Knorr-Bremse AG

Moosacher Str. 80

D-80809 München





Stefan Bräuherr


  • ISS-OEKOM Prime Status 
  • EcoVadis Gold Medal 2018




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Company Activity

Knorr- Bremse see themrselves as an innovator in their fields, driving forward mobility and transport technologies. The fundamental transformation of mobility is opening up new opportunities for Knorr-Bremse. Global megatrends such as urbanization, eco-efficiency, digitalization, and automated driving are defining these changes. They are ideally positioned to help shape a new world of mobility. Around 29,000 employees devote all their expertise and passion to Knorr- Bremse’s customers and partners – at over 100 locations in more than 30 countries around the globe. In 2018 the Group generated sales of EUR 6.6 billion with its two divisions. Knorr-Bremse continue to work every single day to maintain our position as one of the most successful industrial groups in Germany.

In their Rail Vehicle Systems division Knorr-Bremse equip mass transit vehicles such as metro cars and light rail vehicles, as well as freight trains, locomotives, long-distance passenger trains and high-speed trains, with highly advanced products. Along with braking systems these include intelligent entrance systems, HVAC systems, auxiliary power supply systems, control components and windscreen wiper systems, platform screen doors, friction material, driver assistance systems, electrical traction equipment and control technology.

The Commercial Vehicle Systems division offers its customers braking systems for trucks, buses, trailers and agricultural machinery. In the chassis systems sector, Knorr-Bremse is a leading player in electronic control, driver assistance and air supply systems. Other product fields include steering systems, powertrain-related systems and torsional vibration dampers for diesel engines.

Networked system solutions for rail vehicles and commercial vehicles are based on shared core technologies, component types and materials. Knorr-Bremse benefits from a broad range of patents, comprehensive research activities and extensive experience. As a result, they have far-reaching opportunities for technology and innovation transfer, cost synergies and economies of scale.

Company Sustainable Activity

The guiding principle of sustainable development underpins all our Corporate Responsibility activities. This responsibility not only applies to our products and how they are manufactured, but also to our employees, environmental protection and social commitment.

As a global technology leader in braking and subsystems for rail and commercial vehicles, Knorr-Bremse has always looked to the future and played a major part in making transportation sustainable, safe and environmentally friendly. This entails a great degree of responsibility, which is why they have made Corporate Responsibility (CR) an integral part of our corporate culture and strategy


  • ISO 14001 
  • ISO 50001
  • ISO 9001

Sustainable Development Goals


Environment and climate

As an industrial manufacturer, Knorr-Bremse is conscious of its impact on the environment, especially when it comes to climate change and resource consumption. This is why we are constantly aligning our environmental management with national and international developments, legislation, frameworks and customer requirements.

Knorr-Bremse concentrates most of its climate protection activities in the areas of products, logistics and energy. This is where we see our biggest impact- and where we can make the biggest difference. 

Focus on products

  • Carrying out life cycle analyses
  • Integrating environmental processes
  • Industrial remanufacturing 
  • Environmental impact analysis of materials

Focus on logistics: 

  • Improving the transport network, storage structures and route planning
  • Use of fuel-efficient vehicles by logistics providers
  • Reducing transport-related CO2 emissions

Focus on production: 

  • Improving energy efficiency
  • Increasing the proportion of electricity from renewable sources
  • Introducing energy management systems acc. To ISO 50001
  • 2020 target: Climate-neutral organic growth (base year 2015). 

Commitment and society

Together with its employees, Knorr-Bremse takes social responsibility seriously. Playing an active part in our communities, creating opportunities for those in need and looking after the environment around our sites is part and parcel of our identity. Knorr-Bremse demonstrates this through its commitment to community and social issues worldwide. 

Our Global Care and Local Care initiatives are our way of addressing local and global challenges. Local Care covers all community activities carried out by our individual sites, while our charitable organization Knorr-Bremse Global Care promotes longer-term projects requiring significant funding all over the world. 

Global Care: 

Since its foundation in 2005, Knorr-Bremse Global Care and its partner organizations have completed around 270 projects, investing a total of almost EUR 20 million in improving the prospects of over 700,000 people in 60 countries. In 2018, Global Care provided financial support for 54 projects in 22 countries, spending around EUR 1.7 million and reaching over 20,800 people. 

The projects are focused primarily on the countries in which Knorr-Bremse sites are located. It also supports development projects in ten other countries- Cambodia, Colombia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Myanmar, Peru, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Ukraine. Global Care’s support is focused on two major issues: WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) and education. 

By concentrating on these two areas, Knorr-Bremse Global Care aims to contribute to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals: in particular SDG 4 (Quality Education) and SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation) form the cornerstones of its commitment. The organization also supports emergency aid in the aftermath of natural disasters- including areas outside our main focus countries. 

Local Care :

Local Care projects cover donations and activities in four key categories: environment, health, education and social cohesion. The projects are independently selected, financed and monitored by the site in question. 

In 2018, around 700 Local Care projects were carried out on all continents around the world. The focus was on education and social cohesion.

Knorr-Bremse’s business model is based on sustainability. The company holds a good amount of sustainability certificates and a few awards. Its sustainability targets are clear but the communication on progress is hard to find in the report and is superficial. For these reasons, Knorr-Bremse gets the rate A.


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