Maintaining a dialogue
Deutsche Bahn is part of society and public life. In this capacity, we work to maintain a relationship of trust with our stakeholders, one that is based on integrity, continuity and transparency.
Deutsche Bahn is part of society and public life. As a result, it is essential for us to maintain a dialogue for partnership and a relationship built on trust with our stakeholders. Integrity, continuity and transparency are the hallmarks of our interaction with them. Motivated by this awareness, we signed Germany's Sustainability Code, which obliges us to provide stakeholders with transparent information about our sustainability-related actions.
Key groups include not just our employees and customers (business and private), but also politicians, regulators, suppliers, business associations and rail sector professionals. We communicate with them regularly and in depth, using online channels, in-house events and face-to-face conversations.
Forms of dialogue
To promote dialogue with stakeholders and everyone else who is interested in green, sustainable mobility, we are in close and frequent contact with them via different channels – online, events such as our environmental forum and direct discussions. Openly communicating and debating vital issues about sustainability and environmental is a central part of our identity.
Our Umweltforum has firmly established itself as the central platform for green mobility. It brings decision makers from politics, civil society, business and academia together to discuss the opportunities and challenges associated with green mobility. What form should mobility take in the era of climate change? What are the main drivers of innovation? What could specific solutions for green mobility look like? Further information about our Umweltforum event is available at gruen.deutschebahn.com/en/dialogue/events/umweltforum
Noise levels are particularly elevated in the Middle Rhine Valley, so we formed an advisory noise control council for the region in 2012, and it provides a setting for comprehensive communication relating to the issue of noise mitigation. The council's other members are drawn from politics, the relevant ministers at Germany's central and state governments, and representatives from citizens' action groups.
Every year, our noise control report contains in-depth information about our activities to reduce noise levels along rail lines nationwide and minimize noise generated by our vehicles. People are at the center of our noise mitigation activities. Strong Rail means more trains, but this will only work if the people who live beside railway lines are willing to accept higher rail traffic. You can read our most recent noise control report at deutschebahn.com/laermschutzbericht (only available in German).
At our conservation day event, we bring experts working on the latest projects and developments together, thereby helping to actively promote the exchange of ideas and information.
Networks and membership
We are members of a number of different networks – we have listed just a few of them here.
Deutsche Bahn joined the UN Global Compact (UNGC) in 2009. It is the world's largest and most important initiative for responsible corporate governance. The organization's vision is an inclusive and sustainable global economy based on its ten universal principles. We are also members of the German Global Compact Network, which is Germany's multi-stakeholder forum for promoting the UNGC's principles and putting them into action.
As a supporting member of the Foundation 2°, we promote its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions worldwide and limiting global warming to a maximum of 2° Celsius. Within this foundation's framework, we work with other businesses from different sectors to promote climate protection.
Together with about 40 other multinational companies, we are an active member of econsense, the forum for sustainable business development in Germany. Here, we work towards developing and initiating solutions for sustainable business methods.
Joining forces to tackle global challenges and creating strong international links are the guiding principles of the non-profit organization One Young World (OYW). In our role as an OYW partner, we want to make an active contribution to society outside the boundaries of our company. To achieve this, we offer employees interested in future managerial positions the opportunity to become part of this international network and get involved in important social issues.
Ever since 2009, we have been part of the conservation association Verein Bergwaldprojekt e.V.. Since joining, over 365,000 trees have been planted thanks to extensive fundraising. The money has come from DB's private and business customers, while our employees have volunteered to plant the saplings. The resulting woodlands are very similar to Germany's natural forests and help to stabilize an area of over 100 hectares against the effects of climate change. Our contribution has also protected the habitats of many species of plants and animals.
We are a member of many other networks as well. These include the Association of German Transport Companies, the rail sector's association Railsponsible and Transparency International.