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  Audi  Board of Management signs diversity manifesto to promote diversity and inclusion in the company


Diversity in the supply chain: Audi joins European LGBTIQ Chamber of Commerce and the WEConnect International network


We.Together: International Diversity & Inclusion Days 2023 for employees with 72 online sessions in seven languages



  " Audi shows where it stands and continues to focus on diversity and inclusion as part
of its sustainability strategy. Shortly before German Diversity Day on May 23, the entire Board of
Management signed a D&I manifesto with the aim of further promoting diversity within the company.
Diversity is a priority for the entire brand group, as highlighted by the We.Together: International
&I Days 2023, where Audi is offering its employees around the globe a total of 72 online events on
diversity and inclusion. But that’s not all: Audi has also joined both the European LGBTIQ Chamber
Commerce (EGLCC) and the WEConnect International network to promote transparency around

in the supply chain.

“We know that diversity is an important lever for innovation at Audi,” emphasizes Chief Human

Resources Officer Xavier Ros. “At Audi, we anchor diversity and inclusion in a way that creates

real added value for both our employees and the company.” In fact, the company takes a systemic

approach here: “To truly ensure equity and promote diversity across the board, we have to take

D&I into account across all our company processes right from the outset,” says Ros. Diversity

and inclusion are part of Audi’s sustainability strategy, and the company has already launched a

range of measures as it strives to become an inclusive company. These include, for example,

checks for equitable corporate processes, target-group-specific training options, gender-inclusive

language, mentoring programs and job sharing at management level. Equally, diversity networks

provide an opportunity for employees with similar interests to meet and work together to promote

greater diversity within the company. This is yet another reason Audi is an attractive employer.

Audi promotes diversity in the supply chain

The company has joined the European LGBTIQ Chamber of Commerce (EGLCC) and the WEConnect

International network in order to broaden access to the company to a more diverse range of

suppliers. Audi currently works with more than 14,000 supplier companies from 60 countries,

with correspondingly huge potential.

Audi is the first German member company in the EGLCC international chamber of commerce,

which is committed to achieving greater diversity of sexual orientations and gender identities

in procurement. WEConnect International, meanwhile, works to achieve more equitable opportunities

for women in business.

“We are proud to have gained Audi as a partner. We connect LGBTIQ businesses with companies

that recognize and support the opportunities brought about by a diverse supply chain. By joining

the EGLCC, Audi is helping us to achieve our goal, namely anchoring diversity as a relevant value

the world of business moving forward,” says Fabienne Stordiau, founding and board member of the


Memberships like these help Audi consolidate its work in the area of supplier diversity and inclusion,

laying the groundwork for greater transparency. They also help in identifying diversely managed

companies – either companies with which Audi already collaborates or which could be a choice

for a future partnership. Audi takes an opportunity-driven approach to this.

These activities are all part of the Procurement with Purpose Initiative, which aims to support

the economic participation of diverse companies as well as companies with a social purpose –

an aim to which Audi is committed. This includes companies that create social value by solving

social or environmental challenges (social businesses) as well as minority-owned businesses

(MOB), that is companies run by groups underrepresented in the world of business, such as

people, women, members of the LGBTQIA+ community or BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, & People

of Color) – all people or groups who experience structural discrimination.

Audi also strives to improve visibility when it comes to diversity and inclusion in procurement.

As such, the company hosted empowerment workshops to train its employees and expanded its

Code of Conduct for business partners to include diversity criteria. The aim here is to encourage

the company’s business partners to take diversity into account in choosing their own suppliers.

We.Together: International Diversity & Inclusion Days 2023

Beyond procurement, Audi regularly hosts events for all employees. The We.Together:

International Diversity & Inclusion Days, held during European Diversity Month in May,

showcase just how multifaceted diversity really is. The week-long event will run from

May 22 to 26, 2023 and will offer a total of 72 online sessions in seven different languages

Employees around the globe can look forward to a varied program of lectures, workshops,

networking events and panels. This year, it’s not just AUDI AG getting involved: Bentley,

Italdesign and Lamborghini, the Audi Brussels, Audi Hungaria and Audi México production

sites as well as the Audi China sales company are all playing a role in the event.

The program will also host a range of internal speakers, employee networks and

external experts. “The We.Together: International Diversity & Inclusion Days show

that it’s our differences that make the difference,” explains Chief Human Resources Officer Xavier Ros. "


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