OUR WAY OF SAYING ‘THANK YOU’
For nearly two decades, the Volkswagen Group has had a significant presence in India. In this time, the Group has assigned great importance to being a responsible corporate citizen of India.
United as ŠKODA AUTO Volkswagen India, the Group’s obsession towards quality remains unchanged; consequently this aspect governs all the things we do. Our responsibility goes beyond producing and offering high quality, environment friendly cars that also exceed existing safety benchmarks. Our manufacturing processes and systems too are devised to keep carbon emissions to the minimum, in some cases going beyond existing environment and quality standards and legal mandates.
Our way of giving back to society starts with donating automobiles of different Group brands as well as components and engines to Industrial Training Institutes so that tomorrow’s young Indian engineers learn the latest in automotive technology, innovation and development. This helps in creating a qualified talent pool that is prepared to be absorbed not only by ŠKODA AUTO VOLKSWAGEN INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED but by the rest of the Indian automotive industry as well.
We go beyond this to strengthen our roots in Indian soil. Our CSR and community programmes are developed towards making people’s lives better via several powerful initiatives. These initiatives are predominantly in the fields of Road Safety, Health, Water Conservation and Environment, Women Empowerment and Education and Skill Development. The presence of our two plants in the two major geographical regions of the state of Maharashtra – Pune and Aurangabad – allows us to reach out to many more people, cutting across age, gender and economic status.
For instance, our Road Safety communication is targeted at all road users, while we offer safe driving technique courses to fleet vehicle drivers. We also recently tied up with an NGO that works extensively on road safety to bring down road fatalities on the vital Mumbai-Pune highway. We have donated health equipment, including ambulances, to hospitals in surrounding areas, thus providing critical and essential healthcare to people. Our water conservation activities involve building bhandaras that conserve water as well as developing watershed management projects in perennial dry zones, while we have robust tree plantation programmes.
SAVW undertook watershed management programmes for farmers in Latur District in April 2019
SAVW signed an MoU with International Association for Human Values (IAHV) for a watershed management project in Latur district. The company had committed INR 1.34 crore for this project that seeks to restore and sustain natural resources in selected village cluster of – Lasona, Indral, Wadmurambi and Ambanagar. The aim behind this initiative is to create an Integrated and sustainable Natural Resource Management model which includes unique blend of social, technical and financial strategies.
MoU with Lila Poonawalla; enabling girls pursue Engineering degrees
SAVW signed a MoU with Lila Poonawalla Foundation towards the education of girls from Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad. As a part of this MoU, SAVW has committed to invest ₨ 84 lakhs towards the education of 40 girls.
SAVW’s association with Lila Poonawalla Foundation dates to 2015 when the company first started supporting the institution in their initiative of enabling academically bright and financially deserving girls pursue engineering degree. The company has sponsored the education of 40 girls in the last 3 years (10 in 2015, 10 in 2016 and 20 in 2017) and has made an investment of INR 78 lakhs towards this cause. Over the years, the association has grown solid and Volkswagen has decided on helping and sponsoring the education of 40 new candidates this year with an additional commitment of ₨ 84 lakhs.
ŠKODA AUTO Volkswagen India partners with Mangrove and Marine Biodiversity Conservation Foundation for mangrove conservation efforts in Raigad, Maharashtra
ŠKODA AUTO Volkswagen India Pvt Ltd (SAVWIPL), today, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Mangrove and Marine Biodiversity Conservation Foundation (MMBCF), an autonomous society that assists the state government in mangrove and marine biodiversity conservation. The company has partnered with the Mangrove Foundation for restoration of degraded mangrove forests in Alibaug, coastal town of Raigad, Maharashtra. The project aims at restoration of degraded mangrove areas, ensuring the survival of existing mangroves and increasing its acreage through plantation of mangrove saplings. SAVWIPL has committed INR 3.08 crore over a period of 7 years for this project.
ŠKODA AUTO Volkswagen India gifts an Oxygen Park to Aurangabad
ŠKODA AUTO Volkswagen (SAVW), opened Aurangabad’s first Oxygen Park in Shendre in December 2019. The strategically located park has over 15,000 densely planted plants and trees, with potential to sink high levels of CO2 emission emerging from the industrial belt in the region. These trees to its full maturity will be generating over 1950 tonnes of oxygen every year with a capacity to sequester upto 360 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.