Alstom has obtained the first AFAQ ISO 37001 certification awarded by AFNOR Certification following an audit carried out between March and May 2017 at seven sites in France and Europe, confirming its commitment to fight corruption.
The international standard ISO 37001, introduced in October 2016, advocates a series of measures to help organisations of all sizes, both private and public, to prevent, detect and tackle bribery through the implementation of an anti-bribery management system.
The audit focused on the adequacy of Alstom's anti-bribery system on a European scale according to the standard ISO 37001, in particular its Ethics & Compliance policy, the Group's Code of Ethics issued to all its employees since 2001, and the various instructions relating to existing anti-corruption procedures and numerous associated training tools.
The strong points highlighted by AFNOR Certification include the strong desire of the management to instil an ethical culture within the company, procedures that are well adapted to risks, particularly at the purchasing level, and the direct involvement of employees through a network of 260 E&C ambassadors spread across all Alstom sites around the world.
"We are very proud to be among the first companies in the world to receive this certification. It demonstrates our strong commitment to ethics and validates the considerable efforts made internally to increase communication and awareness of our ethical procedures and values, implemented by our Ethics and Compliance Department," says Henri Poupart-Lafarge, Chief Executive Officer of Alstom.
"We have observed a strong desire by the top management and the teams to set up initiatives to fight corruption in Europe. Several procedures, coordinated with efficiency at the European level by the Ethics and Compliance team, were commended during the audit: alert systems, prevention within Purchasing, the sales teams and Human Resources. At the end of 2016, Alstom took advantage of the publication of the ISO 37001 standard to reinforce its approach by using best practices shared at the international level. Audits will be held every year to ascertain the sustainability of this new system of management," says Franck Lebeugle, Managing Director of AFNOR Certification.
This first certification marks the start of the Alstom certification campaign and will be followed by further audits in other regions in which the Group operates.