2020 Strategy: Moving on with the workstreamsRailsponsible_2020 Strategy_1

To implement its 2020 Strategy, Railsponsible is now setting in place numerous actions and activities for each of the three workstreams as defined in the strategy planning phase.

Workstream n. 1: Empower Staff and Executives 

With this workstream we aim at making sustainable sourcing part of the DNA of our member companies’ purchasing teams, including executives and management. In March 2017, we defined more specifically the content and training methodology.

Tailored to the main audiences, i.e. members’ general internal stakeholders, procurement teams, as well as executives and procurement team managers, Railsponsible is working to develop training materials on Responsible procurement that will showcase good practice examples of responsible procurement as well as good practices to engage with suppliers in responsible purchase programs and support suppliers’ sustainability performance.

Strategy Workstream n. 2: Build common programs

Over the past month, members identified three areas to drive improvements in the railway supply chain, namely Climate Resilience, Responsible Procurement and Health & Safety and discussed potential programs to address them.

Climate Resilience: Review/recommend tools for suppliers to calculate their product/service level GHG emission; develop guidelines for purchasing.

Health & Safety: Training on standards & certifications and best practice sharing; dedicated engagement and workshops for suppliers in priority countries.

Responsible Procurement’s potential program: Develop purchasing practices workshops and create visibility of how sustainability is included across the procurement lifecycle.

In the upcoming months our members will be concretizing actions to foster the programs and will be closely engaging suppliers and stakeholders on these topics.

Strategy Workstream n. 3: Expand Railsponsible’s network

The third workstream, focusing on communicating Railsponsible’s work and building a network, kicked off earlier this year by singing the 10YFP Sustainable Public Procurement Program of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

For the rest of the year, Railsponsible will be attending a number of events and conferences through speaking opportunities, workshop engagement, Railsponsible’s own stand or simple participation.

For example, Olivier Baril – Chief Purchasing Officer, Alstom – will speak at the EcoVadis Sustain Paris, May 9 and 10 2017, on the topic “Beyond competition: fostering cross-industry collaboration to do better, faster”. We also plan to hold a workshop and set up a stand at RailwayForum Berlin, August 30 and 31 2017, and be present at the 5th Global Strategic Sourcing and Procurement Summit in September 2017 in Amsterdam and the Ethical Corporation Sustainable Supply Chain Summit in October 2017 (tbc), London.