Mitarbeiter der Deutschen Bahn bei einem Workshop. | © DB AG / Max Lautenschläger

We take on social responsibility

We stand for what we believe in and are committed – to our employees, our customers and business partners and society as a whole.

Supporting social engagement

Deutsche Bahn Foundation
Corporate volunteering
Commitment to science and innovation
Humanitarian emergency aid
Sponsoring
Support of aid organizations

Promoting diversity

Accessibility
Equal opportunities and inclusion

Responsibility for our history

Culture of remembrance
Preservation of company history
Architectural heritage

Strengthening community

BSW & EWH Foundation Family
Occupational safety
Working conditions
Corporate social partners
Compliance
Data protection
Corporate digital responsibility
Healthy workplace
Lifelong learning
Supply chain sustainability
Safety in semi-public spaces
Supporting social engagement

Deutsche Bahn is a pillar of society. That is why we want to make our contribution to the community. The independent Deutsche Bahn Foundation plays a vital role in supporting social engagement.

Promoting diversity

Our society is naturally diverse. That is why we promote diversity as an integral part of our corporate culture, both internally and externally.

Responsibility for our history

We are aware that our company has a complex past within the broader context of Germany's history. We believe it is important to preserve the memory of the past, while looking forward for the sake of future generations.

Strengthening community

At Deutsche Bahn, we shape the daily lives and work of many people like no other company. That is why we aim to strengthen our community and set the best possible example.

Stakeholder

As Deutsche Bahn, we are committed – to our employees, our customers and business partners and society as a whole.

With more than 300,000 employees worldwide, billions of passengers and a wide array of business partners, Deutsche Bahn plays a major role in society. As a pillar of society, we have a responsibility to bear and are measured by our actions.

Sustainability is a firm component of our Strong Rail strategy. We take social responsibility, in line with our basic approach as a company.

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For us, demonstrating a stance means having a clear and value-based position, expressing it internally and publicly, and acting on it. At DB, we want to be a place where attitude is communicated and where we come together based on values.

Multifaceted social engagement

At Deutsche Bahn, we have been practicing corporate social responsibility for a long time and across all divisions; this includes our role as a fair employer, sustainable and transparent supply chains, the protection and promotion of human rights, taking on corporate digital responsibility and handling our historical responsibility with a special culture of remembrance. The DB Group partners with the independent Deutsche Bahn Foundation and the BSW & EWH Foundation Family to support this multifaceted social engagement.

Our key stakeholders are at the heart of our social responsibility. We have a special bond with them, be they our employees, customers and business partners or society as a whole.

Four standpoints as a compass of social values

Four standpoints shape our actions and provide orientation for us and our stakeholders. They line up with our fundamental convictions and our social value compass at Deutsche Bahn:

We strengthen community

We support social engagement

We promote diversity

We take responsibility for our history

This provides us with clear guidance for our social responsibility and allows us to take a systematic approach. We derive our specific actions from these four standpoints. The four standpoints thus include more than 20 key focus areas with many individual activities and initiatives. For example, we support refugees in a variety of ways, help train station missions. and regularly send a strong message advocating diversity and tolerance at Christopher Street Day. That is social responsibility in action. For people.

Our standpoints

Strengthening community

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At Deutsche Bahn, we shape the daily lives and work of many people like no other company. That is why we aim to strengthen our community and set the best possible example. For example, we ensure that our employees have a respectful working environment, and we nurture reliable relationships with our customers and business partners based on integrity. We also value reliable social partnerships characterized by mutual trust. The BSW & EWH Foundation Family plays a prominent role here as Deutsche Bahn's largest social partner.

Supporting social engagement

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Deutsche Bahn is a pillar of society. That is why we want to make our contribution to the community. The independent Deutsche Bahn Foundation plays a vital role in supporting social engagement. It was founded to unite the DB Museum and Deutsche Bahn's charitable activities under one roof, develop their programming and increase their visibility. It runs projects in the key focus areas of education and integration with the aim of improving equal opportunities and helping people in need. It also promotes volunteer work. Beyond the foundation, too, the DB Group takes a variety of steps to advocate for social causes.

