Message from the Chair

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Railsponsible’s vision is a global railway industry where all suppliers have in place good ethical, social, environmental and business practices. We can be proud of what we have accomplished since our launch in March 2015. Our initiative now includes three railway operators and three railway manufacturers working together to promote greater transparency and sustainability across their supply chains, and we have garnered the interest of multiple industry partners whom we look forward to working with.

Thanks to the supplier assessment campaigns that all our current members have launched, we have initiated dialogue with railway industry suppliers on environmental, social and ethical performance. This is a critical step, and we look forward to more direct involvement from the rail industry and our global supply chains, as together we will go so much further than we could go alone.

With this newsletter we intend to provide you with quarterly updates about the initiative, stories from our members and our suppliers and also to inform you about how you can connect with us in events, webinars, or simply through our website (railsponsible.org).

There is no question that social, environmental and ethics issues grow in importance for global government and business. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals were formally adopted by the UN in September. These 17 ambitious goals set out a new agenda for people, to end poverty in all its forms, and to improve the planet. The UN acknowledges the achievement of these goals will depend on the active engagement of both the public and the private sectors. In addition, we are all looking forward to COP21, or the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, that is happening in Paris in December.

The global agenda is set firmly to incorporate these issues, and the global rail industry intends to be a major part of the agenda. Will you join us?

We hope that you enjoy this first newsletter, and we look forward to connecting with you!

–  Jeroen Wegkamp, Chief Procurement Officer of Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) and Chair of Railsponsible