Our areas of action

Environment

What are we doing?

We contribute to protecting the environment with our products and our own business activities. Each year, we set targets with regard to our use of resources, and apply a systematic environmental management system to reduce our energy consumption and waste at our locations around the world. We focus on protecting the climate through energy efficiency, sustainable production, and resource conservation. We also consider an eco-friendly infrastructure as an important aspect, and contribute to this target by rehabilitating contaminated sites, for instance. Within the framework of the Bosch Code of Conduct, we also call on our suppliers to comply with sustainability standards.

How are we doing it?

In order to reduce our carbon footprint, we have introduced the ISO 14001 environmental management system at all of our manufacturing locations around the world, as well as at our larger development locations. So far, 257 locations have been certified, which represents 87 percent of Bosch locations worldwide

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More about this: www.bosch.com/sustainability/environment/

 

 

Products

What are we doing?

At Bosch, we consider the protection of the environment as an engine of innovation. In line with our “Invented for life” ethos, we develop energy-efficient and safe products that conserve resources and improve quality of life. We focus mainly on the areas of energy efficiency, electromobility, and automated driving. In 2016, 55 percent of our research and development budget went toward our environmental and safety portfolio, which accounted for 43 percent of Bosch sales.*

How are we doing it?

    1. We are committed to sustainable mobility: In the Mobility Solutions business sector, we are pursuing the vision of sustainable, low-carbon forms of mobility that will not be dependent on fossil fuels in the long term. To this end, we have come up with a seven-point program that will assist automotive manufacturers in reducing the CO2 emissions of new vehicles to an average of 95 grams per kilometer by 2021. At the same time, we spend some 400 million euros each year on powertrain electrification.
    2. Program for energy efficiency: In order to reduce energy costs and emissions, and to increase energy efficiency, we have created programs such as “Rexroth for Energy Efficiency (4EE)”. Bosch Rexroth industrial manufacturing facilities are systematically analyzed and optimized, as are those of its customers.
    3. Design for environment: In the development departments of our business units, our “design for environment” approach puts emphasis on a consistent improvement of the environmental performance of our products since 2000.

    The process begins in the early product development stages and aims to reduce the use of hazardous materials, improve the resource efficiency of our products, and decrease the environmental impact of our products throughout their life cycle.


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    * excluding BSH Hausgeräte

     

    More about this: www.bosch.com/sustainability/products/sustainable-mobility/

    Associates

    What are we doing?

    One of the main targets of our human resources policy is to offer our associates continuous training that meets their needs, build loyalty among our workforce, and help our associates stay in good health. Good working conditions and a corporate culture that promotes diversity are decisive elements of an HR strategy that enables our associates to reach their full potential. 

    How are we doing it?

    Our “We are Bosch” mission statement describes our values. With them, the Bosch board of management and associate representatives confirm their continued commitment to protecting human rights and promoting equal opportunities, as well as to ensuring fair working conditions and complying with global labor and occupational health standards. Bosch ensures the latter with an occupational safety management system that is based on the globally accepted OHSAS 18001 standard. At present, 130 Bosch locations have external certifications, which represents 44 percent of all locations. Another important pillar of our HR policy is our diversity initiative. It focuses on equal opportunity, generational diversity, internationality, and flexible working conditions that put results ahead of presence. In addition to this, the Bosch Code of Conduct provides associates with a point of orientation with regard to ethical issues.

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    More about this: www.bosch.com/sustainability/associates/

     

     

     

    Society

    What are we doing?

    In accordance with our understanding of sustainability, we are active in the regions close to our locations, mainly in the area of education. This includes supporting both up-and-coming scientists and long-term education projects in deprived regions or neighborhoods. We also support disaster relief initiatives quickly and without much bureaucracy. Our local associates volunteer their time to help rebuild, while the company provides donations-in-kind and funding available.

    How are we doing it?

    We finance corporate foundations in India, Brazil, China, and the United States. This allows targeted, long-term local support, for instance in the form of education and social projects. Local networks thus make it possible for young people, among others, to have a successful start in the working world. Moreover, we encourage our associates to volunteer for social initiatives and promote social well-being at almost every Bosch location around the world.

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    More about this: www.bosch.com/sustainability/society/robert-bosch-stiftung/