DB Schenker

We care about safety

The care about safety is a priority for us. We want our processes and services to ensure safety to employees, couriers, customers, their consignments and digital data entrusted to us. We are building a culture of safety at the workplace. We are promoting safe behavior on the roads. We are minimizing our impact on the natural environment.

Safety is the basis of our strategy:

Our goals include:

The safety of people is our priority

We place emphasis on a safety workplace

Our goal is to ensure safe working conditions for our employees, couriers as well as other persons working and present in our locations.

We want everyone to be aware of the fact that safety depends on all of us.

We are responsible for our own safety and the safety of our colleagues.

Each of us has the right to feel safe at work, safely return home and enjoy a family life. At the same time, each of us is obliged to care about their safety, the safety of their co-workers and implemented operations.

We want everyone to be aware of the fact that safety depends on all of us

Many years ago we implemented an Integrated Management System for Quality, the Environment and Safety at Work. We have the OHSAS 18001:2007 certificate which confirms our complete adjustment of this area in our Company to domestic and international standards of work safety management. We monitor dangerous events. We analyze them and take corrective actions to prevent them in the future. We continuously improve our work organization. We operate according to the 5S system, which helps maintain order. We place emphasis on work-life balance.

What we do to continuously raise the level of safety:

  • we introduced "Accidents boards" which we use to inform our employees about every accident at our facilities. We include the number of days since the last event, the description and place of the last accident, and preventive actions that were undertaken
  • road traffic regulations are valid within our branches. As a result, we adapted our forklifts to the requirements of these regulations
  • we reduced the maximum speed allowed of forklifts at our facilities to 7 km/h
  • we equipped the forklifts with additional light protections (red/blue spot) and sound protections
  • we implemented a standard of protective footwear that must be worn by every person who is in the production room (workers, subcontractors, visitors)
  • we changed the organization of internal transport and marked all transport routes and dangerous places
  • we introduced a uniform appearance (standard) of all security signs
  • we conduct safety audits
  • we implement local projects increasing safety in the workplace, for instance, traffic lights were installed near the entry-exit gate in the Wrocław Branch
  • we introduced internal regulations governing the scope of trainings, examinations as well as permits issued on their basis authorizing the use of motor vehicles at our branches
  • we developed training movies regarding safety principles binding at our locations for new employees as well as for visitors.
We implemented an Integrated Management System for Quality, the Environment
and Safety at Work

In 2016 we intensified our eHELMET program, consisting in the verification of the safety status at the terminal by a managerial group of a given unit as part of daily audits – at least once every shift (the so-called eHELMET audits). We determined quantitative goals for all units, the program is constantly being developed with regard to goals and reporting. We also increased the number of persons dealing with occupational health and safety. In 2015 we appointed four Regional Safety Coordinators.


fatal occupational accidents, heavy accidents or collective accidents in 2015 and 2016.

Graph 2.1 Accidents and dangerous events in 2015 and 2016
Table 2.1 Frequency of accidents and number of days of being incapable to work
2015 2016
Accident at work frequency indicator (number of accidents per 1,000 employees) 12.87 10.86
Number of days of being incapable to work due to accidents at work and on the way to and from work 1,159 1,246
Absence indicator (total number of days of absence at work / number of days worked in a year × 200,000) 77,501.98 79,897.20

We do not keep statistics of accidents with breakdown into sex. No occupational diseases have been observed.

We see and we react

In 2015 we started to implement the program "I See and I React" based on shaping desired attitudes (BBS – Behavior Based Safety). The Program builds a highly developed work safety culture, for example, by observing the employees' behavior, strengthening positive behavior and eliminating risky behavior.

It is intended to make employees aware of dangerous habits and provide an answer to the question why employees behave hazardously and, as a result, help eliminate the reasons of such behavior.

The Program “I See and I React” builds a culture of work safety

Observation takes place anonymously in the atmosphere of trust and a sense of safety. The observing persons are co-workers. The records from the observation of behavior do not include names or surnames of specific persons. Workers receive feedback about their behavior directly from the observers.

Safe behavior and potentially risky behavior is discussed. If safety considerations support a change in the method of working, such situation is discussed and analyzed so as to reach the root causes and jointly determine how this work may be performed more safely.

We feel chemistry to the safety

In 2015 we positively passed the first SQAS (Safety & Quality Assessment System) audit, and in 2016 we passed the second.


the result in 2016 – it is much higher than the average in our trade (logistics and distribution of chemical products) which is close to 80%.

This is a study of the level of safety and quality of operational actions performed in the trade in chemical products – according to relevant regulations, as well as trade in high-risk materials (HCDG). After many months of preparations, the fantastic results of the SQAS audit conducted according to the international standards of the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) proved that we are a Company in which the procedures applied for trade in chemical products are consistent with European standards. All centrally implemented procedures and instructions concerning trade in chemical products were analyzed.

We have obtained an above-average result and we entered a group of European companies professionally involved in trade in chemical products. It is worth knowing that we have been implementing a system for the safe transportation of dangerous materials in the Company since 1999 when the ISO instruction "Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR)" was first published.

