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How ethical and sustainable is Bosch? 

Bosch is included in The Good Shopping Guide’s Kettles Ethical Ratings Table. Bosch has not yet upheld our ethical standards, but we are hopeful that in the future, the company will reform in order to do business in a more moral manner. By requesting Ethical Accreditation, which would entail a more thorough investigation and recommendations for ethical development, Bosch might raise consumer trust.

Are you interested in seeing how Bosch rates against other brands within the Ethical Kettles Sector? Visit the Kettles Ethical Ratings Table. From The Good Shopping Guide’s Ratings Tables, you can learn more about the criteria that our top-rated brands have fulfilled.

What does Bosch do?

Bosch was established in 1898 as an automobile company before expanding into other sectors. There are now about 50 stores for the brand in the UK. In addition to Kettles, Bosch also produces and sells a variety of other home appliances, such as cookware, gardening tools, refrigerators, heating and hot water appliances, power tools, smart home goods, and many more.

For which criteria does Bosch perform poorly? 

Bosch receives low marks for political contributions and respect to human rights principles. Although it’s possible that 1,000 jobs may be lost in Germany by 2025, Robert Bosch came under fire when thousands of workers protested against planned factory closures. Also, during recent elections, the corporation donated more than our threshold amount to political candidates.

Past Criticisms of Bosch’s ethical record

Bosch came under fire after paying $25 million to resolve a lawsuit alleging that it contributed to problems with diesel emissions.

In what areas does Bosch score well for its ethics?

The Bosch sustainability report includes goals for water use, renewable energy sources, and carbon emissions, as well as proof that each of these goals has been met. Additionally, Bosch adheres to a rigid code of conduct that requires that working hours and child labour meet ILO requirements, which are more stringent than many countries’ legislative systems and therefore meet The Good Shopping Guide’s criteria. The brand also receives a high score for Armaments, Nuclear issues, Fossil Fuels and Animal Welfare.

How can Bosch improve its ethical rating?

The Ethical rating of a brand is divided into three categories by The Good Shopping Guide: the Environment, People and Animals. Find out more about how we rate.

If Bosch stops making any more political donations and improves the way it treats its employees, it may improve its ranking and meet our main ethical requirement.

Are you curious about how obtaining Ethical Accreditation could be beneficial for your brand? Accredited brands can display The Good Shopping Guide mark, showcasing to consumers that it can be trusted as an ethical and sustainable brand. Visit our Ratings Tables to learn about which brands have been awarded with our ethical certification.

Would you like more information? Please get in touch or fill out a Free Initial Assessment form.

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  • Environmental Report


  • Nuclear Power


  • Fossil Fuels



  • Animal Welfare



  • Armaments


  • Code of Conduct


  • Political Donations


  • Human Rights



  • Ethical Accreditation


  • Other Criticisms


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