Sustainable development goals

The sustainable development goals (SDGs) function as the principal framework for the sustainability initiatives of Dutch companies and public authorities up to 2030. NS expects to be able to make a difference by 2030 in nine sub-goals within seven SDGs. NS is consulting internal and external stakeholders to determine whether these should be the goals or whether more focus is needed. We took the first step before and during the centralised stakeholders’ dialogue: we asked whether this was the right choice of goals and what position NS should adopt with regard to the selected goals. Most of the stakeholders could identify with the goals and sub-goals selected. See also the final column in this diagram.

In 2019, NS will continue the dialogue on the strategy formulation and we will also set KPIs and targets. Targets set previously for 2020 concerning doing business in a climate-neutral and inclusive way, focused on the ‘circular economy’, plus accessibility will remain important in determining the direction NS takes in the next few years and will be used in steering the transport supply chain.


  • Sustainable mobility for all: affordable, safe, accessible; reducing the environmental impact in cities (air)

  • Innovations aimed at modernising the mobility sector and making it more sustainable; severing the link between growth and environmental impact; fair and sustainable procurement policy

  • Climate change: more renewable, more energy-saving and reduced use of materials for our own products and services, influence on the policy and course of third parties, adaptation and raising awareness

  • A decent employer: equality, diversity and inclusiveness, getting young people into work