The issue of sustainable procurement is an important issue here, as products are often manufactured in processes that involve global supply chains. Our responsibility for protecting the environment and people is therefore not limited to the confines of our own operating sites in Hamburg. It also extends to the suppliers of the products and services we procure.
The idea: to provide homeless people with a mobile showering facility. HOCHBAHN donated a bus to the non-profit organisation GoBanyo back in the spring of 2019. Due to the fact that, even in Hamburg, many people cannot afford proper hygiene and healthcare. Around 2,000 people currently live rough on the streets here.
Thanks to a crowdfunding campaign, GoBanyo then raised the funds need to convert the bus into a “Duschbus” – or “shower bus”. And it has been a resounding success: Since December 2019, it has been travelling all over Hamburg. And it has even found a parking space at one of our depots.
Bringing people to their destination. As well as being our remit for Hamburg, the refugees in our integration project have also dedicated themselves to this goal. Since 2017, we have been offering a brand new perspective for those who were forced to flee their homes: as bus drivers working for HOCHBAHN. Together with Dekra and the local job centre, we are training these refugees.
Their route to getting behind the wheel of HOCHBAHN buses involves the following: driving school, obtaining a German car driving licence, attending German language courses, then completing a six-month training course to obtain a bus driving licence, followed by an internship lasting several months at one of our depots.