In the category „Best Diversity Image“, Bosch took the lead in a survey of 30,000 students and young professionals. Competitors were judged according to criteria such as equal opportunity for women and men, flexible working conditions and international career opportunities. McKinsey and WirtschaftsWoche award employers that stand out with their cultural diversity in the workplace.
This initiative aims to promote the recognition, appreciation and inclusion of diversity in corporate culture in Germany.
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.
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 440 locations and some 60 countries worldwide, diversity is lived experience at Bosch every day.
In 2007, Bosch was one of the first companies to sign the German “Diversity Charter” in which companies officially undertake to recognize and value diversity. For good reason: Diversity is a central pillar of Bosch’s commercial success because it creates the conditions for innovation. This is why we always think in terms of competence– regardless of aspects like age, gender or origin.
Diversity management is a key component of our corporate strategy and focuses on the following four dimensions of diversity:
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.
Competence has nothing to do with age. What counts is the combination of practical experience and fresh ideas. Bosch provides the right working environment in which up to four generations work together: from our more than 6,000 apprentices to more than 1600 former employees who advise us with their tremendous wealth of experience.
In this context, we put great emphasis on life-long learning, health management and successful cooperation between different generations. Knowledge transfer and openness for the needs of different generations are very important to us.
In more than 350 locations worldwide and with some 2200 deployments abroad every year, people from more than 110 countries work for Bosch in Germany alone. This diversity makes us a uniquely global employer.
We promote exchange between the world’s different cultures through our international staff deployments, language courses, intercultural training programs and employee networks.
Bosch leverages that great cultural diversity to ensure that we provide optimal products and services for all markets worldwide.
To promote diversity sustainably, we foster a work culture in which our employees can be authentic – with their personal career plans, lifestyles and private goals. We support these different wishes with flexible working hours and a good work-life balance – for both women and men.
In the group-wide initiative MORE, executives are currently testing flexible working hour models and using the additional time gained for further education, talks at universities or their families. They take time off to work on strategic themes – away from their regular office and the day-to-day bustle.
We welcome people who think outside the box – and use the full potential of diversity for Bosch.
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