Contributions to society

The Volvo Group is present in more than 190 markets. In many countries, the Group is an important part of society. As a company and as individuals, we engage with society in different ways. We have gathered a sample of projects supported and activities carried out during the year.

Examples of projects and activities in 2011:

    • After the devastating earthquake and the resulting tsunami in Japan, UD Trucks, among other measures, arranged aid shipments of food and other necessities for the affected sections of the workforce, and arranged evacuation sites on the plant area for its employees and their relatives. UD Trucks/the Volvo Group also offered the Japanese Government assistance in the form of equipment, mainly trucks, and funds in a total amount of approximately JPY 100 million.

      The Group’s employees worldwide supported the victims of the Japanese earthquake. Money and necessities were collected and sent to Japan. The Group also arranged a global collection for the Red Cross to which employees could donate money and the company matched the total amount collected with an equally large donation.
    • Renault Trucks donated a minibus to help disabled children in Dakar, Senegal, get to school. The donation was made together with Michelin to the Solidarité Laique Association. In a country where disability is still a taboo subject, the minibus will provide transport to school for approximately 50 children.
    • Renault Trucks donated 23 vehicles to a number of different technical colleges and apprentice training centers. Supplied as workshop teaching material, these trucks will give future truck maintenance technicians an opportunity to become familiar with the latest technical features, providing a highly practical complement to their training program. Over the past three years, more than 100 vehicles have been donated. This is part of Renault Trucks’ commitment to train young people and to establish a viable link between the world of work and vocational education.
    • Volvo IT donated SEK 1 million to the charities of their employees´ choosing. The employees switched their Christmas gifts into donations for charity organizations. 
    • Renault Trucks employees in France continued to support The Enfant Bleu Association. The French association provide children and adults that are victims of abuse a refuge. The employees donated EUR 25,000. The funds were raised through internal events.