2017 Sustainability Report

BUILDING FUTURE,

FUELLING THE PRESENT

2017 Sustainability Report

Our commitment

We work to improve the daily lives of millions of people, for their movements and for the transport of goods that everyone needs.
We contribute to finding safe, efficient, reliable and ecologically compatible solutions in response to the user’s needs in increasingly complex and diverse contexts and lifestyles.

Letter to Stakeholders

Our industry is considered to play a key role in answering the demand for a better, smarter and safer mobility with a clear social and environmental responsibility

Andy Barr

Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Ansaldo STS

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SOCIAL INNOVATION

SOCIAL INNOVATION

In the course of its daily activities, Ansaldo STS aims to improve quality of life through:

  • the design of transportation systems that transport millions of people and tonnes of materials safely each day, helping to reduce environmental impacts;
  • the development of increasingly compact and energy efficient hardware and the development of new green technologies to streamline consumption and avoid waste. Today the Ansaldo STS team within the Hitachi group can further develop its innovative approach by tapping the Group’s references in the Big Data and Internet of Things field. As such, the Group is now able to devise solutions that improve performance and services offered by combining different technologies.

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT FOR CUTTING EDGE PRODUCTS AND SOLUTIONS

In 2017, Ansaldo STS invested approximately EUR 41.3 million (EUR 36.7 million in 2016) to continue to supply its customers and end users with cutting-edge products and solutions and the very best railway and urban rail transport system design and construction methods and procedures in order to increase safety and reduce direct and indirect environmental impacts.

SAFETY AND RELIABILITY

Ansaldo STS ensures that it develops and delivers products, applications and systems that are safe, in compliance with Italian and international laws and reliable, in line with its customers’ needs and 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 reduce the consumption of energy and raw materials. It pays increasing attention to using environmentally-friendly materials, starting at the design stage.

THE ENVIRONMENT, HEALTH AND SAFETY

THE ENVIRONMENT, HEALTH AND SAFETY

FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE

Ansaldo STS reports on direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions (Scopes 1, 2 and 3) in accordance with the GHG Protocol, undertaking to decrease these emissions through people mobility policies, plans to cut energy consumption and improve energy efficiency, the use of energy from renewable sources and effective waste management.

CONSUMPTION OF RESOURCES

Ansaldo STS is committed to projects which aim to reduce energy consumption at its sites and offices. Each year, the Company obtains RECS certificates (Renewable Energy Certificate System) to incentivise the generation of electricity using renewable sources. Moreover, it has distributed a series of internal “Water Management Guidelines” with the aim of defining the methods to be followed by the Group’s companies for the sustainable management of water at its industrial sites and offices. The focus on standardised designs and innovation will increasingly lead to an overall reduction in the consumption of raw materials both directly and indirectly through a reduced use of components.

WASTE AND POLLUTING EMISSIONS

Ansaldo STS’s policy is to reduce waste production and increase the re-use, recycling and recovery of waste. All of the Company's sites feature waste collection facilities based on the type of waste and site layout. In particular, a specific policy has been introduced to promote the re-use of certain types of wood and plastic packaging to transport similar products. The commitment to reducing energy consumption (methane and diesel) for the operation of thermal systems helps to reduce the emission of pollutants into the atmosphere.

WORKERS’ HEALTH AND SAFETY

Protecting the health and safety of its workers is a strategic commitment for Ansaldo STS. The Company also monitors “near misses” – which are accidents without consequences resulting from undesired or unexpected situations, which could potentially harm people or things – in order to identify the appropriate solutions before a real accident happens.

INTEGRATED QUALITY, SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Ansaldo STS has an Integrated Management System (IMS) for quality, safety and the environment, which integrates all Group processes in one single 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.

CSR AND COMMUNITIES

CSR AND COMMUNITIES

INVOLVEMENT OF LOCAL COMMUNITIES

Acting in partnership with the customer, Ansaldo STS actively contributes to communication, engagement and development programmes focused on the local communities affected by its projects, including through participation in committees that represent local stakeholders.

PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS

Ansaldo STS is committed to upholding and promoting human rights in every context in which it operates, by creating equal opportunities for its people and fair treatment for all – regardless of race, nationality, political creed, religion, gender, age, minority status, disability, sexual orientation, personal or social condition – and always respecting the dignity of each individual and each employee.

Ansaldo STS does not allow nor tolerate the establishment of employment relationships which violate the existing legislation on child, woman and immigrant labour, and carefully controls the risks associated with the employment of forced workers. Furthermore, the Company requires its contractors and subcontractors to ensure the same attention in order to contribute to abolish such illegal behaviours.

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 transport system infrastructure.

ETHICAL MANAGEMENT OF THE SUPPLY CHAIN

ETHICAL MANAGEMENT OF THE SUPPLY CHAIN

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.

