Building a fairer, safer, greener supply chain
In the face of rapid urbanisation and growing pollution, we all deserve a greener, fairer, safer future. That’s why, as a sustainable mobility leader, Alstom is fully committed to reducing environmental, social and ethical risks at each link in its supply chain.
What exactly is sustainable sourcing?
Alstom develops complex and integrated projects that require a strong and trustworthy ecosystem in order to succeed. Specifically, this means developing close partnerships with carefully selected 15,000 suppliers and contractors covering rolling stock, signalling, digital mobility solutions, infrastructure, maintenance and modernisation activities to guarantee the highest safety and quality standards. To achieve this, Alstom has created a dedicated Sustainable Sourcing Policy including an Ethics and Sustainable Development Charter for Alstom’s Suppliers and Contractors. Alstom has set the objective that all it suppliers and contractors commit to respecting this charter.
On 31 March 2020, more than 92% of key suppliers (representing 99% of the Sourcing volume) had signed the Ethics and Sustainable Development Charter. The objective of covering at least 98% of annual expenditure with these key suppliers by 2020 has been achieved.
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As part of the United Nations Global Compact initiative, Alstom promotes, and asks its suppliers to support, core values and international standards of:
- Labour standards
e.g. eliminate discrimination and forced labour; comply with regulations for working hours and wages.
e.g. comply with fair competition and anti-corruption regulations; avoid conflicts of interest.
e.g. limit use of hazardous substances; promote environmentally friendly technologies and recycling.
- Occupational health & safety
e.g. foster a proactive attitude towards health issues; continuously improve safety for all employees and customers.
- Products and services
e.g. integrate eco-design principles in product development; ensure compliance with hazardous substance regulations.
To ensure suppliers meet these environmental, social and ethical criteria, Alstom works with EcoVadis to carry out sustainable development performance evaluations based on the United Nations Global Compact and ISO 26000 standard.
As part of this process, Alstom supports suppliers in implementing actions plans to target specific areas for improvement. As of 31 March 2020, online assessments, digital screenings or on-site audits covered 84.5% of the volume of purchases made from suppliers identified as being at risk. Alstom’s objective to increase this rate to at least 80% by 2020 has therefore been achieved. AIM’s objective is to monitor or evaluate 100% of suppliers according to social responsibility or ethical and compliance standards by April 2025.
At the rail industry level, Alstom has also founded, in collaboration with SNCF, Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS), DB, Bombardier and Knorr-Bremse, an initiative called Railsponsible. CAF, CFL, NMBS, RFI, SBB, Schindler, Siemens, ÖBB and WABTEC have joined the Railsponsible committee subsequently. Focused on sustainable sourcing, this initiative aims at improving the CSR practices of the whole supply chain through a common approach, field collaboration and the sharing of best practices, tools and processes. Under this framework, the members of Railsponsible use the same supplier evaluation platform in order to measure their CSR performance.
To create a more sustainable sourcing culture, Alstom is keen to involve all key players within the sourcing and supplier quality communities. By offering a dedicated communication and training program, Alstom hopes to provide deep insights into its sustainable sourcing approach.
Alstom has also redesigned its supplier program “Alliance” to focus on developing more proactive partnerships based on collaboration. Since 2015, 25 partners have joined a dedicated steering committee to drive business development and international expansion, industrial excellence and innovation.