Sustainability strategy.

Travelling by rail reduces environmental impact, saves resources, energy and space, and produces comparatively low CO2 emissions. SBB is Switzerland's largest provider of sustainable mobility and one of the country's most significant employers.

This brings with it a binding commitment to economic, environmental and social sustainability. SBB consistently takes sustainability criteria into account along the entire value chain – from procurement, to production, use and disposal.

“Digitalisation will make our customers’ day-to-day lives easier, increase the value for money they are getting and support our work. It also provides many opportunities for sustainability. For example, thanks to the smart utilisation of our rail capacity, we are able to operate up to 30 percent more trains without having to carry out expensive, resource-intensive expansion work. Our trains are becoming smarter and require less power for the same performance. At the same time, it is important to me that our employees do their bit for digitalisation. In order to do this, we are working together to develop our visions. We want to use digitalisation to continue to be a strong and sustainable railway company and to shape the mobility of the future.”
Andreas Meyer, CEO SBB AG

Your first choice for sustainable mobility – SBB assumes responsibility.

Securing the environmental advantage.

We work continuously to reduce our environmental footprint by increasing energy efficiency, reducing CO2 emissions and noise pollution and protecting nature.
For example: SBB's trains already draw 90 percent of their energy from hydropower. The plan is for renewables to power the entire rail network by 2025.

Ensuring a responsible and efficient value chain.

During the procurement process we consider not only economic but also social and environmental criteria. We use resources sparingly, recycle as much as possible and strive towards a circular economy.
For example: When purchasing work clothing, SBB requires that its suppliers meet BSCI standards, such as a guaranteed statutory minimum wage and no child labour.

Contributing to sustainable transport services and real estate in Switzerland.

We also consider sustainability criteria when planning new services. With our offerings and commitment, we are improving Switzerland’s quality of life and competitiveness and contributing to its sustainable development.
For example: SBB initiates and promotes innovative solutions, such as the Work Smart Initiative for the better distribution of commuter flows in order to utilise existing capacities more efficiently.

Making access to and use of mobility and logistics sustainable and simple.

Our mobility and transport services must be safe and accessible to everyone. We are committed to breaking down barriers for the elderly, the disabled and other people with reduced mobility. We also offer our customers sustainable mobility services for the first and last mile.
For example: Over 80 percent of journeys undertaken with SBB are also accessible to passengers with reduced mobility. This is to be increased to 100 percent by 2024.

Being a responsible employer.

We are a progressive and responsible employer. We promote the safety, health and employability of our staff.
For example: SBB is certified with Health Promotion Switzerland’s “Friendly Work Space” label. This award attests to SBB's unstinting commitment to ensuring good working conditions for its employees.

Further information about the SBB track record on sustainability are available here

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