“Futures of Ethics”: This is the name of a Volkswagen project that describes challenges for the next two decades. What’s the purpose?
Anne-Kathrin Beugel: As experts from the Future Heads network, we feel jointly responsible for the future of Volkswagen. That is why we are presenting a report that thinks collectively about social, ecological, economic, technological and political developments and describes possible scenarios. In our diverse working team, we had the chance to consider different perspectives. For example, we looked at the consequences of global warming, the use of artificial intelligence, or shifts in political power. By taking a 360-degree view, we want to help identify problems and provide ethically based answers.
Elhadj As Sy: It is important for companies to adapt to changes in good time. It is even more important to influence developments positively. Large companies like Volkswagen in particular can make a decisive contribution when it comes to environmental and climate protection, mobility, equality or gender justice. The commitment of the Future Heads is valuable: It promotes discussion of how Volkswagen can live up to this responsibility and at the same time proposes solutions.
Elhadj As Sy: Volkswagen should be a champion for the environment
Powerful forces such as climate change and digitization are changing the world at a breathtaking pace. During a six-month project, 25 young Volkswagen experts worked out what demands companies will face and what a responsible path into the future might look like. In this interview, Elhadj As Sy, member of the independent Volkswagen Sustainability Council, and Anne-Kathrin Beugel, Volkswagen Future Heads Network, discuss the challenges of 2040. Future Heads involves more than 300 of the company’s employees on topics relating to future mobility and social responsibility.