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VOLKSWAGEN GROUP OF AMERICA RECOGNIZED AS A TOP LGBTQ-INCLUSIVE BUSINESS BY THE HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN FOUNDATION

Nov 10, 2017

Herndon, VA – (November 10, 2017) – Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWGoA) today proudly announced that it has been honored by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation as one of 609 major U.S. businesses that scored a 100 percent on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), earning the designation as a 2018 Best Places to Work for LGBTQ 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 are committed to creating an environment where each person feels respected and appreciated,” said Mike Beamish, Executive Vice President Human Resources, VWGoA. “Recognition by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation as a 2018 Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality validates those efforts and we are proud to be an employer of choice for the LGBTQ community.”

“Diversity and inclusion help us thrive as an organization,” said Machelle Williams, Senior Director, Diversity and Corporate Social Responsibility, VWGoA. “The individuality of our employees leads to more productivity and better results which is why we continue to strive for a workplace that welcomes everyone.”

VWGoA has earned the designation ‘Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality’ in 11 out of the last 12 reports.

The 2018 CEI rated 945 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBTQ-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBTQ community.

For more information on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.

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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