Audi is providing €1 million (US$1.1 million) in emergency aid available for refugees in Europe. The company is using the funds to support aid initiatives at its production sites in Ingolstadt, Neckarsulm, Brussels and Győr.
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.—Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG
The money from the corporate donation will flow to local aid projects at the Audi production sites.
Through the Audi Volunteers (“Audi Ehrensache”) initiative, employees can now suggest regional projects they would like to implement in cooperation with charitable organizations. The Corporate Responsibility committees at each site will subsequently decide how to distribute the funds. The company has long supported its employees in their efforts to help refugees. Volunteers recently renovated homes for underage migrants and organized excursions for refugee children.
The automobile manufacturer is also considering ways to offer refugees long‑term job prospects. The goal is to design the efforts to be both targeted and sustainable. Intensive discussions for this are currently underway.