To support the implementation of the Railsponsible 2020 Strategy, Railsponsible has set up and formalized dedicated Working Groups.

Each member participates in at least one of the following working groups:

Working Group Scope of Work
Membership Affairs Enable membership growth

Monitor effectiveness of Railsponsible actions and members’ commitments (KPIs)

Empower Staff and Executives Build a Railsponsible library

Create training and awareness raising materials (internal & external use)

Climate Promote climate action among key stakeholders, notably suppliers
Responsible Procurement Develop tools, processes and guidance for integrating responsible procurement approaches at member companies
Systems / Tools Discuss systems and tools to assess and monitor supply chain sustainability performance


Members are responsible for driving the activities forward and for producing relevant materials, with support and expert advice from BSR. For instance, the Responsible Procurement Working Group has produced a number of Materials Guides aimed at providing:

  • an overview of the sustainability risks and opportunities specific to relevant materials / category of spend; and
  • suggestions for how Railsponsible members may wish to manage these risks, including links to relevant global initiatives.

The materials produced by the working groups are for members’ use and where relevant will be shared on the Railsponsible website. For example, the Climate working group has already developed the Climate position paper, which was published on the Railsponsible website.