By on September 10, 2015

Emergency aid for refugees: AUDI AG providing € 1 million

You’d have to pay attention and skip the endless garbage about Kentucky county clerks and Donald Trump to hear about the unprecedented flight (and plight) of migrants in Europe. Hundreds of thousands of people are fleeing war torn countries such as Syria, and the European Union is struggling to find homes for all of them.

On Thursday, Audi said it would donate €1 million ($1.12 million) to help refugee aid organizations near its factories.

“We have been shocked by the great suffering of the refugees in Europe,” Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, said in a statement. “People at our doorsteps are in need — and we therefore want to offer help quickly and avoid red tape.”

Obviously, €1 million won’t solve all the world’s problems, but it’s a noteworthy amount from the automaker and it’s hardly political — it’s just the right thing to do.

“We must not and we will not stand passively by when it comes to helping our fellow human beings in this desperate situation. We Audi employees are always there to help when it’s important – and it’s more important now than ever before,” Audi General Works Council Chairman Peter Mosch said in a statement announcing the donation.

Audi’s home nation of Germany is expected to take in nearly 800,000 refugees before the end of 2015, nearly 150,000 more than the entire European Union took in last year.

It’s important to note when this happens and certainly Audi isn’t alone. Ford, through the Ford Foundation, grants money to immigrant organizations here in the States, and the General Motors Foundation grants money to community organizations too.

Bravo.

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13 Comments on “Audi Donating $1.1 Million for Refugee Help...”


  • avatar
    bricoler1946

    A noble gesture indeed from Audi, and yet there doesn’t appear to be ANY help from those super rich Arab states to take in any of the refugees that are a lot closer than say Sweden, Germany etc.

    • 0 avatar
      05lgt

      CNN’s food show with Anthony Bourdain let me see a Beirut with an enourmous and growing Syrian population. Other news storues about efforts to extract near slave or full on sex slaves from ISIL controlled areas to neighboring nations exist.

      Which super rich Arab states do you know enough about to state that they’re not taking in any refugees?

      Edit: OH. Looked it up. Other than the UAE pretty much all the instigators/funders of ISIL have a very round zero next to thier names on a CNN piece about this.

    • 0 avatar
      05lgt

      Looks like CNN didn’t know Saudi Arabia all that well. They’ve apparently taken in 2.5M Syrians, just not as “refugees”. There’s a reason every time you see a news story about something you have firsthand knowledge of they’re completely wrong….

      Twain said it better.

  • avatar
    notapreppie

    I’m sure some cynics will come in and make noise about tax dodges and they’re probably right. However, if you’re going to donate money to avoid taxes, why the hell not do in a philanthropic way?

  • avatar
    Big Al from Oz

    It’s good to see Audi chipping in to help with the flood of refugees entering the EU. The EU is bearing the brunt of the refugee flood.

    It is about time the EU as a team take a different stance on problems which are now in their neighbourhood. From Africa to the Middle East and the Ukraine.

    The EU must become more active militarily to help achieve the goals in which they agree with, but hardly ever contribute to. Much of the heavy lifting is left to the “Anglo” nations of the UK, Australia, Canada and the USA.

    Putin will escalate the problems in the Middle East by upping Russia’s presence in assisting the criminal Assad regime. Putin and his cronies are just criminals that were lucky enough to rule their own safe haven.

    They are like bikies, mobs and gangsters. Specks of sh!t.

    Regional alliances are complex this is affecting how and who the help in the Middle East.

    It will be interesting to see if the new found conciliatory Iranian approach will bear fruits. Will the Iranians be able to provide what is required.

    As mentioned above it is disturbing to see the rich Gulf States not give one penny to help the refugees. You wonder who are our friends or foes.

    Many of these Gulf nations will give money arms to kill, but will not give any humanitarian aid.

  • avatar
    mfgreen40

    I respect your opinion, but not all of us would agree with your Kentucky garbage statement .

  • avatar
    wmba

    Since Audi runs the world’s largest engine factory in Gyor, Hungary (look it up – two million a year), and Hungary’s leader Orban is the one responsible for the strange and uncharitable behavior of his country to the migrants, I say good on Audi for bucking his political will.

    http://hungarianfreepress.com/

  • avatar
    chuckrs

    Demographically,Europe will not maintain their population, even if they get busy now there will be a period of (native) population loss. Powerline blog summarized some findings on 9/8 that the German workforce will decline faster than Japan’s in the 2020’s. It is in their interest to accept – and assimilate/acculturate – refugees. Will they be able to the latter – time will tell.
    Historically, has there ever been a case of successfully managing prosperity with declining population?
    Regardless, good on Audi and the others mentioned.

  • avatar
    frenzic

    If you like your powerline blog you can keep your powerline blog. How about them taking on a few 100000 of these so called refugees. I hear it’s good for their workforce.

    ot
    Many companies and for instance politicians use this to make a good name for themselves and yes it’s tax deductible. It makes me sick. The little guy get’s to pay for most of this extravaganza, everyone else is net tax exempt or better in one way or another.

  • avatar
    frenzic

    If you like your powerline blog you can keep your powerline blog. How about them taking on a few 100000 of these so called refugees. I hear it’s good for their workforce.

    ot
    Many companies and for instance politicians use this to make a good name for themselves and yes it’s tax deductible. It makes me sick. The little guy gets to pay for most of this extravaganza, everyone else is net tax exempt or better in one way or another.

  • avatar
    50merc

    Hungary actually was conquered by, and occupied and oppressed by the Ottomans for centuries. Perhaps this helps to explain why they are a bit more anxious about invasions from the middle east.

  • avatar
    lon888

    I congratulate Audi for stepping up and helping the refugees especially in the areas that are close to their factories.

    I always laugh when people say they bought a German because German craftsmen are so precise in their building of cars. Little do they know that most factory production lines are staffed by Turks, Romanians and various other Eastern European and Middle Eastern people. your chances of your car being assembled by “Hans Schmidt” are very low. Those refugees that are close to the Audi plants may well indeed be relatives of the guys on the production line.


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