Becoming a role model for integrity and compliance is one of the key objectives of Volkswagen Group Italia as defined in our TOGETHER 2025+ group strategy.
We believe that only with lasting, dependable integrity and compliant behavior will our Company gain and strengthen the trust of its staff, customers, shareholders, business partners and the general public. Our aim is to become a role model when it comes to integrity and compliance. Acting with integrity is an established part of our Group strategy TOGETHER 2025+ and is thus on par with the quality of our products, our financial KPIs and the satisfaction of our customers.
As a central part of achieving this goal, Volkswagen Group has launched the Together4Integrity (T4I) program – one of the most extensive transformation programs in the history of the Group. The T4I program serves to provide the regulatory framework for acting with integrity and in compliance with the law and the rules. In addition, T4I also has the dimension of culture change: to reach people and strengthen their own drive to act with integrity. As a consistent umbrella program T4I combines the content of all the Group’s initiatives with respect to integrity and compliance.
One of the key initiative of the Together4Integrity Program focuses on the topic of integrity. The “Integrity program” key initiative has the goal of increasing understanding of integrity and its importance as a basis of doing business among all the Volkswagen Group’s employees and managers and of creating a culture in which acting with integrity is not only consistently possible, but also seen as a matter of course. It is associated with encouraging the constructive handling of mistakes, increasing the transparency of reasons for decisions and strengthening willingness to also address aberrations and risks with managers. Integrity is a core element of professional conduct for us and this is the only thing we aim for: to do the right thing in a given situation.
For us, living integrity as an example means doing the right thing in a professional context on the basis of our own convictions. This means complying with our Group Essentials and the ethical principles established therein and behaving correctly in accordance with rules. This also includes the steadfastness needed to adhere to these principles – regardless of economic and social pressure. In our opinion, it is not enough to base correct behavior solely on rules and guidelines, but it takes attitude to do the right thing, even if no one is looking. Integrity is an attitude that represents an inner compass for correct action in grey areas, in the absence of explicit rules or in the event of conflicting goals. Integrity is the maxim for our actions and complements compliance, with which ensures that all processes and decisions within our Group comply with the relevant rules. Together, they shape our corporate culture, which unites the unspoken and pronounced rules and values relating to our daily cooperation.
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