The Robert Bosch Stiftung looks back on its funding activities in 2022. Read on to find out which topics were in the spotlight.
In 2022, the foundation spent around 149 million euros on its charitable work in the three areas of health, education, and global issues. In addition to funding specific projects, the foundation also provided nearly 61 million euros for investments in building renovations at the newly established Bosch Health Campus.
In addition to supporting its own institutions, such as the Bosch Health Campus, the Robert Bosch College UWC, and the International Alumni Center, the foundation develops its own projects and enters into partnerships worldwide. In 2022, it was active in more than 25 countries and launched nearly 300 new funding initiatives.
Today, some 170 colleagues work in our Stuttgart and Berlin locations. Together with our partners, they develop solutions for social challenges to pave the way for systemic change.
"I would like to thank all employees and partners who contributed to the work of our Foundation in 2022 with great dedication. Their passionate commitment to our common goals allows me to look to the future with confidence, despite the major tasks ahead."
Since its establishment in 1964, the Robert Bosch Stiftung has spent around 2.2 billion euros on its charitable work. The Foundation holds around 94 percent of the shares in Robert Bosch GmbH and is financed by dividends. As a charitable Foundation, it does not have any entrepreneurial activities. It has transferred the voting rights of the shares to Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG.
Robert Bosch Stiftung in figures 2022.
Shortly after the crisis began, the Foundation supported the affected partners in Ukraine with a special budget of 4.5 million euros. About the same amount is available for 2023, but under different circumstances: less emergency aid, more strategic support for reconstruction. Ideas for projects to help Ukrainians have come from all parts of the Foundation. In consultation with the Trustees, the Management decided very early to make special funds available for Ukraine. In total, the Foundation spent 4.5 million euros on some 40 projects. The spectrum was broad:
- Evacuations and protective measures,
- medical supplies and aid,
- mental health assistance for refugees,
- support for school students and teachers who had fled to Germany,
- support to civil society organizations.
In 2022, most of the project grants awarded by Robert Bosch Stiftung again went into healthcare, education, and global issues. In the healthcare field, the focus has been on pooling all the Foundation’s activities and institutions together in the Bosch Health Campus (BHC). Since 2022, the campus has brought together four pillars under one roof: patient care, biomedical research, medical and nursing education, and funding and testing promising new ideas for better healthcare. This close interaction should, for example, ensure that patients benefit more quickly from breakthroughs in medical research.
In its education work, the Robert Bosch Stiftung advocates for an equitable and effective education system geared to the well-being of children and young people. For this purpose, it also singles out good schools for the annual “Deutscher Schulpreis” (German School Award). In 2022, the 100,000 euro prize went to the Müritz Regional Vocational Training Centre in Waren, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. The school impressed the jury with the quality of its teaching, which is of a high professional standard and has a strong connection to the lives of the students.
The climate crisis is one of the great challenges of our time. At the 27th climate change conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, the Robert Bosch Stiftung highlighted two key issues. First, it wanted to give African people a greater voice in international climate negotiations. To do this, it supported young people, women, farmers, representatives from civil society organizations, and indigenous groups to participate in the conference. Second, the Foundation addressed future migration issues, such as the prospect that climate change will likely force great numbers of people to flee their homes.
The Robert Bosch Stiftung has set itself the goal of becoming a net-zero organisation by 2050. To this end, it has been calculating a Corporate Carbon Footprint (CCF) according to the GHG Protocol for its business operations since 2019. You can find out more about the measures being taken on the sustainability page of the Robert Bosch Stiftung.