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Acting as a corporate citizen

Robert Bosch

Never forget your humanity, and respect human dignity in your dealings with others.

Robert Bosch, 1920

Taking responsibility – beyond corporate boundaries

We see ourselves as a corporate citizen and take an active stance in society also beyond the scope of our own business activities. In our activities, we distinguish between corporate philanthropy, corporate citizenship, political lobbying, and dialogue with our stakeholders. Bosch realigned its corporate philanthropy and corporate citizenship activities at the start of the year 2022 to contribute even more effectively and purposefully to solving the most pressing challenges of our age. We will in future focus our donations on the following kinds of projects.

Living sustainably:

citizen projects promoting climate action in everyday life

Education for the high-tech world:

projects to develop socially disadvantaged children and young people’s skills for technological change

Social cohesion:

projects strengthening democracy and tolerance, especially at Bosch locations

27.6 million euros

In the year 2021, the Bosch Group donated 27.6 million euros worldwide to charitable purposes.

Global commitment

In several countries, Bosch’s regional companies have established dedicated institutions tasked with distributing donations. These entities are organized as national public-benefit institutions. Specifically, the institutions are as follows:

Robert Bosch Stiftung

Robert Bosch Stiftung

Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH is one of Europe's largest foundations associated with a private company. The foundation holds roughly 94 percent of the shares in Robert Bosch GmbH and funds its operations from the dividends it receives from this shareholding. Since its establishment in 1964, Robert Bosch Stiftung has invested over two billion euros in charitable work.

Active in the areas of health, education, and global issues, it contributes to the development of viable solutions to social challenges through its charitable work. To this end, the foundation implements its own projects, enters into alliances with partners, and supports third-party initiatives.

The global issues support area centers around the topics of peace, inequality, climate change, democracy, migration, and immigration society. When it comes to education, the focus is on individual and organizational learning, while with its support for health, the foundation is committed to securing a sustainable healthcare system that focuses more on people.

Robert Bosch Stiftung is committed to upholding the values and example of its founder Robert Bosch and continuing his philanthropic work in keeping with the times. The foundation benefits from over 50 years of experience and a comprehensive global network of experts and practitioners. With the Robert Bosch Academy, it supports interdisciplinary exchange between decision makers and opinion leaders. The foundation also supports the work of high-profile, practice-focused think tanks.

Political lobbying and dialogue with stakeholders

Our aim is to advocate for technology and societal solutions in the fields of relevance to us with a focus on technical feasibility and impact on society. We also want to do justice in this regard to the complete spectrum of requirements of our stakeholders. We are committed to remaining politically neutral and seek to engage in dialogue with all relevant political parties.

Political lobbying activities

Our political lobbying activities aim to identify at an early stage debates and developments concerning policies and initiatives that can affect our products, our company sites, or our business operations in general. As a rule, the Bosch Group supports political framework conditions that are conducive to innovation and endeavors to find possible solutions for the challenges facing society.

Priority topics

The priorities of our political lobbying activities are set each year by the board of management. At present, our activities are primarily focused on counteracting the trend toward protectionism worldwide. At the EU level, our attention centers on climate policy and the European Union’s data strategy. Furthermore, we support the sustainable design of supply chains.

Active stakeholder dialogue

By means of topic-specific events, we seek to engage in dialogue with policymakers, NGOs, and interested members of the general public. Back in 2019, we launched a new stakeholder dialogue series for this purpose, which has since become an established format for exchange, transparency, and the joint search for solutions.

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