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DB achieves its hiring target for 2022 ahead of schedule: 26,000th employee was welcomed at XXL planting campaign

DB achieves its hiring target for 2022 ahead of schedule: 26,000th employee was welcomed at XXL planting campaign
photo: Volker Emersleben / DB AG/DB achieves its hiring target for 2022 ahead of schedule: 26,000th employee was welcomed at XXL planting campaign
02 / 11 / 2022

Deutsche Bahn has achieved its hiring target for this year ahead of schedule and even significantly exceeded it. On October 31, it welcomed its 26,000th new employee. Instead of flowers, DB Chief Human Resources Officer Martin Seiler presented engineer Solveig Krüger from Berlin with a small beech seedling. Instead of meeting in the ICE plant or on the engine driver's stand - they met in the forest!

The background: DB is now planting a tree for every new hire together with the Bergwaldprojekt e.V. (Mountain Forest Project), thus once again assuming responsibility as a sustainable employer in the area of climate protection. The welcoming of the new colleague in the Gorin forestry district of the Berlin Forestry Administration was also the official starting signal for the large planting campaign.

Martin Seiler: "We've taken another step up the recruitment ladder and brought 2,000 more new employees on board than planned. We want to make the business more robust, reliable and digital, and we need a lot of new talent to achieve this. The fact that we are hiring on this scale despite a historically tight labour market shows that Deutsche Bahn can score points as an attractive employer. And we will continue to hire at a high level." For the railroads in Germany, the 26,000 hires meant a net increase of a good 5,000 employees.

Seiler continued, "Every new hire at Deutsche Bahn is active climate protection. We are part of the mobility turnaround. Now, with the planting campaign, we are also contributing to stabilizing native forests. The fact is that green mobility, species protection, and climate protection are existential issues and cannot be separated from each other. And I am pleased that we have been able to win over a proven partner with great expertise and passion for the subject in the Bergwaldprojekt."

Stephen Wehner, Managing Director Bergwaldprojekt e.V.: "We are delighted about Deutsche Bahn's great commitment because the state of our domestic forests is more than worrying. Without the consistent transformation of mobility, the damage to ecosystems cannot be repaired. Planting native tree species increases biodiversity in unstable monocultures and improves their resilience. Near-natural forests are important for drinking water storage, cooling the landscape, and as habitats for countless species."

As part of the joint project between DB and the Bergwaldprojekt, a native tree will be planted for each new employee in ten regions across Germany. The Bergwaldprojekt will then also take over the protection and care of the young trees. By April 2023, 26,000 trees are to be planted. The locations are: Gorin (Berlin/Brandenburg), Thüngersheim (Bavaria), Freiburg (Baden-Württemberg), Hamburg, Oberursel (Hesse), Hemer/Sauerland (North Rhine-Westphalia), Sächsische Schweiz National Park Region (Thuringia/Saxony), Sangerhausen (Saxony-Anhalt), Hinterweidenthal (Saarland), Rostock (Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania).

The 26,000th new employee

Solveig Krüger is DB's 26,000th new employee this year. As an engineer at DB Systemtechnik in Berlin, she is responsible for vehicle approval and safety. It means that when wagons or entire fleets are converted or modernized, she provides support concerning compliance with the approval process, among other things. The retrofitting of vehicles is aimed at concrete improvements for customers - more reliable technology and WLAN, for example.

Source: Deutsche Bahn Press Releases


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