The Vauxhall team is made up of thousands of people across the country, all working together to bring our innovative vehicles to you.
Around 35,000 people work with us in total, with 4,500 at our plants in Ellesmere Port and our warehouse and head office in Luton. That leaves 23,000 people working in our retail network and 7,000 people in our UK supply chain, providing the millions of parts and essential services we offer every day.
Our Luton Plant produces a whopping 57,000 Vauxhall Vivaros a year. The latest Vivaro has won a load of awards with Trade Van, Business Van Manager and What Van? It’s a huge achievement for the Luton team.
Known as the ‘Home of the Astra’, our Ellesmere Port Plant has produced six generations of Astras. About 1,826 people work in the 1,209,366m2 site, building up to 148,854 Astras every year.
In 2014, Ellesmere Port was awarded a Green Apple and Green Ambassador status by the Green Organisation for our campaign to raise environmental awareness internally.
Corporate Social Responsibility
We continuously look to improve our CSR performance through environmental management, effective engagement with partners, being a responsible employer and playing a positive role in the community. This helps to ensure we never lose touch with the things that really matter.
You can download our most recent CSR reports from this page.
We are committed to building value for all stakeholders affected by our business. This is achieved through extensive engagement with employees, unions, government, NGOs, communities, customers, suppliers, and our parent company and sister businesses. Communicating with our stakeholders helps us to understand our sustainability impacts and identify solutions to tackle them.
We are the first automotive manufacturer to receive the ISO 22301 Business Continuity Management Standard. To achieve this we have implemented rigorous measures and processes throughout the organisation, involving employees and other stakeholders across our sites and ensuring continuity of supply in adverse situations.
Measuring and reviewing customer satisfaction is a key element in Vauxhall’s quality and service improvement. The Vauxhall customer survey process helps gauge how well Vauxhall Retailer standards are being met – from a customer’s experience of buying a new Vauxhall, to their service experiences at a Vauxhall Retailer.
Our Customer Excellence Award recognises and rewards top performing retailers for the quality of service they offer our customers. In January 2014, retailers with the best purchase and service satisfaction scores in 2013 were recognised with this award.
Our Luton plant is the first GM facility in Europe to achieve the top manufacturing benchmark, Built in Quality (BIQ) Level 4. It has been awarded in recognition of the plant’s world class quality control standards. The confidence we have in the quality of our vehicles is reflected in the Lifetime Warranty we offer with our new vehicles.
In comparison with the current model, the next generation Luton-built Vivaro Van will see a 30% increase in UK content. For the Ellesmere Port-built Astra, the next generation model will see a 100% increase in the UK content over the current Astra.
As a car manufacturer, we know our duty is to minimise environmental impact, which is why we’re creating cars which will help shape a future of more environmentally friendly motoring. We’re leading the way with innovative vehicles such as the Ampera and ecoFLEX models and at Vauxhall factories and HQ, we work hard to recycle and reduce our land-fill output.
Vauxhall have overcome the issue of battery range in electric vehicles with the ground-breaking Ampera. Bringing together state-of-the-art battery control and engine technology, the battery can be charged up in less than four hours, and allows for a driving range between 25-50 miles.
Vauxhall have worked relentlessly in order to support General Motor’s global strategy for landfill-free success. Now three of our facilities – the Ellesmere Port Plant, HQ Griffin House and the Vauxhall Warehouse in Luton – no longer contribute waste to landfill.
Vauxhall holds an ISO 14001 environmental management certificate for our manufacturing sites in Ellesmere Port and Luton, as well as our warehouse in Luton. All Vauxhall manufacturing facilities have also implemented the General Motors Environmental Management System (EMS), which combines elements of the environmental management standard ISO 14001.
Vauxhall supports the development of vehicles which have recyclability built-in. All our design teams follow Vauxhall’s Design and Recycling Strategy, which aims to decrease waste generated during vehicle production and at the end of a vehicle’s life.
In 2013, Vauxhall was recognised for the third consecutive year as one of the UK’s top employers by the Corporate Research Foundation (CRF) Institute. It is a testament to the commitment and engagement of our employees. We provide the opportunity for personal learning and development, and promote diversity and equality throughout our workforce. Employees of the future are engaged through our undergraduate programme, and we stay in touch with and support many of our past employees through the Vauxhall Pensioners Association.
2013 saw another strong year for our undergraduate programme with 98 being employed across 13 different departments. The programme has been operating for over 30 years. By offering a range of initiatives, training and opportunities, it continues to grow both in numbers and in quality.
Our manufacturing plants, offices and engineering facility have worked together to share best practices, ensure our processes and policies are consistent, and develop a culture of continuous improvement. This has led to all our UK sites being accredited with the Investors in People Gold Standard.
The Vauxhall apprenticeship programme gives individuals an opportunity to join an organisation that successfully grows talent. Our apprenticeships operate in Ellesmere Port and Luton for engineering, vehicle technicians, IT, and business and administration. Vauxhall has put itself forward to be part of the Trailblazer initiative, aimed at developing new apprenticeship standards and helping to deliver a greater quality of learning for apprentices.
At Vauxhall, we listen to our employees. Following our 2012 Workplace of Choice survey, we have taken actions to improve aspects of the working life of our employees, such as personal and professional growth, as well as health and wellbeing.
It is important to us that we have a positive impact on the communities around us, so we support a number of local and national charities. We encourage our employees to engage in charitable activities, such as the Three Peaks Challenge and Help for Heroes campaigns. Vauxhall has a long history of community engagement, particularly in the areas near our manufacturing sites.
Our undergraduates are inspiring pupils in primary and secondary schools near our Luton and Ellesmere Port plants to consider a career in the automotive industry. A total of 30 schools were visited by our ‘Vans ‘R’ Us’, ‘Ellesmere Port Community Project’ and the more business-focused ‘Griffin’s Den’ sessions in 2013.
Vauxhall have been a proud partner of Help for Heroes since 2010. In this time we have exceeded our initial £200,000 target and raised more than £250,000 through original and inspiring fundraising activities. In 2013, activities organised by Vauxhall employees included a London to Paris bike ride, superhero day and Vauxhall Male Voice Choir charity concert.
In association with the FA, Vauxhall have set up a Youth Football programme. The programme offers fun and enjoyable activities, including coaching sessions, after-school activities and mentoring, and encourages 12 to 18 year olds to get back into football. An incredible 7,600 footballers in the making have taken part already.
Vauxhall supported the Government initiative ‘Business in the Community’ by donating 15 VX 220s to schools and universities around the country. This gift helps young people develop practical and technical skills in design and engineering.
Vauxhall has supported the Luton SOS bus initiative since March 2010, providing maintenance for the two vehicles and helping to cover their fuel cost. In 2013, the SOS bus helped 817 people by providing first aid, transportation to A&E, addressing anti-social behaviour and offering advice. The SOS bus is also used to help the community provide outreach programmes during the daytime.
While our roots in the earliest days of automobile development give us plenty to celebrate, our success has always been founded on looking forward. It means always looking to the future for a better way, always striving for excellence and making environmentally friendly cars that are fun to drive. It means focussing not on our competitors, but on our customers. And it is central to our belief that our best is always yet to come.
People who are really passionate about what they do can motivate others to feel the same. At Vauxhall, we invest this enthusiasm in the dream cars of the future. Because the best ideas are the ones that come from the heart.
Imagining the impossible. Always looking for a better way. For us, it’s a never-ending search to find new ways to surprise and delight our customers and make their motoring world better in every way.
If you don’t look to be the best, you’ll never find the perfect solutions. Seeking out the highest quality in our products and our service is the bedrock of Vauxhall’s promise to you.
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