A partnership between
United Nations Alliance of Civilizations & BMW Group
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Opening remarks by President Al-Nasser - media roundtable
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BMW Group

The BMW Group is the leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles in the world with its BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brands. As a global company, the BMW Group operates 28 production and assembly facilities in 13 countries and has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.

The success of the BMW Group has always been built on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy. As a result of its efforts, the BMW Group has been ranked industry leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes for the last eight years.

The UNAOC and the BMW Group entered a historical partnership in 2011. The cooperation was formally established during the General Assembly of the UN on September 23, 2011, at the UN headquarters in New York. Through its commitment to social entrepreneurship, with programs such as the BMW Group Award and numerous others, the BMW Group has promoted cooperative dialogue between different cultures for decades. From 1997 to 2010, the BMW Group has honored 45 projects and scientific research projects with its awards for Intercultural Learning/Commitment. This longstanding commitment to intercultural dialogue was essential to ensure a successful collaboration between the partners.

“As a company with associates from around the globe, intercultural understanding is an essential part of our daily work at the BMW Group. It is because of this that we are so proud of our strong partnership with the UNAOC. This collaboration and the Intercultural Innovation Award enable us to highlight some of the wonderful cross-cultural work being done worldwide. BMW Group’s commitment to the awardees extends beyond financial support to include every relevant resource we can offer. This can make the crucial difference in turning an idea into a practice that enriches peoples’ lives.“ comments Bill McAndrews, Vice President Communications Strategy, Corporate and Market Communications of the BMW Group.

www.bmwgroup.com/award