We want to be safe on the roads

Safety issues are a priority to us. This topic applies to our employees, couriers as well as to the society. All our strategic suppliers – transport companies – exert social effects related to safety on the road. More than 3.000 trucks drive on the roads every day. That is why we are continuously improving this aspect.

We participate in the Global Compact ”Safe Transport 2014-2020” in Poland. The program is implemented as part of the Initiative Responsible Transport 2014-2020 in cooperation with the Partnership for Road Safety. This is a Polish response to the global initiative of the UN General Secretary – United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020.

Since 2008 we have been organizing periodical trainings related to logistics safety and economical driving dedicated to carriers (owners of transportation companies cooperating with DB Schenker as part of long-term agreements) as well as to our couriers (employed by carriers). Our goal is to create awareness among carriers and couriers of the dangers that they may face when performing transport services and of the knowledge what should be done to prevent them.

We have already trained almost 4.700 couriers regarding safety in domestic and international traffic (status of trainings from the start of the program in 2008 until the end of 2016). The training was completed by 700 couriers in the period covered by the report.

  • 3.000

    trucks drive on the roads every day

  • 4.700

    couriers trained in safety in domestic and international traffic

Since 2013 we have been implementing a Safe Driving Plan It formulates actions involving an appropriate recruitment and education of couriers employed by transportation companies cooperating with us.

We organize trainings carried out by the police, paramedics and specialists in the field of cargo security. The plan also includes actions involving the verification and monitoring of behavior in terminal work (e.g. when loading and unloading goods) and on roads. It also determines the conduct in the case of an accident, post-accident procedures and assistance for injured couriers.

We organize trainings carried out by the police, paramedics and specialists

In view of the high quality requirements that draw the couriers' attention to timeliness and perfect services, we cannot ignore the care about the safety of road traffic participants. Due to appropriate recruitment, implementation and trainings, the Company's drivers and employees expand their knowledge related to the safety of work in a terminal, on the road or first aid.

276 employees, carriers and drivers participated in trainings "Safety in road traffic" carried out by a representative of the Polish Police Headquarters in the years 2015-2016. 601 drivers were trained internal Coaches with regard to safety in transport.

The effect of the Safe Driving Plan is a decreasing number of road accidents involving DB Schenker drivers. The number of events in 2016 was 38% lower than in 2014.

  • 276

    employees, carriers and drivers participated in trainings "Safety in road traffic"

  • 601

    couriers trained with regard to safety in domestic and international traffic

We analyze the causes of accidents and we share the conclusions. Each traffic accident or incident is reported to the Company's Leadership Team. When the causes can be attributed to our courier or the accident involves injured persons, we launch Post-accident Procedures. We request the accident causes to be analyzed and the following materials to be collected and submitted to us:

  • the Carrier's statement
  • the result of a driving test, including the module "Safe Driving"
  • information concerning a discussion of the reasons and circumstances of the event on a meeting with Carriers/couriers as well as a report on taken preventive actions
  • an assessment of the possibility of further cooperation with the Carrier stressing their approach to the implementation of the assumptions of the Safe Driving Plan
Graph 2.2 Number of traffic accidents and collisions in the years 2015 and 2016
Graph 2.3 Number of persons injured in traffic accidents and collisions in the years 2015 and 2016

Am I driving safely?

Safe driving of our couriers means greater safety for traffic participants and fewer traffic accidents in Poland. The results of the research "DB Schenker as the Preferred Neighbor" conducted by our company showed that traffic safety is key for the inhabitants of local communities near our logistics terminals.

We have been running the program "Am I driving safely?" since 2013.

Information placed on the vehicles encourages road users to share their opinions about the courier's driving style by calling the number 500 707 000. Reports are taken from Monday to Friday on business days between 8 am and 9 pm. On the remaining days and hours the reports are taken automatically.

We receive about 150 such reports a month, on average. Over 30% of them are praises, but the majority is adverse comments. On the day after the date of the report we have a conversation with the courier and their boss – the carrier. Thanks to the program we can systematically analyze problems and promote a safe driving style.

No drink driving!

We care about safety on the road

We care about safety on the road. Since 2014 we have been signing trilateral agreements in which the carrier, a security company as well as DB Schenker are obliged to test the sobriety of couriers leaving and entering our facilities. This action was supported by a poster campaign referring to the Sobriety Policy valid at our Company.

Positive results are extremely rare during the daily tests. Such persons are not permitted to work which shows the sense and the need for our campaign. We all want to be safe on the road.

A safe world

We are aware of modern threats, including terrorist.

Safely and effectively during the World Youth Day 2016 in Kraków

Mass events are a challenge also for a logistics operator. Apart from maintaining the continuity of the logistics system's functioning, it was also important for us to ensure the safety of employees, cooperating couriers and, first of all, the 2 million participants of the World Youth Day. Several months before the World Youth Day we appointed an interdisciplinary team the task of which was to analyze logistics risks and develop scenarios of actions. The team effectively responded to emerging sudden changes resulting, for instance, from the reorganization of traffic.

