As a globally active industrial company with a role model function for other members of society, Volkswagen accepts its responsibility for the preservation of biodiversity. We are involved in diverse nature and species conservation projects at our corporate locations worldwide in close cooperation with nature conservation organizations and initiatives. In 2009, these primarily included measures for the direct protection of endangered species, innovative support of biotopes as part of compensatory measures, programs for environmental education and training, as well as the support of research projects.
As a member of the “Business and Biodiversity Initiative”, the Company has additionally pledged to embed the topic of biodiversity more deeply into its corporate processes. In 2009, Volkswagen commissioned environmental reports, initially for its western German sites, to measure the impact of its production activities on endangered species in the vicinity of these locations. We also pressed ahead with the integration of nature conservation into the sites’ environmental action plans. A Biodiversity Steering Committee coordinates the implementation of the individual measures.
The tenth United Nations Conference on Nature Conservation will be held in Japan in 2010. As a member of the Business and Biodiversity Initiative, we were actively involved in the preparation of a large-scale information campaign in 2009 designed to increase public awareness of the need to safeguard biodiversity. A traveling exhibition was developed for this campaign that has visited Brazil, Japan and Germany since December 2009.