Responsible Production

SDG 12: Products of the future

People must consume and produce in such a way that the burden on the environment is kept to a minimum for future generations. This is the aim of the United Nations. Bosch strives to achieve this objective with resource-efficient product development and corresponding manufacturing processes.

Product development: eco-friendly materials

Bosch plans to continue reducing the carbon footprint of its products. To this end, the company also relies on a broad range of external expertise, including the innovative solutions of its suppliers. With the “GENESIS” program (Generate with Externals Synergies & Innovative Solutions), the company has intensified cooperation with partners and suppliers in the product development phase. This involves two approaches, namely routing and scouting. With routing, external parties can submit suggestions for innovation via an online portal (www.bosch.com/idea). Bosch experts then assess whether these ideas are beneficial and feasible, and whether they should cooperate with partners to develop them. With scouting, Bosch identifies the need for innovation in specific product or service areas and then goes in search of specific external expertise.  

 

This process starts with the initial idea, and helps inspire the Bosch development team to come up with more eco-friendly designs: can a material be replaced with another, more eco-friendly or lighter version? How can developers extend a product’s life cycle? How can material be reduced or replaced? And can the material be recycled? In addition to product innovations, Bosch also comes up with ideas on process improvements and resource-efficient production methods. In 2016, some 450 suggestions for innovation were submitted.

 

A second life for car parts

Another resource-conserving method of manufacturing is practiced by the Automotive Aftermarket division in line with the circular economy principle. 

This is how Bosch remanufactures used parts:

 

The used parts from vehicles are removed from the market, identified, and sorted in a structured manner. Provided that they meet technical requirements, they are then sent to production and remanufacturing. In order to ensure a seamless return process, in 2016 Bosch founded the Circular Economy Solutions subsidiary. Under the CoremanNet brand name, the company removed 2.5 million parts from the market in 2016. 

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