This year's focus was on the exchange of knowledge and best practice
examples from different brands and locations to learn from each others
successes and mistakes.
Volkswagen Board Member for Human Resources Gunnar Kilian was
enthusiastic about the spirit of the conference and underlined the importance
of a diverse corporate culture for Volkswagen Group: "We need more effort
focused on diversity throughout the Volkswagen Group. Diversity is one of
our key success factors for the future, so that we can use the potential of
very different people in all their differences – whether nationality, gender, or
sexuality – for the benefit of the company."
Just how important this topic is to him is shown by the fact that the Group's
Diversity and Women's Advancement Team will be reporting to him personally
from October. "Thanks in part to Elke Heitmüller and her team, we have made
significant progress in recent years, and I am convinced that the team I met
here will make 'Diversity wins' a reality within the Volkswagen Group."