Our associates are involved in a whole range of voluntary activities in their local communities. This commitment is helping their regions to get ready for future challenges and plays a role in ensuring that Bosch is known worldwide for its sense of responsibility and sustainable business practices.
An aid project set up by Grupo Primavera in Campinas, Brazil, in 1990 marked the start of an initiative by Bosch associates. Since then, the initiative has spread to many other Bosch Group locations including India, China, Mexico, Malaysia, and the Philippines, with a range of projects designed to help children. Current and former Bosch Group associates work within the organization to provide support for children who live in slums, thereby opening up new opportunities for them. All these associates are volunteers, which ensures that 100 percent of all donations go directly to the projects.
People who help others and give their time voluntarily to do so create a benefit for society and strengthen their social skills at the same time. That's why Bosch supports the voluntary activities of its associates — from apprentices to managers. For example, apprentices at Bosch Rexroth in Lohr, Germany, spend a week at institutions for disabled people. Many of our associates also help out at educational institutions, such as the occupational training center in Jihlava in the Czech Republic, and others support environmental projects, such as the project to protect reservoirs in Goner, India.