As a trusted logistic advisor, we made our customers aware of the risk also for their business. We encouraged our customers to complete deliveries to and from Kraków before or after the end of the event. Regular international routes were transferred from Kraków to other branches of the Company for that time. The safety of people is a priority. Therefore, we decided to temporarily close the terminal in Kraków despite related financial losses. Practically the entire team of the Kraków zone was moved to neighboring branches.

Good planning, agile processes based on the culture of continuous improvement – Lean as well as the commitment of employees resulted in the fact that the number of operations in these branches, several times higher, did not have a significant impact on the quality of our customer service in Poland. After the end of the World Youth Day the Company's logistics network smoothly returned to standard functioning.

We conduct a safe business

We have been creating global logistics for 145 years. We help face today's challenges but we also develop new solutions for tomorrow. We are a stable partner in business. Our customers may count on uninterrupted services, and our suppliers – on constant cooperation. We are also aware of contemporary challenges – the safety of people and information, the digitalization of the world, the growth of e-commerce and ecological issues. We try to respond to the market's expectations by delivering new solutions. We build responsible supply chains – on the basis of continuous improvement, respect and meeting obligations towards various groups of stakeholders.

Walk the talk

We put customers at the heart of our business. We support their competitive advantage as well as the implementation of their economic and ecological goals. We examine the market to improve and enrich our services. We place emphasis on innovativeness. We build a Lean culture in order to achieve high quality, low costs and short lead times.

Our priorities include:

  • meeting obligations
    • effective handling of our customers' consignments. Reliable fulfillment of promises, building long-term relationships with our customers based on honesty, respect and mutual trust
    • systematic examination and improvement of production processes in terms of the timeliness of deliveries, credibility of data and eliminating potential wastage
  • safety
    • safe and stable conditions of work and development. Our goal is "zero accidents at workplace". We take numerous actions in this direction, such as trainings, single issue classes or briefings with boards
    • traffic safety – systematic trainings and increasing awareness in this respect
    • continuous improvement of the company's security system: physical security at facilities, supervision over the transportation of consignments, trainings for employees and couriers, periodical security audits
    • security of information, especially regarding the customers' streams of merchandise, the data of end recipients – this is often personal data
    • hazards of the contemporary world, including terrorist threats, hijacking of trucks and dangerous consignments
  • care about the environment and relationships with stakeholders
    • moving terminals outside the cities
    • investment projects in "green technologies" creating the most ecological network of handling terminals in Poland
    • emphasis on reducing the emission of CO2 as well as economical consumption of water, electricity, foil and paper
    • joint responsibility for service providers as well as dialog with stakeholders
  • honesty and ethics
    • creating awareness with regard to ethics and compliance with the law – among our employees and suppliers.

We care about consignments as if they were ours

We treat products handed to us for transportation as our own and we care about its safety.

We verify the entire consignment handling process at our terminals on a current basis, and take corrective actions by monitoring irregularities.

Safety Managers serve an important role in our company. Their task is to diagnose the causes of damaged and lost consignments in the transport process. Cooperation with our customers, exchange of good practices and knowledge on appropriate protection of goods is helpful in this respect.

We analyze accidents and damage on a current basis during briefings with boards. We conduct trainings for employees and couriers regarding safe behavior. We have implemented the program "I See and I React".


We limited the allowed speed of forklifts to 7 km/h in order to improve safety and reduce damage at terminals

We monitor carriages using modern IT technologies

We make sure that our vehicles are equipped with modern telematics systems

We make sure that our vehicles are equipped with modern telematics systems, we monitor key carriages in domestic and international traffic. This allows us to quickly react in the case of a hazard.

We systematically perform safety audits aimed at indicating routes and car parks we recommend to our couriers as verified and safe places.

We protect the carriage of dangerous goods by road (ADR)

The purpose of our business is to provide high-quality services, ensure the safety of our employees, couriers and all stakeholders. We pay special attention to the carriage of dangerous goods by road (ADR – L'Accord européen relatif au transport international des marchandises Dangereuses par Route – international convention regarding the international carriage of dangerous goods by road). Apart from the ADR Advisor required by regulations (DGSA advisor), we also employ a group of several dozen ADR Specialists responsible for the problem-free transport of dangerous goods. Our couriers take systematic trainings in this area.

SQAS audit

in 2015 and 2016 we positively passed SQAS audits regarding trade in chemical products.

We care about the security of information

Every day we exchange streams of data with our customers and subcontractors

Bearing in mind the good of our business partners, we care about the quality and integrity of information, its proper flow – so that it is verified, credible and available for authorized people.

We keep information entrusted to us confidential. We care about the proper transmission of data, ensuring its complete protection against the operation of unauthorized persons or systems.

We have appropriate protections of our information systems in case of an attempt so steal the data is made. In the era of globalization and numerous cyber-crimes, preventing the breach of the confidentiality of information is the basis for the security of logistics processes.

We were the first company in our trade to receive the certificate ISO 27001 Information Security Management as early as in 2002. The certificate confirms our care about the availability of information at an assumed level, integrity – understood as the consistency of information and systems which process it and the protection of the confidentiality of data, namely access only for authorized persons.

