Sustainability Reports & Policies


Our annual Sustainability Report represents one of the many ways we communicate about our corporate-wide Sustainability Policy and Program. We have reported our environmental performance for a number of years, but more recently added our economic and social performance in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Core Standards structure.  In FY17, we added our first performance scorecard which is a new way for us to communicate what we’ve been working on and what we believe is material to Amtrak.  The Scorecard reflects year-over-year performance across a range of categories, including Safety, Emissions, and Workplace Diversity — some categories are part of ongoing efforts, while others are in development.


Environmental and Sustainability Management System

The Amtrak Environmental and Sustainability Management System, or ESMS, is the guiding framework for implementing and advancing our Environmental Policy and Sustainability Policy. Modeled on ISO 14001, the international standard for environmental management systems, the ESMS supports environmental compliance by establishing environmental procedures and training programs for employees across the corporation. Our multi-departmental ESMS steering committee and executive oversight committee meet regularly to establish annual and long-term goals and action plans to meet our policy commitments and continually improve our programs.

Over the last four years we leveraged executive level support to advance cross-departmental efforts, track the impacts from those projects, and report progress year over year.  These achievements are captured in the latest Sustainability Report. Amtrak’s Sustainability Policy has catalyzed several sustainability initiatives across the organization from fuel dispensing and monitoring systems, to earning LEED certification at Amtrak headquarters and to recycling leather seat covers from passenger train car refresh projects.