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Sustainability Report 2017

“Connectivity can play a major role in protecting the environment. The smarter the city, the more sustainable it is.”

Dr. Volkmar Denner

Sustainable cities: one challenge, two perspectives

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Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH, and the climate researcher Professor Ottmar Edenhofer discuss urban transformation.

5 approaches to transforming cities

By 2050, around two-thirds of the world population will live in cities. Traffic is expected to triple in urban centers, which already account for 75 percent of global energy consumption. Air quality will thus remain a central issue, especially in global megacities such as London, New York, and Beijing. Social inequality and unequal access to education will also pose major challenges. How can we respond to these challenges? How can cities be made more sustainable? And how can quality of life be improved in urban environments? These are the questions that Bosch is addressing across business sectors and divisions, with the aim of rethinking the city.

Emobility in the city

New forms of mobility

The traffic of tomorrow will be emission-free, flexible, and resource-saving. Here, we describe five new approaches to sustainable transportation.

Kids on a computer

New forms of social interaction

The cities of the future should offer their populations quality of life. In Curitiba, Brazil, Bosch supports young talent from disadvantaged neighborhoods.

new types of space

New types of space

Reducing energy consumption and promoting the use of renewable sources: How Microgrids establish a smarter power supply in cities.

new ways of working

New ways of working

Smartphones rather than screwdrivers: How a Bosch software solution has revolutionized work at OSRAM

new approaches to manufacturing

New approaches to manufacturing

For manufacturing companies, energy efficiency is required to conserve resources and reduce emissions. Bosch shows how it’s done in five steps.

Promoting sustainable cities

In 2017, Bosch addressed urban development and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11. The company was active in several areas, including mobility, building technology, and production.

Sustainability Report 2017

Sustainability Report 2017

More information about the progress Bosch made in 2017 can be found here.

Progress in 2017

Reduction in water consumption
Less waste
Fewer accidents
Reduction in CO2
Environmental and occupational safety audits
Woman executives

Highlights

2017 in review
Modernizing mining
Celebrating diversity
Providing access to clean water
Promoting talent in technical fields
Discovering science
Giving young people prospects for the future
Honoring innovation
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Mining landscape

Modernizing mining

In Brazil, the mining industry is an important economic sector. However, safety in the extraction of minerals can still be improved. In 2017, the new Bosch Integrated Solutions Brazil subsidiary tackled this challenge and developed an IoT solution. Connected Mine connects objects, devices, services, and machines with an IP address. Moreover, the intelligent production network runs automatically, increases energy efficiency, and reduces both operating costs and emissions. With the new solution’s startstop feature alone, Bosch estimates that 44 metric tons of CO₂ can be saved per vehicle each year.

Celebrating diversity

Celebrating diversity

In 2007, Bosch was one of first companies to sign the Charta der Vielfalt (Diversity Charter). The German initiative aims to create a work environment at companies and institutions that is free of prejudice. Regardless of gender, nationality, or age, all associates should be treated with the same level of respect. In the past decade, diversity has become an integral part of everyday life at Bosch.

Dam India

Providing access to clean water

The Bosch location in Nashik, India, had a dam built within just twelve weeks to improve local agricultural conditions. The Lakshmanpada project was successfully completed at the end of May, ahead of the monsoon season. The dam can store around 400 million liters of water, and thus provide clean drinking water to some 200 households from five villages. In addition to this, more than half of local farmers can now plant a second cereal crop each year. And thanks to the rise in groundwater levels, eight drinking water wells and four hand pumps now have a stable water supply.

Invented for life prize

Promoting talent in technical fields

For the tenth year in a row, the Bosch Group in Austria has presented the “Invented for life” prize. In the fall of each year, students in their final year of study at the polytechnic are invited to submit their thesis projects in a range of categories. An expert jury of Bosch associates then evaluates the submissions. The winners selected are awarded a six-month internship at a Bosch location in Austria – the perfect start to their careers.

Girls Campus

Discovering science

In cooperation with Robert Bosch GmbH, for the past ten years Robert Bosch Stiftung has been offering tenth-grade girls from the Stuttgart area an opportunity to discover the fascinating worlds of science and technology. With the Girls’ Campus, the girls attend weekend seminars that provide practical insights into the mobility of the future. The program also includes presentations, guided tours, and presentation training.

Apprenticeships for young people

Giving young people prospects for the future

With the Southern Europe Training Initiative, Bosch began offering apprenticeships to young people from Italy, Portugal, and Spain in 2014. The aim is to contribute to fighting youth unemployment in these countries. Over the past four years, Bosch has created a total of 175 extra apprenticeships and spent 14 million euros on the program. In 2017, 72 young people started apprenticeships: 25 are now learning in their home countries, and the remaining 47 have come to Germany. Thanks to language lessons that last several months and continuous support at their locations, these young women and men are gradually integrating into their places of work and German society. Around 85 percent of the apprentices successfully complete the program.

EHS Award Kuebel

Honoring innovation

Each year, innovative projects aimed at improving occupational safety and energy efficiency are initiated at Bosch locations around the world. To raise awareness about these new approaches across the company, in 2017 Bosch began honoring the best ideas with the Bosch EHS Award. The winners included projects from Brazil, China, and Germany. “Energy Management 4.0” makes energy consumption transparent. Among other things, the “Cold Degreasing” project has reduced energy consumption with a newly developed detergent that is effective at low temperatures. In turn, the “GoGreen” initiative takes a comprehensive approach to saving energy. The locations also demonstrated creativity with regard to safety: with the “Building a safe plant” project, executives and associates showed their commitment to occupational safety. With “System CIP for Safety”, they have improved workplace safety with a continuous improvement process. And with “Virtual Reality Safety Training @ CC”, associates receive training in a digital working world.

Mining landscape
Modernizing mining
Celebrating diversity
Celebrating diversity
Dam India
Providing access to clean water
Invented for life prize
Promoting talent in technical fields
Girls Campus
Discovering science
Apprenticeships for young people
Giving young people prospects for the future
EHS Award Kuebel
Honoring innovation

Progress report UN Global Compact

Robert Bosch GmbH has been a member of the United Nations Global Compact since 2004, and is committed to this initiative’s ten global principles. An overview of progress made during the 2017 reporting period can be found here.

UN Global Compact Progress Report

Activities - an overview

An overview of progress made during the 2017 reporting period can be found here.

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