Alstom Corporate Headquarters

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  • Dow Jones Sustainability Index ( Bronze Class distinction of RobecoSAM, Rating of 81 out of 100 to the Sustainability Performance)
  • EcoVadis ( Score of 73, Gold Status)
  • CDP (A- Score at the Climate Change)
  • Corporate Knights (100 Most Sustainable Companies in the World)




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  • Mexican Centre for Philanthropy (Distintivo ESR® 2018 Socially Responsible Company Award)
  • Hong Kong Social Services Council (Caring Company Logo)



Alstom SA

SECTIONS :  Sustainability    Evaluation  •  Progress  •  Watch  •  Overview

Company Activity

Alstom develops and markets systems, equipment and services for the transport sector. Alstom offers a complete range of solutions (from high-speed trains to metros, tramways and e-buses), passenger solutions, customised services (maintenance, modernisation), infrastructure, signalling and digital mobility solutions. Alstom is a world leader in integrated transport systems. 

Alstom is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of high-speed trains, tramways and metros, electrical and diesel trains, information systems, traction systems, power supply systems and track work. The company also operates in the rail infrastructure market, designing, producing and installing infrastructure for the rail network. These include information solutions, electrification, communication systems, track laying, station utilities, as well as workshops and depots. Maintenance, rebuilding, and renovation services are also provided by the company

Company Sustainable Activity

As a historical player in the field of sustainable mobility, Alstom considers that access to transport is an essential factor of social progress and economic development and that it is its mission to support the transition to sustainable transport systems that are inclusive, environmentally friendly, safe and efficient. Indeed, Alstom offers innovative capacitive solutions that are attractive throughout their entire life cycle, based on electric and shared mobility, and responsive to social expectations. According to the company:

Carbon Neutrality – We are fully committed to reducing the carbon footprint of transport solutions, as well as to adopting climate-resilient and low-carbon strategies that will enable the transition to a truly sustainable global transport system. Alstom is committed to supporting carbon neutrality in transport and has adopted a “Climate and energy transition strategy” along three lines:

  • placing energy-efficient electrical rail solutions at the heart of its portfolio;
  • enabling the transition to sustainable mobility solutions;
  • decarbonising its operations.

Eco-Design Strategy – Alstom’s eco-design policy consists of continuously improving the sustainability performance of its solutions by monitoring and reducing their environmental impact throughout their entire life-cycles. The priorities set in Alstom’s eco-design policy focus on: energy efficiency of rail transport systems; use of clean, recyclable, and natural materials; reduction of noise and vibrations; reduction of air emissions; and end-of-life management of products, particularly in maintenance activities. On the production side, lifecycle assessments help to identify significant environmental aspects and improvement areas and assist in the making of technical choices. On the customer side, the environmental product declarations (EPDs) provide a detailed picture of the impact of various Alstom solutions.

Public Debate and Common Initiatives – Our commitment to fighting climate change extends beyond the sphere of its own solutions. Alstom has teamed up with a number of leading bodies working to promote corporate involvement in overall sustainable development such as the United Nations’ Global Compact, International Association of Public Transport, etc.

Promoting Alternative Solutions to Diesel – Alstom’s participation to the One Planet Summit in Paris in December 2017, outlined the company’s long-term strategy regarding transport decarbonisation, and emphasised the essential role of hydrogen in clean energy storage. Alstom is a highly active member of the Hydrogen Council, which was launched at the World Economic Forum 2017 in Davos and aims to accelerate investment in the development and commercialization of the hydrogen and fuel cell sectors. As part of its “sustainable pathway for the global energy transition”, the Council has established that 10% of trains sold for non-electrified railways could be powered by hydrogen by 2030. In 2017, Alstom joined the Corporate Partnership Board (CPB) of the International Transport Forum (ITF).The CPB is the ITFs platform for engaging with the private sector and enrich global transport policy discussion with a business perspective.

Collaboration with Research Institutes – We are also teaming up with leading research organisations to share scientific knowledge and research initiatives. This is another vivid illustration of Alstom’s contribution to combating climate change and facilitating the shift to sustainable mobility. 

