2018 Integrated Report – On track towards a better Railway

Sustainability management

Main activities

Sixth DB Sustainability Day

“Sustainable Cities Require Smart Products” was the leading theme of the sixth DB Sustainability Day no. 113 on March 1, 2018 in Berlin. Throughout one entire day, the Group Management Board spoke with 190 invited representatives of various stakeholder groups about ideas and expectations for better quality of life in cities and a contribution to a society that is fit for the future. Among the guests of the event were Olaf Scholz (former First Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg), Clare Jones (Chief Customer Officer of what3words) as well as representatives of the cities of Copenhagen, London and Darmstadt.

Hosting of the 22nd Environmental Forum

Every year, DB Group invites representatives of environmental associations and representatives from industry, science and politics to the public dialog. Already in its 22nd year, the Environmental Forum took place on June 13 – 14, 2018 in Berlin with participants from WWF, Environmental Action Germany (Deutsche Umwelthilfe) and Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Association (Naturschutzbund Deutschland e.V.; NABU) as well as the environmental policy representatives of the parliamentary factions. In podium discussions and workshops, representatives of DB Group and of the economy discussed the transition away from fossil fuels. Prof. Dr. Sabina Jeschke gave an overview of the digitalization of the tracks. Prof. Dr. Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, Co-President of the Club of Rome, spoke on the subject of environmental policy challenges in the transport sector.

Summit meeting with environmental associations

Since 2000, DB Group management has been meeting with the management of environmental associations to examine current environmental topics. In the year under review,
representatives from Greenpeace, WWF, Deutscher Umwelt­hilfe, NABU, BUND (Friends of the Earth Germany) and VCD (Transport Club Germany) came together in Berlin in Oc­­­to­­ber 2018. Together with the Chairman of the DB Management Board, Dr. Richard Lutz, and member of the DB Management Board, Prof. Dr. Sabina Jeschke, the heads of the associations discussed, amongst other issues, the challenges of climate protection and adapting to climate change using predictable vegetation control.