Railsponsible is delighted to welcome four new members: CAF (Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles), ÖBB (Österreichische Bundesbahnen), SNCB (Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Belge), and Wabtec.

Railsponsible now has 13 members, railway operators and manufacturers, with strong growth over 2018 that demonstrates increasing interest in sustainable rail supply chains.

Philip Bayer of ÖBB said:

The ÖBB group is one of Austrias leading eco-friendly companies and transports 459 million passengers and 115 million tons of goods operating on 100% traction power from renewable sources. In order to provide eco-friendly transportation services, green procurement is one of the key topics of ÖBB’s procurement strategy. Green procurement is one of the key topics of ÖBB’s procurement strategy. Railsponsible – as a sector focused initiative – provides the opportunity to play an active role in the field of sustainable procurement.

Eneko Salvador of CAF said:

CAF considers Railsponsible as an opportunity to share best practices, apply common standards and take advantage of synergies in the supplier assessment activity. Railsponsible represents a valuable source of knowledge and inspiration for our responsible procurement strategy and activities. We want to share the challenges and best practices of our local industry with the Railsponsible forum and promote the initiative among the Spanish operators, manufacturers and administrations.

Marijke Vandenberge of SNCB said:

SNCB has started a five-year sustainability program based on 3 pillars: attract more passengers to green mobility; enhance the sustainable character of transportation by train; and elaborate an integrated and intermodal mobility. In Procurement, we want to focus on contributing to the second pillar, not only by adapting our way of working (less paper, less waste, etc.) but also by involving our suppliers in our sustainability program. We are happy to be a member of Railsponsible since we share the ambition of a global railway industry where all suppliers have in place good ethical, social, environmental and business practices.

Roberta Pinamonti, Manager, BSR (Railsponsible secretariat) said:

We are thrilled to welcome four new members. As Railsponsible continues to grow, member companies benefit from increased best-practice sharing, practical tools and resources, increased opportunities for engagement with suppliers, and collaboration for sustainable rail.