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Bosch is launching a sharing service for e-scooters under the Coup brand
Traffic, hectic road conditions, and the search for parking spots make urban driving especially challenging. To offer city dwellers and visitors access to flexible mobility solutions, Bosch is launching the Coup e-scooter sharing service. With the agile e-scooters, Coup, a Bosch subsidiary, is now offering Berliners a simple, emissions-free alternative to their own cars. Gogoro, a leading e-scooter manufacturer, is providing the electric two-wheelers. With their smartphones, users can conveniently locate and reserve the closest scooters. When they have done this, they can hop onto the scooters and ride off. Once they reach their destination, they simply leave the scooter anywhere in the downtown area.
For the start of the project, 200 connected e-scooters are being distributed in Berlin Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg, Friedrichshain, and Kreuzberg. Searches and reservations can be carried out in just a few seconds with an easy to use app, which also serves as the key for the helmet compartment and ignition. Once users have completed their ride, the app also automatically issues a bill, just as apps for car-sharing platforms do. Thanks to flat rates, pricing is easy to understand: the use of a fully charged scooter costs 3 euros per half hour, or 20 euros a day. Scooters can travel up to 100 kilometers on a single charge, and Coup covers the cost of charging. To rent a scooter, users must be at least 21 years old and have a license to drive cars or motorcycles.
With the new Coup sharing service, Bosch is contributing to flexible and eco-friendly mobility in urban areas. The platform thus provides a new building block for the Mobility Solutions business sector. This will help Bosch shape its response to modern mobility requirements. If demand is high, the company will expand the service to other parts of the city in the near future.
More information on Coup and practical e-scooters can be found here.
Interested users can also register for the initial phase of the sharing service on the Coup website.
Bosch North America is encouraging associates to do more exercise
Doing enough exercise on a regular basis can be a challenge for people who spend their days working at a desk. But Bosch North America has decided to do something about it: with its “Walk this Way Challenge”, the company is encouraging associates to take 10,000 steps each day for a period of three months. Set to begin on May 4, the initiative is part of the “Be Well” program, which aims to support associates’ health with a broad range of fitness and preventative measures. Associates who commit to participating can win several prizes, such as contributions to health accounts or gift certificates.
Dan Ploeg, Group Manager Diesel Systems at Bosch in Kentwood, Michigan, is taking part in the program. In 2012, he was hospitalized following a heart attack. “If I had started doing something like ‘Be Well’ 25 years ago, I probably wouldn’t have ended up in the hospital with heart problems,” he says. Today, Dan Ploeg uses his breaks to take a walk with his colleagues around the Kentwood site. In so doing, they walk almost a mile each day. Ploeg tells his colleagues to start taking preventative measures at an early stage. “I tell everyone do to sports and do the right thing for their bodies.”
With programs such as “Be Well,” which are run at locations around the world, Bosch offers its associates opportunities to actively take control of their health. The program includes annual screenings, flu shots, and professional support in the event of chronic illness or doctor-recommended weight loss. Associates can also take advantage of wellness or fitness offers.
More information on Bosch North America’s health programs can be found here
Robert-Bosch-Krankenhaus, Robert Bosch Stiftung, and the Bosch Group join forces
In order to push cancer research in Germany forward, Robert-Bosch-Krankenhaus (Robert Bosch Hospital), Robert Bosch Stiftung, and the Bosch Group have joined forces and launched a number of initiatives. “When it comes to assuming social responsibility, Robert Bosch was a role model. He founded Robert-Bosch-Krankenhaus in 1940. With this alliance in the fight against cancer, we are maintaining this commitment in the area of healthcare,” said Professor Joachim Rogall, CEO of Robert Bosch Stiftung.
The partners are cooperating to build the new Robert Bosch Center for Tumor Diseases in Stuttgart. The center will be part of Robert-Bosch-Krankenhaus, and will be built in cooperation with the German Cancer Research Center. The partners signed a declaration of intent to this end on July 18, 2016.
