Ansaldo STS’ best practices are activities or initiatives aimed at improving its management of social or environmental responsibility. Best practices often involve dialogue and involvement of the stakeholders.
2012 saw the following best practice initiatives: two for human resources stakeholders, Future Leader and Travel Tracker; three for customer stakeholders and, more in general, for the environment and safety, the Copenhagen metro, satellite signalling and Tramwave; one for reporting and in accordance with its commitment to reduce greenhouse gases, the carbon management system; one for site safety, Safety Yes; and lastly one for the financial community, feedback from investors.
These are briefl y described here and discussed in further detail in the sections on stakeholders that follow:
The Future Leaders project is part of the talent management initiatives in place at Ansaldo STS, with the aim of identifying and growing a small number of select people (20) to entrust, within two years, with IInd or Ist organisational level responsibilities according to the Italian management scale. Candidates apply for the initiative and it is open to all ASTS personnel who feel that they meet the requirements defined in the call for applicants. Future leaders provides for the assignment of strategic projects to directly and genuinely increase the leadership of the participants, in addition to a two-year executive MBA programme are the two main pillars of this initiative.
TRAVEL TRACKER: SAFE TRAVEL AT ANSALDO STS
Market expansion and the current organisational model require Ansaldo STS personnel in many different countries, which might have questionable safety conditions and undeveloped health and healthcare systems. Travel Tracker (TT) is a tool that the company uses to track planned personnel travel in real time and ensure adequate protection from external events.
The construction of the Copenhagen metro demonstrates Ansaldo STS’ ability to offer advanced solutions in terms of the environment and safety to meet strict Danish regulatory requirements, both in the design stage and during operation and maintenance. The positive quarterly customer satisfaction results are further evidence of the company’s ability to put the customer, and in this specific case, the user, first.
For the first time in railway history, Ansaldo STS will have satellites used to safely manage train traffic, reducing the number and complexity of the radio stations planned along the railway line. In long-distance freight transport specifically, the expected benefits will be a significant increase in the efficiency of fuel consumption, with a consequent reduction in energy costs and carbon dioxide emissions.
This is a power system for trams that run on ground lines, powered only in a specific segment under the vehicle. The system promotes the protection of historic city centres, as it eliminates traditional suspended electric lines. The excellent results achieved in the wake of testing have triggered enormous interest among urban planners looking for safe, ecological and low-environmental impact public transit solutions.
CARBON MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
Ansaldo STS has renewed its commitment to reducing greenhouse gases produced directly and indirectly in the performance of its activities, by implementing the carbon management system, which enables it to organise improvement through a planning, implementing and measurement process for its emission reduction targets. Since 2011, it has participated in the worldwide carbon disclosure project.
Safety Yes is an information campaign (courses and follow-up activities) implemented by Ansaldo STS on safety issues and culture. It targets all site workers, including Ansaldo STS employees and those of its partners.
FEEDBACK FROM INVESTORS
Ansaldo STS approaches dialogue with the financial community through certain practices to monitor the company’s reputation. After meetings are held, feedback from investors is gathered and carefully analysed. It is discussed with top management and used to manage future communications and subsequent meetings.