All Volkswagen AG employees are insured by a group accident insurance policy against accidents resulting in death or disability. Employees in the international Group companies enjoy additional benefits. Depending on the location, these include transportation and subsistence allowances, affordable housing, monthly childcare allowances as well as subsidies towards selected leisure activities. Additional preventive healthcare services or supplementary pension insurances round off this offering on a location-specific basis.
To secure the retirement income of former employees, Volkswagen AG along with its brands and subsidiaries operates a number of occupational pension systems. In Germany, this is based on a direct pension commitment. The occupational pension arrangements at Volkswagen AG comprise the basic pension and the additional retirement benefits of contributory pension schemes I and II. While the basic pension and contributory pension scheme I are funded by the employer, contributory pension scheme II offers employees the opportunity to provide for their own retirement income through deferred compensation.
Since 2001, funds for the Volkswagen AG direct pension commitment have been invested in the capital markets by the company pension fund administered in trust by Volkswagen Pension Trust e.V. At the end of 2012, an additional 22 Group companies in Germany made use of this facility. A total of €3,009 million had been contributed to the company pension fund by the end of 2012 as lifelong pension payments for employee retirement and disability pensions, and for benefits in the event of death. Direct insurance is another opportunity for employees to provide for their own retirement income through deferred compensation.
Volkswagen AG’s Time Asset is an instrument that gives staff the opportunity to retire earlier. Since 1998, employees have been able to make contributions from their gross salary and time credits, which are invested in the capital markets by the Time Asset investment fund administered in trust by Volkswagen Pension Trust e.V. The accumulated Time Asset credits can be used for paid early retirement. At the end of the reporting period, the assets in the Time Asset investment fund amounted to €1,329 million.