Long-term educational partnerships are a central focus of Bosch’s sustainability activities in Italy. In 2016 and for the eighth time, the company invited elementary schools to take part in the “Missione Ambiente” project, which complements the curriculum with sustainability-related learning materials that Bosch developed. In 2016, diversity and the co-existence of different cultures were the central focus. Participating schools were given the task of developing a bottle label that promoted cultural diversity. The three best designs were then produced in cooperation with a mineral water company, and proceeds from the bottles sold were donated to a charitable organization. In total, 4,500 schools took part in the competition.
Bosch Laos and the National University of Laos launched the “Makers of Tomorrow” program in September 2016. The aim is to promote the creativity and practical skills of up-and-coming engineers, architects, and designers. Their first challenge was to find new application possibilities for an old water tank that had been standing idle on the campus for decades. The winning concept planned to turn the tank into an open classroom that is powered with solar energy and has a natural ventilation system. Bosch supported the teams with specialist knowledge and the tools they needed for their projects. The winning concept is currently being realized. Following the positive response to the joint initiative, the partners are planning to strengthen their cooperation by establishing a “Makers of Tomorrow” academy. The training center will offer students the opportunity to improve their practical skills in a targeted manner.