Sustainability in Ansaldo STS
INTERNAL SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE
Composed of the managers of the main company functions, this committee defines strategic guidelines, commitments and projects for sustainable development and social responsibility. It reports directly to the Chairman and CEO and, through them, to the board of directors.
Ansaldo STS defines the content of the Sustainability Report by asking company management and its stakeholders for their opinion on the different aspects to be considered in the report. This enables the company to more thoroughly report on sustainability issues that affect its stakeholders’ judgements and decisions.
Ansaldo STS is committed to understanding the needs and expectations of its people and involving them in projects to develop skills and expertise. It is focused on constantly monitoring its customers’ satisfaction and it plays an active part in handling relations with the local communities be they the municipal authorities, citizen associations, users of metros and trains, companies or local labour.
It also participates in research and training projects with institutions and universities.
Reporting on its commitments, investigations of quality interaction with its stakeholders and the results of the materiality analysis allow Ansaldo STS to assemble a sustainability programme each year to keep the focus on constant improvement.
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT FOR CUTTING EDGE PRODUCTS AND SOLUTIONS
In 2014, Ansaldo STS invested approximately €33 million in research and development to supply its customers and end users with cutting-edge products and solutions and the very best railway and urban rail transportation system design and construction methods and procedures in order to increase safety and reduce their direct and indirect environmental impacts.
SAFETY AND RELIABILITY
Ansaldo STS ensures that its products, applications and systems, which it develops and delivers are: safe, in compliance with the Italian and international laws applicable to the railway systems; reliable, responsive to its customers’ needs and consistent with its internal quality standards. It achieves this through RAMS (Reliability, Availability, Maintainability & Safety) activities.
PRODUCTS AND SOLUTIONS THAT RESPECT THE ENVIRONMENT
For Ansaldo STS, innovation is synonymous with respect for the environment: it is committed to researching products and solutions that contribute to reducing energy and raw materials consumption. It also pays increasing attention to using environmentally-friendly materials, starting at the design stage.
ENVIRONMENT, HEALTH AND SAFETY
FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE
Ansaldo STS reports on direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions (Scopes I, 2 and 3) in accordance with the GHG protocol2, undertaking to decrease these emissions, through people mobility policies, programmes to cut energy consumption and improve efficiency, use energy from renewable sources and manage waste effectively.
INTEGRATED QUALITY, SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENT SYSTEM
Ansaldo STS has an integrated management system (“IMS”) for the environment, safety and quality, which combines all company processes into one structure, enabling the organisation to operate with shared objectives. It has also certified its individual sites in accordance with UNI EN ISO 14001 and OSHAS 18001 standards.
WORKERS’ HEALTH AND SAFETY
Promoting the health and safety of its workers is a strategic commitment for Ansaldo STS. The company also tracks “near misses” – which are accidents without consequences resulting from undesired or unexpected situations, which could potentially harm people or things – to identify the appropriate solutions before a real accident happens.
2. The Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GGP) is the most widely used international accounting tool for government and business leaders to understand, quantify and manage greenhouse gas emissions.
Our people are one of our five values: people are at the “heart” of the organisation. “People Care” is a far-ranging concept for Ansaldo STS which covers the worker’s wellbeing as both a professional and a person.
It pays particular attention to work environments and monitors relations between managers and their teams and between colleagues. Ansaldo STS offers a wide range of benefits and services.
TRAINING AND PROFESSIONAL GROWTH
Ansaldo STS considers professional, managerial and specialist training a fundamental tool to enhance its people’s skills. The Global Job System is applied to the entire workforce and interacts with the Performance Development Plan to plan career objectives and individual development paths that match new business contexts.
SUPPLY CHAIN SUSTAINABILITY
Ansaldo STS is committed to defining, sharing and implementing a sustainability roadmap for its supply chain to promote a sustainable business culture with its suppliers. The aim is to progressively improve the economic, environmental and social impact (labour and safety practices, respect for human rights and the development of local communities) along the entire supply chain.
RESEARCH PROGRAMMES WITH INSTITUTIONS AND PARTNERSHIPS WITH UNIVERSITIES
Ansaldo STS contributes to our society’s technological advancement by participating in research projects with Italian and EU institutions and training projects with universities on issues such as safety, energy efficiency, satellite signalling and the monitoring of railway transportation system infrastructure.
SUSTAINABILITY COMMUNICATION AND DISCUSSION
This is the sixth year that Ansaldo STS has prepared the Sustainability Report in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative guidelines and with certification by an independent auditor. Ansaldo STS adheres to the Global Compact and is a founding sponsor of the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation. It also participates in the Carbon Disclosure Project and is on UNIFE’s Sustainable Transport Committee. A section of its website is dedicated to sustainability, where it publishes a navigable integrated review of its report, supplementing information on financial, social and environmental management.
ECONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY BUSINESS STRATEGY AND MODEL
Ansaldo STS’ economic sustainability is its strategic answer to the macroeconomic context and transportation market trends, based on a business model that develops distinctive abilities and the necessary skills to boost the company’s competitiveness on markets.
Ansaldo STS’ corporate governance system is designed to maximise value, monitor business risks and achieve transparency with the market, balancing the interests of all its shareholders, especially its small ones.