connected supply chain

Supply Chain

Connected from customer
to supplier

In a globalized world, digital technologies change markets, and sustainability is becoming a key factor. For Bosch, this means reacting with greater flexibility, speed and transparency to increasingly individualized customer wishes — while meeting highest quality requirements at the same time. This is a demanding task for the 37,000 employees of Bosch Supply Chain Management. Their work in the subfields of purchasing and logistics relies on automated processes and digitalization.

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Supply Chain Excellence for long-term success

Supply Chain Smart Automation

Why is Bosch relying on digitalization as a decisive competitive factor? And what does the daily work in Bosch Supply Chain Management look like in practice? The core task is to ensure robust and agile supply chains along the entire value stream. Innovative technologies and connected flows of goods — e.g. based on real-time data — help Bosch to maintain the highest standards continuously.

 Supply Chain Workshop

Quality as a success factor: this conviction is apparent in the development of strong partnerships and efficient supplier relationships.

All suppliers have a quality management system that aims to ensure defect-free delivery right from the beginning of series production. As part of preventive quality assurance, Bosch coordinates the required measures at the outset of a project. Moreover, the purchasing teams work together with the suppliers on ensuring the continuous adherence to the demands in quality, for example by providing trainings.

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Bosch Global Supplier Award

Our suppliers and service providers are our partners, and central to Bosch’s competitiveness and transformation.

Prof. Stefan Asenkerschbaumer, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Management of Robert Bosch GmbH

Since 1987, the Robert Bosch GmbH awards the Bosch Global Supplier Award on a regular basis. This award not only honors an outstanding performance in the production and delivery of products and services, but also strengthens the shared partnership. Common goals, visions and an active exchange between Bosch and the awarded suppliers are the focus of the versatile event.

Bosch pursues the claim of innovation, quality, and excellence throughout the entire supply chain with the strategic goal: supply chain excellence. At the same time, the teams in purchasing and logistics enable globally competitive prices — a fundamental prerequisite for the long-term success of the company. In the spirit of technology pioneer, visionary, and company founder Robert Bosch, the associates in the supply chain aim to drive the digital transformation of Bosch forward. A claim that rests on reliable values.

Values to which Bosch is committed, and which are also the foundation of all collaboration with partners and suppliers. This goes beyond the demands for high quality. It is also important for Bosch Supply Chain Management to meet suppliers on equal ground. An open and trusting relationship is a prerequisite for mutual success and is indispensable for the high performance that defines the quality of the entire globally connected supply chain.

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Responsibility and sustainability

For Bosch, the values responsibility and sustainability have always been intertwined. Ethically correct and resource conserving business conduct is the basis for a responsible business relationship.

Bosch Code of Business Conduct

Responsibility

Binding guidelines for Bosch and its partners

Bosch purchasing and logistics associates work on the foundations of the Code of Business Conduct. This code guides conduct in all aspects of business transactions. Given that legal conduct is also important across company boundaries, Bosch has additionally introduced a binding Code of Conduct for Business Partners.

Code of Business Conduct
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Sustainability

Ecological and social responsibility

How does Bosch Supply Chain Management implement the company’s high standards for sustainability? Bosch associates visiting the suppliers’ premises do not only evaluate product quality but they also pay critical attention to environmental protection, the protection of human rights, labor laws, and occupational safety. Ecological and social risks in the supply chain are continuously analysed and improvements are implemented. The concepts developed from this sustainability approach are also of great importance to logistics. Bosch uses means of transport with lower emissions and bundles land, sea, and airfreight in order to avoid unnecessary transportation. In addition, Bosch works across all its divisions within the framework of Transport Management Centers, (TMC). These manage the flow of goods – always with the aim of reducing transportation and thus cutting CO₂ emissions.

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Carbon neutralization

Climate protection

Focus on climate

Bosch is committed to climate protection. One example from logistics is packaging management. Bosch is continuously promoting the development of sustainable materials, avoiding disposable plastic packaging where possible and recycling the plastics used. Furthermore, Bosch is working on methods to increase packing density in order to save on material. Thus more goods can be transported in a vehicle, minimizing CO₂ emissions.

Beyond that, Bosch encourages its business partners to take action to reduce CO₂ emissions and supports them with expertise where necessary.

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Visions as the basis for strategic planning

 Autonomous Guided Vehicle

Shaping a sustainable and innovative future, with a focus on digital transformation, for example in the area of Industry 4.0 — this is the declared goal of Bosch Supply Chain Management and its partners. The company is already a developer and pioneer in purchasing and logistics in many areas. This way, both divisions strengthen Bosch's long-term competitiveness with their strategic orientation and innovative strength.

One focus is the factory of the future — an important part of Bosch's IoT strategy. Driverless transport systems, for example, can be used to automate many internal transport processes. The real-time localization of vehicles, carriers, or materials is continuously becoming the focus of technological perspectives. After all, the strategic goal is and remains: supply chain excellence. Today — and even more so in the future.