Monetary Contributions – Our monetary contributions to international and French trade-associations amount to 1,137,588 euros for fiscal year 2018/19. Contributions to political parties and campaigns are forbidden by the Group E&C instructions.


  • 88% of employees working in a unit already certified ISO 14001 – other units in progress.

Sustainable Development Goals

How company covers SDGs

SDG 3, 

→ They ensure safety excellence with and for employees and contractors through Alstom Zero Deviation Plan (AZDP) Health and Safety policy and health management plan.

SDG 4,

→ They support educational establishments in the promotion of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) topics such as through the partnership with “Elles Bougent”, promotion of scientific careers for girls in France and Spain.

SDG  5,

→ They promote and implement diversity in its various forms. They deploy local plans to achieve challenging targets. Proportion of women managers and professionals in the company raised from 18% in 2014 to 20.7% in March 2019.

SDG  7,

→ 40% of the electricity consumption of industrial sites covered by a certificate of renewable energy.

SDG 8, 

→ Development of a strong Sustainable Sourcing approach (e.g. the Sustainable Development Charter) updated in 2017, to be signed by all new Suppliers and for all new contracts. Human rights policy and action plans under implementation to anticipate risks of human rights violations.

SDG 9,

→ They support improvement in the lives of local communities: Metro Lucknow and Kochi entirely designed in Bangalore and manufactured at Sri City in India in line with the national “Make in India” initiative that encourages companies to design and manufacture their products in India. They also promote electrical and shared transport: Promotion of creativity and entrepreneurship through the annual innovation programme I NOVE YOU™

SDG 10,

 They are assessing and managing all risks to the business and securing financial stability: Alstom Foundation with a budget of €1 million/year.

SDG 11,

27 Country Community Action plans implemented. The company deploy eco-design processes to ensure environmental performance: Commissioning of line 2 of the Nice tramway operating with batteries and the new SRS ground charging system for electric buses and trams in cities.

SDG 12,

→ 88% of employees working in a unit already certified ISO 14001 – other units in progress. -12% energy intensity in operations vs. 2014 already delivered through energy saving plan targeting main consumers. Definition of environmental objectives and performance documentation for ecodesigned products has been made. (e.g. Sydney metro).

SDG 13,

→ The company integrates green innovation to optimise energy efficiency: 17% achieved energy consumption reduction of the portfolio (and associated CO2 emissions) vs. 2014.

SDG 16

Strong ethics and compliance policy, rigorously applied.

SDG 17,

Participation in multi-stakeholder partnerships in support of the SDGs: Alstom is a founding member of the Transport Decarbonisation Alliance launched in November 2017.


  1. GHG Emissions related to Products and Services Sold (Indirect GHG emissions – Scope 3) – In the fiscal year 2018/19, the carbon footprint of products and services sold by the Company was estimated at approximately 18 million tons of CO2 over an average lifespan of 30 to 40 years.
  2. Percentage Energy Consumption Reduction – Today, Alstom is able to offer to its clients electrical rail solutions that are 17% more energy efficient on average than in 2014. The average energy consumption reduction is 17% compared to 2014.
  3. Eco-Design and Circular Economy – 28 solutions are classified as “ecodesigned”, i.e. submitted for environmental footprint reduction with targets, objectives and a follow up of environmental performance.

Energy Performance of Operations:

  1. Energy Intensity – 2020 Goal is to reduce the energy intensity by 10% compared to 2014 as a baseline year. The figure for 2018 was at 12.5%.
  2. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Intensity – 2020 Goal is to reduce the intensity of GHG emissions by 10% compared to 2014 as a baseline year. The 2018 scope is stable at 27% compared to 2017.”

Alstom has been given an B rating because it has certification covering its entire business locations, it is included in many listings, has clear objectives and clear progress. The company passionately pursues sustainability and takes relevant actions and initiatives towards their goals. Although a former Alstom SA executive has found guilty of helping orchestrate a bribery scheme in Indonesia, which is a truly violation of SDG 16, Alstom has a long-term vision and consequently made sustainability a part of its business model.


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