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The future ISO 14002 will support the operational set-up of ISO 14001
The transitional phase is ongoing: for almost two years now, it has been possible for organizations that obtain ISO 14001 certification to implement the 2015 version of the norm. This process must be completed by September 15, 2018. For this reason, the revised requirements of the world’s most important environmental norm are gaining significance for some 300,000 companies around the globe that operate in line with ISO 14001. At its plenary session in Halifax, Canada, which took place from June 7 to 16, 2017 the ISO/TC 207 technical committee thus initiated activities that will help companies meet future requirements. These include the drafting of the ISO 14002 norm, which Bosch is helping develop as part of Working Group 11.
250 experts from 40 countries travelled to ISO/TC 207’s plenary meeting in Halifax, Canada. The picture shows the German delegation.
ISO 14002 focuses primarily on improvements in the practical implementation of ISO 14001: 2015. The guideline norm also aims to help users gain a better understanding of the relationship between environmental factors and environmental conditions. The first part of ISO 14002, which was initiated in Halifax, will provide the basis for this. The parts to follow will address different environmental factors, such as water, resources, and biodiversity. Part 1 of ISO 14002 will be completed by 2020.
Since the beginning of the 1990s, companies, public authorities, and other public institutions around the world have been able to have their environmental management systems certified with the ISO 14001 standard. The version from the fall of 2015 brought forth changes in four areas: not only is the ecological impact of business activities included, the standard now also considers the ways in which organizations respond to changing environmental conditions. It now also focuses less on improving environmental management systems, and more on optimizing environmental performance. In addition, the revised standard requires that top management assume greater responsibility for environmental issues by driving this process of optimization forward. Finally, companies need to apply the revised requirements to their organizations’ internal and external communication.
Anne Marie Warris (left)), chairperson of the ISO/TC 207’s subcommittee 1 for the standardization of environmental management systems, and Sheila Leggett, the new chairperson of the ISO/TC 207 technical committee, with Bernhard Schwager.
Around 300,000 organizations around the world have ISO 14001 certification, 120,000 thereof in Europe. In Germany alone, over 8,000 organizations use this standard. And Bosch is among them: all locations have already implemented environmental management systems based on ISO 14001. By the end of 2016, more than 296 locations, or 87 percent, had been externally certified.
More information on systematic environmental management and the Bosch Group’s corporate environmental key figures can be found in the Sustainability Report under Sustainable Development Goal 13.
Bosch launches online social counselling for associates
Last year, members of Germany’s public insurance companies missed an average of 36 days of work for mental health reasons. According to the BKK Health Report 2016, the number of sick days due to psychological ailments more than doubled between 2005 and 2015. With the aim of helping its associates even more, Bosch is now the first company in Germany to offer its in-house social counselling service for associates online. “In-house social counselling can contribute to maintaining the health of our associates,” explains Christoph Kübel, member of the board of management and director of industrial relations at Robert Bosch GmbH. “With the online offer, it is now even easier for them to get support“.
Easy access, low inhibition threshold
On the new social counselling website, more than 100,000 Bosch associates in Germany can now get in touch with the experts at the company’s in-house social counselling service. The new point of contact makes it easier for associates to get advice. They can use the service from anywhere at any time, also from their smart phones and home computers. Associates and counsellors communicate via email, or live in individual and expert chats. Just like personal meetings, all digital conversations remain confidential. This makes it easier to talk about sensitive issues related to mental health, stress management, and crisis management. “With our online counselling services, we are reaching associates who may have been too afraid or ashamed to seek help in the past,” says Michaela Noe-Bertram, head of in-house counselling services at Bosch.
With its online counselling services, Bosch has further expanded its healthcare services for associates. In 2015, the company added prevention, rehabilitation, and integration measures related to mental health. The aim is to detect psychological problems early on, raise awareness among associates and their supervisors, and make integrated help services available. In addition to the in-house counselling service, the network also includes Bosch health services and the company’s more than 400 sport and leisure time groups.
More information on the new online social counselling service be found here (Only available in German).
New technologies are improving road safety
While riding a motorcycle with the wind in your hair provides the ultimate sense of freedom, it is also dangerous. Last year, there were 30,000 motorcycle accidents in Germany alone, 600 of which were fatal. The risk of dying in an accident is 18 times higher for motorcyclists than for drivers of passenger cars. The former group is thus the most at risk of all road users.
Bosch aims to make road traffic safer for motorcyclists and car drivers alike. In cooperation with its partners Autotalks, Cohda Wireless, and Ducati, the company is working on connecting motorcycles and cars so that the vehicles can speak to one another. The new technology makes the data sharing between vehicles possible within a radius of several hundred meters. Via “multi-hopping,” data on vehicle type, speed, position, and direction of travel can be transmitted from vehicle to vehicle. As a result, drivers are aware of an oncoming motorcycle long before it appears in their field of vision. This makes improved predictive driving possible. If the system detects a hazardous situation, it warns motorcyclists and car drivers with an acoustic warning as well as a warning signal in the cockpit.
According to Bosch accident researchers, almost one in three motorcycle accidents could be prevented with this technology. “We are creating a digital protective shield for motorcyclists,” says Dr. Dirk Hoheisel, member of the Bosch board of management.
