People, sustainability, and the environment lie at the heart of Alstom's strategy. Alstom provides rail transport, power generation and transmission solutions that protect the environment while ensuring economic growth and social progress, providing a major contribution to sustainable development worldwide. Alstom expects to further the cooperation with the local communities and people in China through its project, and to enhance Alstom’s repaying for the society.
Contributing to the local community
Aware of its role in society, Alstom has embarked on a strategy to participate in and contribute to local communities.
In November 2007, Alstom set up a Foundation to promote and support environmental protection initiatives, which will run for five years with an annual budget of €1 million to finance the most original and attractive ideas selected worldwide. In China, Alstom Foundation has financed three projects: the "Green Shopping Bag" Project to promote the use of reusable shopping bags and the "Biodiversity Conservation in Northwest Yunnan - Meili Mountain and Laojun Mountain" Project for biodiversity preservation in 2008, as well as the "Alstom Forest" Project in 2011 to plant 2011 trees in Beijing.
In 2013, Alstom China employees participated in a volunteering programme called "Care for Sunvillage" organized by the company's Labour Union in Beijing. The objective of this programme is to help disadvantaged children living in the NGO Sunvillage. Alstom employees donated RMB23,600 to the NGO, together with 1,500 items of clothing, 550 household items and 350 books. In addition, Alstom Beijing employees and their family members participated the Spring Charity Walking in two consecutive years. A total of near RMB10,000 was raised by the participants, which will be used in supporting education of migrant children.
In 2013, Alstom Hydro China (AHC) launched "Alstom Forest" Project in Tianjin, a total of 800 trees will be planted at the Tianjin Airport Economic Zone. Alstom provided financial support of 500,000 RMB to the “Tree Saving, Life Protection” programme, with the objective to increase awareness of environmental protection and threat of desertification among local people especially students.
Offsetting the impact of Alstom's activities
The new WBC and the new Tianjin Hydro workshops have energy efficient design that will improve the working conditions of its workers while lightening Alstom’s environmental footprint. Architectural innovations, such as low-energy lighting, solar-powered water heater, and geothermal heat exchanger, etc were applies in order to reduce energy intensity and CO2 emissions.
The world’s first power transformer "Green factory" - SEC Alstom (Wuhan) Transformer: SAWT is designed and built in accordance with the principles of energy saving and emission reduction. Latest manufacturing technologies and standards are implemented in production and operations to ensure the highest level of product quality. The traditional diesel generator or boiler has been replaced by alternative environmentally-friendly solutions making the factory free of direct CO2 emissions. Waste of condensed water from steam is utilized as a new source of heat. Moreover The workshop are also equipped with energy saving applications such as energy efficient lights, solar energy powered exterior illumination system, rain water collection and storage system, breakthrough waterless flushing system to reduce water consumption and protect environment.
Building tomorrow’s company
Alstom has established solid partnership with leading universities in China. Currently we have Alstom Scholarship Programs in eight universities, including Huazhong University of Science & Technology, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Harbin Institute of Technology, Zhejiang University, Chongqing University, Southeast University and Hohai University.
The company has partnership agreements with Huazhong University of Science & Technology and “Ecole Centrale Du Pekin”. A number of joint R&D projects are under development between Alstom and top institutions such as Huazhong University of Science & Technology, Tsinghua University, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chongqing University, Shanghai Jiaotong University and etc. We also provide free technical and career planning lectures to our university partners, to further enhance cooperation in future talent development. Meanwhile, we provide internship opportunities to university students.
Putting employees at the heart of our strategy
People is at the core of Alstom. Alstom’s human resources management strategy is designed to help the employees make the most of their talents, which focuses on promoting career development, recognising both individual and collective contributions to Group successes and improving working conditions.
Alstom is committed to achieve excellence with regard to Environmental, Health and Safety: to ensure our workplace free from accidents and injuries, to care for natural resources and prevent pollution to protect the environment. In each Alstom site, we have designated people responsible for implementing EHS programs and procedures. All the Alstom employees are required to work towards safe and healthy workplace and minimized impact to the environment in which we live and work. Alstom's facilities are committed to OHSAS 18001: 2007 "Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems-Requirements" compliance.
Alstom has a complete system for talent development - People Management Cycle. By leveraging its process and tools, the company is enabled to provide an individual development plan for each employee after a comprehensive assessment of his/her performance, competence and promotability. We adopt multiple methods for people development: on top of the traditional classroom training sessions and e-learning programmes, we also have coaching, mentoring, on-job training and overseas training to meet different needs.
The company has its own corporate university - Alstom University, to provide Alstom employees with high-quality training and e-learning programmes and in the meantime to provide and maintain the knowledge management platform, which promotes the know-how and experience sharing across sectors and regions. In year 2013/14, 1207 participants have completed various training programs organized by Alstom University China Campus.