2017 Integrated Report – Departure into a new era

Law and contracts

Scope: compensation claims, lawsuits, active and passive claims

As a result of delayed vehicle deliveries and vehicle defects, operating difficulties and breaches of contract or non-compliance events arise with respect to contracting organizations in regional transport. Higher expenses and penalty payments combined with lower fare-box revenues are the result. Ensu­­ing damage claims are asserted against the manufacturers.

Provisions have been made for legal and contractual risks based on an assessment of their probability of occurrence.

Compliance with current laws, company guidelines and recognized regulatory standards is the task and duty of every DB Group employee. It is the mission of our compliance department to ensure compliance with such criteria.

With its very high purchasing volume and over 40,000 suppliers, DB Group is one of the largest purchasers in Germany. Large-scale capital expenditures mean that the infrastructure business units in particular are exposed to a significant risk of becoming the target and victim of corruption, cartel agreements or fraud. As a provider of grants, the Federal Government places high demands on DB Group with its anti-corruption guidelines.

Opportunities arise from the discovery of cartels that operated in the past and the enforcement of claims for damages against cartel members. DB Group is seeking compensations for damage in over 20 cases. These involve, inter alia, cartels for rail, air freight, elevators and escalators, prestressing steel, credit cards, but also beer. In about 40 other cases, DB Group is currently determining whether damage has been suffered.