Go-Ahead wins sustainability reporting award

Go-Ahead has been recognised for ‘most effective integration of sustainability reporting into communications’ in the FTSE 250 at the IR Society Best Practice Awards 2016.

The Group has this year produced its fourth integrated annual report which makes clear links between the Group’s vision, strategy and financial and non-financial information.

Go-Ahead has also been highly commended for ‘best use of digital communications’ highlighting its commitment to focus on investor relations and transparent reporting.

Group Chief Executive Officer, David Brown, said:

“Sustainability and corporate responsibility are integral to our strategy and the way we operate at every level of the business and our reporting strives to reflect that. Investors are increasingly viewing organisations' approach to sustainability as fundamental to their investment decisions. Our aim is to communicate with our investors, analysts and journalists in engaging ways that allow them to access the information as and when they need it. Our team works hard to provide consistent information and we always encourage feedback to ensure we meet our stakeholders' changing needs.”

The sixteenth year of the IR Society Best Practice Awards celebrated businesses’ best practice in investor relations. Go-Ahead has received awards for the past eight years as it continually improves and develops the way it communicates with investors.

David Lloyd-Seed, Chair of the IR Society, said:

“This event celebrates one of the Society’s key reasons for existing – to promote best practice in investor relations and I would like to thank all those who put their work forward for an award. Those companies shortlisted have all shown how to adhere to and deliver best practice principles, and the quality of their entries, from the largest to the smaller companies, was extremely high. Congratulations to them all.”

To find out more about our approach to sustainability, visit www.go-ahead.com/en/sustainability

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For further information, contact:

The Go-Ahead Group

Sarah Boundy, Group corporate communications director
07808 568 667

GO-AHEAD

Go-Ahead is a leading UK public transport operator, providing high quality services in the bus and rail sectors. Employing around 27,500 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.

BUS

Go-Ahead is one of the UK’s largest bus operators. With a fleet of around 4,800 buses, we carry around 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. We operate deregulated services in Oxford, East Anglia, the South East, Southern and North East England.

In September 2016, the Group began operating two bus contracts in Singapore, on behalf of the Singaporean Local Transport Authority.

RAIL 

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.

THE INVESTOR RELATIONS SOCIETY

The Investor Relations Society (IR Society) is a membership organisation that exists to promote best practice investor relations in the UK and beyond. It is run by IR professionals for IR professionals. Established in 1980, the IR Society’s mission is to promote best practice in investor relations; to support the professional development of its members; to represent their views to regulatory bodies, the investment community and government; and to act as a forum for issuers and the investment community. The Society has over 750 members from the UK, Europe and beyond, including representatives from most of the FTSE 100, a large number of FTSE 250 companies and a number of AIM and smaller companies as well as IR advisors and service providers.