2016 in review



Engineer for a day

At the “IET Faraday Challenge Days,” British school children learned about the work of engineers. Bosch experts helped find solutions to everyday problems and developed real prototypes. Among other things, the school children created a scanning app that assists in tracking down misplaced household items. The workshops were organized by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).



Encouraging disadvantaged children and young adults

Creating something with one’s own hands helps build self-confidence, as disadvantaged children and young adults in two countries were able to discover with the help of committed Bosch associated in spring and summer of 2016. In cooperation with Chiang Mai University and the regional “Skills for Life” foundation in Thailand, the company taught practical skills to young people from remote areas and poor families. Using Bosch power tools, they learned how to put together handicrafts that tourists in the region are likely to buy. In order to keep the project going long term, Bosch donated tools and trained students to pass on their acquired expertise in the future. 

Bosch Power Tools in Moscow invited children with disabilities who are supported by the Galchonok Foundation to build wooden toys. Working with a team helped them improve their fine motor skills and provided them with a sense of belonging and acceptance.



Fresh air 4.0 in Czech production halls

The moment the machines are turned off, the ventilation system that supplies fresh air turns itself off automatically as well. This energy-saving measure is the result of a project in the production halls of the Jihlava location in the Czech Republic. The project is based on the principle that the operating systems required for manufacturing should be connected to the supply engineering systems, and that the amount of electricity required for production should also be a control parameter for ventilation. As a result of this approach, the plant already saves 3,950 megawatt hours of energy  and thus also 1,000 tons of CO2 each year. In production halls where a great deal of ventilation is needed, this means a reduction of about 50 percent. The project’s energy efficiency was honored with a prize from the International Facility Management Association. The system is now also being used at the Wuxi plant in China, and will later be installed at other Bosch locations.



Teacher training for the technicians of the future

The Bosch brand Junkers stands for energy-efficient modern heating technology. For the third time, the Thermotechnology associates at the Bosch location in Warsaw, Poland, shared their expert knowledge at the “Junkers educates” event. Teachers from 19 schools were invited to one-day training sessions, where they learned about heat pumps, condensation and solar technology, and how to teach the newly acquired knowledge in their classrooms. After completing their training, 277 students took an online test, with the best among them winning access to further training courses.



Donating a smile

“Donate a smile” is the slogan for the project of the same name, over the course of which more than 150 Romanian and Bulgarian Bosch associates organized events in cooperation with non-profit organizations. The company spent more than 44,000 euros for cash donations, equipment, childcare and crafts workshops. During an environmentally-themed week, 3,500 trees were planted. In addition, volunteers restored a 500-meter segment of the historical Sibiu-Agnita railway. Finally, at the end of the year, Bosch associates dressed up as Mother and Father Christmas and invited disadvantaged children to a party highlighting the festivity season. With all these activities, Bosch associates not only donated their time, they also donated smiles.

Bosch honored as an employer

The British BSH Bosch Home Appliances Ltd, a regional Bosch company, received the Top Employer Award 2016. The following reason was given for the honor: “The company has proven to be a pioneer in the area of human resources. It has shown forward-looking thinking with regard to its associates. The company has made continuous improvements to the work environment and consistently invested in associate development.” 


Settlement agreement for diesel vehicles in the United States

Bosch has entered into a settlement agreement with claimants in the U.S. in order to settle the most substantial part of the civil law proceedings pending in connection with Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche diesel vehicles. The corresponding documents were filed with the competent U.S. court in California on February 1, 2017. It has been proposed that the court consider final approval of the settlement agreement in early May. The agreement was concluded with the plaintiffs’ steering committee on behalf of proposed settlement classes. Bosch will pay a total amount of USD 327.5 million (approx. EUR 304 million). By entering into the settlement, Bosch neither acknowledges the facts as alleged by the plaintiffs nor does Bosch accept any liability. The settlement agreement concerns only civil law claims. As it has done since allegations have first been made public, Bosch will continue to defend its interests in all other civil and criminal law proceedings and to cooperate comprehensively with the investigating authorities in Germany and in other countries.