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Sustainable development by 2030
The UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) entered into force at the beginning of 2016, and include targets such as eliminating poverty, ensuring universal high-quality education, and designing more sustainable cities. The UN has set the ambitious aim of reaching these targets by 2030, thus enabling people to live a life of dignity, promoting progress, and protecting the environment. Not only have the SDGs provided a valuable point of reference for policymakers, but also for the private sector, especially when it comes to protecting human rights, upholding labor standards, and protecting the environment. This is why Bosch has based the structure of the Sustainability Report 2016 on the SDGs, presenting the individual measures that the company has taken in the respective categories.
How does Bosch contribute to sustainable social change? The company’s “Invented for life” leitmotiv illustrates that Bosch not only aims to secure its long-term success with innovative products and services, it also intends to help protect the livelihoods of current and future generations. Bosch sees major opportunities in its core business – namely in the areas of connectivity, powertrain electrification, and energy efficiency. The company’s activities in these areas have determined which SDGs Bosch supports: health and safety (SDG 3), sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11), and CO2 reduction measures (SDG 13). In addition to this, the Bosch commitment to social well-being has helped improve access to education (SDG 4) and promotes peace and justice (SDG 16).
In 2016, Bosch reached the following milestones:
• 30.6 percent fewer CO2 emissions (relative to value added) compared with 2007 (target: 35 percent 2020)
• 15.4 percent of management positions were filled with women (target by 2020: 20 percent)
• 614 environmental and occupational safety audits have been carried out at Bosch suppliers since 2010 (target: 1,000 by 2020)
More information on the ways in which Bosch is supporting the SDGs and what the company has achieved as a result can be found in our Sustainability Report 2016.
Bosch presents assistance systems for industrial production at the Hannover Messe
The APAS assistant carefully grasps the metal part and hands it to its colleague. APAS is not a Bosch associate, but rather a robot that is part of Industry 4.0. Bosch is showing the technology at the Hannover Messe until April 28. In the future, machines will play a greater role in supporting production workers. “Thanks to digital connectivity and production assistants, daily industrial work will become easier, more productive, and safer,” says Dr. Stefan Hartung, member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH, whose areas of responsibility include the Industrial Technology business sector. Collaborative robots such as the Bosch APAS assistant are already being used by automotive suppliers, carmakers, and consumer goods manufacturers.
Apart from the APAS assistant, Bosch is also exhibiting the APAS inspector in Hannover. The robot is able to detect whether the surface material of a work piece meets the necessary requirements. In this way, Bosch not only ensures consistently high levels of quality, it also allows workers to avoid tedious work steps. “Thanks to digital connectivity, many of the tasks what used to cost workers time can now be carried out quickly and simply. Industry 4.0 makes daily work in production much easier,” explains Stefan Aßmann, head of Connected Industry at Bosch, at a press conference ahead of the Hannover Messe.
Connected for more energy efficiency
Connectivity also helps make the working day easier: for instance, Bosch technology has connected more than 80 machines to one another at an Osram light manufacturing plant in Berlin. The Bosch Production Performance Manager (PPM) is at the heart of the Osram Ticket Manager. The system gathers machine data in real time and processes it further. What is more, employees can use an app to keep informed on the status of their machines at all times. This allows them to plan upcoming maintenance work or order replacement parts for machines more easily, and to monitor their machines more effectively.
Connectivity can also be used to optimize energy consumption. At its plant in Homburg, Germany, Bosch has reduced its energy costs by EUR 1.65 million per year thanks to Industry 4.0. To this end, all relevant machines have been connected to an energy platform that processes the data and presents it clearly. Thanks to pre-defined upper or lower limits, associates can immediately identify areas in which energy is unnecessarily consumed, or facilities that are underutilized. Bosch not only improves the energy efficiency of its own plants, it also offers its services to external customers. With intelligent connected solutions, Bosch can help its customers reduce their energy consumption by up to 25 percent.
More information in Industry 4.0 can be found here.
Robert Bosch Stiftung promotes volunteerism among young Muslims in Germany
Developments at Robert Bosch Stiftung
Within the framework of the “Yallah!” program, young Muslim volunteers aim to provide insights into their religion and initiate a dialog with non-Muslims. In March, 20 participants met for a two-day conference in Berlin, at which they shared ideas and learned more about fundraising, press work, and organizational development.
One of them is Yasser Haji Mohamad from Aleppo, Syria. He has lived in Mötzingen, southern Germany, for more than a year. “We have to talk more about Islam,” says the 19-year-old, who would like to study medicine in Germany. To this end, together with his friend Mehmet Arslan, he stared a “mobile dialog tent” in which Muslims can talk about Islam in German with one another. Non-Muslims can also take a quiz to find out more about the religion. Visitors to the tent have shown a great deal of interest and curiosity. “They want to know why we fast and ask questions about the role of women,” says Yasser. To him, painting a positive image of Islam is very important.
