Biodiversity means life – in every second and in any location on the planet. Plants, animals, fungi and microorganisms purify the water and the air, while also providing food and medicine. They make the soil fertile and maintain the climate’s equilibrium. In short, they make our lives possible. The preservation of biological diversity is one of the greatest challenges of our time.
That’s why Volkswagen attaches a very special motto to May 22, 2021, which the United Nations declared the international day of biodiversity: “Living in Harmony with Nature”. All employees are encouraged to describe their past or intended future contribution to biodiversity on the group’s environmental website.
Legal, Ethical and Moral Responsibility
“The promotion of biodiversity at our production sites and bringing awareness to our employees are equally important to us,” says Dr. Tobias Bahr, environmental management officer at the Volkswagen Group. In 2007, the company was the founding member of the “Biodiversity in Good Company” initiative, and, together with other companies, has since been committed to the protection and sustainable use of biodiversity. “Volkswagen supports the UN-convention for the preservation of biological diversity, because we are obligated to it legally, but also ethically and morally,” says Bahr. “Particularly due to our responsibility toward future generations.” After all, the protection of the ecosystems is part of Volkswagen’s environmental management policy.