Since the beginning of our activities in Brazil, more than 50 years ago, Volkswagen do Brasil has carried out and motivated social practices turned to her employees and to the surrounding community. The Volkswagen Foundation was born with that philosophy in mind. Founded in 1979 by the German headquarters, it was responsible for the educational investment turned to its human capital up to 2001, when it became responsible for the social investment of the company around the country.

As an active participant of the country’s social environment, it recognizes the importance of assuming partnerships with the public systems, so as to propitiate transforming actions of education and social reality of Brazil.


Promote and accomplish activities that contribute to improve public education and drive social development of low-income communities.


Be a benchmark as an automotive industry entrepreneurial foundation for the private social investment in education projects for the ongoing empowerment of public school educators, offering them opportunities to access a quality education.




Volkswagen Foundation’s Statute (click here to download).

It competes to the Curator Council to deliberate on:

  • The Volkswagen Foundation actions;
  • Election and destitution of Executive Board members;
  • Application of the patrimony;
  • Budget and strategic planning;
  • Guidance and supervision of the Board of Directors’ actions.

The following activities are attributions of the Fiscal Council:

  • Follow-up of internal and independent audits;
  • Comments on financial and accounting performance reports, as well as patrimonial operations;

Executive Board:

  • Follows and executes the Council deliberations;
  • Develops the strategic planning together;
  • Administrates the patrimony;
  • Cares for administrative, financial and accounting order

The Volkswagen Foundation is administrated by the Fiscal, Curator Councils and Board:

Name Position


Holger Rust President
Carsten Isensee Vice-President
Décio Carbonari Almeida Counselor
André Senador Counselor
Antonio Roberto Cortes Counselor
Michael Lehmann Counselor
Antonio Megale Counselor
Bernd Schmidt-Liermann Counselor


Osmair A. Herreira Garcia President
Shiguemi Nagata Fiscal Counselor
Mauro Paoletti Fiscal Counselor


Keli Smaniotti Director of Institutional Relations and Administration
Mauro Lucchini Director of Finance
Luiz Paulo Brasizza Investments

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