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Product responsibility

Invented for life

Sustainable products

Making products more sustainable

Bosch has a broad and highly diverse product portfolio. Our products ensure safe and sustainable mobility, are durable companions in the home, or control industrial plant and machinery efficiently and reliably. As varied as our products are in detail, they share a common ethos: “Invented for life.” True to this ethos, we want our products to contribute toward achieving various Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.

Contribution of Bosch products to selected sustainable development goals in the area of mobility.
Bosch brings together comprehensive expertise in vehicle technology with hardware, software, and services to offer complete mobility solutions. We pursue a vision of ideally emission-free and accident-free mobility.
Contribution of Bosch products to selected sustainable development goals in the areas of energy systems, industrial and building technology.
Bosch products also play a pivotal role in the energy transition, helping to achieve energy supply without fossil fuels in the long term.
Contribution of Bosch products to selected sustainable development goals in the area of “sustainable home”.
Every day, products from BSH and Bosch Power Tools help households save energy, water, and resources.
Contribution of Bosch products to selected sustainable development goals in the area of health.
Bosch Healthcare Solutions develops products and services that improve people’s health and quality of life. In addition, Bosch is also contributing to resource-saving and accident-free agriculture with its digital solutions.

Digital Trust

At Bosch, digital trust involves transferring our “traditional” quality and value proposition to the digital world.

Split-screen photo on the topic of digitalization and smart energy management; on the right are PV modules and on the left is a woman standing at a computer in a factory environment

Responsible use of AI

When artificial intelligence (AI) meets the Internet of Things (IoT), the result is countless new possibilities for us at home, at work, and on the road. At Bosch, we call this the Artificial Intelligence of Things (AIoT). The overriding principle at Bosch is to develop AI that is trustworthy and transparent. To achieve this, we combine a value-based approach with methodological and technical expertise.

In 2019, Bosch established the Digital Trust Forum, which merged with the "Charter of Trust" founded by Siemens in 2022. The international initiative has set itself the objective of fundamentally increasing the trust placed in digital solutions. Above all, we are working with our partners to define trust-building guidelines and possible certification and conformity labels.

To ensure that AI is used responsibly in our products, we developed a code of our own back in 2019. This groundwork is now being drawn on in developing a European trust seal for AI products that also satisfies the requirements of the planned European AI Act.

Design for environment

We have firmly anchored the Design for Environment (DfE) principle in the product development process. Developers and product owners use specific design and manufacturing rules that cover the entire life cycle of products – from materials used and efficiency in the product development process to recycling or environmentally compatible disposal at the end of the product life cycle.

six environmental aspects
six environmental aspects
Environmental aspects of Design for Environment

Thinking in the cycle

Based on the Design for Environment (DfE) principle we endeavor to either create loops directly within Bosch or close them outside the company using established recycling processes. This way, we reduce the amount of materials used and our products’ carbon footprint and contribute toward achieving our scope 3 target.

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