The Volkswagen Group Works Council
The Group Works Council is made up of works councillors (workers' representatives) from the auto corporations Volkswagen and Audi and their subsidiaries. Expanding international works council activities began early on, based on the realisation that problems stop neither at the site nor at national borders. Milestones were the foundation of the VW group's European Works Council in 1990 and the Global Works Council in 1998. Equally, the signing of its Social Charter in 2002 was a response to the internationalisation of the group and the challenges of globalisation; it is binding on Volkswagen's 360,000 employees worldwide.
Back in 1998, employees at Volkswagen AG and other national and international group subsidiaries started collecting for projects for disadvantaged children. To mark the millennium, the Group Works Council in 1999/2000 called on the workforce to donate an hour's wage to launch projects for street children. Since then they have found many different ways of supporting this campaign, known as "One hour for the future - Volkswagen workforce helps children in need". Projects for disadvantaged boys and girls are now funded at Volkswagen locations in Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, South Africa and Germany. Through "helping them to help themselves" the workers hope to make a lasting contribution to improving the lives of children and their families. With "A Chance to Play" the Volkswagen Group Works Council has extended this commitment and provided the financial basis for the programme to grow further.
terre des hommes Germany
The Volkswagen Group Works Council's partner is the child rights agency terre des hommes (“Earth of Humanity”). The organisation selects projects to be supported and provides professional back-up at the local level.
terre des hommes Germany was founded in 1967 and is now funding more than 400 projects for disadvantaged children in 31 project countries. The organisation (NGO) has no political or religious affiliation. The focal themes of its work are protecting children from violence and exploitation, programmes on HIV and AIDS, creating opportunities for education and training and preserving cultural and biological diversity. Since 1980 terre des hommes, through its local partner organisations, has run projects for disadvantaged children in different provinces in South Africa.
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