In addition to the initial funding provided by Robert-Bosch-Krankenhaus, Robert Bosch Stiftung is supporting the future research center with an additional 24 million euros. The aim of the center will be to develop individual cancer treatments by drawing on new findings. To achieve this, additional experts will support the medical management team, and two endowed professorships have been planned for further research activities.
The initiative is also committed to helping Bosch associates who have tumors. Over the course of the “OncoCure” initiative, they receive access to state-of-the-art cancer diagnostics at Robert-Bosch-Krankenhaus. The Bosch Group makes one million euros available for the project each year. At present, the offer is available only to associates in Germany, but there are plans to give associates around the world access to it in the future. “Our aim is clear: with the help of precision diagnostics, we want to improve the odds of treating cancer successfully. This not only helps the affected associates as well as their families and friends, but also their colleagues at work,” says Dr. Volkmar Denner, the CEO of Bosch.
After cardiovascular disease, cancer is the second leading cause of death. In Germany alone, some 224,000 people die of cancer each year. According to the World Health Organization, 20 million people will be diagnosed with cancer each year by 2025, up from 14 million in 2012.
More information on the alliance in the fight against cancer can be found here.
Bosch trains apprentices at “WorldSkills Americas” 2014.
And the winner is: Brazil. With a total of 30 medals, Brazilian apprentices were the dominant force at the apprentice championships for the Americas in Bogotá, Colombia.
Henrique da Silva Santana was among the winners – the apprentice industry mechanic from the Bosch location in Campinas was awarded gold in the manufacturing technology category. The company sets great store on the training of its young staff, and is proud of the fact that they regularly perform outstandingly in competitions. Over 90 percent of the apprentices who train with Bosch in Brazil go on to receive a permanent position there.
Some 188 young participants from 16 countries in North, South, and Central America put their technical skills to the test at “WorldSkills Americas 2014.” One of the primary objectives of the competition launched in 2010 is to promote enthusiasm among young people for training in challenging and promising technical careers. Over the six days of the event, the career starters therefore also had the opportunity to find out about innovative technologies and discuss technical issues with industry experts at the trade fair that was held at the same time.
Bosch has been one of the sponsors of the competition since 2010. This year, the company is providing targeted training for the Colombian mechatronics team. The company also showcased various technologies from the fields of automotive technology, manufacturing technology, electronics, and DIY supplies.
Bosch and its associates are committed to helping refugees integrate
Since the beginning of last year, Germany has been facing a unique challenge: between January and December 2015, around one million displaced persons came to Germany to seek asylum from war, persecution, and a lack of economic opportunities in their home countries. The topic has been the subject of heated debate and has given rise to a number of questions. However, policy makers, businesses, and the general public agree that meeting the challenge of accommodating asylum seekers and helping refugees integrate requires a collective effort. “We can only handle the growing number of asylum seekers in Germany and Europe if we all help,” says Christoph Kübel, member of the board of management and director of industrial relations at Robert Bosch GmbH. “As a company, we can also make an important contribution. Especially when it comes to integration, we can provide support.”
In order to help refugees get started in Germany, Bosch has already donated 500,000 euros for activities at its locations. For instance, the company is planning an additional 200 internships that will prepare refugees for an apprenticeship or the German labor market. Mentor programs and supporting German lessons aim to help promote integration during the internships. Moreover, Bosch has made properties available to municipalities, on which shelters can be built. It has also offered company apartments where needed.
Associates have also been contributing in a variety of ways: for instance, they organized the “Shoebox Full of Joy” initiative, which collected Christmas gifts for refugees. A group of associates has also collected donations-in-kind for the German Red Cross and other NGOs. They collected many practical objects, including sleeping bags, bicycles, and towels. Moreover, Bosch Jugendhilfe (Youth Support) has offered volunteer associates as mentors for refugee children to “KinderHelden”, a local NGO. The support they provide helps children integrate into their German schools.
In addition to this, the Bosch board of management and works council have called on associates in Germany to make donations. The aim is to provide initiatives that help refugees with continuous support. The company has pledged to match every euro that associates donate until the end of January 2016.
More information on Bosch’s commitment to helping refugees can be found on the Robert Bosch Stiftung’s website.