Corporate Social Responsibility
Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) ensures the wellbeing of people and the environment, wherever Alstom operates. Our EHS Management Policy provides clear objectives for responsibility and performance plus the rigorous training needed to ensure a safe working environment. We’ve already reached world-class safety levels, and our aim is to have zero accidents.
Innovating for a better environment
Alstom is also committed to take care of the environment. Alstom is a leader in emission-reducing technology for power plants, but we’re equally committed to environmental protection in our own working environment and the communities in which we operate.
This means developing innovative technologies to reduce emissions and ensuringthat we’re an environmentally responsible company. Our environmental responsibilities are closely tied to our overall Corporate Responsibility, which includes Environment,Health and Safety (EHS), ethics and fair competition practices, community outreach projects, care for employees and sustainable sourcing.
Created in November 2007, the Alstom Foundation is a five-year initiative whichfunds and supports projects to protect the environment. The Foundation is focused on three areas:
- Providing funding for local projects proposed by Alstom employees
- Supporting global actions at the Sector and Group levels
- Providing assistance in case of disaster
The Foundation finances research, education and depollution projects. Its primary goal is to maximize environmental and social benefits by responding to local needs. It focuses mainly on local activities, which are proposed and followed up by Alstom employees worldwide.
Focusing on Sustainable Development
As part of its Corporate Responsibility policy, Alstom is committed to implementing a sustainable sourcing policy in line with internationally recognized principles of human rights, safety and the environment. We seek to embed this principle into our sourcing processes across the business in order to ensure that our entire supply chain actively supports our commitment to all aspects of Sustainable Development.
Alstom’s sourcing community issued a Charter for Sustainable Development in 2007. This community has been inviting our leading suppliers to ‘sign-up’ to the Charter and conducting surveys to ensure that they live up to the minimum standard that we have established.
Environment, Health, Safety and Quality at Alstom
Alstom is committed to providing a safe working environment for each and every individual. The breadth of our commitment is demonstrated in our Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) policy deployed through our EHS management system, alongside more specific programmes designed to ensure health and safety for our employees across the globe. In addition our goal is to provide life and disability cover for all our employees, currently covering 97% of our workforce.
Alstom commits to maintain and develop a pro-active Environment, Health and Safety culture throughout the Group. Each Alstom entity is responsible for implementing programmes and training to achieve best practice for EHS protections.
Our EHS management involves:
- assess regularly operations, management systems and procedures;
- establish measurement systems to ensure compliance with this policy and applicable laws and regulations;
- communicate with employees, communities, customers and government agencies regarding EHS;
- consider EHS impact in any change to existing practice.
Alstom’s Zero Serious Accident Programme
Designed to maintain a tight rein on risk management and ensure the reduction of injury throughout our operations, Alstom launched this campaign to allow the Group to:
- better manage risks related to contractors’ employees;
- update self-assessment criteria;
- deploy a process to better analyse incidents in order to anticipate accidents; promote health and safety culture in the workplaces.
Thanks to the efforts of Alstom’s EHS culture and Zero Serious Accident programme, by February 2009 Alstom had already reached the original goal of 2.5 for December 2010, and are working towards less than one by December 2015.
Alstom Commits to the Global Compact
Alstom signed the Global Compact in 2008, designed to encourage companies to commit to a set of key values spanning human rights, labour standards, environmental protection and non-corrupt business practices.