Hafssa El-Bouhamouchi, a 24-year-old from Bielefed, would also like people to gain a better understanding of her religion. With her team from the Hanover chapter of Muslimische Jugend in Deutschland e.V. (young Muslims in Germany), she has organized the “Tea Time” event series, which which sees Muslims invite non-Muslims for a cup of tea. The series has received funding from the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs. “Muslims must take ownership of the discourse about Islam once again,” says El-Bouhamouchi, who holds a degree in Islamic Studies. “We must speak up and help eliminate prejudice.”
Robert Bosch Stiftung supports the project within the framework of its “Yallah! Junge Muslime engagieren sich” (Young Muslims Volunteer) program, which funds projects and initiatives of young Muslims who want to make a difference in their surroundings. The selected projects receive 5,000 euros in funding. In addition, the Stiftung invites project representatives to take part in a two-day project management seminar, during which they learn skills in writing funding applications, fund management, and public relations.
More information on “Yallah!” can be found here.
Information for people who would like to apply for financial support from Robert Bosch Stiftung for their projects can be found here.
Fewer accidents by 2025 thanks to connected vehicles
According to the current “Connected Car Effect Study 2025”, which was conducted by Bosch in cooperation with the Prognos research institute, cars will likely be saving lives and preventing accidents by 2025. Among other things, the partners examined what connected vehicles will be able to do in the future thanks to technologies such as highly automated driving. They found that the effects of connectivity will have many positive, measurable effects.
For one thing, driving in 2025 will be safer and more comfortable. For instance, the number of accidents can be reduced with an emergency braking assistant or cloud-based wrong-way driver warning systems. Thanks to connected assistance systems, more than 260,000 accidents resulting in physical injury could be prevented each year in the countries examined – the United States, Germany, and China. This represents the total number of accidents in Berlin within a two-year period.
Moreover, cars are going to become even more efficient: highly automated vehicles consume less fuel, and technologies that help drivers find parking spots reduce traffic and the associated emissions. With community-based parking, for instance, software accesses community information to find the route to the closest free parking spot. Today, drivers in Germany drive an average of one kilometer per search – thus congesting the roads and causing emissions. With connected parking technologies, 480 million kilometers of driving distance could be saved, about the distance from Earth to Venus and back.
For many years, Bosch experts have been developing technologies that aim to increase vehicle efficiency and make road traffic safer. Today, cloud-based systems already provide drivers with information in real time, which allows them to respond to sudden hazards or avoid traffic jams, for instance.
More information on the car of tomorrow can be found here.
Bosch associates spark enthusiasm for technology and a start-up culture
More knowledge, more ability, a better future – for more than ten years, this has been the motto of “Wissensfabrik - Unternehmen für Deutschland e.V.“ (Knowledge Factory: Companies for Germany). The initiative focuses on two areas. The first is education, and the aim here is to get children and young people interested in technology and business. With entrepreneurship, Wissenfabrik’s second sphere of activity, the initiative caters to students and up-and-coming entrepreneurs. In order to promote a start-up culture in Germany, Wissensfabrik brings start-ups and established market actors together and provides them with intensive knowledge-sharing opportunities.
As one of the founding members of Wissensfabrik, Bosch is actively involved in a number of projects. The active participation of its associates in these projects is one of the company’s priorities. Some 100 associates, among them senior executives, contribute their time as mentors or trainers across Germany each year. There are also 500 apprentices who help spark enthusiasm for science and technology. One example of a successful project is “KiTec – Kinder erleben Technik” (KiTec: Children experience technology), within the framework of which Bosch cooperates with 225 schools and daycare centers. Together with the apprentices, children work on their own technical projects such as homemade insect hotels or treasure chests. In the new “IT2School” project, apprentices introduce schoolchildren to digital learning. At present, Bosch engages in around 300 educational partnerships with daycare centers and schools.
Bosch executives advise start-ups and students
Students and start-ups also benefit from the initiative: thanks to mentoring programs, young entrepreneurs can present their innovative, technology-oriented ideas to experienced executives, who provide feedback and advice to up-and-coming companies. For instance, Franz Fehrenbach, the chairman of the Bosch supervisory board, is active in the Weconomy start-up competition, where he spends a weekend supporting the candidates as an advisor. Until now, 180 start-ups have received valuable mentoring support through the Wissensfabrik.
Since it was founded in 2005, the initiative has cooperated with around 2,500 schools and daycare centers. 700,000 children across Germany have benefited from a range of projects that have enabled them to develop their creativity, their teamwork skills, and their inventiveness. In order to guarantee high-quality programs, the Wissensfabrik cooperates with universities. Moreover, scientists evaluate the pedagogical value of the learning materials and give their stamp of approval before they are used.
More information on the Wissensfabrik can be found here (only in German available).