Promoting diversity

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Diversity is an integral and essential part of Deutsche Bahn's corporate culture. As such, we want to create a respectful and non-discriminatory working environment in which all people have equitable opportunities to develop, incorporate their perspectives and thus contribute to the success of the company. That is why we promote workplace diversity and intercultural cooperation and pursue active diversity management. We also want to make the services we offer our customers are as inclusive as possible in order to ensure broad participation. In addition, we carry out and participate in various initiatives to send strong messages advocating tolerance and diversity.

Responsibility for our history

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At Deutsche Bahn, we not only take responsibility in the present, but are also aware of the wider historical context of our corporate history. With our complicated past, we have an everlasting responsibility to deal with the past and history and to preserve remembrance. In doing so, we also take on an educational mission and convey a contemporary historical context, making these topics accessible for future generations.

Our stakeholders

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Employees

Deutsche Bahn is one of the largest employers in Germany, this means we have a particular responsibility to our employees. That is why we work together to create a respectful working environment. We offer them the best possible conditions and make sure they are well equipped to tackle the future challenges of the working world. Because the commitment and performance of our employees are the foundation of our success.

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Customers and business partners

At Deutsche Bahn, we connect people. In so doing, we create added value for society by strengthening relationships between families, friends and professionals. Our customers are central to everything we do and we reflect that by fulfilling our social responsibility. 

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Society

The whole of society benefits from our Strong Rail strategy. We play a key role in promoting sustainable mobility and logistics for everyone, which is why we attach such great importance to social participation. We act responsibly in our corporate management and are committed to social issues.

Key focus areas of social responsibility

We derive our key focus areas from our four clearly defined standpoints. They show in specific terms how we take social responsibility in everyday life.

Supporting social engagement
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Deutsche Bahn Foundation

Strengthening community
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BSW & EWH Foundation Family

Promoting diversity
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Accessibility

Responsibility for our history
© Deutsche Bahn AG / Christian Bedeschinski

Architectural heritage

Supporting social engagement
© Deutsche Bahn AG / Max Lautenschläger

Commitment to science and innovation

Strengthening community
© Deutsche Bahn AG / Max Lautenschläger

Compliance

Strengthening community
© Deutsche Bahn AG / Max Lautenschläger

Corporate digital responsibility

Strengthening community
© Deutsche Bahn AG / Volker Emersleben

Corporate social partners

Supporting social engagement
DB-Mitarbeitende bei Freiwilligenaktion "DBpacktan" im Jahr 2022 | © Mit freundlicher Genehmigung von Eva Herzog

Corporate volunteering

Responsibility for our history
Kranzniederlegung am Denkmal für die ermordeten Sinti und Roma Europas. | © Deutsche Bahn AG / Dominic Dupont

Culture of remembrance

Strengthening community
© Deutsche Bahn AG / Oliver Lang

Data protection

Promoting diversity
Der Wagen der Deutschen Bahn beim Christopher Street Day in Berlin 2022 | © DB AG / Hans-Christian Plambeck

Equal opportunities and inclusion

Strengthening community
© Deutsche Bahn AG / Dominic Dupont

Healthy workplace

Supporting social engagement
© Deutsche Bahn AG / Oliver Lang

Humanitarian emergency aid

Strengthening community
© Deutsche Bahn AG / Max Lautenschläger

Lifelong learning

Strengthening community
© Deutsche Bahn AG / Max Lautenschläger

Occupational safety

Responsibility for our history
Historische Schwarzweiß-Aufnahme des Hamburger Hauptbahnhofs | © Deutsche Bahn AG / Archiv

Preservation of company history

Strengthening community
© Deutsche Bahn AG / Björn Ewers

Safety in semi-public spaces

Supporting social engagement
© Deutsche Bahn AG / Daniela Rau

Sponsoring

Strengthening community
© Deutsche Bahn AG / Volker Emersleben

Supply chain sustainability

Supporting social engagement
© Deutsche Bahn AG / Faruk Hosseini

Support of aid organizations

Strengthening community
© Deutsche Bahn AG / Max Lautenschläger

Working conditions