The Robert Bosch Stiftung

2014 Annual Report

Dear Reader,

For the Robert Bosch Stiftung, 2014 was a year very much in keeping with its 50th anniversary.

With its anniversary slogan of “50 Years Shaping the Future,” the foundation looked back at its many achievements since it was founded in 1964. But it also looked forward: what has to happen within the foundation’s areas of focus if we are to overcome the challenges of the future? And how future-proof is our own sector, civil society in general and the foundation world in particular?

By virtue of their financial and political independence, foundations have the ability to drive change within civil society. As neutral platforms and sources of inspiration, they can facilitate dialog between different interest groups and provide the impetus necessary to test innovative solutions. These are the findings of a study entitled “The Future of Foundations”, which the Robert Bosch Stiftung commissioned to mark the occasion of its anniversary. However, the study also showed that, in many cases, foundations do not actually tap their full potential. The authors of the study concluded that foundations will have to take a more strategic approach in future in order to effectively and transparently fulfill their role within society.

The study was discussed in detail at the “Era of Citizens” conference. At the invitation of the foundation, distinguished representatives of civil society, founders, and experts from all over the world came together for the two-day event in Berlin. In his visionary opening address, German Federal President Joachim Gauck spoke of the pivotal role played by civic commitment within society. He called on foundations to be incubators for new ideas and drivers of innovation and change in government, civil society, and business. Nobel Peace Prize laureates Kailash Satyarthi and Muhammad Yunus then told of their struggles against child labor and poverty. In the face of tremendous resistance and, on occasion, putting their lives on the line, they have helped people tear down unjust structures and set movements in motion that have since attracted supporters from all over the world.

The highlight of the anniversary year was the inauguration of the UWC Robert Bosch College in Freiburg, a school founded jointly by the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the German UWC Foundation – with vital support received in the form of a generous donation from Robert Bosch GmbH. With its unique concept, the school embodies a perfect combination of international relations and outstanding education – core ideas that have shaped the foundation’s work for many decades. Three years after the initial ground-breaking ceremony on what would have been Robert Bosch’s 150th birthday, the Robert Bosch College was formally opened on September 23, 2014.

104 students from more than 70 countries – almost all of whom were awarded a scholarship – are now living and learning together in the newly renovated former convent. Alongside classes for the IB, an internationally recognized school diploma, they will also learn about intercultural understanding, peaceful conflict resolution, and social responsibility over a two-year period – giving them the best possible tools for a future in a globalized world. The school’s second cohort of 100 students is set to enroll in Freiburg in August 2015, making the community of learning complete.

Also busy working on solutions for the challenges of the 21st century are many of the Richard von Weizsäcker Fellows, who spend either a few months or a whole year at the new Robert Bosch Academy, which is located at the Berlin Representative Office. The academy, which was ceremoniously opened in summer 2014, offers renowned decision-makers and experts from all over the world the freedom to drive their projects forward, network, and play a part in the political and social life of both Berlin and Germany as a whole. A diverse range of events provides a communication forum for decision-makers, experts, and the general public – a concept that makes the academy a one-of-a-kind center for dialog and solution-driven collaboration.

An important milestone in the field of education was the establishment of the German School Academy at the end of 2014. The academy is building on the experience of the outstanding schools that have been honored by the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Heidehof Stiftung with the German School Award since 2006. In keeping with the principle of “practical teaching – for practical learning,” the German School Academy makes knowledge available to outstanding students. Its services are directed toward all schools in Germany as well as ministries, teacher training institutes, municipalities, and private school operators. As an independent school development and teacher training institution, it will play a key part in helping us to achieve our goal of more good schools in Germany.

The aforementioned activities, not to mention the citizens’ festival held at the foundation’s headquarters at the beginning of July 2014, generated a great deal of publicity for the Robert Bosch Stiftung, thus honing its public profile.

Alongside a look back on the anniversary, this Annual Report also gives you an in-depth insight into the work of our programs. The focus is on outlining the foundation’s new projects and the aims it intends to pursue with them.

We would like to thank all our employees and partners, who have supported us with such dedication, both in terms of our anniversary projects and the work we have done as part of our programs throughout 2014. Without them, the foundation would not be able to carry out the work it does.

Dr. Ingrid Hamm                                Prof. Dr. Joachim Rogall
Picture Gallery

Take a look at some of the photos of our projects and events from 2014. The photos show high points such as the 50th anniversary of the Foundation, the award ceremony for the German School Award, the first citizen's festival, and the opening of the Robert Bosch College in Freiburg - the first United World College (UWC) in Germany.

Photos of the Year

Foundation in Figures

The annual financial statement as of December 31, 2014, 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 the 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. In total, 99.7 million euros were available.

In the 2014 reporting year, dependent foundations had inflows from interest income and other income in the amount of 1.7 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 61.5 million euros. This also includes the 9.8 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 5.4 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 1.3 million euros.

A total of 20.8 million euros was spent on staff, administration, and communication during the reporting year.