No Poverty

SDG 1: Creating structures

About 10 percent of the world’s people have to survive on less than 1.90 US dollars a day, and thus live in extreme poverty. Rural populations are especially affected, and Bosch has set out to do something about it: regional foundations such as the Bosch India Foundation and the Bosch China Charity Center are making targeted efforts to promote the economic development of rural areas. Moreover, Bosch associates around the world support non-profit organizations in the fight against poverty.

About three quarters of India’s population live in rural areas, often in deprived conditions. Since it was founded in 2008, the Bosch India Foundation has supported some 250 villages. The foundation’s work includes improving sanitation, access to healthcare, and education, as well as protecting the environment and improving economic conditions. Achieving improvements in all of these areas is decisive for improving the quality of life of rural populations in a lasting manner. In 2016, the foundation offered training to 17,800 women, farmers, and children. And their efforts paid off: some 2,000 women now have jobs, 2,500 farmers have achieved better yields than the national average, and 500 young people are earning more than 5,000 rupees (more than 70 euros) each month. All of this demonstrates the effectiveness of the foundation’s programs.

 

Promoting individual strength

In China, too, Bosch is committed to sustainable rural development. In July 2016, the Bosch China Charity Center established the “807 Social Innovation Center” charitable initiative, which has set itself the target of supporting Hongqi, a village in Yunnan Province. Educational resources are scarce in the community, which comprises some 2,500 people. Often, the rural population cannot afford school fees. Last year, the initiative provided some 220,000 Yuan (about 30,000 euros) to spark the village’s economic development and improve education in the community. The idea focused on bringing modern expertise to the village while at the same time making the best possible use of the population’s age-old know-how. For instance, the “Crafts New Program” uses traditional trades as a resource. At workshops, external designers are taught the skills of villagers, which they can then use in their own work. In 2016, the initiative resulted in the “Full of magic Shangri-La” exhibit at the local museum. The exhibit attracted 20,000 visitors and provided an important platform for local art. In addition to this, the designers went to local schools and cooperated with children and young people to create works of art.

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Regional foundations in numbers (2016) 

 

Bosch Community Fund (Farmington Hills, USA) 

EUR 3.3m

 

 Bosch China Charity Center (Shanghai, China) 

EUR 2.4m

 

Instituto Robert Bosch (Campinas, Brazil) 

EUR 1.0m

 

Bosch India Foundation (Bangalore, India) 

EUR 0.9m

Committed to fighting poverty

In 2016, Bosch locations around the world contributed to the fight against poverty. In Australia, almost every Bosch associate actively supported the St. Vincent de Paul Society in its efforts to help the homeless in Melbourne. With fundraising activities such as the auctioning off of household items, donations totaling 45,000 Australian dollars (about 32,000 euros) were collected. This by far exceeded the initial fundraising target of 30,000 dollars. The money was used to distribute 29,000 warm meals. A “sleep out” also comprised part of the initiative: for one night, 35 Bosch associates slept on the street, among them Gavin Smith, the president of Bosch Australia. The aim was to raise awareness of homelessness and attract more supporters to the cause.

In the Ukraine, associates at all Bosch locations collected a total of 10,000 euros for the “Hoverla” project. The money went toward renovating the Zaluchchia orphanage with the active support of Bosch associates. In France, too, Bosch associates lent a helping hand by rounding off their salaries to the nearest euro. Some 1,100 associates at twelve locations took part, and raised a total of 3,600 euros for children’s charities.