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Award conferred by Federal Chancellor Merkel Bosch is Germany’s most family-friendly large enterprise Exemplary support for associates

  • Family-friendliness is a strategic component of HR policy
  • Modern work arrangements based on telecommuting or part-time schemes
  • Board of management member Christoph Kübel: “Everyone benefits from flexible work arrangements”
  • Bosch to hire more than 13,000 university graduates in 2012
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  • May 03, 2012
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Berlin / Stuttgart – The Bosch Group has been named Germany’s most family-friendly large enterprise. As part of the competition “Erfolgsfaktor Familie” (Family as a success factor: www.erfolgsfaktor-familie.de), Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel and the Federal Family Minister Dr. Kristina Schröder yesterday presented awards to companies that promote work-life balance in an exemplary way. In the “large enterprises” category for companies with a workforce of more than 1,000, Bosch was judged the overall winner. More than 530 companies had entered for the competition, which was held for the third time. Of these, 42 made it to the final round, and nine received awards.

“The winning companies impressively demonstrate how well business success and family-friendly HR policy go together,” said Kristina Schröder, the Federal Minister for Family Affairs. “This makes them an inspiration for the entire German economy, and a model for other companies to copy.”

Everyone benefits from family-friendliness
The Bosch board of management member Christoph Kübel said: “We do what we can to help our associates structure their work arrangements. With part-time work, childcare facilities, and the possibility of telecommuting, mothers and fathers are given the flexibility they need to balance the demands of professional and private life. It's a win-win situation all around: for our associates, for their families, and for us as a company.”

Executives set an example
Working flexibly to create a work-life balance has been possible at Bosch since the mid-1990s. The company now offers several hundred part-time working models. And it does so on all levels of the hierarchy: every fourth female executive works part-time. In order to make executives more aware of the work-life balance issue, the “MORE” (mindset organization executives) project was set up in 2011. Some 150 executives are trying our different work models. They are working from home or part-time, initially for a limited period. The aim of the project is to highlight even more clearly what the benefits are, and in particular to win over executives – especially those who have up to now tended to view this issue skeptically – as role models for flexible and family-friendly work arrangements.

Bosch, a global supplier of technology and services, plans to hire some 13,400 university graduates worldwide by the end of this year, roughly 3,000 of them in Germany alone. For information about Bosch as an employer, and to apply for a career, go to: www.bosch-career.com

Video:  www.erfolgsfaktor-familie.de/default.asp?id=368&d=12

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). The company generated sales of 70.6 billion euros in 2015. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.

Additional information is available online at www.bosch.com and www.bosch-press.com, http://twitter.com/BoschPresse.

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