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Bosch takes a seat at the UN Roundtable to talk about eco-friendly growth
On June 15, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) hosted a roundtable in Moscow that was attended by 50 high-ranking representatives from business, science, and politics. In a plenary session in the Russian capital, the experts discussed eco-friendly growth under the banner of “Business and Climate: Strategies for low-carbon development. Success stories from Russia and the world”.
The first part of the event focused on national emission reduction strategies. In addition, the participants discussed tools that can be applied to support emission reduction initiatives. The contributions of Russian delegates as well as representatives of the German and British embassies, Ellen von Zitzewitz und Philip Douglas, were the main subjects of discussion. The embassies of both countries helped organize the discussion forum.
The afternoon was then dedicated to the world of business. More specifically, discussions focused on the profitability of companies against the backdrop of increasingly demanding climate protection requirements. In addition to this, the forum addressed corporate systems for the management of greenhouse gas emissions. Hansjürgen Overstolz, President and CEO of Bosch Russia, spoke about how the carbon footprint of companies can be reduced throughout the value chain.
From 2007 to 2016, Bosch reduced its CO₂ emissions relative to value added by 30.6 percent. By 2020, the figure is expected to be 35 percent. To achieve this goal, Bosch has made growing use of renewable sources of energy and implemented energy-saving measures at many of its locations. More information on the ways in which Bosch is contributing to SDG 13 and thus supporting the United Nations’ sustainability targets can be found in the Sustainability Report 2016.
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.