Successful companies have an obligation to give something back to society. Audi fully accepts this responsibility and implements cultural and social projects designed to benefit the regions around its locations. The company supports initiatives for growth and networks with communities, schools and universities.
The future of megacities
The Audi Urban Future Initiative, founded in 2010, seeks intelligent ideas for the mobility of tomorrow. It is a global forum that brings together experts from diverse cultures and disciplines. The Audi Urban Future Award is a central component of the initiative. The prize for Germany’s most highly endowed architecture competition is now awarded every two years.
Audi helps its employees contribute actively to their communities. The company encourages volunteering with the Audi Volunteers program, which was initiated in 2012. Team events, the Audi Volunteer Days, activities like “Give Time for Autumn” (HerbstZeit schenken) and the “startsocial” project offer employees a chance to contribute personally.
Commitment to culture and music
The Audi ArtExperience cultural program contains various cultural focal points. These include three of the company’s own projects – the Audi Philharmonic Wind Orchestra, which has existed for more than half a century, the Audi Summer Concerts and the Youth Choir Academy, which was founded in 2007 and has since earned a reputation stretching far beyond Bavaria.
Audi cooperates with numerous universities and places great value on knowledge transfer between industry and research. As a result, the company invests in both technical projects and in partnerships with the humanities, social sciences and business sciences. In addition, there are currently more than one hundred employees active as visiting lecturers.
Corporate and employee donations
At Audi, the company, employees and Works Council all join forces in many different projects to demonstrate a shared social commitment. Support is particularly targeted here to facilities in the communities surrounding Audi sites. But providing international aid in the case of disasters, such as in the 2013 floods in Bavaria and Hungary, is also important to the company. A donations committee decides how to grant the donations.