Volvo: Social Responsibility Pays Off

Volvo Cars has a long history of taking environmental and social responsibility seriously- most notably when the company gave away its patents for the seat belt and lambda emissions controls, saving thousands of lives with each invention. More recently, the company took its engine plant in Ghent, Belgium carbon neutral. And, now, they’ve established a partnership with vocational schools in Chengdu, China.

“The collaboration gives graduating students new opportunities. I’m grateful to have been given this chance,” says Chengdu Technical College graduate, Chengjing Song. “I enjoy learning new things, and as an employee Volvo has given me a lot of learning opportunities. I constantly improve myself.”

You can learn more about Ms. Song’s take on the new partnership by reading the article- which originally appeared on Volvo Global Stories- below. Check it out, then let us know what you think of it in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

 

    In Chengdu, China, a successful collaboration between Volvo Cars and the Chengdu Technician College is a great example of the company’s social responsibility.

    At the very core of Volvo Cars’ business lies a commitment to people and the world in which we live. It goes beyond the company’s operations and cars, and into society. One example of (our) approach to social responsibility is found in Chengdu in Western China. Here, Volvo Cars has established a partnership with the local vocational school Chengdu Technician College, a collaboration that falls under the Volvo Academy umbrella. Volvo Cars sees vocational schools like these as an important potential source for recruitment and cooperates with the school by providing training and equipment for special Volvo classrooms. For Volvo Cars, this is a way to play a positive role in society by helping young students to start their careers.

    Chengjing Song is one of the graduates from the college now working at Volvo Cars. In 2013, she joined the company as an intern after a recruitment process at the school. “The collaboration gives graduating students new opportunities. I’m grateful to have been given this chance,” she says.

    Chengjing was hired as an operator after her internship, and has during her four years with the company worked as Quality Assistant, TCF Shop Assistant and System Technician. “I enjoy learning new things, and as an employee Volvo has given me a lot of learning opportunities. I constantly improve myself.”

    She believes that cooperating with the tech college is the right way to go for Volvo Cars. “I am part of a young team who all work hard. We have passion and dreams, and we can change ourselves through our own efforts – and I think Volvo Cars needs such staff,” she explains.

    Andrea Huang, who is responsible for managing new recruits at Volvo Cars in Chengdu, thinks the collaboration is a good way of taking social responsibility. “We gain good results and valuable experiences from the cooperation. We are providing job opportunities to fresh graduates, and at the same time it is a very positive, reliable way to build a stable talent pool in the long run.”

 

Source | Images: Volvo Global Stories.

 

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.