It’s not just about what we do – it’s how we do it.
Maintaining a Sustainable Supply Chain
As we transform our procurement organization, quality and sustainability remain key criteria during the selection and qualification of our suppliers. We now consolidate our supplier base and select the best suppliers so we can:
Ensure we support job creation
Reduce the complexity of our manufacturing logistics and delivery, and
Meet our customers’ expectations, quality standards and delivery schedules.
As part of our focus on operational efficiency, we are actively engaging with our suppliers to mitigate business environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks, improve sustainable product performance, and reduce inefficiencies in our operations. We also expect our suppliers to abide by our Supplier Code of Conduct, which we use as a tool to promote a deep orientation towards first-class quality levels and the importance of complying with high ethical, environmental and social standards. No significant violations were discovered in 2018.
Working through the industry initiative Railsponsible, we are helping empower suppliers to report on their sustainability practices. In the 2017–2018 period, more than 850 railway industry suppliers took the assessment, enabling best practice sharing and capacity building among rail suppliers. Also, as a founding member to the International Aerospace Environmental Group, we contribute to the development of voluntary consensus standards around the environment and responsible sourcing.
We also directly engage our suppliers to monitor regulated substances, obtain declarations of compliance on the use of controlled substances and identify opportunities to replace certain substances in our products.
Leading with ethics and integrity
Upholding the highest ethical integrity and leadership standards is vital to our success. Our Code of Ethics and Business Conduct sets clear standards of behaviour that our employees and board members are expected to follow.
Reinforcing strong ethical conduct remains a constant priority for us, which we embed across our business through ongoing training and communication. Our senior leadership continue to elevate their communications to our employees on the importance of ethical conduct in our "Ethics and Leadership" series.
We also release “Ethics in Action” – an employee bulletin to communicate concrete examples on how to make the right decisions.
Our Ethics and Compliance Ambassadors continue to play an integral role in embedding our strong compliance culture at our sites.
In addition to being a liaison between our local sites and Corporate Ethics & Compliance Office, our ambassadors act as on-site resources for employees whenever they have questions, concerns or need training on specific topics related to ethics and compliance. In 2018, we expanded the network to 70 ambassadors in 35 countries.
We continuously deploy enhanced ethics and compliance training for all our employees, including e-learning and in-person training.
For example in 2018, we held in-classroom and e-learning training on gifts and entertainment for employees in our sales, procurement, legal and management teams. We also provided an anti corruption e-learning training for all our employees.
Ensure ethical political engagement
We continue to foster an open dialogue between governments, the public and the business community, as we believe this contributes to informed government decisions and benefits the communities we are part of. Bombardier is non-partisan and our political contributions solely reflect our responsible citizenship, as well as the best interest of the company. Lobbying activities follow strict processes, and meet registration and reporting requirements to the respective authorities.