Connected for more sustainability

With technology “Invented for life” we are securing our company’s lasting success. At the same time, we are contributing to protecting the natural environment for current and future generations. This report shows how we put our sustainability policy into practice in the four following areas: environment, products, associates, and society. It also serves as a report on our progress as a member of the United Nations Global Compact.


Products section

Smart products make our everyday lives more comfortable. Used appropriately, they also help save energy or make life safer. Bosch innovations in the area of connected mobility are just one example among many. Sensors shape the foundation of predictive driving systems that reduce fuel consumption and protect the driver from potential road hazards.

More information on connected solutions can be found here 


Environment section

In addition to this, we apply our extensive expertise in the area of networked, energy efficient production to reduce our own carbon footprint. Measures include the deliberate use of renewable sources of energy, as well as initiatives that aim to make our locations as energy efficient as possible. So far, the results have been very satisfying: we have reached the CO2 reduction target we set for 2020 several years ahead of schedule.

Find out more about this here 


Associates section

Connectivity plays a very important role in our daily work as well. We want our associates to cooperate with one another across sectoral and national boundaries. In our view, collaboration is the only way that we can take full advantage of our diverse workforce’s potential and creativity.

To find out why we have focused more on promoting communication between younger and older colleagues, please consult this chapter 


Society section

At Bosch locations around the world, our associates volunteer outside working hours. In recent months, many Bosch volunteers have helped people who have fled war and persecution and sought asylum in Europe. They collected donations at many locations and cooperated with aid organizations to set up support initiatives.

To find our more, please consult this chapter 

“For us, sustainability is not only an international agreement. It is an obligation.“

Dr. Volkmar Denner 

“What matters most is how companies organize their core business.”

Dr. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber 

Key figures 2015

Following the acquisition of the remaining shares in BSH Hausgeräte and Robert Bosch Automotive Steering (AS), the companies were fully consolidated. In 2014, both companies were still joint ventures, and shares were consolidated at equity.






billion euros
+21.6 billion euros year on year

Corporate targets


Note: as a result of the above-mentioned change in the consolidated group, Bosch emissions, energy, and waste figures increased. However, these values should be considered in relation to sales volumes, which increased 70 percent in the same time period, based on comparable data.

*excluding BSH Hausgeräte and AS