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Bosch Diversity Day emphasizes the importance of diversity

On April 26, more than 400,000 associates at 125 Bosch locations around the world took part in the fifth annual international Bosch Diversity Day festivities over a period of 24 hours. The event aims to showcase the Bosch Group’s diversity with a broad range of initiatives, workshops, and dialogs. All associates around the globe were invited to participate at their respective locations, and to contribute their ideas. Many of them took the opportunity to learn more about colleagues with different cultural backgrounds, lifestyles, and world views. They also became more aware of the importance of diversity for the company’s success.

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The “You made my Day” initiative was held at seven locations in Germany and Poland. Bosch associates were asked to write about “Who makes your day and why?” on postcards and send them to their colleagues around the world to express their appreciation. The cards were then distributed on Diversity Day. “We are all different, and these differences matter,” said Dr. Volkmar Denner, the chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH. “Being aware of and appreciating our differences can benefit our day-to-day work, and is increasingly a decisive success factor. We thus need everyone’s commitment in this regard.”

Bosch associates celebrate the diversity day in Dubai.

Gaining a better understanding of ourselves

Another Diversity Day highlight was the “Unconscious Bias“ workshop that was held at locations around the world, where participants learned more about their own unconscious thought patterns.  While these patterns help people make quick decisions in their everyday lives, they can also be based on stereotypes and clichés. By becoming aware of one’s own thought patterns, interactions with colleagues and peers can be improved. In the Czech Republic, Bosch associates wrote down their own unconscious bias on cards and then attached them to balloons to symbolically send them off forever. This was just one of many Diversity Day events that took place around the globe

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