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News | The Bosch Sustainability Report 2017 is now online

The sustainable cities of the future

By 2050, about two-thirds of the world population will be living in cities. Today, urban conurbations already account for around 75 percent of global energy consumption. Traffic density in urban areas will triple by 2050, which will also increase the need to protect the climate. For this reason, in 2017 Bosch decided to focus its efforts on the sustainable development of cities, which promotes the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 11. “The city of 2050 will use renewable sources of energy. It will combine modes of transport intelligently and conserve resources,” said Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH. In brief: “The city of tomorrow is connected, sustainable, and livable.” In the Bosch Sustainability Report 2017, the company presents the broad range of solutions it offers for the cities of the future.

Five approaches to transforming cities

Bosch has come up with five approaches to rethinking cities. With “New types of space”, the company is focusing on ways of reducing energy consumption in urban buildings. At the same time, Bosch is driving “New forms of mobility” forward with the aim of making the road traffic of the future emissions-free, stress-free, and accident-free with climate-friendly technologies and connected infrastructure solutions. The new iDisc brake disc is one example of how the company is doing this. Compared with conventional brake discs, the iDisc reduces brake dust by as much as 90 percent.

With “New types of work”, Bosch is developing innovations that make day-to-day work more agile, more efficient, and safer. In the area of “New means of production”, the company is focusing on resource-friendly applications. For instance, the GoGreen program has saved more than 150,000 tons of CO₂ since 2011. And with “New forms of social interaction”, Bosch is cooperating with its regional foundations to fulfill its commitment to social responsibility. Supporting young people is one aspect of this commitment. The aim is to give young people better opportunities for the future, regardless of their background.

Measurable results

One result of this broad range of measures is that Bosch had reduced its CO2 emissions by a third in 2017 over the 2007 reference year. Water consumption has been cut by 10 percent in the past two years alone, and the volume of waste has decreased four percent. What is more, Bosch has conducted 740 environmental audits of its suppliers since 2010. The number of accidents per million hours worked has decreased by about two-thirds since 2007. The company has also made progress in terms of gender equality: in 2017, women held more than one in six management positions at Bosch. 

The Bosch Sustainability Report 2017 can be found here.

Stories on the five Bosch approaches to sustainable cities can be found here

News | The Bosch Sustainability Report 2016 is online

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.

News: Acting "NOW"

Bosch publishes sustainability report 2013



The company is presenting the focal points of its international sustainability activities under the slogan of “NOW.” To quote Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH: “We will only achieve our ambitious sustainability targets if our associates all over the world bring them to life. In this context, ‘Now’ means that we want to be judged not only by our strategy, but also by what we implement and actually achieve on a daily basis.”


The 24-page report uses stand-out projects from around the world to demonstrate the successes Bosch has had in the past year:


  • In the United Kingdom, a Bosch plant took back old boilers to recover plastic from them to make garden sheds. This is one of many ideas for reducing waste (“Conservation of resources” focal point, p. 6 ff.)


  • Bosch is showing that energy-plus houses are affordable now in the Serenbe community in Texas, U.S. The company opened its first Experience Center in North America there in 2013 (“Efficient heating technology” focal point, p. 9 ff.)


  • With the introduction of the “Bosch Connect” virtual platform, the company is helping its associates to connect across different countries and teams (“Intercultural diversity” focal point, p. 12 ff.)


  • In 2013, Bosch again invested an eight-figure sum in education projects that provide socially deprived young people with a qualified start to their working life (“Support for training and education” focal point, p. 15 ff.)



The report also sets out the progress Bosch made in 2013 in the fields of environmental protection, upholding human rights, working standards, and averting corruption. It therefore also serves as a progress report of the company’s membership of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC). Bosch has been committed to the goals of this initiative since joining it in 2004.


Explore the Sustainability Report 2013 here.