Corporate Responsibility

Since its original foundation in 1905, Knorr-Bremse has developed into a global market leader for braking and on-board systems for rail and commercial vehicles. Nowadays, more than one billion people put their trust in the safety of our products on a daily basis, and this means we bear a special responsibility that extends to all aspects of our business – not just the provision of safe, reliable and efficient products and technologies but also our manufacturing processes, which have to meet the most rigorous safety, quality and environmental standards. As a globally operating company, we also see it as our task to ensure compliance with human rights and recognized work standards at all our sites and to demonstrate global social commitment.

As a family-owned company, we have always looked to the future - which is why we are determined to make a contribution in our field towards sustainable economic, environmental and social development. We understand sustainability to be the incorporation of financial, social and environmental aspects into our business activities. This means that as a company we not only assume social responsibility but also strengthen our long-term business orientation. Responsible conduct is an important element in securing the company’s future.

CR as a fixed element in our corporate strategy

Responsible and sustainable business management is a fixed element in Knorr-Bremse’s corporate strategy. The core elements of our strategy are:

Profitable growth as a global systems supplier: To strengthen our financial sustainability, we concentrate on the core competences of our business in the Rail Vehicle Systems and Commercial Vehicle Systems divisions.

International and local presence: In line with Knorr-Bremse’s regional approach, we build up production and development capacities in local markets so that we can supply them directly, creating jobs and positioning ourselves as regional partners.

Innovative power: As a technology leader, we implement forward-looking solutions while always maintaining maximum safety as our top goal. For this reason we are continuously expanding our research and development activities – including those related to energy and resource efficiency – because we see growing economic opportunities in ecological issues.

Customer orientation: We see our customers as partners with whom we collaborate closely on development projects. Thanks to our worldwide presence close to customers and markets, we can offer products that are tailor-made to their requirements. We also always endeavor to create significant added value for our customers.

Sustainable value creation: Sustainability for us is a strategic subject embedded in our operational processes, our corporate strategy and our corporate mission. We are always working hard to improve and further develop ourselves.