Another Bosch project enhances the company’s commitment to improving road safety: Bosch recently entered a partnership with Sony Semiconductor Solutions with the aim of developing highly innovative video sensors for modern cars. The new camera technology will enable more precise data gathering on a vehicle’s surroundings, even in difficult lighting conditions, for instance when the sun is low. The technology will enhance both driver assistance and automated driving systems.
More information on the major Bosch components for automated driving can be found in this brief glossary.
Find out more about the Bosch commitment to safer roads under Sustainable Development Goal 3 in the Bosch Sustainability Report 2016.
Bosch celebrates its fourth International Diversity Day
Eliminating prejudice is beneficial for everyone: this was the focus of the fourth Bosch International Diversity Day, which took place on May 23, 2017. Under the banner of “Discover Diversity: you are a part of it”, Bosch associates at over 200 locations around the world engaged in intensive discussions. With different activities and events that promoted dialogue, participants made a conscious effort to change perspectives, and thus learned about backgrounds, experiences, and competencies that were different from their own. In so doing, Bosch associates reflected on their own unconscious thought patterns and learned how different perspectives could enhance their daily work.
With this global event, Bosch once again emphasized that diversity is an integral part of its corporate culture as well as a condition for the company’s success. After all, the ability to see things from different perspectives gives rise to new ideas and thus enhances innovative strength at Bosch. Our picture gallery shows how the different locations celebrated the day.
Diversity in a picture: Our Vietnam locations celebrated the fourth annual Bosch International Diversity Day with a photography challenge in traditional Asian outfits. They also held workshops that addressed unconscious thought patterns.
Diversity Challenge: In Indonesia, Bosch associates took a playful approach to addressing diversity-related topics. Participants from different divisions and functional areas carried out a range of tasks accordingly.
A tight knit community: In the United States associates created a unity project, a work of art that aimed to show how closely linked people are to one another, and that everyone shares the same foundation.
Workshop in the grass: At Bosch headquarters in Germany, associates took part in the first Diversity Day Picnic, where they discussed the topics of feedback, trust, appreciation, openness, and empathy.
From B(aby Boomers) to (Generation) Z: In Thailand, Diversity Day activities focused on age. A music challenge and a diversity quiz completed the program.
In South Africa, associates discussed their personal understanding of diversity at a workshop. They also discussed ways in which they could contribute to promoting diversity themselves.
The modern father: at many locations in Japan, male associates attended a seminar on work/life balance for dads.
Bosch gives a talk at the 2017 B.A.U.M. annual conference
On May 17 and 18, the annual conference and award ceremony of the German working group for eco-friendly management (B.A.U.M.) took place at the Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt. Under the banner of “Sustainability as a success factor”, experts from universities, professional associations, and the private sector presented new sustainability solutions. Dr. Lothar Baum, the head of a data assessment research team at the Bosch campus is Renningen, was among the speakers. The expert explained the importance of Big Data and artificial intelligence in mastering the challenges of the future.
They are living the #SuccessfactorSustainability: The B.A.U.M. award winners of 2017
More data for smart machines
In 2017, 15 trillion gigabytes of data were digitally stored. Thanks to growing computing capacity and increasingly complex networks, the data pool is growing at lightning speed. “The ability to generate new knowledge out of large volumes of data will be decisive in the future”, says Lothar Baum. Big Data, the collection and analysis of huge data sets, also shapes the foundation of artificial intelligence (AI). It describes the process in which machines imitate human behavior based on prescribed or learned patterns. An AI system recognizes its environment with cameras or sensors and uses the data it collects to make predictions or take action.
Experts for artificial intelligence: Bosch specialist Dr. Lothar Baum (on the left) and US journalist Jay Tuck (on the right)
Producing and parking in a sustainable manner
Manufacturing processes at Bosch are an example of how artificial intelligence can be used. By analyzing large volumes of data, smart factories continuously monitor product quality and can thus minimize material waste. This increases efficiency, conserves resources, and helps ensure long product life cycles. The search for parking spots also calls for intelligent technology: connected vehicles automatically detect free parking spots and transmit the information to the Bosch cloud in real time. As a result, other drivers are also guided to available spots more quickly and precisely. This solution not only saves time, it also reduces CO2 emissions.
Safety expert and author Jay Tuck presents his newest book release "Evolution ohne uns" ("Evolution without us") at the B.A.U.M. conference
A center for AI research
The field of artificial intelligence is an important part of Bosch strategy. By 2021, the company will have invested some 300 million euros into the Bosch center for Artificial Intelligence, which will employ almost 100 specialists. “Together with our research colleagues, we are creating new algorithms and computer structures to handle large volumes of data in the best possible manner,” says Lothar Baum. Another team is responsible for cooperating with the divisions to turn the research findings into practical solutions at more than 250 Bosch sites.
Bosch has been a member of B.A.U.M. e.V. since 1990. In 2009, Franz Fehrenbach, chairman of the supervisory board of Robert Bosch GmbH and managing partner of Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG (RBIK), received a B.A.U.M. environmental prize in the large company category. The award acknowledged his commitment to the environment.
More information about how Bosch is connecting mobility intelligently can be found here.
More information on intelligent IoT solutions can be found here.