Trainings regarding the security of information are mandatory for every new employee. Conducted they are with the use of both e-learning systems as well as more traditional methods, namely stationary trainings. All employees take part in periodical refresher trainings. They usually are seminars and are held once a year.

15 years

we have had the ISO 27001 certificate
for 15 years

We are periodically subjected to audits and we implement the latest solutions related to IT and the security of data on a current basis. One example may be the implementation of a modern application for communication with customers – eSchenker, or a platform for carriers – Drive4Schenker.

We build safe partnerships

We require our suppliers to respect our values and comply with the Code of Conduct for Business Partners. The Code should be accepted by a supplier when an offer is submitted. Accepting the Code is a necessary element in the assessment of the supplier's potential.

Our business partners should:

  • respect the binding Labor Code, including occupational health and safety regulations, working time regulations and regulations regarding remuneration
  • respect ethical norms
  • comply with commonly adopted human rights, including counteracting discrimination
  • meet legally binding and voluntary environmental standards in the production process, storage, transport as well as in the product or service itself
  • use innovative, energy efficient and ecological technologies

Cooperation with suppliers is a central process. We have a team of people responsible for this area, goals, implemented processes and policies. These actions are evaluated on a current basis.

We improve processes with electronic exchange of data in view. We have dedicated IT applications and platforms for communication with suppliers. This saves time and is beneficial to the environment because it reduces the circulation of paper documents.

The centralization of purchases means a decrease in costs and administration, partnership and better relationships

The purposes of our Purchase Policy:

  • ensure an efficient and effective process for the acquisition of products and services available on the market
  • ensure a transparent and ethical conduct when selecting offers
  • effective management of suppliers – external resources of the Company
  • maintain and develop good relationships with suppliers
  • support the implementation of the principles of sustainable development and responsible business

We conduct regular inspections (the so-called "screening") of business entities. We verify the data of all suppliers and customers with a central server with lists of denials. Currently, the verification is based on data from 5 lists of denials (EU lists, US-SDN, US-DPL, US entity list, US-unverified list). This action results from UN Security Council Resolution 1373 obliging the member states, among others, to refrain from aiding entities or people involved in terrorist activities. The Resolution covered 191 member states.

  • 5

    we verify the data of all suppliers and customers from 5 lists of denials

  • 191

    member states are covered by
    Resolution 1373

We want to work with the best

Additional principles and guidelines refer to cooperation with carriers. We request this group of suppliers to:

  • present up-to-date and credible corporate and transport documents
  • ensure the possibility to provide services consistent with standards valid at DB Schenker as well as with requirements agreed with our customers
  • preferred rolling stock: Euro 5 and 6 emission standards, white vehicles, equipped with GPS (for orders with increased risk)

Preferred rolling stock:

  • Euro 5 and 6

    emission standards
  • white

  • vehicles

    equipped with GPS

If the quality of services provided by the supplier decrease significantly or we have obtained verified information that the partner violates the principles defined by us in the Ethical Code, we first admonish the supplier and then we give him the chance to introduce corrective actions.

If these actions are not taken or do not bring the expected results, the cooperation is terminated.

We ask carriers and couriers about the quality of our relationships and we jointly implement improving actions on a current basis.

We play fair

We are a responsible and reliable partner in business. We have created the System of Management of Ethics and Compliance to ensure that our employees and suppliers behave in ethical and legal ways. Its accuracy is supervised by:

  • National Specialist for the Compliance with Law and Ethics (Compliance Officer)
  • Compliance Committee with the CEO of Schenker Sp. z o.o.

Our basic rules are written down in the Ethics Code of Conduct and in the Code of Ethics of Schenker Sp. z o.o. – created many years ago by employees, carriers and couriers.

We also have a Policy of respecting dignity in the workplace and a Policy of conduct in case of violation of standards resulting from the rules applicable in the Company.

In 2017 we signed the declaration for adopting the Minimum Standard of the Global Compact Ethical Program in Poland.

Pillars of management of ethics and compliance

The System of Management of Ethics and Compliance is based on three key elements:

  • Prevention

    Designing or changing business processes in order to prevent behavior that is illegal or unethical
  • Detection

    Identifying and assessing risks and weaknesses
  • Responding

    Continuous improvement and reform in order to limit the identified risks

Code of Conduct for Business Partners

We care about ethics and compliance with the law in supply chains. In 2015 we created and published the "Code of Conduct for Business Partners" available at our website.

