Sustainable Procurement Strategy

Our supply chain plays a crucial part of ensuring that we are a responsible, innovative business.

We spend more than £2.5 billion per year within our supply chain and are constantly assessing ways in which we can deliver better value to passengers and society. 

We operate in accordance with the ISO 20400:2017 guidance standard for sustainable procurement. This is an internationally-recognied standard aligned to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. We believe that consistent, respectful relationships with our suppliers is vital to delivering our shared goals.


Sustainable Procurement Charter

We were the first company in the transport sector to publish a charter on sustainable procurement. 

The charter was designed to align with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. It outlines our sustainability priorities, and the areas where we mandate minimum standards from suppliers, alongside those areas where we aspire to work with our suppliers to deliver more complex sustainability goals.

We have set 17 priority areas in the charter, including environmental and employment standards (e.g. no zero hour contracts), equality, diversity, good health and wellbeing.  


Working with SMEs 

At Go-Ahead, we’re focused on connecting communities and keeping cities moving. Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) form the backbone of our society, providing livelihoods and services to thousands of people every day.

In 2021 we released our strategy for working with SMEs, pledging to spend a minimum of £250 million each year from 2022.

Three-quarters of businesses in our supply chain (some 3,200) are SMEs. They include businesses who focus on smart ticketing software, mobile app providers, bus spare parts providers and building maintenance and infrastructure improvement suppliers. We are setting targets to work with more in the upcoming years.


£247m

Total influenceable spend with SMEs.


Supplier Sustainability Awards

At our annual supplier sustainability awards, we recognise and celebrate the most outstanding projects and initiatives created and delivered by our supply chain.

The awards give Go-Ahead an opportunity to recognise best practice and show our commitment to encouraging best sustainability practices within our supply chain.

The 2019 winners were the Cordant Cleaning, who provide bus cleaning, shunting and refueling services for our bus companies.