Bosch in the Community Month

Brad McKenna

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Brad McKenna

Bosch Volunteer

Did you know there are approximately 1.6 million registered nonprofits in the U.S.? That’s nearly three times the number of nonprofits registered in 2000. People want to give back to their communities, and Bosch employees are no exception. From Oct. 16 to Nov. 22, the Bosch North America headquarters and surrounding offices are taking time to recognize the many ways that associates and the company give back to the community. We are calling it Bosch in the Community Month.

Bosch in the Community Month is a way to celebrate the many things our associates are doing in their communities! Throughout the month, a team of dedicated employees are coordinating nonprofit partner highlights, information sessions, volunteer events and chances for employees to win money for their favorite charities. The month-long celebration will also include Thankstoberfest -- a party that includes pie-eating and pumpkin-carving contests, as well as giveaways. Of course, the focus is to point back to our community. We want to say thank you to our dedicated associates and nonprofit partners who work each day to improve the communities in which we live, work and learn.

Many people don’t realize that Bosch is one of the largest privately held companies in the world. It began in 1886 when Robert Bosch started a small electricians workshop in Stuttgart, Germany. He quickly expanded and, today, there are roughly 400,000 employees throughout the world. But the fact I found most interesting when joining the company was that Mr. Bosch set up the company so that 92 percent of our company share is owned by a private philanthropic foundation in Germany called the Robert Bosch Foundation. This German-based foundation has since granted more than $1.5 billion globally. Mr. Bosch was passionate about community, people and a variety of social causes. It was his spirit of innovation and generosity that propelled the company forward, and it is why I joined the team.

In North America, we have a dedicated corporate social responsibility department focused on topics through the region. We also have a corporate foundation called The Bosch Community Fund, which makes grants through community advisory committees across the U.S. (by invitation only). But at the core of all our social efforts are the associates. They continue to believe in and build on the legacy of our founder. In fact, a recent survey at Bosch found that 75 percent of employees stated that social responsibility is important to them. And it shows.

What drives me? Why do I give?
I was once asked, “If you had your own T-shirt, what would it say?” My response was, “Thank you.” Many people – from personal, professional and spiritual spheres – have poured into my life. Without them, I would not be who I am today. As a result, I have committed my life to paying it forward. My hope is that we inspire others to do the same. I see that in our employees each and every day.

If you had a T-shirt, what would it say?

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