Jochen Thewes, Chief Executive Officer
Leading the way to a more connected and sustainable world
It started out in 1872 when Gottfried Schenker, who founded Schenker & Co. in Vienna, offered the first consolidated rail shipments from Paris to Vienna. For one and a half centuries, the men and women of DB Schenker have dedicated themselves to helping our customers in the exchange of goods to and from anywhere in the world. So much has changed in the world during this period. But what has not changed, is the commitment of our more than 76,100 employees worldwide to provide our customers a full range of logistics and transportation services to meet their ever-changing needs.
History provides us with a sense of identity. Better understanding who we are, where we have come from and where we are going, can help create the future. As one of the world’s leading global logistics provider, DB Schenker is committed to creating the future by elevating the lives of everyone we work with. Elevate is a transitive verb. It means to exalt, lift up, and improve in any number of ways, from intellectually to physically, financially to morally. And whenever we talk about ‘elevating lives,’ we talk about how we can better elevate ourselves as a company, individual, and community.
In our anniversary year, we want to push this pioneering spirit to a new dimension by driving innovation, shaping a sustainable future, and connecting communities.
How we elevate lives
How we are celebrating our 150th Anniversary
Throughout the year, we are holding regional anniversary events for our employees, customers, and partners. The focus of our celebrations will be a company give-back challenge where through employee involvement, we will donate up to 1.5 million Euros to four charities over four quarters. The themed program is called, ‘Leading the Way Challenge’. Our employees will download a customized program app and through physical activity challenges and challenging mind games with in-app quizzes, they earn kilometers which go towards one of the four charity organizations.