Local Communities

Whilst being a global player, Alstom recognises the obligation to also act as a local player wherever it is operating. Alstom first defined its global Community Investment Policy, published on the Company’s website since 2013.

Since then, the Company has consistently applied this Policy, engaging with local stakeholders in order to implement local action plans which meet their expectations and needs.The Community Investment Policy is focused on three priorities:

  • responding to local needs;
  • supporting development through education;
  • supporting local economic development and industrial activities.

Countries are entitled to spend 0.015 % of sales on charitable donations which represents about 1 million euro per year. 

Concrete examples around the world are detailed here, covering all aspects.

Social needs

Number of projects supported by the Alstom Foundation since 2007Alstom wants to make a positive impact on communities that are local to where it has a presence, improving the living standards of local people through pragmatic dialogue and by encouraging employee awareness and employee involvement in various volunteer activities. Formal and informal mechanisms have been developed at different levels to coordinate these volunteering activities.


Charitable contributions

Alstom encourages initiatives to support local communities. These initiatives, mainly social, are consistent with local needs and are developed in close cooperation with local associations.

These actions can support various charitable causes, initiatives for health or education and help in case of natural disasters.

The charitable contributions are regulated by a Company instruction: they must meet an environmental or social need in local communities and be justified by a legitimate charitable purpose.

It is important to note that:

  • the object of charitable contributions must be in compliance with Alstom’s Code of Ethics. This means that it is forbidden to contribute to organisations conducting activities in contradiction with the principles of the this Code of Ethics:
  • the amount of the charitable contributions is ruled by the Delegation of Authority rules. Prior to any funds, goods or services granted by Alstom, decisions to engage any charitable contribution must be approved according to the applicable Delegation of Authority rules. Charitable contributions must be properly documented and recorded, after checking the identity of the management and the integrity of the recipient charitable institution. 

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Support for education

Continuing to honour the commitment it made at the Rio+20 meeting in June 2012, Alstom promotes education among young people through three primary activities: supporting students; supporting educational institutions; and partnering with universities.

Alstom has developed a broad array of technical partnerships which are in place with Universities/Higher Education establishments in Europe and beyond. The objective of these is to enhance the Company’s R&D capability by using local talent.

A list of these partners by country can be downloaded here.

Local development

The third axis of Alstom’s Community Investment Policy is the local development, which is addressed :

  • through insertion programmes –for instance, In France, Le Creusot manufacturing site is a founding member of the Employers Group for Integration and Qualification (GEIQ Industrie 71). GEIQ seeks to create pathways to employment for those facing difficulties by promoting professional retraining and subsequent access to skilled job openings in the region. As part of this process, Alstom hosts each year, on apprenticeship or professionalisation contracts, a number of young people preparing for Diplomas or Bachelor qualifications. Since two years in France, the Company has also taken on young people through insertion contracts (“Contrats d’Avenir”)for training to become fitters or logistics officers;
  • through the support of innovative local institutions and companies 
    As part of its open innovation paradigm, Alstom contributes to local development by participating in programmes related to technology and research, nurturing the key enabling technologies alongside other counterparts. For instance:
    - Alstom supports innovative start-ups and participates in two venture capital funds which incubate start-ups working, inter alia, in the mobility domain, Aster Capital and Evertec IV,
    - in France, Alstom develops joint projects with SMEs and academics as part of the “Investments for the Future” programme. Examples of this are its involvement amongst others in Technology Research Institutes in Saclay (SystemX) and in Northern France (Railenium);
  • through the support to local enterprises wherever it operates –Alstom seeks to and to develop a local industrial footprint to serve the local market. As a multinational company, Alstom assumes a responsibility to coach and support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and start-ups at local level through mentorships and financial support. In South Africa for example, 65% of the components for the PRASA train contract are to be sourced locally. Gibela, the joint venture created to secure and deliver this huge contract, is led by Alstom and co-owned by local shareholders and has the task to secure the local supply chain. The local economy will largely benefit from Alstom’s transfer of technology which implies a significant amount of knowledge transfer and skills development within the local population (19 000 local people to be trained over 10 years by Gibela.