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Chancellor Merkel convenes specialist conference Bosch Chief Personnel Officer Kübel: “Germany needs more women bosses” Mixed leadership teams boost competitiveness

  • Second “women in leadership positions” conference in Federal Chancellery
  • Flexible worktime arrangements and respect for family commitments conducive to women's careers
  • Integrated approach instead of individual actions
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Stuttgart – “If more women in Germany are to opt for a leadership career, we need an integrated approach involving business, politics, and society.” This was the appeal made by Christoph Kübel, member of the board of management and director of industrial relations of Robert Bosch GmbH, at a specialist conference attended by Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin. “Mixed leadership teams can help Germany remain a leading economy.” Speaking at the Federal Chancellery to leading representatives of politics, academia, and business, Kübel stressed that corporate and working culture play a vital role in this context. “Germany needs more women bosses. Flexible working models, respect for family commitments, and the elimination of prejudice can all play an important role in attracting more women leadership candidates.” In his view, women play a crucial role in a company's success, yet they far too rarely manage to get a foot on the executive career ladder. Given the foreseeable lack of qualified personnel, businesses that fail to exploit this potential are shooting themselves in the foot, Kübel added.

Diversity management: casting off traditional roles and mindsets
“In everyday practice, women on a leadership career path often have to deal with adversity,” Kübel says. “Frequently, they find themselves confronted with obsolete role models and mindsets.” For this reason, Kübel is convinced that real change is needed on every level, not least to overthrow hackneyed stereotypes based on gender. Worldwide, therefore, Bosch carries out diversity management, encouraging respect for heterogeneity and non-standard career paths. By 2020, the supplier of technology and services wants to increase the share of women in leadership positions to 20 percent worldwide. Bosch as a whole has already reached a 12 percent share, with certain countries already having exceeding the target, such as China (23 percent) and Spain (21 percent). To give women permanent support on their career paths, Bosch offers special mentoring programs, networks, seminars, and training courses.

Girls' Campus: kindling young women's interest in technology
Kübel said that Bosch wants to make a contribution to society, and give it the benefit of its experience: “For us, there is no doubt that mixed leadership teams are more successful, and can thus make Germany as a whole more competitive.” This is why Bosch supports initiatives to kindle children's interest in technology at an early age. Chancellor Merkel was especially interested to hear about the “Girls' Campus” program: this project, organized jointly by Robert Bosch GmbH and Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, offers female high-school students a year-long program of weekend seminars, at which they gain insights into the world of work, are shown around companies, receive tuition in technical subjects, and learn presentation techniques. The aim is to kindle young women's enthusiasm for science and technology. Apart from Girls' Campus and Girls' Day, Bosch also takes part in more than 250 education alliances across the German school system as part of the “Wissensfabrik” (knowledge factory) initiative.

Internet:
Bosch as an employer: http://bit.ly/1kuDdrM
Diversity at Bosch: http://bit.ly/1q8kzGS
Balancing work and private life at Bosch: http://bit.ly/1vQqaDN

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.

PI8744 - October 15, 2014

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