the treatment of cancer in young people, children and adolescents are the target of the company’s support to the Na Mão Certa program, which works to protect children and adolescents from sexual abuse and exploitation on Brazilian highways.“We are always open to new opportunities to contribute and our partnerships are always focused on improving the quality of life. An example is the Ecobarreiras project to protect the Guanabara Bay," explains Marco Saltini, Director of Governmental and Institutional Relations. About Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus
Manufacturer of Volkswagen and MAN commercial vehicles, Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus is one of the largest trucks and buses assemblers in Latin America. Since its start-up in 1981, the company’s goals have always been reaching the top of the market, respecting and satisfying the customers’ needs. And that's exactly what clients get: tailor made products and excellent after-sales service. The company is also a reference in technological innovations. Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus is a pioneer in the use of biofuels in Brazil. The company always seeks solutions that reduce the environmental impact and help preserve the environment. For more than 35 years, the manufacturer has maintained its commitment to develop vehicles that exceed customer requirements - wherever they go, whether on Brazilian, Latin American or African roads.
About the TRATON GROUP
TRATON AG, formerly Volkswagen Truck & Bus AG, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Volkswagen AG and a leading commercial vehicle manufacturer with its MAN, Scania, Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus, and RIO brands. In 2017, TRATON Group brands sold about 205,000 vehicles in total. Its product offer includes light commercial vehicles, trucks and buses, produced at 31 factories in 17 countries. As of December 31, 2017, the company had about 81,000 employees in its commercial vehicle brands. The Group's goal is to transform the transport system through its products, services and partnership with its customers.