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Railsponsible becomes a member of the 10YFP Sustainable Public Procurement Program led by UNEP

Railsponsible becomes a member of the 10YFP Sustainable Public Procurement Program led by UNEP

Railsponsible, a non-profit business organisation formed by seven companies in the rail industry: Alstom, Bombardier Transportation, SNCF, Deutsche Bahn, Knorr Bremse, Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) and SKF, becomes the 109th partner of the 10YFP Sustainable Public Procurement Program led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)[1].

Railsponsible, represented by Olivier Baril, Alstom’s CPO and Railsponsible’ Chairman [2], officially received the membership certificate from Farid Yaker, Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) Programme Officer at UN Environment, on behalf of the Coordination Desk of the Programme, during a ceremony held at UN Environment premises in Paris.

At this occasion, Farid Yaker declared: “We are very proud to welcome Railsponsible into the 10YFP Sustainable Public Procurement Programme. We look forward to establishing a fruitful collaboration by giving Railsponsible access to a broad network of organisations and individuals working together to implement sustainable public procurement on the ground. We look forward to accompanying the initiative in the development of large scale SPP projects and activities together with a range of diverse and skilled 10YFP SPP partners.”

Olivier Baril said : “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.”

Launched in March 2015, the initiative 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.

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.

Railsponsible has demonstrated positive results with nearly 510 suppliers scored, and a satisfying level of Corporate Social Responsibility performance. To go to the annual report, click here.

[1] To know more about the program, click here

[2] since May 2016, for one year duration

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Original author: Levent Elmastas
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