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Diversity at Bosch

Diversity at Bosch

Diversity at Bosch
What does it mean?

Internationalization, social networks, individualization, demographic change… These are social transformations which also affect the world of work. Different ideas, experiences as well as leadership and work styles have always formed part of the Bosch identity. With roughly 375,000 associates in more than 360 locations and some 150 countries worldwide, diversity is lived experience at Bosch every day.

Diversity is essential for creativity and innovative ideas. This is why Diversity management is a central pillar of Bosch’s commercial success and a key component of our corporate strategy.

Diversity is not only represented in our strategy, but shown in many activities throughout the year. At the annual Bosch Diversity Day, a various program is organized at round about 200 locations worldwide. Discovering new things as well as the exchange between employees and their very own characteristics, strengths and functions is the most important topic of the day.

Our Diversity dimensions

A corporate culture that recognizes and values diversity as an asset is our basis – always thinking in terms of individual competence. Our focus lies on four dimensions of diversity: Gender, Generation, Internationality and a Work Culture in which our employees can be authentic – with their personal career plans, lifestyles and private goals.

Gender: Equal opportunities for all
Gender

Many studies show: Mixed teams in which women and men cooperate at all levels of the company develop better products and services.

At Bosch, everyone has the same opportunities regardless of gender – and that applies to leadership roles, too. Our equal opportunity policy is supported by projects and networks like “women@bosch” and “Forum FiT – Women in Technology” and by our equal pay principle.

Our aim for 2020: To fill 20 percent of all executive positions worldwide with women.

Generations: (Not) A question of age
Generations

Competence is not a question of age. What matters is the combination of practical experience and fresh ideas. Our goal is to create a working environment where up to four generations can work together – from the approximately 6,500 apprentices worldwide to the more than 1,600 former associates over 65 who continue their commitment to Bosch as senior experts – the result is an intergenerational exchange.

We encourage knowledge transfer and are open to the needs of the different generations. We are therefore committed to lifelong learning and an active health management.

Internationality: One world with many perspectives
Internationality

Our internationality makes us strong: More than 350 locations worldwide and 3000 deployments abroad every year – only in Germany we have people from more than 120 countries working for Bosch. This diversity makes us a uniquely global employer. Our intercultural diversity helps us to ensure that we provide optimal products and services for all markets worldwide.

We train our associates with intercultural courses, language courses and individual development programs. We also encourage them to undertake periods of work outside their home countries. We actively promote mutual acceptance and appreciation among the different people who work at Bosch – for instance, through networks, forums and various events.

Working culture: A good balance between professional and private life
Working culture

To promote diversity sustainably, we foster a work culture in which our employees can be authentic. We support these different wishes with flexible working hours and a good work-life balance – for both women and men.

One example for that is the group-wide initiative MORE: This project enables executives to work flexibly from home or part-time for at least three months. In this way, managers can gather experience outside their usual attendance at the workplace and can help the company to drive forward the change to a more liberal concept of working hours and places.

We welcome people who think outside the box – and use the full potential of diversity for Bosch.


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Bosch relies on self-fulfillment

Christoph Kübel, Member of the Board of Management of Robert Bosch GmbH, in a guest editorial: How our work culture helps to increase diversity and innovation.