£1m community investment outlined in Go-Ahead's sustainability report
The Go-Ahead Group has today published its sustainability report for the year ended 1 July 2017, which coincides with the Group's Annual General Meeting. This publication illustrates the company’s sustainability performance and progress across all aspects of the organisation's activity.
Katy Taylor, commercial and customer director, explains: “We continually aim to improve our reporting across the Group and make sure we are talking about the things that matter most to our key stakeholders and to the business.
“We are proud of our achievements to date including the development of a £1m community investment programme that includes cash and time contributions benefiting the local communities in which we operate. Working collaboratively with our strategic partners, helps us deliver value to our people, customers and society at large.”
Other sustainability achievements highlighted in the report are:
Maintained sector-leading customer satisfaction score in regional bus at 90%
Employee engagement increased by 23% across our bus operations
Achievement of our 10% CO2 emissions target ahead of schedule
First transport group to obtain Carbon Trust triple accreditation
First FTSE 350 company to achieve the Fair Tax Mark
Go-Ahead is a leading UK public transport operator, providing high quality services in the bus and rail sectors. Employing around 29,000 people across the country, over one billion passenger journeys are undertaken on our services each year. We are committed to operating our companies in a safe, socially and environmentally responsible way and are proud to have been accredited with triple Carbon Trust Standard for reductions in carbon, water and waste. In addition to the travelling public, our customers include the Department for Transport, Transport for London (TfL) and local authorities.
Go-Ahead is one of the UK’s largest bus operators. With a fleet of around 5,200 buses, we carry over two million passengers every day. Our operations are focused on high density commuter markets. We have a strong presence in London, with around 24 per cent market share, where we provide regulated services for TfL. Outside London, we operate services in Oxford, East Anglia, the South East, Southern and north east England. In September 2016, the Group began operating a bus contract in Singapore, on behalf of the Land Transport Authority.
The rail operation, Govia, is 65 per cent owned by Go-Ahead and 35 per cent by Keolis. It is the largest rail operation in the UK, responsible for over 30 per cent of all UK passenger rail journeys through its rail franchises: GTR (Govia Thameslink Railway) Southeastern and London Midland.
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