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Sustainable sourcing

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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 suppliers and contractors 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 its suppliers and contractors commit to respecting this charter.

By 2020, Alstom aims at having 98% of its purchase amount covered by the reference suppliers (with whom Alstom has a spend superior to 100K€) having signed the Ethics and Sustainable Development Charter. As of 31 March 2019, over 87% of the key suppliers with whom Alstom has a yearly turnover superior to €100,000 (representing 98% of purchasing volume) have signed this charter.

  • >970
    Alstom suppliers were evaluated between 2015 and March 2019 as part of the Railsponsible initiative
  • ~91%
    of Alstom sourcing managers had taken part in dedicated training courses on 31 March 2019. The objective is to have, by 2020, 100% of sourcing managers trained.

Unwavering commitment

(the information below is non-exhaustive)

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.
  • Ethics
    e.g. comply with fair competition and anti-corruption regulations; avoid conflicts of interest.
  • Environment
    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 2019, more than 644 suppliers have a valid evaluation less than three years old, representing a 75% coverage of the volume of purchases made with suppliers identified as "at risk". By 2020, Alstom aims at having 80% of the spend done with "at risk" suppliers to be covered by an assessment.

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, NMBS, RFI, SBB, ÖBB and WABTEC respectively 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.

Driving change

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 programme, Alstom hopes to provide deep insights into its sustainable sourcing approach.

Alstom has also redesigned its supplier programme “Leading Partners” to focus on developing more proactive partnerships based on collaboration. Since 2015, 30 partners have joined a dedicated steering committee to drive business development and international expansion, industrial excellence and innovation.

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