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The Bosch LGBT network waves its flag at the company and beyond
For 11 years, the Bosch RBg associate network has promoted greater acceptance and appreciation of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues. With two recent initiatives, the company highlighted the importance of this network once again. This past weekend, some 60 Bosch associates took part in Stuttgart’s Christopher Street Day (CSD) festivities, with a truck and group of walkers in the pride parade. Their aim was to raise awareness and encourage more tolerance in the way society deals with sexual orientation. It was the fourth time that RBg took part in the CSD parade, and Bosch sponsored the event for the second time.
A few days earlier, the LGBT Allies network was launched within RBg. In the future, 15 Bosch associates with different functions and from different divisions will serve as ambassadors for LGBT rights. They will help eliminate stereotypes about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people and promote an open dialog about sexual orientation.
Ambassadors of tolerance: at the end of July, the new LGBT Allies network was launched with 15 associates at Bosch. Christoph Kübel (ninth from the left), the director of industrial relations at Bosch, was on hand for the kickoff.
A climate of tolerance and acceptance
“With our presence at CSD in Stuttgart and our new Bosch ambassadors for LGBT issues, we demonstrated our commitment to diversity, both at the company and beyond,” says Christoph Kübel, member of the board of management and director of industrial relations at Bosch. “A climate of tolerance and acceptance is important for our success. To make the best possible use of our associates’ talents, we need to create a work environment in which all associates can be themselves, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. This is why we actively support the activities of the RBg associate network.”
The Bosch RBg network was founded in 2006 and now counts 290 members. Of these, about 50 are active outside of Germany, in countries such as Hungary, the United States, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Japan, and China.
More information about the network can be found here.
Bosch fire brigade takes part in the SkyRun 2017
On the occasion of the SkyRun at the Frankfurt trade fair tower, amateur and professional athletes ran up a total of 61 stories, 1,202 steps, and 222 meters in altitude. Initiated in 2007, the annual charity event is Europe’s highest staircase race. Proceeds go toward the “Arbeitsgemeinschaft für QUErschnittgelähmte mit Spina bifida / Rhein-Main-Nahe e.V. (ARQUE)“, an organization that supports people born with spinal paralysis (Spina Bifida) and hydrocephalus, a disorder that leads to the excessive accumulation of fluid on the brain. As a self-help group, for over 40 years ARQUE has helped children, young people, and adults with disabilities lead independent lives.
Stefan Reinhart (Gerlingen Schillerhöhe), Florian Eggers (Schwieberdingen), Stefan Marienthal (Gerlingen Schillerhöhe)
More than 1,200 staircase runners ran up the high rise, which is located in Frankfurt’s west end. The Bosch fire brigade from the Gerlingen-Schillerhöhe location took part in the event for the fourth time. In the “sprint” category, Stefan Marienthal and Stefan Reinhart tackled the steep climb. With their colleague Florian Eggers from Schwieberdingen, they were also the fastest team to take part in the “Fire Fighter’s Cup” portion of the SkyRun. The teams of three completed the run in full firefighting gear, including helmets, protective suits, boots. With team member Andreas Quett, the pair also mastered a major challenge in the “FFC-ELITE” category: here, the firefighters completed the entire race with their breathing apparatus, and got air through their breathing masks.
Stefan Reinhart, Andreas Quett (Gerlingen Schillerhöhe), Stefan Marienthal
In the end, Stefan Marienthal and Stefan Reinhart had completed three races and climbed more than 3,600 steps, 180 stories, and 660 meters in altitude. Their achievement was honored with the XFire-SUPER-TRIPLE-CUP. And their efforts paid off: In total, SkyRun participants raised around 50,000 euros for ARQUE.
Andreas Quett, Stefan Reinhart
More information on the Bosch fire brigade can be found here.
At the CES 2016, Bosch presented connected solutions for improved driving safety
While the car as a kitchen assistant may have sounded futuristic just a few years ago, it is already reality. Today, connected vehicles can communicate with smart homes via the internet. Before drivers even reach their homes, they can turn on their ovens and start baking a pizza. But that is just one of the features that car owners benefit from. More importantly, new technology has made driving safer. Web-based assistance programs and micromechanical sensors (MEMS) can correct driving errors in fractions of a second, or even prevent them entirely. They measure, inform, give warnings, and take action whenever necessary.
Dr. Volkmar Denner at the CES 2016 in Las Vegas
As global market leader in the production of MEMS sensors, Bosch not only supplies components for three-quarters of all smart phones, the company also provides the ‘high-tech feelers’ that help drivers reach their destinations safely. At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2016, which took place from January 6 to 9 in Las Vegas, Bosch presented a range of connected functions and innovative assistance systems for vehicles. For a touchscreen that it developed, the company received the “CES 2016 Innovation Award“ in the “In-Vehicle Audio/Video” category. The screen can change the structure of its surface in such a manner that the user can identify display elements simply by feeling them. As a result, drivers can control infotainment applications without taking their eyes off the road.
