Women Automotive Network
Cooperation with the internationally oriented Women Automotive Network makes it possible to track global developments in the automotive industry, to facilitate direct dialogue with top female experts and thereby to increase equal opportunities in the Audi Group. In this way, we expand our focus and network across all borders.
More empowerment for female employees at Audi: that’s what nushu, a fast-growing, Germany-wide female business club, stands for. It helps to make ambitious women visible and actively supports them in their careers. This business network aims to network its members effectively whatever industry they are in or position they hold, to share best practice, provide inspiration and impart knowledge.
The Chefsache initiative
# itsabouttime - The Chefsache initiative, with which we are involved, is committed to equal opportunities for women and men in management. Top managers from industry, science, the public sector and the media lead the network. We are constantly striving to increase the proportion of women in the company, especially in technical divisions. With a variety of seminars and mentoring programmes, Audi supports talented and performance-oriented female employees from all divisions and levels on their career path.
The ‘Charta der Vielfalt’
Audi is an active member of the ‘Charta der Vielfalt’, the German Diversity Charter. We are therefore committed to promoting diversity actively and to nurturing an organisational culture that is characterised by mutual respect and appreciation. Audi held its first Diversity Day in 2017. Since 2021 we have also increased our participation in European Diversity Month. The Audi family’s togetherness has meanwhile grown significantly through shared formats: for example, the brands and production sites from Italy, England, Hungary, Belgium, and Mexico now organize the ‘D&I Days’ every year, most recently with 80 sessions in nine languages.
By joining the ‘UnternehmensForum’ (an association of German companies for the promotion of inclusion in the workplace) in 2018, we made a further statement about our commitment to inclusion. Audi understands the issue of inclusion in the sense of full integration management. The focus is not on the deficiencies of individual employees, but rather on their strengths and potential. Barriers should also be removed, so that even those with severe disabilities get natural access to the world of work at Audi. The Forum offers specific suggestions for the employment of people with disabilities in industry. For Audi, membership provides important access to experts and a platform for the exchange of views on inclusion issues.
PROUT AT WORK
Our company has been able to call itself a PROUT EMPLOYER since 2018 when it became the first carmaker to join the PROUT AT WORK foundation. The foundation’s aims are in accord with our self-image: being open to all people, irrespective of sexual orientation, gender identity or characteristics. PROUT AT WORK champions equality for LGBT*IQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersexual, qeer) employees in the workplace. As a specific measure, the employee network queer@audi has been created.
Initiative Valuable 500
Audi understands the topic of inclusion within the context of comprehensive integration management. The inclusion of disabled people has been the goal of the Diversity Strategy for years and is supported by joining the Valuable 500 initiative. We ensure access to the Audi world of work through individual qualification programs, events and the dismantling of barriers. Employees with disabilities get tasks within the scope of operational possibilities in which they can optimally use and expand their skills. The percentage of disabled people is increasing for years now. Successful inclusion at Audi is based on appreciation and a positive leadership culture.