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DB's Progress Towards Inclusivity: Highlights from the First Diversity Report

DB's Progress Towards Inclusivity: Highlights from the First Diversity Report
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03 / 04 / 2023

According to DB's first diversity report, the company is becoming younger, more female-oriented and more diverse.

According to DB's first Diversity Report, the company is becoming younger, more female-oriented and more diverse. For example, the average age of the rail workforce is falling to 44.3 years (2018: 45.4 years), and the proportion of DB employees with a migration history is rising to 14.6 per cent (2018: 11.6 per cent). The gender ratio at DB is also becoming more balanced: the proportion of men and women working part-time is now almost equal. 53.9 per cent (-5.1 percentage points since 2018) of all are female, while 46.1 per cent (+5.1 percentage points since 2018) are male. In addition, 27 per cent of management positions are held by women. It is an increase of two per cent compared to the previous year. An important milestone on the way to the next Group target: 30 per cent female managers by 2024.

"Diversity is, unfortunately, still laughed at in many places. Yet diversity is a crucial success factor for companies. Diverse teams with different perspectives enable us to absorb new impulses and move with the times. DB is one of the largest, most diverse employers in Germany. We want to further promote this diversity in all its facets and do justice to different lifestyles," emphasizes DB Chief Human Resources Officer Martin Seiler.

The first Diversity Report highlights DB's commitment to promoting diversity, equal opportunities and inclusive culture in the workplace. Internal DB networks such as DB Cultures, with more than 1,300 members, strengthen the intercultural exchange between employees through language caf├ęs or so-called language lunches. Deutsche Bahn's generation management promotes exchanges between different age groups and ensures that vital rail knowledge is preserved. In 2022 alone, DB issued more than 27,000 hiring commitments, with the average age of new hires being 35.

"The diversity report is an important step to successful and respectful cooperation, regardless of origin, age, gender and sexual orientation, religion or mental and physical abilities," Seiler sums up. "We are aware that there is still much to be done. By measuring our progress and taking stock, we can derive measures to become even better."

From mid-April, for example, non-spousal partners of DB employees will also be able to benefit from travel concessions. It was previously reserved for spouses or registered partners. As early as November 2022, DB abolished gender-specific corporate clothing so that employees can choose exactly the clothes they feel most comfortable in.

Deutsche Bahn employs more than 220,000 people in Germany alone. People from four generations, over 100 cultural backgrounds and a wide variety of faiths work together. The Group-wide Einziganders initiative underscores the commitment to diversity and is firmly anchored in the Group's strategy. DB has been committed to diversity and equity for over 20 years and has implemented almost 120 diversity measures.

Source: Deutsche Bahn

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