Latest CSR Initiatives
As part of Bosch’s ongoing support to India’s COVID-19 combat, the Paramedics training program was started in 2020. The aim of this program is to offer soft skills through BRIDGE and paramedic domain skills through partner hospitals and healthcare centers. 1,001 Paramedics have been trained and placed so far.
Industry Academia Collaboration for Skill Development (IACSD) is a unique social engagement initiative developed by Bosch India in 2019 to promote skill development in institutes of higher learning in India in five areas including:
- Skill Development of Youth
- Trainers Capacity Building
- Developing Industry-ready Social Service Professionals
- Capacity Building of Non-Profit Sector, and
- MSME Capacity Building
Support for combating COVID-19
In the first wave, Bosch pledged INR 500 million to facilitate various COVID-combating community welfare initiatives. With the second wave, we extend our support further. We focused on the pressing needs of the society in three major areas: healthcare support, livelihood creation and distribution of essential supplies to underprivileged communities. This includes:
- Distribution of 111,000 free meals to needy people during lockdowns
- Distribution of dry ration, PPE Kit and Sanitizers
- Distribution of 25.9 lakh Bosch masks
- Refurbishment of 57 faulty ventilators
- Facilitating re-employment of 12,035 migrant workers
- Training of 1,001 youth in Paramedic skills
- Research-based interventions through TDU, Bangalore
Bosch has extended CSR assistance to Primary Health Centers aiming to ease their pressure through infrastructural upgrades, process improvements and supply of medical equipment, also to make them COVID-responsive. This intervention has benefitted 25 PHCs located around Bosch plants in Bangalore, Naganathapura, Jaipur, Gangaikonadan, Chennai and Coimbatore.
The Skill Entrepreneurship program by Bosch aims to help the training participants understand the importance of Skilling and Entrepreneurship, comprehend India’s skilling ecosystem and skilling needs, identify the requirements for setting up a Skilling Center and learn skill entrepreneurship management for sustainability and scalability.
NGO Capacity Building
Bosch offers a short-term course for NGOs known as ‘Saksham’. It is a series of five module training of two-day duration of each module. Corporate, academic and NPO representatives share experiences and best practices towards sustainable improvement of NGO operations.
Most of the people who move into bigger cities for better opportunities often find themselves struggling out of poverty and despair. In order to address the problems faced by the people in the bottom of the pyramid and needy elders in the society, Bosch India Social Engagement conceptualized a program called CREDILA (Care for Rural Elders with Dignity Despite their Lower Aspirations) in 2020. Three key areas of intervention through CREDILA includes supply of food, clothing and medicines. 250 families have been benefitted so far.
Cataract Surgeries for Rural Elders
To help needy elders with free cataract surgeries, Bosch has partnered with Aravind Eye Care System in Madurai. The high-quality cataract surgery has benefitted 870 elders in nine locations in and around Bangalore, Jaipur, Nashik, Chennai, Coimbatore, Bidadi, Gangaikondan, Ahmedabad, and Pune. Bosch has fully taken care of the patients’ surgery cost, besides their pre and post-operative expenses, including lab investigations, spectacles, medicines, food, and transport.
It will be a game changer if job-seeking youth in villages are able to get at least entry-level jobs preferably in their own or nearby villages, which will reduce migration. To achieve this, Bosch is planning to extend its flagship BRIDGE program to villages by setting up training centers in partnership, which will provide BRIDGE (soft skills) and technical training.