Once again this year, Ansaldo STS has adhered to Global Compact, a voluntary United Nations initiative to encourage respect for human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption set out in 10 principles. Its confirmation reiterates its commitment to considering Global Compact and its main principles an integral part of the company’s strategies and culture.
Ansaldo STS is also a founding member Promoter, together with 17 other organizations, the Foundation's Global Compact Network Italy.
|Principles of the Global Compact||Ansaldo STS|
|1. Support and respect internationally proclaimed human rights within the company’s respective spheres of influence||
|2. Ensure that they are not complicit in human rightsabuses, even indirectly|
|3. Uphold workers’ freedom of association and the effective recognition of their right to collective bargaining||
|4. Eliminate all forms of forced and compulsory labour|
|5. Effectively abolish of child labour|
|6. Eliminate discrimination in respect of employment and occupation
|7. Support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges||
|8. Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility|
|9. Encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies|
|10. Combat corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery||
Ansaldo STS upholds and promotes 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 (code of ethics).
12. Ansaldo STS acts in accordance with the UN’s International Bill of Human Rights (which includes the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights and the International Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights), the ILO’s Fundamental Conventions (nos. 29, 87, 98, 100, 105, 111, 138 and 182), the Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the UN’s Convention on the Rights of the Child, the ILO’s Conventions nos. 107 and 169 on the Rights of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples, the European Convention on Human Rights and the OECD’s guidelines for multinational enterprises.
Ansaldo STS offers 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, in accordance with laws, national labour agreements, company agreements and current regulations.
Over the course of employment, training is a crucial lever to make the most of human resources and update their skills to the market context, thereby expanding upon the abilities and knowledge of each employee, in line with the company’s values. Ansaldo STS also applies a policy based on the recognition of one’s merits and equal opportunities. Ansaldo STS’s internationalisation process has also consolidated work experience abroad, thereby enabling people to share their different experiences and foster the value of multiculturalism.
Ansaldo STS guarantees that its workers are free to join trade unions, and sees that its relationships with the unions are cooperative and friendly in which workers may report their opinions to Human Resources directly or via delegates.
Ansaldo STS does not allow and does not tolerate employment situations that violate current regulations on child labour, women’s labour and immigration. This also applies to its external contractors, suppliers and business partners.
Ansaldo STS carefully monitors the risk of forced labour. In addition, the company requires its contractors and sub-contractors to guarantee the same in order to contribute to the abolition of such illegal practices.
13. See: Human resources.
Protecting the environment is part of Ansaldo STS’s social responsibility. This is a key element in its business strategy, with the aim of promoting long-term growth in the company’s value. The optimisation and development of its processes and Organizational structure are central to this strategy: the aim is to produce in the safest possible way, using the least possible quantity of resources.
Integrated management system
Ansaldo STS has implemented an integrated management system (“IMS”) for the environment, safety and quality, which integrates all group processes in one single complete structure, enabling the Organization to operate as a single unit with shared objectives.
At central level, global policies and procedures have been established to ensure controlled management of processes and activities relating to safety in the workplace and environmental protection. On this basis, and where there are specific legislative requirements, each legal entity has established local guidelines to ensure compliance with the requirements applicable to its processes.
All company bodies are required to closely comply with the principles of the environmental management system, and they are actively involved in preparing and updating it. Ansaldo STS is currently completing the certification process for its sites under UNI EN ISO 14001 and OSHAS 18001 standards.
Development and extension of environmentallyfriendly technologies
Ansaldo STS is constantly committed to providing its customers and end users (passengers and freight) with the best and safest products, using the best design methodologies and procedures and the best existing building methods and processes, in line with its commitment to reduce energy consumption and its direct and indirect impact on the environment.
Ansaldo STS also promotes technological and managerial training through partnerships with universities, specifically in terms of information communication technology, sustainability and the health and safety of transportation systems.
The Group actively participates in research projects co-financed by Italian and EU institutions on how to improve safety, energy efficiency, environmental impact, sustainable mobility and the interoperability of transport systems.
14. See the section on Environment, health and safety.
ANTI-CORRUPTION AND THE PREVENTION OF CORPORATE CRIMES
Ansaldo STS has adopted the Organizational, management and control model (the “Model”) pursuant to Legislative decree no. 231/2001, which deals with, inter alia, corruption against the public administration and in the private sector. The Model has been adopted in the Group’s pre-existing Italian companies (which merged into the parent in 2009) since the introduction of Legislative decree no. 231/2001.
Ansaldo STS S.p.A.’s employees are required to comply with the Model and the procedures, which specify the operating methods of the various company processes. These procedures relate, in particular, to the following:
- advisors and sales representatives;
- sponsorships, publicity campaigns and contributions to associations and bodies;
- conferral of advisory engagements and professional services;
- gifts, hospitality, facilitating payments and entertainment expenses;
- M&As (mergers and acquisitions).
These procedures have been adopted in line with the former parent Finmeccanica’s initiatives to strengthen the internal control system, concerning, in particular, corruption and corporate crimes. Several audits were performed to check their actual implementation. In the event of acts of corruption (which has never occurred in the Group so far), Ansaldo STS would respond with the disciplinary sanction provided for by the Model, which also includes dismissal without notice.
The main risk areas, including direct risks and the areas that could potentially facilitate acts of corruption, subject to the requirements of the Model, are mainly the sales area, contract management, procurement, sites, administration, finance and control, HR and soft loans.
In order to ensure that all employees are completely familiar with the Model, they receive reports when it is updated.
In addition, a new e-learning training programme was carried out in 2014 for nearly all company employees. Employees working in the areas at risk of these crimes being committed, along with the company’s managers and junior managers sign periodic statements of compliance with the Model and, where applicable, statements describing the most significant relationships with customers and representatives of the public administration.
GLOBAL COMPACT NETWORK ITALY FOUNDATION
Global Compact Network Italy (GCNI) was founded in 2002 to contribute to the development of the “Global Pact” in Italy. In June 2013, the GCNI created the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation, with Ansaldo STS as founding member and sponsor, along with 17 other Organizations, private companies, universities and research institutes, non-profit foundations and civil society Organizations.
The Global Compact Network Italy Foundation participated, together with the CSR Manager Network and Fondazione Sodalitas, in the public consultation on the implementation of directive 2014/95/EU of the European Parliament and Council of 22 October 2014, implementing directive 2013/34/EU in respect of the disclosure of non-financial information and information on diversity by some companies and large-size groups. The joint contribution15, the content of which is approved by Ansaldo STS, was sent to the Office IV – Division IV of the Treasury Department of the Ministry of the Economy and Finance.