IN ACCORDANCE WITH REGULATIONS AND ACTING FAIRLY
At the internal level, the VW Group presented its Annual Report for 2020, which describes employees’ breaches of work discipline and the disciplinary actions taken
n the affected companies, a total of 3,572 warnings were issued and 666 employees were terminated (see the “Statistics” column). This procedure demonstrates that a company can only be successful if it acts fairly, according to legal regulations and with constant and paramount consideration for the customer. This is the only way to avert damage to the company itself, its employees and business partners.
This approach is also demonstrated by the employees’ willingness to follow the extensive protective measures taken to combat the risk of coronavirus infection. Despite a large number of new regulations, no serious offenses were reported in 2020 in relation to protection measures against the spread of COVID-19. Nevertheless, specific instructions and warnings were issued inside the VW Group because of non-compliance with internal protection regulations by individual employees. ED
VW Group Board Member for Human Resources Management and Head of the Group’s anti-epidemic crisis group
At the VW Group, the safety and health of employees is our No. 1 concern. Therefore, we’ve repeatedly modified anti-coronavirus measures and hygiene practices and adapted to current developments during the pandemic. As a result, since the spring of 2020, we have managed not only to prevent chain infections in the workplace but also to achieve a significantly lower number of infection cases in our plants than in the cities and regions.
Guideline for internal protection regulations can be found here.
Articles on key initiatives of the Together4Integrity program can be found at ŠKODA Space.
In 2020, a total of 3,572 written warnings were issued by the VW Group (62 companies with more than 1,000 employees each). As a result of activities that violated the companies’ regulations, an employment relationship was terminated with 666 employees. The companies concerned, including ŠKODA AUTO, employ a total of approximately 475,000 people.
Non-observance of working hours (e.g. unexcused absence)
Property offenses/fraud, including incitement
Failure to perform work duties
Violation of the ban on alcohol and addictive substances
Other violations of labour law regulations (e.g. code of ethics, traffic regulations or illegal secondary employment)
Inappropriate behaviour (e.g. assault, threat or the use of vulgarities)
Violation of occupational safety regulations
Discriminatory behaviour, bullying in the workplace, dangerous stalking
Violation of privacy and trade secret protection regulations
Acceptance of undue advantage, corruption, conflict of interest
Damage to the company’s reputation
Fraud against third parties, including incitement
Note: The current figures represent employment terminations and issued warnings. They include disciplinary measures applied by Human Resources Management as a result of the intentional or negligent breach of internal regulations, contractual obligations or laws. Some measures are based on investigations carried out within the VW Group’s Whistle-blower System.