  • Primary legal acts
    • Polish Penal Code
    • Polish acts on the protection of competition and consumers:
      • The Act on the Prevention of Unfair Market Practices
      • The Act on Combating Unfair Competition
      • The Act on the protection of competition and consumers
    • American Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
    • The Bribery Act (UK)
  • Primary internal regulations
    • Ethics – code of conduct
    • Code of Ethics of Schenker Sp. z o.o.
    • Policy regarding compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
    • Policy of respecting dignity in the workplace
    • SOP RM08 Compliance&Compliance Guidelines
    • SOP RM09 Sanction List Screening
    • 101.02 10 Corporate Guideline Risk Minimization
    • SOP RM05 Corporate Crisis Management Plan
    • Guidelines regarding:
      • gifts and benefits
      • fighting corruption
      • contacting competition
      • conflict of interest
      • protection of assets
      • regulatory compliance on the customer's side
      • observance of the law by business partners

Trainings in ethics

All employees are trained in ethics. They raise the awareness of risks and help deal with difficult situations. The trainings are:

  • cascading, starting from high-level management, through the line to operating employees
  • through workshop games: 2,007 employees were trained in 2016 and 563 were trained in 2015
  • in the e-learning system: 1,229 people participated in 2015 and 499 participated in 2016.

Each year teams discuss ethical issues.

New employees undergo mandatory e-learning trainings in compliance with the law and ethics.

In the reporting period we trained 100% of employees in ethics – Code of Conduct, as well as all managers in mobbing.

In addition, we conducted workshops in ethics and compliance in supply chains for all Carriers.

We trained 100% of employees in ethics – Code of Conduct, managers in mobbing

Fair Play Game

The game is a highly effective form of training as it easily and enjoyably involves the participants who understand and remember particular issues better.


of employees were trained in the first quarter of 2015. All new employees are required to undergo this training – the game.

We also played with various groups of our stakeholders, e.g. at universities, during external conferences (e.g. Forum of Women in Logistics).

Alert Line – Compliance Helpline

All employees, business partners and customers can report actions that are against the law or rules of ethics. This is why the DB Schenker Alert Line was created.

The following communication channels are available:

  • Helpline

  • Website

  • Contact by

    with the National Specialist for the Compliance with Law and Ethics (Compliance Officer)

We did not receive any reports of non-compliance from our employees, customers or partners in the reporting period. We also did not receive any confirmed cases of corruption.

We carry out the so-called "screening" of business entities as well as candidates for work in DB Schenker on a current basis. Once a year we conduct a screening of currently employed people. This action results from UN Security Council Resolution 1373 obliging the member states, among others, to refrain from aiding entities or people involved in terrorist activities. We did not receive any positive results in the reporting period, namely the years 2015-16, which means that no customer, supplier or candidate was listed on the above lists.

Ethics survey 2015

We conducted a corporate ethics survey among our employees. The frequency in Poland amounted to 92.3% and was significantly higher than the global average. This shows how important this topic is in our culture and organization.

The survey confirmed the fact that there is a high degree of awareness regarding ethical issues and procedures. 12% of employees have the impression that they are exposed to situations which may lead to ethical transgression. However, as many as 92% of the surveyed claim that are prepared and know how to respond to such situations.

95% of the surveyed feel that the heads emphasize and say how important ethics is in the workplace.

Around 90% of the respondents trust their colleagues at work and trust that other employees will meet their obligations, and they also have the impression that they may count on the support of their co-workers.

Such results indicate that we are a well-integrated team with strong leadership based on ethical values.

  • 92.3%

    frequency in Poland during a corporate ethics survey
  • 92%

    of the respondents know how to respond to situations which may lead to ethical transgression
  • 90%

    of the respondents trust their colleagues at work

We work in the Coalition of Ethics Advocates created in 2015 as part of the Global Compact Initiative by the UN General Secretary.

This coalition is open for businesses and organizations that respect the principles of responsible business and ethics. The decision to appoint the coalition was made during the inauguration of the Global Compact Program "Business and Human Rights" on the anniversary of the establishment of the Human Rights Day by the UN, on December 10, 2014. One of the main goals of establishing the Coalition in Poland is to promote and implement codes as well as principles of ethics of business in Polish companies and institutions. The Coalition's Meetings are intended to develop standards for companies that have just entered the path of managing ethics in business as well as to build a platform for exchanging experience on ethics management on the basis of Polish and international solutions.

We manage risk

We have had an implemented risk management system for 15 years, including a continuous process for the identification, analysis, reporting and controlling risk.

The main goals of the implemented management processes and reporting risks include: early identification of risk and the minimization of its effects, complete and reliable evaluation of hazards, ensuring appropriate communication inside the organization and towards the owners.

Currently, we identify approx. 100 risks from various areas which are periodically verified and evaluated with regard to the possible hazard for the Company and the likelihood of occurrence.

The identified risks cover the following areas:

    • external risk

      (e.g. risk associated with the fluctuation of fuel prices, changes in the law or the competition's actions)

    • operational risk

      (e.g. risk related to responsibility for damaged or lost consignments, or a possible contamination of the environment)

    • financial risk

      (e.g. risk associated with payments from our customers, exchange rate risk)

    • risk in the IT area

      (e.g. risk associated with controlling access to key IT systems, system failures)

    • risk in the HR area

      (e.g. risk associated with the transfer of know-how, adjusting the employees' qualifications to the company's needs)

    • risk in the ethics and compliance area

      (e.g. risk associated with the violation of various regulations, for instance, the anti-trust law)

We care about the safety of the natural environment

We are aware of our impact on the natural environment. We care about its safety. As a global operator, we determine the directions for the development of green logistics. We set ourselves a clear target included in our strategy – the minimization of negative impact by reducing the emission of CO2. We take initiatives in various areas in order to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases. Proper use of resources, including the vehicle fleet of our subcontractors, development of railway and intermodal logistics, energy-efficient terminals and modern IT tools are the examples of our actions. Our results are monitored on a current basis and undertaken actions are evaluated.