Suppliers and contractors are selected according to a series of objective, transparent and documented evaluation criteria, in line with the principles of the Code of Ethics.

The supplier qualification process is coordinated by the Supplier Qualification and Monitoring Board which collaborates with the Procurement, Quality and Health, Safety and Environment departments, defining for the latter a list of “sensitive” goods.

The qualification questionnaire distributed to all suppliers includes questions on environmental and health and safety topics.

OUR PEOPLE

OUR PEOPLE

PEOPLE CARE

“People” is one of the five values selected by the Company to represent its identity: people are at the very heart of the Organisation, demonstrating the Company's aim to create a working environment where they can continuously gain experience, develop skills, forge relationships and find motivation. Flexible working hours, the provision of recreational circuits for employees, benefits such as health insurance, access to employee scholarships are just some of the corporate welfare tools established by the Company.

TRAINING AND PROFESSIONAL GROWTH

Ansaldo STS considers professional, managerial and specialist training a fundamental lever to enhance the skills of its employees. 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.

SOCIAL DIALOGUE

The relaxed relationship that Ansaldo STS maintains with its employees is reflected by an extremely low rate of trade union disputes. Through this approach, any issues with employees can be resolved internally and only rarely involve intervention by trade unions, which, in any case, act in an environment of general cooperation.

Ansaldo STS promotes equal opportunities, ensuring fair treatment on the basis of individual expertise and abilities and hiring people under legal employment contracts mainly on an open-ended basis.

ECONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY

ECONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY

BUSINESS STRATEGY AND MODEL 

Ansaldo STS’s economic sustainability is its strategic response 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.

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

Ansaldo STS’s corporate governance system is designed to maximise value, monitor business risks and achieve transparency with the market, balancing the interests of all its shareholders and focusing specific attention on minor ones.

CUSTOMER SATISFACTION

Customer satisfaction is central to Ansaldo STS’s strategy: the ability to understand and meet customers’ needs and expectations is the top value on which it bases its company culture. Market evolution in recent years has also led to the demand for turnkey transportation solutions that effectively respond to the needs expressed by local and national institutions. This new type of offer requires the ability to support our customers, who are increasingly considered less as buyers and more as partners, in the management of a project throughout its entire life cycle.

ANTI-CORRUPTION

Within the scope of its business, Ansaldo STS promotes the fight against corruption in all its different forms at all levels, whether active or passive, direct or indirect, involving subjects related to the public or private sector. In this context, the Company has adopted a "zero tolerance" approach, which entails that the Company does not tolerate any kind of corruption, in any form, manner or jurisdiction in which it may occur, including any such conduct that may be permitted, tolerated or not prosecuted in the countries in which the Group does business.

SUSTAINABILITY GOVERNANCE

SUSTAINABILITY GOVERNANCE

MATERIALITY ANALYSIS

Ansaldo STS defines the content of its report by asking stakeholders which sustainability topics impact their judgement and decisions.

SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAMME

Reporting on its commitments, surveys to assess the quality of its interaction with its stakeholders and the results of the materiality analysis allow Ansaldo STS to compile an annual sustainability programme aimed at constant improvement.

STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT

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 plays an active part in handling relations with local communities, be they municipal authorities, citizen associations, users of metros and trains, companies or local laborers. It also participates in research and training projects with institutions and universities.

CORPORATE COMMUNICATION AND A CULTURE OF SUSTAINABILITY

This is the ninth edition of the Ansaldo STS Sustainability Report produced in accordance with the GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards published in 2016 by the Global Reporting Initiative and is subject to limited assurance. Ansaldo STS adheres to the Global Compact and is a Founding Member and Sponsor of the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation. It also participates in the Carbon Disclosure Project and is on UNIFE’s Sustainable Transport Committee.

INTERNAL SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE

Composed of the managers of the main company departments, this committee defines strategic guidelines, commitments and projects for sustainable development and social responsibility. It reports directly to the Managing Director and General Manager and, through him, to the Board of Directors.

Significant Events in 2017

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FEBRUARY

Ansaldo STS launched ERSAT and ERSAT EAV, the first satellite technology in Europe to be applied to railway traffic management.

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JUNE

Ansaldo STS signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the company Metroselskabet to develop a “Proof of Concept” for the new Dynamic Headway Solution.

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JUNE

HSE Award in Riyadh: Ansaldo STS sees off the competition to win the award for safety.

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JULY

Ansaldo STS launched ERSAT and ERSAT EAV, the first satellite technology in Europe to be applied to railway traffic management.

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DECEMBER

Ansaldo STS launched ERSAT and ERSAT EAV, the first satellite technology in Europe to be applied to railway traffic management.

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