Becoming a Leader in Diversity and Inclusion

At Volkswagen Group of America, our goal is to be recognized as a top company for diversity and inclusion practices. Part of our diversity effort involves partnering with organizations such as the National Urban League and the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers.

Volkswagen Group of America has already received multiple awards and recognition for our efforts, including:

  • First automotive company to sign the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealer’s “15% Formula for Success,” committing to improve the percentage of majority ownership that ethnic minorities have in new car dealerships.

  • 100 percent score on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index for the past six years.

  • Impact Award from Tennessee Minority Supplier Development Council for 2012 Corporation of the Year.

  • 2012 National Association of Minority Automobile Dealer’s Woman of the Year: Machelle Williams, general manager of Diversity and CSR, Volkswagen Group of America.

  • Established a robust Supplier Diversity program and achieved the 10 percent target for inclusion of women and ethnic minorities in our supplier network.

  • 52 percent of corporate giving in 2012 was designated to organizations that benefit underserved communities.

“It is imperative, now more than ever, that we embrace the diversity in our workforce. At Volkswagen, our goal is to create a culture of respect and inclusion for every employee regardless of their background. We don’t view diversity as an obstacle to be overcome, but as a strategic advantage in an ever increasing competitive marketplace. We remain committed to being a good business and community partner, creating opportunities and building sustainable vehicles for the diverse American communities where we live and work.”

Hinrich J. Woebcken

President and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.