Driving change in Sustainable sourcing

Training the Sourcing community

Alstom works with numerous suppliers across the world. Its whole approach is supported by the Sourcing Department and is aimed at embracing sustainable development as a key element of the sourcing culture. Conscious that this dynamic needs a strong involvement of the buyers, Alstom has developed a communication and training programme adapted to the sourcing and supplier quality communities. The objective of this training is a better understanding of Alstom’s sustainable sourcing, supplier evaluations requirements and their accompaniment in the setting-up of corrective action plans.

As of 31 March 2018, nearly 90% of the sourcing managers – the priority target – have been trained. 66 buyers and members of the sourcing network have attended the introduction module. The objective is to have, by 2020, 100% of sourcing managers been trained.

Developing partnerships with suppliers

Alstom redesigned its strategic suppliers programme “Leading Partners” as well as its sourcing model in order to integrate at their heart a more collaborative approach. Through this scheme the Parties (Alstom and its Partners) commit to work together on three main axes which are business development & international expansion, industrial excellence and innovation.

Since November 2015, 18 partners, which are major international companies as well small and medium-size enterprises, have been admitted by the steering committee drawn from the top management of Alstom.

Concrete progress with respect to the objectives and the partner relationship status are reviewed yearly with each partner in order to confirm, adapt or reconsider the interest and the adhesion to the Programme.

Sourcing sustainable products and services

Alstom continues its efforts to source more sustainable products and services by including, sustainable sourcing criteria in its specifications that are key elements of the award process. This is the case for example for facility management contracts, To support this approach, recommendation files explaining the sustainable development stakes and the selection criteria by product family are put at the buyers’ disposal.

Alstom collaborates with partners in respect of “sustainable products” taking into account the life cycle of its solutions. The process of consultation includes eco-design. This collaborative approach allows the selection and development of components and technologies that are more environmental friendly and energy-efficient. For instance, Alstom has developed with Thermoking, an HVAC(1) supplier, a reversing air conditioning system giving rise to substantial energy savings. 

(1) Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning