Restart of the T4I programme
Interview with Helena Machková, head of GO – Governance, Risk & Compliance
The first time ŠKODA AUTO employees got in touch with the Together4Integrity (T4I) group programme was in February 2019. Is this topic still a current one?
Since July 2019, the programme’s activities have been partially dampened by the ongoing monitor certification testing. At this point, however, they are running again.
Have you noticed any specific changes after almost two years since this programme’s launch?
The carmaker has introduced a number of new processes, systems, concepts and measures. I believe that employees are much more sensitive to issues related to compliance, integrity and corporate culture. They are also more aware of how important these issues are for their daily work.
How are subsidiaries involved in the T4I programme?
They continued to implement the relevant measures within the programme even during our testing, and our GO department, together with the other relevant departments, actively provided support. There are currently three companies, namely ŠKODA AUTO Slovensko, ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland and ŠKODA AUTO Volkswagen India Private Limited. In 2021, the number will rise significantly as we are planning to introduce the programme in other subsidiaries and entrusted companies as well.
What are the next steps awaiting us?
In the coming months, we intend to continue implementing and verifying the remaining measures, activities and initiatives that were not concluded during testing for the monitor certification. When the current coronavirus situation relaxes, we expect to repeat the perception workshop, which took place for the first time when the T4I programme was introduced. We will find out how employees perceive the environment and culture in the car company. It will be intended not only for colleagues who took part in it last year but also for others. They will have the opportunity to comment on the situation at ŠKODA AUTO and share their views and experiences with other participants. ED
The T4I programme
It includes the implementation of more than 100 activities, initiatives and measures in ŠKODA AUTO areas, such as integrity, compliance, risk management, legal affairs, HR, environmental protection, product compliance, purchasing, sales etc. This programme develops corporate culture to strengthen confidence in the VW Group and its brands. It is currently taking place in more than 200 Group companies.
The programme is composed of five principles, which represent the colours of the logo in the footer of the page and are based on the Ethical and Compliance initiative. It is about strategy, integrity culture, risk management and an environment supporting open communication and acceptance of responsibility.