Socioeconomic impact of expenditure
We have a socioeconomic impact on society through our own expenditure such as procurement, investments and salaries. This means for instance that we contribute to the added value and employment opportunities of our suppliers. The economic benefits were €1,375 million of added value at suppliers (€1,413 million in 2017), i.e. approximately 21,300 jobs.
We are able to extend our positive social impact yet further through sustainable procurement, e.g. for major categories of purchases such as trains (and their components), buildings and infrastructure, IT and energy.
In addition, we have an impact on the areas surrounding our stations. This consists primarily of enhancing accessibility for local residents (seen in journey times and mobility) and the contribution to improving the living environment, for example through commercial activity around stations.