For the Bosch Group, sustainability means securing the company’s long-term success while at the same time protecting the natural environment for future generations. We aim to make renewable energy more affordable and mobility even safer, cleaner, and more economical, and to develop eco-friendly products across the board.
I strongly believe that the world of business can make a major contribution to solving the challenges society faces.
Our values — what we build on
Our values reflect the manner in which we run our business: our professional ethics in dealing with our business partners, investors, employees, and society.
Future and result focus
Our actions are result-focused. This allows us to secure our future. It also creates a sound basis for the social initiatives of the company and the foundation.
Responsibility and sustainability
We act prudently and responsibly for the benefit of society and the environment.
Initiative and determination
We act on our own initiative, take entrepreneurial responsibility, and pursue our goals with determination.
Openness and trust
We communicate important company matters in a timely and open fashion. This is the best foundation for a relationship built on trust.
We deal fairly with our colleagues and business partners, and view this fairness as a cornerstone of our corporate success.
Reliability, credibility, legality
We promise only what we can deliver, accept agreements as binding, and respect and observe the law in all our business transactions.
We appreciate and encourage diversity for the enrichment it brings, and see it as essential for our success.
In the long term, an honest and fair approach to doing business will always be the most profitable.
At Bosch, compliance with the law is an integral part of the company’s values.
The aim of our globally applicable rules of business conduct is to protect our associates and company as well as our customers and partners.
As our “We are Bosch” mission statement says, “We promise only what we can deliver, accept agreements as binding, and respect and observe the law in all our business transactions.” To underscore the importance of this principle, we have summed up our position with regard to legal requirements and ethical issues in our globally applicable Code of Business Conduct. The Code of Business Conduct serves as a guideline for how to do business.
Bosch has a global compliance system headed by a chief compliance officer who reports directly to the board of management. There is also a corporate compliance department and compliance officers in all divisions and regions.
Prevention and inspection measures including the dual-control principle, job rotation in sensitive areas, as well as regular audits are designed to support our values-based compliance system. We also have a mandatory compliance training program for our associates. In addition, we have established a “Compliance Dialog,” which allows compliance-related topics and experience to be discussed among our executives, associates, and compliance officers.
The compliance system also includes a reporting hotline, which associates, business partners, and third parties can use to report irregularities at any time. Responsible and legally compliant behavior does not stop at company boundaries. With this in mind, we have established a Code of Conduct for suppliers, which defines the principles and requirements for collaborating with Bosch. We conduct regular audits to ensure that our suppliers comply with these principles. In such a fast moving environment, we continuously review our compliance system to be able to quickly adapt our rules and processes to new legal and technical developments.
Bosch has been the first corporate member of Transparency International Germany since 1995.