2017 Integrated Report – Departure into a new era

Main activities in 2017

Hosting of the 21st Environmental Forum

Dialog with environmental and passenger associations is very important to us, which is why DB Environment invites representatives of these associations to our annual “Environmental Forum” to exchange ideas about the challenges we are currently facing. The 21st event was hosted in Berlin and featured workshops and panel discussions at which Management Board members Ronald Pofalla (Infrastructure) and Berthold Huber (Passenger Transport) and others answered participants’ questions. The CEO of DB Cargo and representatives from the logistics industry discussed challenges and innovations in green logistics with association delegates.

Summit meeting with environmental associations

Since 2000, DB Group management has been meeting with environmental associations to examine current environmental topics. In the year under review the representatives met up in Berlin in October. Topics addressed between the managers of the associations and DB CEO Dr. Richard Lutz and DB Management Board member in charge of Infrastructure Ronald Pofalla included the new DB climate target and the use of herbicides. We also presented our new environmental communication concept This is green..

Compliance conference

DB Group places great importance on only doing business with companies that demand ethical and legal conduct, and on encouraging its suppliers to adopt an appropriate attitude. At the Compliance conference in March 2017, suppliers and representatives from associations met with top-level DB Group managers to set the course for future cooperation. In various workshops around 100 participants discussed topics such as DB Group’s new supplier management system, current compliance issues affecting the associations and their work, business partner compliance, and DB Group’s antitrust damage prevention system. 

Wide range of dialog formats continued

In the year under review, numerous dialog formats for a continuous exchange with all stakeholder groups were implemented. The main activities are summarized in the following table:


Key topics in 2017

Key dialog formats


  • Timetable change/shorter travel time Berlin – Munich
  • Punctuality
  • Digitalization
  • Travel comfort/customer service
  • Vehicle modernization
  • Passenger Advisory Board
  • Online dialog platforms/social networks
  • Customer dialog (telephone)
  • Customer surveys
  • Labs (d.lab, mindbox)
  • Dialog forum with BahnCard 100 customers/top customer events
  • Train and bus labs
  • Trade fairs and product conferences

Business customers

  • Punctuality and reliability
  • Customer dialog
  • Implementation of Railway of the Future @ DB Cargo
  • Green logistics
  • Direct exchange with customers
  • “transport logistic” trade fair with “Rail Club” event for top customers
  • Own dialog events, such as “Port conferences,” “Rail Safety Days”
  • Customer workshops
  • In-person and telephone surveys, for example the new satisfaction check


  • Infrastructure development and financing
  • Intermodal competition
  • Future of financing public transport
  • Safety in rail transport
  • Regulatory framework; in particular noise reduction, Railway Regulation Act
  • Parliamentary evenings
  • Association activities
  • Participation in discussion rounds and expert presentations
  • Our own events, such as competition symposiums or fireside evenings


  • Employee satisfaction
  • Employer attractiveness
  • Demographic preparedness
  • Global follow-up process down to team level following employee survey
  • DB Planet networking and dialog platform
  • Working Environments 4.0: inter-company network of experts and joint
    implementation of prototypes
  • Action workshops as part of DB Transformation
  • Job casting – largest recruitment event
  • Collective wage negotiations, including agreement on new model for choosing working hours
  • Conference for women in management


  • Competitive situation/regulatory environment
  • Dividend policy/capital increase
  • Indebtedness
  • Development of factor costs
  • Roadshows
  • One-on-ones
  • Direct contacts
  • Investor relations Web site


  • Competitive awarding of contracts
  • Quality
  • Innovation
  • Antitrust law
  • Ombudspersons
  • Reviews of business partners
  • Sustainability in the supply chain
  • “Railway Forum” dialog event
  • Innotrans (including supplier award, innovation prize)
  • Direct supplier development meetings
  • Innovation workshops
  • Discussion rounds and expert presentations (for example, VDB,
    econsense, BME, IZBE)
  • Compliance dialog with business partners (for example, DB Compliance
  • Railsponsible industry network

Associations/specialist public

  • Infrastructure development and financing
  • Energy policy framework
  • Noise reduction
  • Compliance/anti-corruption
  • Host of this year’s conference of the VDV
  • “Environmental Forum” workshop
  • High-level talks and exchanges on special topics with passenger, environmental and industry associations and the public transport authorities
  • Compliance conference
  • Presentation of DB compliance activities to foreign delegations
  • Member of the Administrative Board of the German Compliance Institute (Deutsches Institut für Compliance e. V.; DICO)
  • Corporative member of Transparency International Deutschland e. V.


  • Railway of the Future
  • Digitalization projects
  • Commissioning of Berlin – Munich high-speed link
  • New climate targets and noise protection
  • Introduction of ICE 4
  • DB Group as an employer
  • Infrastructure plans
  • International achievements
  • Press Web site
  • Press trips and dates
  • Background discussions
  • Interviews
  • Social media (Facebook, Twitter)
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