Audi, the premium German automaker decided to give €1 million in emergency aid for refugees as the company is using its fund to support aid initiatives in production sites located in Ingolstadt, Neckarsulm, Brussels and Győr.
Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, said that “We have been shocked by the great suffering of the refugees in Europe. People at our doorsteps are in need – and we therefore want to offer help quickly and avoid red tape.” The corporate donation will go to local aid projects taking place at Audi’s production sites.
Thomas Sigi, Board Member for Human Resources, added that “We are aware of how dramatically the situation of the refugees has developed locally .With the emergency aid we are trying to show our solidarity as well as practice social responsibility at our corporate sites.”
Audi General Works Council Chairman Peter Mosch also spoke on the topic of aiding the refugees, stating that “We must not and we will not stand passively by when it comes to helping our fellow human beings in this desperate situation. We Audi employees are always there to help when it’s important – and it’s more important now than ever before.”
The Audi Volunteers initiative gives the brand’s employees a chance to suggest any regional projects that they want to be implemented together with charitable organizations. The Corporate Responsibility committees at each site are to decide how the funds will be used. Volunteers have recently renovated homes for underage migrants and organized trips for refugee minors.
Audi is taking into account the possibility of giving refugees long-term job prospects, with discussions on the matter being planned to take place soon.