Charitable projects in the neighborhoods of the Company sites or support for social institutions: With the “Audi Volunteers” initiative, Audi is taking its social responsibility seriously. During the Volunteer Days in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm, Audi employees combine their skills with a commitment to assist others; an online platform helps them to find voluntary activities.
Over the past two years, within the scope of the “Audi Volunteer Days”, 1,350 employees at both German Audi sites performed more than 10,800 hours of voluntary work in support of around 158 different projects. “For our employees, living responsibility means lending a hand when people in the region need support. We want to encourage voluntary commitments and are pleased to liaise between employees and institutions that depend on the help of others”, said Dr. Christine Speth, Head of
Social Responsibility at AUDI AG.
Play, rescue, repair and help – the activities during the Volunteer Days were extremely diverse. In one project for the Alzheimer Society of Ingolstadt, Audi employees planted a spiral-shaped herb garden. The fresh herbs are used by the guests of the facility for cooking as well as for various uses in aromatherapy. “I went back to the place once again a few weeks after the Volunteer Day to show my family the project. It was good to talk at length with the people and to see that they are enjoying the herbs,” said Frank Pfeffer from Convenience Electronics Development in Ingolstadt.
In addition to the Audi Volunteer Days, the “Audi Volunteers” initiative gives employees various opportunities to get involved in voluntary work. Team activities are arranged and supported in social institutions, for example. In addition, Audi initiates various campaigns such as “AdventsZeit schenken,” during which many employees give up their spare time to bake Christmas cookies with senior citizens, go bowling with disabled people and serve meals at the Ingolstadt Tafel (soup kitchen). “According to an internal survey, 39 percent of our employees already work on community projects in their free time and another third are interested in doing some voluntary work,” said Dr. Christine Speth. The internal “Audi Volunteers online” platform helps employees to find a long-term commitment. Non-profit organizations can register the need for support in their facilities in order to attract volunteers. At present, around 100 projects are listed online.