Miskolc – Fifty employees of Robert Bosch Starter Motors Generators Kft. decided to spend their team-building day doing something more useful than usual: they visited the Baráthegy Rehabilitation Farm of the town’s Szimbiózis Foundation and worked together to renovate several parts of the institution there.
Since 1991, the Szimbiózis Foundation has been helping people with disabilities, especially those with learning difficulties and autism, to integrate into everyday life. In addition to creating a living space and community where they are happy to spend their time, work, learn household skills and develop their worldview, it passes on useful knowledge to parents and holds training for employers concerning the employment of people with disabilities. There is also an accredited forest school on the farm where children from far and wide come to get to know the people living there and the foundation. The Baráthegy Rehabilitation Farm is in the Diósgyőr district of Miskolc at the eastern gateway to the Bükk Forest, and has been in operation on its five-hectare site for fifteen years.
Workers from the Bosch plant in Miskolc wanted to make an active contribution to the dedicated work of the Szimbiózis Foundation. Most of them were designers in a technical department and wanted to do something practical. In their team-building day, they forged a very effective crew to tackle multifarious tasks, and the young residents in the home also took an active part in the work.
They put together a house made of wooden sections, laid out a new spice garden for the farm, put a roof on the goat house and did the structural work for a new granary. They also demolished an unused old byre and a fence and gathered up brushwood. Günter Schulze, general manager of Robert Bosch Starter Motors Generators Kft. said, “It was the attitude of diversity, acceptance and environmental awareness that guided the department’s choice. The staff were very pleased to do something useful in the time they had and to support an organisation that is very active locally and regionally.”
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Bosch has been present in Hungary since 1899. After its re-establishment as a regional trading company in 1991, Bosch has grown into one of Hungary’s largest foreign industrial employers. In fiscal 2015, its ten Hungarian subsidiaries had a total turnover of HUF 959 billion and sales of the Bosch Group on the Hungarian market – not counting trade among its own companies – was HUF 246 billion. The Bosch Group in Hungary employs some 12,200 people (as per January 1, 2016). In addition to its manufacturing, commercial and development business, Bosch has a network of sales and service operations that covers the entire country.
The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). The company generated sales of 70.6 billion euros in 2015. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology.
The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”
Additional information is available online at www.bosch.hu