Now in their 22nd season in the Bundesliga, VfL Wolfsburg are not only a well-established top-flight side but also at the cutting edge as a football club. This is particularly true when it comes to corporate social responsibility (CSR). The Wolves provide regular information on the concrete measures they are taking in this area in a progress report, the fourth edition of which was presented at Monday’s ‘Football Makes a Difference’ forum at the Volkswagen Arena. The gist of the report is that although things have not gone to plan on the pitch in the last two seasons, VfL again achieved groundbreaking successes in their CSR activities during this period.
“The findings of the progress report underline once more our exceptional position in the field of CSR,” said managing director Dr. Tim Schumacher. “We’ve again cemented our leading position in Europe by tackling important social issues. Sustainability and engagement remain the core messages of our work as a club in 2018.”
The key points from the fourth progress report:
Pablo Thiam is taking on the role of integration officer:
The sporting director of VfL’s Under-23 and youth teams represents the club in matters relating to integration and has held a vital role as a VfL ambassador since February 2018.
Switch to LED stadium floodlights part of wider transition to LED lighting:
The implementation of LED lighting at the Volkswagen Arena has led to an increased lifetime of 50,000 hours (compared to 3,000 hours with conventional bulbs). This also means less waste is produced.
Significant improvements in the club’s CO2 emissions as a result of the Corporate Carbon Footprint analysis for the 2017/2018 season:
Total emissions are down 14 per cent today compared to 2011. The Corporate Carbon Footprint (CCF) details the amount of greenhouse gases produced by VfL Wolfsburg-Fußball GmbH.
Nilla Fischer the first Bundesliga captain to wear a rainbow armband:
The VfL Ladies centre-back became the first captain in the Bundesliga to wear a rainbow armband in March 2017. As well having as the full backing of her team, she also received widespread support on social media. The powerful symbol for diversity has since been adopted by all of the club’s teams.