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Volkswagen in the Land of Hydropower and Wild Nature
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This is the 4th part of a series on highlights from the brand-new Volkswagen Group Sustainability Report 2013 - the summary of our efforts to strike a balance between resource efficiency, economic stability, and social responsibility.

This week, we focus on BRAZIL. Host country of passionate soccer matches, for Austrian author Stefan Zweig “A Land of the Future,” and home of Volkswagen do Brasil, the largest vehicle manufacturer and the 2nd largest carmaker in terms of sales.

A country of mighty waters and arid provinces, of deep jungles and wide savannahs.

With its numerous rivers and high gradients, Brazil is the land of renewable energy. Water is a key source of energy in the country. About 80% of the produced energy comes from hydropower. The Volkswagen Group has a significant involvement in these production operations. Volkswagen built the Anhanguera small hydropower plants in collaboration with two local partners. It went on stream in 2010 and has the capacity to feed around 100 gigawatt-hours of electricity into the national grid each year.

A good 18% of the energy used by the four Brasilian Volkswagen plants is covered by this. Another benefit comes along for the province of São Joaquim da Barra. It draws lasting financial benefits from the hydropower plant, which fosters the local economy. There is a 25% increase in the annual tax revenues of the province.

Says Eduardo Barros, Head of Legal Affairs and Board Member of Volkswagen do Brazil responsible for sustainability: “Our long-term aim is to meet up to 80% of our energy requirements from our own sources.”

Read on – or go directly to the new Volkswagen Group Sustainability Report

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This is the 4th part of a series on highlights from the brand-new Volkswagen Group Sustainability Report 2013 - the summary of our efforts to strike a balance between resource efficiency, economic stability, and social responsibility.

This week, we focus on BRAZIL. Host country of passionate soccer matches, for Austrian author Stefan Zweig “A Land of the Future,” and home of Volkswagen do Brasil, the largest vehicle manufacturer and the 2nd largest carmaker in terms of sales.

A country of mighty waters and arid provinces, of deep jungles and wide savannahs.

With its numerous rivers and high gradients, Brazil is the land of renewable energy. Water is a key source of energy in the country. About 80% of the produced energy comes from hydropower. The Volkswagen Group has a significant involvement in these production operations. Volkswagen built the Anhanguera small hydropower plants in collaboration with two local partners. It went on stream in 2010 and has the capacity to feed around 100 gigawatt-hours of electricity into the national grid each year.

A good 18% of the energy used by the four Brasilian Volkswagen plants is covered by this. Another benefit comes along for the province of São Joaquim da Barra. It draws lasting financial benefits from the hydropower plant, which fosters the local economy. There is a 25% increase in the annual tax revenues of the province.

Says Eduardo Barros, Head of Legal Affairs and Board Member of Volkswagen do Brazil responsible for sustainability: “Our long-term aim is to meet up to 80% of our energy requirements from our own sources.”

Read on – or go directly to the new Volkswagen Group Sustainability Report

Cat® Brightens Future of 3,441 Municipalities in Brazil

Thousands of municipalities in Brazil are receiving new Cat® equipment as part of the country's Growth Acceleration Program
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The future is looking brighter for 3,441 municipalities in Brazil after receiving new Cat® equipment. Several thousand Cat motor graders and backhoe loaders were purchased by the Brazilian government in 2013 and provided to municipalities with a population of less than 50,000, as part of the country's Growth Acceleration Program (PAC2).

Deloitte Shared Deloitte Brasil's Album: Street Child World Cup 2014 – Rio de Janeiro

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2014 promises to be a special year for all Brazilians who dream and work to build a world of more opportunities. This year the Deloitte Brazil member firm sponsored the Street Child World Cup (SCWC), a unique event which included a soccer tournament for former street children from 19 countries, a conference, and an arts program, in Rio de Janeiro.

SAP TV: Football for a Better Future

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SAP supports children in the favelas of Rio. As a partner of the Inter Campus Brazil, the CSR program developed by the football club F.C. Internazionale Milano, SAP is on-site to care for the young kickers.

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SAP Harnesses the Power of Sports to Inspire and Transform the Lives of Underserved Youth in Brazil through Partnership with Inter Campus

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WALLDORF, Newsbyte, June 16, 2014 /3BL Media/ — In line with its ongoing commitment to improving the lives of underserved children in the communities in which it operates, SAP AG announced today a new partnership with Inter Campus, the corporate social responsibility program developed by F.C. Internazionale Milano. The initiative uses the international game of football as an educational tool to restore the right to play to needy children worldwide.

Can Mobile Texting Help Turn The Tide Of Poverty?

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By Judith Magyar, Director, Strategic Communications, SAP Global Mobility Solutions

A Better World for Our Children: World Environment Day 2014

By Gabriela Burian, Global Lead, Sustainable Agriculture Environment, Monsanto
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If you have kids, like me, you’re probably concerned about their future. And doing everything that you feel is possible to help them to have a better world. Today is the World Environment Day, a good opportunity for reflection and perfect timing to reinforce environment causes that we care about.

Video: New Developments in the Shared Value Field

Watch presentations of shared value in progress from Coca-Cola, Pearson, Visa, and more
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A view from the front lines of the global shared value conversation at the Shared Value Leadership Summit.

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A view from the front lines of the global shared value conversation at the Shared Value Leadership Summit.

Chrysler Group Volunteer Program Revs Up to Drive Social Change

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  • Chrysler Group partners with Stop Hunger Now for employee volunteer effort to create 70,000 meal packages to support school feeding programs and crisis relief in Brazil
  • Newly named ‘Motor Citizens’ volunteer program gives 18,000 Chrysler Group salaried employees time off to ‘Be an Engine for Change’ in their communities
  • Chrysler Group dealers enhance community involvement efforts with addition of online toolkit
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  • Chrysler Group partners with Stop Hunger Now for employee volunteer effort to create 70,000 meal packages to support school feeding programs and crisis relief in Brazil
  • Newly named ‘Motor Citizens’ volunteer program gives 18,000 Chrysler Group salaried employees time off to ‘Be an Engine for Change’ in their communities
  • Chrysler Group dealers enhance community involvement efforts with addition of online toolkit

SAP Supports Sustainable Start-Ups in Brazil

The Emerging Entrepreneur Initiative from SAP invests in young entrepreneurs and helps them drive their business while also promoting sustainability, growth, and innovation.
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Vanessa Vilela Araujo has always been a big fan of cosmetics and had dreams of running her own company since her childhood. Today, she is the founder and CEO of the successful cosmetics company Kapeh, which produces sustainable cosmetics from coffee beans. With the support of the Emerging Entrepreneur Initiative, Kapeh has been able to grow its presence to more than 200 shops in 18 Brazilian federal states. 

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