Business with
a conscience

How can we reconcile a profitable business with social responsibility? One way is to make our 1,000 purchasers more sensitive to sustainability issues, and that’s exactly what our Responsible Purchasing team has been doing since 2008. With 160,000 employees in France and suppliers in many local business communities, SNCF is a major force for regional growth.

Sustainable, responsible

Sustainable purchasing means choosing eco-friendly products that have been manufactured legally and under fair working conditions. That much is obvious, but for SNCF, it’s a reason to keep doing more. Between 2008 and 2010, sustainable purchasing—trains, stations, infrastructure, employee uniforms and more—nearly doubled, rising from 29% to 50% of total purchases.
And we’re taking the same approach to socially responsible purchasing: in 2010, we bought €21 million worth of supplies from companies that hire the handicapped or marginalized.

That same year, our sustainable and socially responsible purchasing policy won the Sustainable Purchasing Management** award presented by Ademe, the French Environment and Energy Management Agency, and the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Transport.

of our purchases are from local SMEs.

Social responsibility at SNCF includes programmes to help homeless people seeking shelter in stations and the unemployed.

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