Volkswagen's partnership with ADL is one significant aspect of the company's global philanthropic efforts and another example of the company's commitment to education in the United States. "ADL's initiatives and programs align with Volkswagen AG's commitment to diversity in our workforce and in countries all around the globe,” Volkswagen board member Christian Klingler said in a statement Tuesday. ADL National Director Abraham Foxman in a response to the statement said, "We are extremely gratified to have Volkswagen's generous support as a partner in the fight against anti-Semitism, racism and bigotry."
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry. For the interest of readers whose vocabulary is limited to automotive terms (like myself), “Semitism” refers to “the ways, ideas or influence of the Jewish people” whereas “Bigotry” refers to “stubborn and complete intolerance of any belief or opinion that differs from one's own.”