Ecology in transport

We move the goods of our customers. This is our work. We are making our best to emit as little air pollutants as possible, at the same time. We all want to breathe clean air.

We are increasing the efficiency of carriages and we plan our routes better. We decrease the number of empty courses. We are implementing advanced IT solutions in logistics (e.g. Drive4Schenker)

The fleets of our carriers include more and more vehicles which increasingly meet excessive ecological standards (Euro5, Euro6).

88% of truck tractors in international transport meet the Euro 5 and 6 standards

Currently (as at December 2016) 88% of truck tractors in international transport meet the Euro 5 and 6 standards. Such truck tractors are only 48% in domestic distribution. Our goal is to increase the number of ecological vehicles in domestic transport.

We decrease the number of vehicles on roads

We support environmental protection by combining consignments from various manufacturers in one means of transport.

We care about the maximum fill of vehicles.

We measure the degree of use of the cargo area and the emission of CO2. This is one of our strategic goals.

As a result, we deliver goods, for instance, to store shelves or to production lines, limiting the number of outbound vehicles. This allows us to reduce the consumption of fuel and to reduce the emission of flue gases, and it is also reflected in the safety on our roads.

Emission Reports provide our customers with access to information on the impact of their consignments on the environment.

Our couriers drive ecologically

We measure the emission of CO2 and other harmful substances emitted by the fleet of our carriers.


according to the DB strategy, we set ourselves a target of reducing the emission of CO2 to 2020 by 30% as compared to the level from 2006..

Table 2.2 Transport in 2015 and 2016 provided by DB Schenker carriers
2015 2016
Number of consignments 10,793,404 10,742,282
Gross weight (tons) 4,737,789 5,325,115
Energy consumption (kWh) 1,062,339,254 1,122,986,079
Consumption of fuel (liters) 103,150,670 112,358,770
CO2 (tons) 313,070 343,685
HC (kg) 1,402,660 1,426,607
NOX (kg) 1,453,700 1,240,450
PM (kg) 56,409 48,478

In 2015 we emitted 66 kg of CO2 per one ton of transported goods, on average. In 2016 the emission dropped to 64.5 kg of CO2 per one ton of transported goods.

On average, this is approx. 1.54 kg less emitted CO2 per one ton of transported goods.

The results come from the corporate Emission Report system which collects data from DB Schenker's European land based transport network.

The calculations are based on the methodology Network for Transport and Environment.

Emission is calculated with the use of averaged data regarding means of transport used by DB Schenker (fuel consumption and type, size of vehicle, Euro class, degree of loading). The calculations cover the following stages of transport: reception from customers, carriages between terminals as well as distribution to end recipients. The covered routes are calculated using Route LogiX Professional on the basis of distances between locations marked with postal codes.

The application is consistent with the EU standard described in the standard EN16258. It presents the results of emission in conjunction with a fuel unit. This means demonstrating direct emission by a vehicle as well as emission related to the production of fuel (extraction, refining and transport). This type of indicators is referred to as Well to Wheel. Values calculated in this way are approx. 25% higher than Tank to Wheel indicators (values emitted only by vehicles).

We know how much fuel we use up

All our strategic suppliers – transport companies – transporting consignments exert significant negative impact on the environment. The carriers report this impact to us by delivering information about consumed fuel every quarter.

We monitor the consumption of fuel in quarterly cycles per every active vehicle in three tonnage categories: to 3.5 t of load capacity, between 3.5 and 18 t, and above 18 tons.

33.6l / 100km

the average fuel consumption of the DB Schenker vehicle fleet above 18 tons of load capacity dropped to 33.6l/100 km in 2016 from 36.5 l/100 km in 2009.

Analysis of fuel consumption in the DB Schenker network (average quantity of liters / 100 km) in the quarterly system:

Graph 2.4 Average consumption of fuel per 1 vehicle to 3.5 t
Graph 2.5 Average consumption of fuel per 1 vehicle 3.5 – 18 t
Graph 2.6 Average consumption of fuel per 1 vehicle above 18 t

We teach how to drive economically and safely

Since 2009 we have been organizing trainings in safe and economical driving for couriers cooperating with us. In the years 2015-2016 we trained 700 couriers, and we trained almost 4,700 couriers between the start of the program until the end of 2016. The largest group of couriers who participated in the trainings in economic and safe driving consists of drivers of truck tractors with semi-trailers, namely vehicles above 18 tons of load capacity. In this category, the average consumption of fuel dropped from 36.5 l/100 km in 2009 to 33.6 l/100 km in 2016. Please see: Fuel consumption.

