The Robert Bosch Stiftung

2013 Annual Report

Dear Reader,

For the Robert Bosch Stiftung, 2013 was a year of change and transition.

Dieter Berg, who had led the Foundation as chairman of the Board of Management since 2003, retired at the end of March after reaching the age limit. Berg had an important impact on the focus of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, especially in the areas of international relations, health, and science. In view of demographic developments, he placed great emphasis on the issue of growing old in all its facets. This includes dealing with dementia and questions of palliative medicine as well as the integration of the elderly in working life and an improvement of the image of older people in society. Under the leadership of Dieter Berg and Ingrid Hamm, the Foundation greatly expanded and professionalized its work. Berg focused in particular on the long-term expansion of the Robert Bosch Hospital and the development of the leadership culture within the Foundation. He was accorded the highest praise for his efforts by his colleagues at the Foundation as well as the numerous partners with whom he enjoyed a trusting partnership.

As the new Board of Management, we will build on the efforts of past years and set new priorities. In terms of project work, we want to focus the Foundation even more on key social topics and optimize the efficiency of our work. The new approach will become clear in this area. In response to changed reading habits, and in order to conserve resources, the annual report is appearing for the first time as an online publication.

The report will explain more clearly than in the past the strategy that we pursue in various focus areas, thus creating transparency about internal changes.

We would like to thank all of the staff members who worked with such great dedication for the Robert Bosch Stiftung in 2013. In particular, we would like to mention the long and successful commitment of Dr. Almut Satrapa-Schill. We thank our project partners and service providers for their support.

Dr. Ingrid Hamm     Professor Joachim Rogall
Picture Gallery

Take a look at some of the photos of our projects and events from 2013. The photos show high points such as the award ceremony for the German School Award, the conference "Pathways to a More Efficient Educational Federalism," and the train ride on the 20th anniversary of the Lectureship Program at universities in Eastern Europe and China.

Photos of the Year

Foundation in Figures

The annual financial statement as of December 31, 2013, which was prepared in accordance with commercial accounting rules, was reviewed by the auditing firm KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft, Stuttgart, and given an unqualified auditor’s opinion. Accordingly, the annual financial statement provides a fair and accurate view of the current net assets, financial position, and results of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, taking into account the principles of sound accounting.

The share held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH in the capital stock of Robert Bosch GmbH remained unchanged at 92%, or 5.055 million euros. The Foundation received dividends of 78.6 million euros from this share, as it did last year as well. Interest income amounted to 4.7 million euros. This income came from funds that were provided for services in accordance with the Foundation’s bylaws and invested in short- or medium-term fixed-income investments and in special funds. Another 11.4 million euros were available from other income and unused funds from the previous year.

Dependent foundations had inflows from interest income and other income in the amount of 3.8 million euros.

Approvals granted by the Board of Trustees and the Board of Management of the Foundation for third-party and internal projects amounted to 61.9 million euros. This also includes the 8.7 million euros in funding provided for research at the Robert Bosch Hospital, the Dr. Margarete Fischer Bosch Institute for Clinical Pharmacology, and the Institute for the History of Medicine.

A total of 5.5 million euros was used for special measures and investments in the Robert Bosch Hospital that were not covered by the funding provided by the state under the Krankenhausfinanzierungsgesetz (“hospital financing act” – KHG). Dependent foundations promoted projects in the amount of 2.1 million euros.

A total of 18.3 million euros was spent on staff, administration, and communication during the reporting year.