For the Bosch Group, sustainability means securing the company’s long-term success while at the same time helping protect the environment for current and future generations.
The Bosch Group’s special ownership structure reflects this: 92% of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Foundation, which spends dividends exclusively on charitable initiatives. At the same time, the Bosch Group's corporate structure helps ensure its financial independence and enables the company to plan for the long-term and make investments that secure its future.
In its quest to strike a balance between economic, ecological, and social concerns, Bosch focuses on four sustainability-related areas of activity: environment, products, associates, and society, by adopting the following five central sustainability targets:
- Reduce relative CO₂ emissions by 35% over 2007 levels by 2020
- By 2018, we aim to reduce the relative amount of waste and water consumption by 2% each year
- Conduct 1,000 environmental and occupational safety audits of our suppliers around the world by 2020
- Increasing the share of women in management positions at Bosch to 20% by 2020
- Reduce accidents in the workplace at Bosch to 1.7 accidents per million hours worked by 2020