Apart from regular training for couriers every year we also organize the Safe and Economic Driving Championships. The co-organizer of the Championships and the main jurors are the representatives of the Provincial Road Traffic Center in Warsaw. Honorable guests in 2016 included: The Association of International Road Carriers in Poland (ZMPD), the National Police Headquarter and CircleK. The meeting was also attended by the manufacturers of heavy-duty vehicles: Mercedes, Scania, MAN as well as vans – Opel, Peugeot, Citroen. Media patronage over our event was provided by the magazine "Polski Traker".

Competitors – DB Schenker driver from all over Poland – competed for points in four events:

  • test from traffic regulations
  • economic driving on the roads
  • maneuvering yard
  • first aid

This event was interspersed with professional demonstrations of first aid as well as self-defense in case of an assault on the driver.

We also invited the children and the families of our drivers to the event organized in the previous year. We prepared numerous educational attractions for them, including a miniature town with traffic and trainings in first aid.

Every year we organize the Safe and Economic Driving Championships

We create a network of green terminals

We provide services based on 17 handling terminals near the largest cities all over Poland. The terminals are integrated by the network of regular, daily road connections. Thanks to that the goods of our customers reach shelves and production lines fast. Furthermore, we have dedicated logistics projects in 12 logistics warehouses.

Modern and ergonomic terminals

located near expressways and motorways are an important element of our domestic and European distribution network. They affect the quality, effectiveness and safety of our work.

In 2014 we opened the first most ecological logistics terminal in Poland for the Białystok branch.

The terminal successfully passed verification in environmental terms and the comfort of use. As a result, it obtained the international certificate BREEAM granted to buildings friendly to the environment. This is the first cross-docking terminal in Poland with such certificate.

Subsequent investment projects are created in a similar manner. In 2016 we opened two ecological terminals – for Zielona Góra and Olsztyn.

They use solutions meeting the highest standards in terms of energy efficiency, the reduction in the emission of CO2, water and heat efficiency. These include, among others, LED and solar lamps, solar thermal collectors heating service water, tanks for rainwater. The halls have heating and ventilation devices enabling the recovery of heat. Special condensation furnaces are the most ecological solutions of this type on the market.

New terminals are located far from city centers

We are aware of the fact that our operations have impact on our neighbors' lives and their comfort. In previous years we moved the terminals in Kraków, Gdynia and Rzeszów outside the cities. In the coming years we plan subsequent investment projects of this type. Moving the facilities to the suburbs reduces the level of air pollution, the intensity of traffic and reduces the level of noise in cities.

We also support local communes and their inhabitants where possible and where it is needed, for instance, when we were building the Olsztyn terminal in the commune Stawiguda we invested in building a local rain drainage infrastructure which may be used by local inhabitants.

Also our main seat – the management office, is located in one of the most ecological office buildings in Warsaw. The Business Garden Warsaw complex at ul. Żwirki i Wigury 18 has the LEED certificate. It uses an energy-saving lighting and ventilation system and a system of rainwater management. It has "green" roofs and numerous conveniences, among others, for bicycle users.

We respect nature

Our new center near Olsztyn is a facility which deserves to be called environmentally friendly, not only due to environmentally-friendly solutions used in the building. A nesting place of frogs was found within the investment's area during the construction.

37 frogs found a new home

The decision to find a new home for the animals was natural and obvious. The investment was covered with environmental supervision, and the area around gained a special protective fencing.

We employed a specialized company to move all the animals. The so-called restraining traps for amphibians and reptiles were used. They had a perforated bottom to drain the rain water, and they were filled with parts of plants so as to provide shelter for the caught animals. The traps were inspected several times a day.

In this way, we moved:

  • 37

  • 6

    northern crested newts
  • 3

  • 3

    smooth newts

  • 1

    slow worm

All animals were moved from the building site to similar natural areas. The investment area gained a fencing to avoid the repeated occupancy by amphibians and reptiles. The report and complete documentation of the project was submitted to the Regional Directorate for Environmental Protection in Olsztyn.

We know how much raw materials we use

Monitoring the level of the consumption of raw materials and utilities is an inherent element of our environmental management system. Thanks to proper tools (the TORCH system) we collect and monitor data in the global scale and at the level of a specific location.

By analyzing Key Performance Indexes embedded in the TORCH system, we may assess the energy efficiency of buildings on the basis of the achieved level of the emission of CO2 in a given period.

We are constantly aiming to reduce the consumption of raw materials and utilities, bearing in mind not only the economical aspect but, first of all, the reduction in the emission of pollution.

at the level of 5%

the target of reducing the consumption of raw materials and utilities determined on an annual basis. We encourage employees to be innovative also in this area. In a special program promoting innovativeness we distinguished the category regarding Eco-KAIZENS.

We are constantly aiming to minimize the emission of carbon dioxide at our facilities. The general trend of energy consumption in our Company is decreasing. We buy energy from local suppliers – power companies. We do not know whether this is energy coming from renewable sources. We are gradually withdrawing gas forklifts and replacing them with electrical ones. They are safer for employees but the risk of an increase in the consumption of electricity should be taken into account. It is also connected with the growth in the consumption of water necessary to cool the charging room.

