BENCHMARKING BEST PRACTICE
Stimulating diversity in the supply chain
Promoting active contributors to culture change
The Rail Innovation Group is a community that brings together the best skills & experience from the rail & tech industries. Our engagement across the rail sector has shown that there is a requirement to benchmark what can be classed as true innovation coming into the supply chain. Additionally, there is a desire to recognise those people ensuring that new, diverse ideas are adopted within the culture of the industry. We have developed the Recognised Innovation Scheme to endorse suppliers & people who have:
contributed to our mission of promoting modern, efficient rail system.
demonstrated an ability to create a seamless journey experience.
adopted a customer-centric approach & committed to sharing that approach with the wider industry.
Our definition of innovation is drawn from our Founding Members, each of whom was invited to submit their thoughts when they joined The Rail Innovation Group. We have collated them into a definition that we believe recognises those aspects which contribute to The Group’s mission. As these definitions are peer-generated, recipients are assured that recognition is an endorsement from the industry as a whole.
Applications for the Supplier scheme & nominations for our Culture scheme will be assessed by our peer group made up of a representative from:
the Strategy Board of The Rail Innovation Group
a start-up/SME Member
the Young Rail Professionals
our partner, Hitachi Rail
Open to start-up & small suppliers; applicants must be a Member of The Group & would be recognised for:
A simple solution, large or small, that breaks with tradition to solve a problem within the industry that can be adopted into business as usual. Examples in the use of technology are to:
gain efficiencies in time, energy or costs
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improve the user experience.
In most cases, the problem will have been defined by the end-user but truly innovative products discover their niche.
Recognition is open to Members of the Group, if you are not yet a Member, please join first, prior to submitting your application.
The Rail Innovation Group has observed that many people within the rail industry act as champions of innovation & culture change but their actions are often overlooked. Recognising these behaviours will enhance their professional status & help to create new role models. A person recognised for cultural change would:
Approach problems with a willingness to challenge tradition & be open minded to new concepts that don’t always have a proven track record.
Cultivate & embrace diversity to derive benefits from new technologies or processes, or from using them in a better way.
We welcome nominations from Members & non-Members across the rail industry. The nominee will not be contacted until recognition has been approved.