Volkswagen Group United Kingdom Limited (“VWGUK”) is a private limited company incorporated in England and Wales and headquartered in Milton Keynes. VWGUK is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG (“VWAG”), and is the UK importer of certain VWAG products. VWGUK trades as Volkswagen UK, Audi UK, SEAT UK, ŠKODA UK and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles UK. Under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (“Act”), VWGUK is required to publish a Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement for each financial year, setting out the steps it has taken to address the risk of slavery or human trafficking occurring in its supply chain or within its own operations.
This is the statement for VWGUK for the financial year ended 31 December 2016. This statement incorporates the statement of VWAG, which sets out the Volkswagen group’s approach, processes and principles to combat slavery and human trafficking. The VWAG statement is a global statement which is updated annually. Where applicable, VWGUK has adopted these or similar processes in its operations in the UK. For the latest version of the VWAG statement, please see here:
In addition, VWGUK taking steps to further combat the risk of slavery or human trafficking within its supply chain including the following:
As a business, VWGUK has a zero tolerance approach to any form of modern slavery and this is enshrined as one of the core principles of its purchasing policy. However, VWGUK acknowledges that modern slavery exists and is a risk to all businesses.
In the event that any of VWGUK’s business partners are found to be engaging in slavery or other unethical working practices, it will take steps to address those issues with this business partner, seek to drive improved standards and, if necessary, terminate its relationships with any such business partners.
Approved by the Board of Volkswagen Group United Kingdom Limited on 21 June 2017.
Winners included London artificial intelligence firm DeepMind, bionic hand manufacturer Open Bionics, and Sheila Rowan, leader of Glasgow-based team that helped confirm the existence of gravitational waves. David Rowan, Editor of WIRED UK, said: "Our winners have brought about progress through the creative use of technology. We are delighted to shine a spotlight onto these extraordinary people who have all achieved extraordinary things."
The Moonshot category was decided by a public vote, in which more than 3,000 people participated. The eventual winner – global mapping company what3words – won by just
Jane Bown, Sponsorship, Events and Internal Communications Manager of Audi UK, said: "Our Vorsprung durch Technik philosophy goes hand-in-hand with the idea of taking a moonshot: making technological advances to achieve what was previously thought impossible. The winner of the 2016 Moonshot award, what3words, has found a solution to the problem of accurately and memorably addressing the entire world – an essential breakthrough."
At the awards ceremony guests could walk round a virtual Audi showroom and experience the Audi A4 Saloon using the latest HTC Vive Virtual Reality technology. Guests could open
the doors, step inside the car and interact with the MMI system and other elements in the car, and even configure how the car looks.
Audi also exhibited its Virtual Engineering Terminal, which demonstrated some of the driver assistance systems in today’s Audi models, such as Matrix LED lights and parking assist.
- Innovation in AI: DeepMind
- Innovation in Experience Design: Marshmallow Laser Feast
- Innovation in Product Design: Marjan van Aubel
- Social Innovation: Open Bionics
- Scientific Breakthrough: Sheila Rowan
- Leadership in Innovation: Demis Hassabis, co-founder of DeepMind
- Moonshot of the Year: what3words