Supplier management.

Reliable and competitive partners make a valuable contribution to SBB’s commercial success, which is why the company believes a comprehensive approach to supplier management is important. Supplier management is geared towards forming, influencing and enhancing customer-supplier relationships.

It is therefore about improving the performance of existing suppliers, strengthening partnerships and appraising new suppliers. A core element is cost-effective procurement that takes into account life-cycle costs, security of supply, quality and safety standards as well as innovations to increase customer benefit.

Supplier management at SBB encompasses the following stages:

Appraising suppliers.

  • Before a supplier is approved (“ready for business”), it is checked out using a suitable appraisal scheme depending on the goods or services to be procured.

Evaluating suppliers.

  • While suppliers are performing services, SBB will evaluate them regularly in line with standardised criteria regarding the environment and social matters. For environmental and social issues, this is done by EcoVadisLink opens in new window..

Developing suppliers.

  • The suppliers are required to respond to results from the evaluation and the potential for improvement thus identified by taking action and fine-tuning their processes.

Phasing out suppliers.

  • Contracts expire or services are procured from elsewhere. SBB also manages this process in a proactive manner.

List of qualified suppliers.

As well as the abovementioned supplier qualification, SBB also operates a verification system for certain products in accordance with the Swiss Federal Act on Public Procurement/Swiss Ordinance on Public Procurement. The latest list of qualified suppliers is published on every year. The lists of qualified suppliers can be obtained during the year by e-mailing the addresses below. 

Product group



Trackbed materials

Platform edges

einkauf.oberbau@sbb.chLink opens in new window.


Telecom cables
Telecom cables for ETCS
High-voltage cable 30/18 kV
Signal box cables
Optical fibre cables

einkauf.betriebsmittel@sbb.chLink opens in new window.

Wheelset material Wheelsets
X001600@sbb.chLink opens in new window.