Standards in business conduct
Complying with statutory legislation
DB Schenker stands for the transportation and logistics activities of Deutsche Bahn(DB) and is committed to comply with international and national law.
Furthermore, the Group has defined DB's Code of Conduct - ethical standards for business behavior that are anchored throughout the company.
DB's Code of Conduct defines standards and expectations for day-to-day business activities of our employees and executives. Our managers act as role models in this respect.
Based on laws and DB's Code of Conduct, clear agreements have been made and still are being made within the DB Group and stand for ethical behavior in business in accordance with rules and other regulations. These internal stipulations provide guidance for employees and executives in all business transactions and customer contacts. Internal regulations define conduct in particular for the following situations:
- Benefits – Give and Take
Transparent guidelines on how to deal with benefits from third parties or gratuities from the company itself
- Protecting assets
Guideline on protecting business and trade secrets as well as DB Group’s assets
- Cartel law / Price fixing
Information and guidelines for how to avoid competition-restricting agreements, price fixing and offers that restrict fair competition
- Agents, brokers, consultants
Rules on both cooperation and selection
- Conflicts of interest
Guidelines on how to avoid conflicts of interests i.e. between private interests of employees and its employer
At DB Schenker, we are committed to safeguarding our integrity. We aim to act ethically in all business transactions and in compliance with statutory provisions. Like all business though, situations can arise in which conduct is not consistent with the DB Code of Conduct, the Schenker Employee Handbook, or any of the policies referenced in the Schenker Employee Handbook. In such cases, we want to know about suspected violations of law or misconduct and we encourage you to report it.
Any individual can share information in strict confidence, within the realms of local laws. We have created the DB Schenker Alert Line concept to provide a safe place for any individual to report concerns, such as:
• Violations of competition and antitrust laws
• Theft, fraud or any other form of dishonesty
• Accounting, financial or tax irregularities
• On-the-job drug or alcohol abuse
• Violence or threatening behavior
• Environmental crimes
• Violation of laws, regulations, policies or procedures
You can also report any other situation you believe might
threaten the integrity of our company.
The DB Schenker Alert Line concept encompasses the following channels:
You have the option of calling the compliance management team or any of the HR contacts:
+49 (0) 201 87 81 22 55 (Schenker Head Office – Germany)
+1 770 916 4232 (Schenker Regional Head Office, Compliance – USA)
+1 786 388 4210 (Schenker Regional Head Office, Human Resources - USA)
An external line is also available (currently under maintenance); the updated contact details will be displayed as soon as possible.
You can contact whistleblowing management by mail or e-mail:
Electronic reporting system (whistleblowing line)
The "BKMS" tool (Business Keeper Monitoring System) offers anonymous, web-based access for reporting tip-offs. It is available in several languages. It can be accessed via the following link:
If at first the opening page appears in a language other than English, you may select English as the language of choice in the drop down menu in the upper right corner.
Please note that the reports related to misconducts at the workplace (harassment, discrimination, retaliation, violence or threatening behavior, on-the-job drug or alcohol abuse, etc.) can be filed in the system under the category “Human rights violations in the supply chain” or “Human rights violations committed by employees of the DB Group”.
All reports will be handled by dedicated experts.
BKMS may not be used to knowingly submit false or slanderous statements or information. Improper submissions of this nature can give rise to serious consequences under company policy, or under civil or criminal law.
Deutsche Bahn AG Compliance & Attorneys of Trust
Reports can also be sent directly to Deutsche Bahn AG’s Compliance function.
The Attorneys of Trust are available for non-committal preliminary talks on all questions that arise when there are grounds to suspect infringements.
These lawyers are bound by professional discretion in their function. They are not allowed to forward any personal information without the explicit consent of the person who has contacted them.
Deutsche Bahn AG’s Compliance function as well as the Attorneys of Trust can be contacted via the channels displayed on Deutsche Bahn AG’s website:
Last modified: 18.01.2018