Bosch CSR: Sustainable journey forward


Mr. Joseph Hong, managing director of Bosch in Thailand (4th from top left) joins Assoc. Prof. Dr. Woralun Boonyasurat, Dean of Fine Arts Faculty at Chiang Mai University (3rd from top left) and Mrs. Dominique Leutwiler, Founder of Skills for Life Foundation (5th from top left) together with students and volunteers at the “train-the-trainer” workshop in Chiang Mai.



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2016-07-29 | Thailand | Corporate News

Establishing vocational skills for hill tribe youths in Chiang Mai

  • Close collaboration with Chiang Mai University on “train-the-trainer” workshop
  • Donation of Bosch power tools to support the setup of students workshop
  • Integrative approach on skills enhancement

Chiang Mai - Bosch in Thailand joined hands with Chiang Mai University to enhance vocational skills for the students at Skills for Life Foundation.

Bosch Thailand took an initiative to closely work with the Fine Arts Faculty at Chiang Mai University to enhance vocational skills to hill tribe students under the patronage of Skills for Life Foundation. To ensure project continuity, Bosch donated sets of tools to both the university and the foundation. The idea was to train the trainers in which both volunteer students from the Fine Arts Faculty and under-privileged youth from the foundation were trained how to use the tools properly. The workshop also incorporated product design concept as well as marketing lecture into the course. This integrative approach was aimed to ensure marketability of future products and help young entrepreneurs to gain more confidence in doing business at later stage.

Mr. Joseph Hong, managing director of Bosch in Thailand, commented on Bosch’s commitment to furthering its support of the Chiang Mai based Skills for Life Foundation, “We at Bosch remain firmly committed to doing everything we can to furthering the education and technical vocation training opportunities for deserving youngsters. The continuity of the project was made possible with involvement of lecturers and volunteer students at the Fine Arts Faculty who will pass on coaching skills to the next batch of students. As Bosch moves forward, there is a good chance to see those under-privileged students become financially independent and help support the continuity of this project.“

Mrs. Dominique Leutwiler, Founder of Skills for Life Foundation, added that ““The Skills for Life Foundation was established to assist underprivileged hill tribe children in remote areas by meeting their basic needs and providing education, mentoring and vocational training opportunities. The Foundation commits to encouraging young people to take responsibility and become financially independent in the future. From my observation, this skill enhancement project is very inspiring and can be a jump start for many young talents at the foundation.”

Dr. Woralun Boonyasurat, Dean of Fine Arts Faculty at Chiang Mai University added that, “The volunteer students at the Fine Arts Faculty will also learn a lot of things by coaching others. They will also experience the power of sharing. I found it is just the right mix to collaborate with Bosch as we have the right expertise to accommodate on product design concept. In addition, our faculty also works closely with local community to leverage Chiang Mai to become creative handicrafts city. And this project can bring us one step closer to that aim.”

About Bosch in Thailand

Bosch is represented in Thailand by four entities generating sales of 10.8 billion baht (285 million euros) in fiscal 2015. Bosch automotive spare parts, power tools, security systems, thermotechnology, drive and control technology and packaging technology are distributed in Thailand by Robert Bosch Limited. Automotive components are manufactured in the Amata City Industrial Estate in Rayong, while the production of packaging machinery and the service for hydraulic equipment and machinery is located in the Amata Nakorn Industrial Estate in Chonburi. BSH Home Appliances Limited sells and services home appliances in Thailand. Bosch’s workforce in Thailand stood at more than 1,100 employees as of December 31, 2015.

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About Bosch worldwide

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 390,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2016). According to preliminary figures, the company generated sales of 73.1 billion euros in 2016. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT company, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, smart cities, connected mobility, and connected industry. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to create solutions for a connected life, and to improve 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 Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 450 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 120 locations across the globe, Bosch employs 59,000 associates in research and development.

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.

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