In the area of connected mobility, Bosch presented another innovation with the Retrofit eCall plug: effective immediately, it is a available as a retrofit product. In the event of an accident, the technology transmits an emergency signal to a hotline. In addition to this, in the future drivers will be able to receive cloud-based warnings of wrong-way drivers. To this end, a (anonymized) program compares vehicle movements with the permitted direction of travel. People driving in the wrong direction receive a warning within seconds, as do vehicles that are headed toward them.
“The right information at the right time helps minimize driver distractions,” said Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the Bosch board of management. When it comes to connectivity, the company’s decades of industry experience and broad portfolio of products are distinct advantages. “We aim to improve quality of life and make people’s everyday lives easier. Connectivity plays a decisive role in this regard,” Denner said during the Bosch press conference at the CES 2016.
More information on connected mobility can be found here.
Bosch has stepped up its commitment to climate protection.
With the adoption of a new climate agreement, the 21st United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris has drawn to a close. Some 200 countries have signed the Paris Agreement, which aims to limit global warming to less than two degrees over pre-industrial times. Among other things, all countries have committed to setting national climate targets that will be assessed every five years.
Outside the 21st Climate Conference in Paris
According to John Danilovich, Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce, the results of the climate conference are a major step forward. “This agreement will give business and investors the long-term certainty they need to scale up innovation and investment in climate solutions. The path to a low-carbon economy is now firmly set: business is ready to make that a reality,” Danilovich said.
ICC press conference during COP21 in Paris [VIDEO]
Bosch also welcomes the climate agreement, and sees the agreement among United Nations member states as an important step toward reducing global greenhouse gas emissions. Each year, the company spends ten percent of its sales on research and development. And energy efficiency plays an important role at Bosch: in recent years, the company’s products across business sectors have continuously become more energy-efficient and eco-friendly. Moreover, Bosch has committed to climate targets by setting itself the aim of reducing its CO2 emissions relative to value-added by 20 percent over 2007 levels. While Bosch originally set 2020 as its target date, the company has already achieved the 20 percent reduction in 2015 thanks to a range of internal measures. Not only do these include the greater use of renewable energies, they also involve specially trained CO2 coordinators, who are in charge of identifying potential for reducing emissions at all relevant Bosch locations around the world.
Bernhard Schwager of Bosch as he speaks to Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Research, at the German embassy in Paris
With regard to global climate targets, Bosch intends to build on its current energy-saving activities. The company has found that taking a sustainable approach to business also makes sound economic sense. Between 2007 and 2014, Bosch saved around 530 million euros as a result of energy-saving measures.
Updates on COP21 are available on the International Chamber of Commerce’s Twitter channel.
Bosch attends the International Leadership Symposium on Business Ethics
At the end of November, the World Forum for Ethics in Business (WFEB) held its eleventh leadership symposium. This year’s theme was “The bottom line: how rich we really are”. Around 250 participants from 30 countries accepted the invitation to attend the charitable foundation’s event, which was held at the European Parliament in Brussels. They included former heads of state and politicians, decision-makers from business and academia, as well as representatives of civil society. In light of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, the participants focused on evaluating current plans of action. They unanimously agreed that Europe’s lasting success would depend on common values and a sound ethical foundation.
In his keynote speech, the former Bhutanese Prime Minister Jigmi Yoser Thinley warned against making “the gross national product a universal religion”. Now, more than ever, human well-being does not only depend on economic factors. As was clearly demonstrated in several presentations and workshops, quality of life is closely linked to the meeting of basic needs, among them health and education, as well as a healthy society and environment.
Corporate responsibility must also take this into account. Companies must base their business success on products and services that contribute to a healthy social and ecological balance.
Bernhard Schwager, the head of sustainability at Bosch, presented best-practice examples from the global technology company’s activities. More specifically, he highlighted Bosch’s commitment to the United Nations sustainability targets. The close link between business success and social responsibility is guaranteed the company’s ownership structure: 92 percent of Bosch shares are held by Robert Bosch Stiftung, which channels a portion of Bosch profits into social projects in the areas of international understanding, well-being, education, and health. In other words: Bosch’s profitability finances the foundation’s non-profit activities.
Sustainability is also an integral part of Bosch business strategy: the company has set itself the aim of developing products that spark customer enthusiasm, improve quality of life, and help conserve natural resources. Each year, Bosch spends more than half of its research and development budget on products that are especially safe and energy efficient.
More information on the International Leadership Symposium on Business Ethics can be found here: WFEB 2015
More information on Bosch’s CSR activities can be found here: Bosch CSR
Source for pictures: WFEB