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Diversity is our advantage

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Bosch

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We appreciate and make use of a diversity of mindsets, experiences, perspectives and life plans, thereby ensuring our long-term business success.

“Bosch, invented for Life” refers to not just one, but a whole diversity of solutions.

Our understanding

Diversity is an integral part of our corporate strategy and is anchored as one of our values in the “We are Bosch” mission statement. For us, diversity is reflected in the uniqueness of our associates, their personalities, experiences and perspectives. By including everyone and ensuring equal opportunities we unleash our full potential.

Cultural Diversity

We are convinced that our great cultural diversity strengthens us. As a global player, people from more than 150 different nations work at Bosch. Intercultural competencies are therefore in demand every day. That is why we strengthen international collaboration and make use of our cultural diversity.

Selected highlights and activities:

  • Associate Networks afric@bosch, For Bosch abroad, TürkischesForum Bosch, chinese@bosch
  • At “World Roulette”, interested associates get to know each other around the world to expand their international networks and broaden their horizons.
  • More than 2,200 expats per year
  • Diverse seminars around internationality, global cooperation and culture

Generations

Competence has nothing to do with age. What counts for us is the combination out of experiences and fresh, innovative ideas. We ensure a working atmosphere, in which up to five generations can collaborate effectively. With our concepts for lifelong learning, health care management and systematic know-how and experience exchange, we create the base for a successful cooperation across all generations.

Selected highlights and activities:

  • Lifestage-oriented professional development
  • Exchange across generations and cooperation with the Generationtandem
  • Bosch Management Support with worldwide established senior experts
  • Reverse Mentoring

Flexible and mobile working culture

Excellence requires balance. We foster a working culture, in which our associates can authentically bring in their strengths. That‘s why we offer flexible and mobile working models, in order to find individual solutions for professional development, life stages and private goals as well as to ensure a better compatibility of work and private life.

Selected Highlights & Activities:

  • Guidelines for a flexible and family-friendly working culture as well as works agreements for mobile working
  • Diverse, flexible and mobile working models: job sharing, part-time work, Home Office, Sabbatical, … etc.
  • Online tool “JobConnector” for matching of job sharing and part-time tandems
  • Associate Network family@Bosch

Gender Diversity

Many studies show: Mixed teams at all levels of the company develop better products and services. At Bosch, everyone has the same opportunities regardless of gender – and that applies to leadership roles, too.

Selected highlights and activities:

  • Equal Pay
  • Mentoring programs und seminar series like the „Business Women‘s Program“ for women in specialist, project and leading functions
  • Associate Networks women@bosch, the female engineer's network heratec and forum „women in technology”

LGBTIQ

LGBTIQ = Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersexual, Queer

For Bosch counts the appreciation of all associates – regardless their sexual orientation or gender identity. We connect associates and foster the exchange between people with different sexual identities and orientations and their mutual understandings. Everyone should bring themselves in authentically at Bosch.

Selected highlights and activities:

  • Associate Network RBg (Robert Bosch gay)
  • Promotion and Sponsoring of the Initiative PrOut@Work
  • Initiating a Straight Allies Network

Persons with disabilities

We foster our innovation by focusing on the individual competences of our associates, not their limitations. That‘s why we create a working culture, which considers and appreciates the special needs and competences of every single associate. Everyone is part of the diversity and brings in their special competences and strengths.

Selected highlights and activities:

  • Representatives for people with disabilities at all locations
  • Cooperation with workshops for people with disabilities
  • Participation on the federal work association of workshops for people with disabilities

Collaboration

Different functions and divisions have diverse work styles and structures. At Bosch, we support an appreciative collaboration across all divisions, functions and hierarchies – from Start-Up to large division. Mutual respect, a lived feedback culture and appreciation are in that case essential. This way everyone can fulfill themselves and create the corporate culture.

Selected highlights and activities:

  • Charta of Diversity signed in 2007
  • Lunch Roulette to meet up and network with colleagues
  • Numerous activities on unconscious bias and how they influence human decisions

Respectful cooperation

Bosch fundamentally condemns discrimination and racism

At Bosch, we stand for respectful cooperation and we are setting clear signals against discrimination and racism. We have been dealing with the topic “unconscious bias” for years and thus we are promoting the reflective handling of prejudices and stereotypes. Workshops have been held around the world in which associates address the influence of unconscious bias on their actions.

Potential cases of discrimination are systematically pursued at Bosch. If associates feel discriminated against, they can turn to various contact persons. This includes managers, HR, and diversity coordinators. In Germany, for example, there is also the option of approaching the social counseling service or the workers council. In addition, possible misconduct, such as cases of discrimination, racism, or harassment, can be reported online in a secure and confidential way via the Bosch reporting system. You can use the postbox in the online reporting tool to chat anonymously with the Compliance Department.

Diversity at Bosch

Explore more

More than 150 nationalities, people of different ages with diverse skills are working for Bosch. Discover your future colleagues and explore their stories.

Our colleagues talk about the advantages of working cross-functional, in interdisciplinary Teams, across different hierarchical levels and how the diversity of the associates at Bosch contribute to the corporate success.

Awarded

  1. Max-Spohr-Preis 2020
  2. Big Impact Initiative-Award
  3. World Universum 2019
  4. Winner DPP Leadership

Partnerships and external networks

Together with our external partnerships and networks we shape diversity.

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Charter of Diversity

Charter of Diversity

The Diversity Charter is a corporate initiative to promote diversity in businesses and institutions. Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel is the patron. At the end of 2007, Bosch signed the Charter of Diversity, and the theme of diversity was set in motion.

Charter of Diversity
PANDA

PANDA

PANDA

PANDA networks women in leadership positions from research, science and politics and brings them together with companies through workshops, contests and network events.

PANDA
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PrOut@Work

PrOut@Work

The PrOut@Work Foundation is committed to the network work of LGBT in companies. Since 2016, Bosch has been "PROUTEMPLOYER" and has been among others. In the dossier "Rainbow. More. Value".

PrOut @ Work Foundation
Total e-Quality

Total e-Quality

Total e-Quality

Total E-Quality pursues the goal of establishing and sustaining equal opportunities. Bosch has already been assigned for a few times with the predicate and has been a member of the Executive Board since 2017.

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