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.
"We offer our customers simple, environmentally friendly and safe transport solutions as well as outstandingly cost-effective mobility from door to door. As a strong railway, we are the backbone of public transport and logistics and bring Switzerland together. As an attractive development partner, we are developing our sites further in a sustainable and innovative way. Our stations are turning into mobility hubs with some appealing services on offer. We want to be a digital, personal and reliable mobility service provider for our customers that organises travel from a single source, taking you from your front door by bus to the S-Bahn or to long-distance services and via a self-driving electric vehicle or e-bike to your destination – and back. That's how we're shaping the mobility of the future – simple, personal, connected. With this approach we are boosting Switzerland's quality of life and competitive edge and contributing to its sustainable development."
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.