Good health

SDG 3: Healthier lives, healthier work

Serious illness, inadequate sanitary conditions, and traffic accidents are just three examples of threats to human health around the world. With its commitment to charitable initiatives, innovations that make road traffic safer, and its focus on occupational safety, Bosch promotes health in a number of ways.

The number of people suffering from cancer is on the rise. According to World Health Organization estimates, by 2025 some 20 million people will be diagnosed with cancer each year. In cooperation with Robert Bosch Krankenhaus (RBK), Bosch has been tackling this challenge since the summer of 2016. Together, they have launched several initiatives, the cornerstone of which is the newly founded Robert Bosch Tumor Center (RBCT) in Stuttgart, which is run in cooperation with the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ). RBCT is set to become part of RBK, thus strengthening the hospital’s cancer research activities. The aim is to allow patients the best possible individual treatment. Robert Bosch Stiftung will provide a total of 24 million euros for the project until 2020. The funding is being used to build a study center, expand the medical management team, and finance two endowed professorships. Moreover, Robert Bosch GmbH is providing support for associates with cancer, initially in Germany. With the “OncoCure“ program, which receives one million euros in funding each year, the patients receive access to diagnostics at RBK and DKFZ. 

In addition to this, on May 22, 200 Bosch associates in Bari, Italy, laced up their sneakers to support the fight against cancer: they ran in “Race for the Cure” a marathon for Susan G. Komen, a non-profit organization that supports cancer patients.


Making mobility safer

By 2020, the United Nations want to reduce the number of road traffic deaths by half compared to 2013, when 1.25 million people around the world died as a result of traffic accidents. To support this aim, Bosch has focused on prevention. At the ITS World Congress 2016 in Melbourne, Bosch Australia’s Chassis Systems Control division presented a fully automated test vehicle, which makes driving not only more relaxed, but also safer. A modern Human Machine Interface (HMI) system is one of the technologies the car is equipped with. Part of this system is an on-board camera that prevents drivers from falling asleep at the wheel. The system is able to do so by detecting the drivers’ eye movement and sounding a warning when the eyes are closed for too long. In addition to this, when it is in fully automated mode, the system constantly monitors traffic with its 360-degree sensors. The vehicle’s sensors and information systems also work when the driver is operating the car manually. Thanks to wireless communication, the sensors detect the activities of other users at a very early stage. This is especially important for motorcycles, which are often overlooked in traffic. This project has attracted the attention of policymakers, as 90 percent of all road accidents in Australia are the result of human error. The Transport Accident Commission (TAC) and the state of Victoria have made additional funding available to bring automated vehicles to the roads quickly and turn the vision of accident-free driving in Victoria into reality.  

In Germany, Bosch is testing local clouds in cooperation with Nokia and Deutsche Telekom that will enable fast car-to-car communication. Thanks to improved connectivity, information on traffic conditions beyond the driver’s and the vehicle’s field of vision can be made available in time. Bosch has also developed a solution, which assists in the event of an accident: in Hungary, Bosch has provided software for emergency call centers and training for 600 firefighters. Within seconds, specialists receive the vehicle’s technical details and valuable information on the state of the car’s battery. Locating the battery and protecting passengers from being electrocuted is one of the first and most important tasks that emergency crews carry out.


Making work safer

In 2016, Bosch launched the global “Safety Basics” initiative. Safety experts developed six easy-to-remember principles (see below) that aim to help supervisors further reduce the number of workplace accidents. For instance, the first principle, “in everything we do, safety considerations are essential,“ underlines that the topic needs to be at the center of all processes. The fourth principle, “we look out for one another’s safety,” shows that the safety of all team members is just as important as personal safety. The six rules have been made an integral part of Bosch’s occupational safety standards. The aim is for safety to become a part of everyday management culture and of standard processes. At the same time, accidents that have been narrowly avoided should be carefully analyzed, and lessons learned should be shared with colleagues. Locations were free to implement the “Safety Basics,” which they considered appropriate and in some instances even came up with creative approaches. The Bosch plant in Moulins, France, shot a video to illustrate each principle in practice. At the Jaipur location in India, an info day on the subject of safety was held at the end of March: machines at the site were turned off, and safety measures were demonstrated not only to associates, but also to their families. Associates at the Automotive Electronics division in Germany supported the initiative with a tongue-in-cheek poster campaign that featured images of animals. And the Chassis Systems Control division in China took a 360-degree approach:  steering committees were established at all locations that focus exclusively on occupational safety. At seminars, supervisors learned how to be role models and spark their associates’ enthusiasm for the subject of safety in the workplace. Moreover, safety is now at the top of the agenda at every meeting and is part of every inspection.

Bosch also passes on its expertise in the area of occupational safety. In the United States, 175 students at South Carolina’s Vocational Career Technology Center completed safety training. In cooperation with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Bosch associates at the Anderson location provided insights into the company’s internal safety standards. Safety experts also taught students to recognize and assess hazards, which is decisive in reducing risks to associate safety. 


The Bosch Safety Basics

In everything we do, safety considerations are essential.

As supervisors, we care about your safety.

We ensure a safe working environment for all.

We look out for one another’s safety.

We speak openly about safety.

When it comes to safety, we have a zero-tolerance policy.