By The Nation
More than 20 Bosch associates, led by Joseph Hong, managing director of Bosch in Thailand, volunteered at the Hand to Hand Foundation to reinforce the company’s long-standing community outreach initiatives.
The assumption of responsibility for society and future generations has a long tradition at Bosch. In the early days of the company, founder Robert Bosch pioneered the launch of welfare programmes for associates and their families; in non-business areas, too, he played an active philanthropic role.
Today, the Robert Bosch Foundation promotes health care, welfare, education and training, art, culture, and science. Combining the pursuit of economic objectives while considering social and environmental factors is a priority at Bosch. It accepts that its actions must accord with the interests of society and places its products and services in the interests of the safety of people, the economic use of resources and environmental sustainability.
Based in Pattaya, the Hand to Hand Foundation seeks to protect children who are marginalised regardless of their race, age or religion by providing services such as helping them acquire legal documentation as well as food, clothing and education, including scholarship and medical care.
Hand to Hand’s pre-school currently has 46 registered children and 54 children are enrolled in advanced schooling under scholarship programmes. Its children’s club has on average 70 children on weekends and prison visits were recently extended from one day a week to three. Hand to Hand continues to be very active in educating students about Internet safety and helping local municipalities prepare child protection policies.