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Dec 5, 2016

Herndon, VA (December 5, 2016) – Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWGoA), today proudly announced that it has been honored by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation as one of 517 major U.S. businesses that scored a 100 percent on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), earning the designation as a 2017 Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality. This accolade recognizes companies that satisfy all of the CEI’s criteria on corporate policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.

“At Volkswagen Group of America, we embrace the diversity in our workforce. Our goal is to create a culture of respect and inclusion for every employee regardless of their background,” said Mike Beamish, Executive Vice President Human Resources, VWGoA. “We are proud once again to be an employer of choice for the LGBT community and to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation as a 2017 Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality.”

“We are excited to employ such a diverse workforce,” said Machelle Williams, Senior Director, Diversity and Corporate Social Responsibility, VWGoA. “We remain committed to further advance an inclusive workplace where better results and innovative thinking thrive on the individuality of its employees.”

VWGoA has earned the designation ‘Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality’ in 10 out of the last 11 reports.

The 2017 CEI rated 1,043 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community.

For more information on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit


About Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWGoA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe. VWGoA operates a manufacturing plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee and houses the U.S. operations of a worldwide family of distinguished and exciting brands including Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini and Volkswagen, as well as VW Credit, Inc. Founded in 1955, the company's headquarters are in Herndon, Va.; the company has approximately 6,000 employees in the United States and sells its vehicles through a network of approximately 1,000 dealers.

About the Human Rights Campaign Foundation
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.


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Philipp Doerfler