Alstom confirms its firm commitment to tackling corruption through its ISO 37001 certification issued by AFNOR Certification at European level. An audit carried out in November in Bucharest confirms that Alstom has also implemented in Romania a complete management system ensuring the most elevated ethical standards in the company’s business activities.
The ISO 37001 international standard, globally introduced in October 2016, proposes a series of measures aimed to support organisations of all sizes, both private and public, to prevent, identify and tackle corruption by implementing an anti-corruption management system.
The audit focused on the adequacy of Alstom’s anti-corruption system in conformity with ISO 37001 standard and, most of all, on its Ethics and Conformity policy, on the Group’s ethics code issued to all employees in 2001 and on the different instructions related to existing anti-corruption procedures and associated training instruments.
The strong points emphasised by AFNOR Certification include the strong will of the board of inspiring an ethical culture within the company, properly risk-adapted procedures, particularly for acquisitions, as well as the direct implication of employees through a network of over 300 ambassadors of ethics and conformity, spread around all Alstom units all over the world.
“We are very proud to be among the first companies in the world having received this certification. It proves our steady commitment towards ethics and validates our tremendous efforts to increase the communication and awareness of our ethical procedures and values, implemented by our Ethics and Conformity Department”, declared Henri Poupart-Lafarge, CEO Alstom.
“For Alstom, ethics and conformity are priorities. Now more than ever, ethics and conformity are vital for our long-term success and we are integrating these principles into the daily activity of all Alstom employees, contractors and partners. We are proud that Romania is one of the first European countries to have obtained the certification”, said Gabriel Stanciu, General Manager for Romania, Bulgaria and the Republic of Moldova.
Alstom has been activating in Romania for almost 25 years and currently has eight projects in different implementation phases. The company has been a pioneer in major projects for the modernisation of the Romanian railway network. For example, the project Border-Curtici-Arad-Km.614 is the first – and, so far, the only – fully completed complex rehabilitation project on the Romanian section of Rhine-Danube Corridor (previously called Corridor 4), a railway line fully rebuilt for rapid and more efficient traffic.
Within this project, Alstom was directly in charge with the implementation of the first modern traffic control centre in Romania and with the successful deployment of the ERTMS Level 2, this section becoming one of the first conventional railways in the world equipped with this type of signalling system. Other major projects of the company include the biggest ongoing traffic control project – Simeria-Sighișoara – 170 km, 17 stations. The project will be the first in Romania to have level crossings equipped with electronic barriers.
Once completed, Alstom would have deployed ERTMS Level 2 on 350 of the 800 km of the Romanian section of the European corridor, from the Hungarian border to Sighișoara, through ongoing contracts. The two traffic management centres – one in Arad and one in Simeria – are designed to jointly manage railway traffic on this section, which means over 30 stations.
Arad station. Photo: Adrian Sulyok