Go-Ahead has been recognised as the ‘most admired’ transport company in the UK in terms of community and environmental responsibility according to a report by Britain’s Most Admired Companies (BMAC), which studies corporate reputation as judged by competitors and financial influencers.
Board-level representatives, financial analysts and city commentators are asked to rate companies in their sector on a scale of 0 (poor) to 10 (excellent) across 13 key criteria. Go-Ahead achieved the highest score overall for a bus and rail operator and outperformed its competitors in numerous categories, including quality of management, capacity to innovate and commitment to diversity and inclusion, achieving the highest score of all transport companies (including airlines) for ‘Community & Environmental Responsibility.’
The Group has achieved a 22% absolute reduction in carbon emissions since 2016 – a period in which the company has expanded internationally into Singapore, Ireland, Norway, and Germany. It is also developing a Climate Change Strategy, which is due in Spring 2021.
Go-Ahead also achieved a transport leading score for ‘Effective Corporate Governance’, tied with two airlines but ahead of all its bus and rail competitors.
Go-Ahead Chief Executive David Brown said: “We are pleased that our peers have recognised our commitment to social, ethical and environmental responsibilities. Public transport is a big part of the long-term solution for tackling poor air quality and climate change.
“We will continue to ensure that transport not only has a positive impact on the environment, but work to address and overcome any negative impact we may have as well – from retrofitting our buses to cleaner emissions to introducing even more electric buses across the UK.”