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How ethical is Bosch?

Bosch is a German appliance brand which was founded by Robert Bosch in 1886. The Bosch company now operates across the automotive, industrial technology and household goods sectors.

Bosch has been given a below-benchmark score on The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Vacuum Cleaners Ratings Table. Although it has not yet met our ethical benchmark, we hope to see Bosch make progress in future.

Read more about the issues facing the Ethical Vacuum Cleaners sector and find out which companies have achieved accreditation for their commitment to being ethical and sustainable.


In which areas does Bosch perform poorly?

Bosch is given a bottom rating for Political Donations, as parent company, Robert Bosch GmbH, donated an amount higher than our benchmark for a middle rating in recent election cycles.

The brand also gets a bottom score for Human Rights, as there have been mass protests over job cuts at its plants in Germany, and evidence suggestive of forced labour at factories across China supplying Bosch. Find out more about how we rate by exploring our ethical criteria.


In which areas does Bosch score well for its ethics?

Bosch has a Sustainability Report 2021 with goals and evidence of progress, and a robust Code of Conduct which includes ILO conventions, therefore it gets a top rating for both our Environmental Report and Code of Conduct criteria.

We found no criticisms of Bosch relating to; Nuclear Power, Fossil Fuels, Animal Welfare, or Armaments so it scores well for these criteria.

How can Bosch improve its ethical rating?

The below-benchmark score that Bosch is awarded is the result of an evaluation of multiple ethical criteria. To reach our minimum benchmark score and qualify for Ethical Accreditation, Bosch has some issues to resolve including its poor human rights record.

Were you aware that your brand could benefit from Ethical Accreditation? Brands accredited by The Good Shopping Guide can display our Ethical Mark, showcasing to consumers that it is an ethical and sustainable brand. If you’re interested in learning more, please contact us or complete a Free Initial Assessment form.

Ethical performance in category


GSG score


GSG category benchmark


Ethical Rating


  • Environmental Report


  • Nuclear Power


  • Fossil Fuels



  • Animal Welfare



  • Armaments


  • Code of Conduct


  • Political Donations


  • Human Rights



  • Ethical Accreditation


  • Other Criticisms


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