How we save raw materials in our terminals and logistics warehouses:

  • purchasing sand curtains for loading gates which prevent the outflow of heat from the terminals
  • reducing the amount of filler used for packing consignments
  • reducing the number of paper documents, introducing on-line solutions
  • dividing the warehouse into lighting zones – after work in a given area is finished (e.g. a given rack zone), lighting in that zone may be switched off
  • replacing lighting with LED lighting
  • installing traffic sensors
  • eco-furniture in logistics warehouses made from pallets.
78% of our waste is subjected to recycling.

In 2015 we conducted a detailed cost analysis of the waste management for the entire company. As a result, we changed the waste management system, initiated cooperation with one, central supplier of services – Packaging Recovery Organization. Thanks to that, our waste is subjected to recycling to a greater extent. This is an obvious benefit for the environment but it is also a financial benefit because the waste for recycling is sold.


We know that reducing the emission of flue gases in logistics is necessary for the common good. We all want to breathe clean air.

We have created logistics systems enabling the optimization of the supply chains of our customers. We are able to combine various types of transport so as to reduce the consumption of energy, and thus reduce the emission of CO2 as much as possible.

  • Railway transport – we are committed to reducing the emission of CO2

    As compared to car transport, railway transport emits from 60 to 80% less carbon dioxide. The longest section of the scheduled route in intermodal transport is covered by train, while the initial and final transport is performed by trucks. In this way, we reach the farthest corners of Europe and Asia, providing our customers with convenient door-to-door transport, even if they do not have their own railway sidings. Intermodal transport makes it possible to reduce the emission of CO2 by 60%, on average.

  • Road transport – choose an ECOroad with us

    We do everything we can so that our trucks do not drive empty. We plan our routes so as to minimize the number of empty vehicles on roads. We care about filling the vehicles. Consignments from many manufacturers on the same route are transported in one transport so as to use the trucks as effectively as possible. As a result, we not only reduce the unit transportation costs, but we also significantly reduce the emission of flue gases. We are modernizing our fleet of vehicles. We want all our vehicles to meet the highest requirements of the Euro standards. We teach drivers how to drive economically and ecologically.

  • Ocean transport – we set the course for lower emissions of CO2

    The emission of greenhouse gases per one unit of goods transported by ocean is relatively low. The proper speed of the vessel affects the reduction in the consumption of fuel and the reduction in the emission of flue gases. We cooperate with the best shipowners so as to additionally reduce the emission of CO2.

  • Air transport – we are flying towards ECOLOGY

    Air transport also makes it possible to reduce the emission of CO2 provided that flights on short distances are replaced by road transport. The goods of our customers are transported by airplanes to the so-called gateways, namely our terminals in the biggest airports of the world, and then the consignments are transported by trucks. As a result, we reduce the emission of flue gases even up to 90%.

    DB SCHENKERskybrigde is transport combining the speed of air transport with the ecology of ocean transport. The effect is surprising for some people: lower costs and reduction in the emission of CO2 by as much as 50% as compared to air transport exclusively.

  • Warehouse logistics – we value ECOLOGY

    The optimum use of warehouse spaces is not enough. The latest thermal insulation systems, the installation of solar panels or rainwater utilization systems are only some environmentally-friendly solutions used in the contemporary building industry. We provide our customers with storage areas in modern logistics parks meeting the highest safety requirements and environmental protection standards.

  • ECOmonitoring in cross-docking terminals

    Specialists for Ecology monitor environmental data regarding the consumption of water, energy, generating waste and the emission of CO2 in all our facilities. As a result, we are able to analyze the environmental efficiency of our terminals.


Design your own global ECO supply chain

You may easily see the emission of CO2 of the consignment and compare its change with the use of various means of transport.

In cooperation with the scientific environment, we have created the ECOcalculator (EcoTransIT World). You enter the route, the type of transport and the weight of the consignment to our ECOcalculator, and we present information on the estimated quantity of generated energy and the emission of carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides, hydrocarbons, sulfur dioxide and particulate matter.

The ECOcalculator makes it possible to increase knowledge with regard to:

  • the estimated impact on the environment, starting from a single consignment to the entire supply chain
  • the comparison of the impact of various branches of transport on the natural environment, even with the use of several types of transport for one consignment
  • data regarding the monitoring of emissions necessary to meet the requirements of EMA, ISO 14001.


We provide our customers with a complete service process supported by e-services, namely a set of on-line tools. Thanks to that we accelerate the process and reduce the consumption of paper.

  • 51%

    use of electronic invoices by customers in domestic transport in 2016 as well as 48.4% in 2015

  • 36%

    use of electronic invoices by customers in international transport in 2016 as well as 32.5% in 2015

We support our customers in their environmental policy offering them electronic invoices.

DB Schenker offers the Drive4Schenker platform to carriers.

Planning transports is easier with this platform. This solution gives the carriers a chance for faster and more effective acquisition of cargo for transport from all over Europe which, in turn, affects the minimization of empty courses. This tool brings not only economic benefits, but also environmental ones. In addition, it makes access to information about the consignment easier, and it enables the transmission of data with smartphones.

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