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The UN Global Compact yearbook is one of the world’s best independent publications
The United Nations Global Compact network, of which Bosch is a member, requires that its members assume entrepreneurial responsibility, do business and act in a sustainable manner, and respect human rights. In the organization’s current yearbook, the company highlights the ways in which it motivates its suppliers to act in a more sustainable manner. The “International Yearbook 2015”, whose prominent authors include the environmental activist and actor Leonardo DiCaprio, recently received the bronze medal at the Independent Publisher Book Awards 2015. Each year, the American book prize honors the world’s best independent publications.
The publication aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the Global Compact’s achievements, and to report on companies whose business activities comply with the global initiative’s guidelines. At Bosch, for instance, efforts have been made to improve the sustainability-related performance of the company’s suppliers. Not only does Bosch conduct environmental and social audits on a regular basis, it also offers training programs and honors its best suppliers biannually with the Bosch Global Supplier Award. In its annual progress report, Bosch documents the resulting success stories and all other sustainability-related activities. These include, for instance, significantly reducing CO2 emissions and effectively supporting the integration of refugees.
Since 2004, Bosch has oriented its activities to the ten universally accepted principles of the United Nations Global Compact. The global initiative obliges member companies around the world to make their business activities more sustainable. All members are required to respect human rights and labor norms, and to commit to protecting the environment and fighting corruption. They also report on the measures they have implemented in each of these areas.
More information on the UN Global Compact can be found here.
More information on the Global Compact International Yearbook 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.
Social entrepreneurs are developing employment concepts for southern Europe
New developments at Robert Bosch Stiftung
Sandra Schürmann, the founder of JobAct, hopes to promote the strengths of unemployed youth while at the same time help them find a job. Her company offers a special drama program for job seekers that enables participants to develop their own plays. At the same time, those taking part in the program receive intensive job application training that is closely related to their theater work. Schürmann is one of twenty social entrepreneurs that receive funding from the “This Works!” initiative. On June 29, Schürmann and her counterparts presented their ideas to the public in Brussels.
The Robert Bosch Stiftung launched the initiative in 2014 in cooperation with Ashoka, a non-profit organization. The aim is to apply successful employment concepts in southern European countries, where youth unemployment is high, and to provide young job seekers in Spain, Italy, and Greece with new prospects for the future. The initiative is based on the idea that Ashoka Europe and Ashoka national offices help social entrepreneurs find local partners who can then implement the concepts in their communities. The Robert Bosch Stiftung has spent almost one million euros on the “This Works!” initiative.
At the event in Brussels, which was attended by politicians and members of civil society, social entrepreneurs showed how many young people they have been able to help find work. Until now, more than 3,000 people have taken part in “This Works!” training seminars, and about 1,500 have found jobs. To conclude the event, participants discussed what is needed to successfully transfer ideas that promote social entrepreneurship to other countries. Factors include selecting the right partners abroad, taking local needs into account, and promoting knowledge sharing between companies and partners.
In the future, additional countries will also benefit from “This Works!”. Market studies are currently underway to assess whether the project could be rolled out in Portugal and Croatia to help fight youth unemployment in these two countries.
More information on the “This Works!” project can be found here.
More information on the Bosch apprenticeship program in southern Europe can be found here.
Bosch hydraulics are being used to build the world’s longest tunnel
It is 57 kilometers long and will make a major contribution to decongesting roads in the Alps: the Gotthard Base Tunnel – the world’s longest tunnel – was opened in June of this year. The new high-speed route is part of the large-scale AlpTransit project, which also meets a broader political aim. In the future, traffic in the region will move from the roads to the rails, and routes to and from northern to southern Europe will be much shorter. Particularly when it comes to cargo transport, the port cities of Rotterdam and Genoa will benefit from the new tunnel. What is more, the tunnel will reduce truck traffic in the Alps. In the region from southern Germany to northern Italy, more than 20 million people will benefit from the new tunnel.
A greater number of trains can now pass through the tunnel than was previously possible. The gradient is minimal, which means than even particularly long and heavy trains can travel through without additional locomotives. Moreover, the tunnel reduces travel times. As a result, annual transport capacity will increase from 20 million to some 50 million tons. At present, 260 trains travel through the tunnel each day – considerably more than the maximum of 180 that used the mountain route daily in the past.
This major project was made possible in part by Sissi, Heidi, Gabi I, and Gabi II. From 2003 to 2010, the four tunnel boring machines drilled through a total of 152 kilometers of sediment layers. The 2800-ton Herrenknecht hard stone grippers were equipped with Bosch components. Bosch Rexroth supplied the hydraulics for the heavyweights. This reflects the Bosch aim of developing technology “Invented for life” that contributes to improving quality of life and conserving resources.
More information on the world’s longest tunnel can be found here.
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Bosch and Primavera e.V. are supporting projects for refugees
No one expected such outstanding results: at the end of 2015, Bosch called for donations for its “Bosch hilft” project. The aim was to collect funds for refugees. From the outset, it was clear that associates were eager to help. By the beginning of 2016, associates in Germany and abroad had donated 410,000 euros to the Primavera e.V. charitable initiative, which is run by Bosch associates. The company pledged to double the total. As a result, 820,000 euros have now gone toward refugee aid projects. Associates were invited to suggest which projects they wished to support.
A committee comprising representatives of Primavera e.V., the group works council, the group advisory board, the group committee of executive representatives, coordinators for refugee aid projects, and the corporate citizenship department, selected 113 our of 185 suggestions, and these projects have since received financial support. Selection criteria included project sustainability, the volunteer involvement of Bosch associates, and regional distribution. “We spent six days discussing each submission in an open and constructive manner. In the end, the decisions were unanimous,” said Sabine Lutz, head of the corporate citizenship department.
Most of the selected projects aim to help people who have fled war and poverty become part of German society: with language lessons, sports, leisure activities, or support with bureaucracy. Organizations that provide local emergency aid have also received funding. One of them is an outpatient clinic run by Hassan Naggar, a German surgeon with Syrian roots. For the past three years, he has provided free medical treatment to refugees in Antakya, near the Syrian border. His team includes specialist physicians, a dentist, a pharmacist, a lab technician, and nurses. Just like their patients, all of them fled Syria. The clinical team treats up to 500 patients each day, among them children, pregnant women, and older people. Thanks to the Bosch donation, the hospital can now cover the cost of medication for a period of six months.
At the end of 2015, before the call for donations was made, Bosch had already made 500,000 euros available to create additional internship spots at some 30 Bosch locations for 400 young refugees, among other things. One of them is Ebrima, a young man from Gambia who has lived in Germany for two years. He is completing an internship in Waiblingen, where Bosch has created ten additional internship spots. His daily work includes gaining insights into production and assembly processes, and learning about filing, millilng, and drilling. “We want to help young people gain skills for the labor market,” says Nico Wachter, a department head at Bosch in Waiblingen. This is precisely what Ebrima is doing: he hopes to begin an apprenticeship as an industrial mechanic as soon as possible.
More information on Primavera e.V.’s call for donations can be found here.
More information on how Bosch and its associates are supporting refugee aid projects can be found here.