FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (June 28, 2013) — Robert Bosch L.L.C. has given a $40,700 grant to Friends of the Park in support of the Farmington Hills Founders Sports Park fishing pier development and environmental programming.
The company said the initiative will provide an opportunity for the community to experience fishing right in its back yard and foster hands-on educational programs promoting sustainability, conservation and ecology.
The grant will assist with the construction of an Americans with Disabilities Act-accessible boardwalk, seating areas, interpretive signage and educational programs, including learn-to-fish classes, pond ecology, shoreline restoration, wildlife conservation and sustainability of the watershed. The 101-acre park has recreational facilities that bring in more than 1 million visitors annually.
"Bosch was founded on the principle that in addition to a focus on innovative strength, we must demonstrate social and environmental responsibility in the communities in which we do business," said Mike Mansuetti, president of Robert Bosch L.L.C. "Our support for the Founders Sports Park fishing pier not only enhances the community, but provides an educational experience to children and their families."
Additionally, four of Bosch's Michigan operations—Farmington Hills, Plymouth, Novi and Flat Rock—were recognized with a Clean Corporate Citizen (C3) Award from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). The award honors establishments that demonstrate outstanding performance in the areas of environmental management, pollution prevention and environmental compliance. Bosch is one of 11 companies in Oakland County to achieve this recognition.
"Achieving the Clean Corporate Citizen Award is important to Bosch," Mr. Mansuetti said, "because it demonstrates that Bosch has earned the confidence and trust of the State of Michigan in establishing robust processes that will help protect and preserve the environment."
The Bosch Community Fund (BCF) provides more than $3 million annually in grants to enhance communities and the lives of students and families. Most recently, the BCF also granted $20,000 to Greenville Technical College in Greenville, S.C., to support the development of a mobile hydraulic lab. In addition, the BCF granted $25,000 to the Farmington Public Schools to support innovative and creative teaching of STEM curricula.
The U.S.-based BCF foundation, established in September 2011, awards more than $3 million annually in grants to various 501(c)(3) organizations and educational institutions, according to Bosch. The fund focuses primarily on the enrichment of science, technology, engineering and math education and the advancement of environmental sustainability initiatives.
The Bosch Group manufactures and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket solutions, industrial drives and control technology, power tools, security and communication systems, packaging technology, thermotechnology, household appliances, solar energy, healthcare telemedicine and software solutions.