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Volkswagen India Launches Elaborate Women Empowerment Initiative

Snapshot: The company has chalked out three interlocking key frameworks – ‘Sakhi Group’, ‘Kompass Programme’ and ‘Mentor Programme’ - for all its women employees

Volkswagen India has launched an elaborate Women Empowerment initiative to promote gender diversity and inclusivity across all of their organizational departments. The company held a meeting on March 11, 2015 in which more than 120 female employees working at their Pune Plant in Chakan and Regional Competence Centre (RCC) in Hinjewadi were invited and notified about the key action plan of this additional and skill development-oriented initiative, especially designed for women.

Peter Raussendorf, Head of Human Resources and Admin at Volkswagen India said, “Currently, women make up 12% of our total talent strength amongst our indirect employees at Volkswagen India. Our target is to increase this percentage to 30% by 2025 across all departments. Hence, this initiative is our effort towards creating a strong foundation based on best practices in gender diversity and inclusivity to ultimately help us nurture and grow female talent within the company”. The company, for all its women employees at its Pune plant and RCC in Hinjewadi, has chalked out three interlocking key frameworks – ‘Sakhi Group’, ‘Kompass Programme’ and ‘Mentor Programme’.

“Given the significant role women play in society and businesses the world over, we believe there is great merit in offering a platform that can further nurture and develop this set of talent. Through our programme, we aim to drive our existing female talent base forward and also create opportunities for new recruits to develop and grow with the rest of the company in a conducive and inclusive environment,” added Mr. Peter Raussendorf. 'Sakhi Group' is all about exchanging views and ideas about women’s impact on the global economy best practices, Volkswagen business etc. while with the ‘Kompass Programme’ a selected batch of women, who are already settled in their respective working area, would be given a nine-month training. Similarly, in the ‘Mentor Programme’, the company will train and mentor already existing high potential women leaders in a nine month project-driven programme.

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