Railsponsible, a non-profit business organisation formed by seven rail companies: Alstom, Bombardier Transportation, SNCF, Deutsche Bahn, Knorr Bremse, Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) and SKF, became the 109th partner of the 10YFP Sustainable Public Procurement Program led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The organisation, represented by Olivier Baril, Alstom’s CPO and Railsponsible’ Chairman, officially received the membership certificate from Farid Yaker, Sustainable Public Procurement Programme Officer at UN Environment, on behalf of the Coordination Desk of the Programme.
Launched in March 2015, the Sustainable Public Procurement Program aims to engage rail industry suppliers and ensure responsible supply chain practices in a collaborative way by sharing best practices and processes. It promotes a common vision of better social, economic and environmental outcomes and responsible business practices, including ethics, labour, health & safety and the environment.
“We are very pleased to join the UNEP Sustainable Public Procurement initiative which will allow us to share best practices with other industries, public organizations and academic institutes, so that together we are able to make sustainable procurement a reality everywhere,” Olivier Baril said.
Railsponsible’s members have recently adopted a multi-year 2020 strategy which focuses on three main actions: raise awareness amongst internal stakeholders on the importance of sustainable procurement, develop joint programs in collaboration with the suppliers in order to address the main issues that the railway supply chain is facing, and expand Railsponsible’s network to new key industry stakeholders.