Stagecoach joins United Nations Global Compact

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The operator says the move further supports its commitment to transparency through the initiative, via 10 globally aligned sustainability principles

Stagecoach has joined the United Nation Global Compact (UNGC) as part of its ongoing efforts to achieve the goals and aspirations of its Sustainability Strategy.  The UNGC is a worldwide corporate sustainability initiative with a mission to align strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and take action that advance societal goals.

Ray O’Toole, Stagecoach’s Executive Chairman and sponsor of its Sustainability Strategy, said:  “Our Sustainability Strategy is aligned to the most relevant sustainable development goals for our business and helped shape the strategy as it is today. The ten UNGC principles, under the headings of Human Rights, Labour, Environment and Anti-corruption, provide additional support to these and our own sustainability goals and ambitions and are a fundamental guiding light for all businesses, regardless of size or industry.

“The sustainability challenges we face as Stagecoach are not unique to our business. By joining the UNGC, we demonstrate a commitment to work together on the challenges, collectively identifying solutions, but more importantly, putting those solutions into action. I’m really excited we are the first bus and coach operator in the UK to join the UNGC and hope that other companies follow, as I believe together, we can drive real change.”

Greg Ritt, Head of Sustainability for Stagecoach, added “Joining the UN Global Compact will give us the additional tools to go further, faster and engage with key stakeholders both within our organisations and the supply chain. An important element for us is the decarbonisation of our business and this will be the case for some time, but it’s really important to understand that sustainability is more than carbon reduction. Our Sustainability Strategy is our vision to help create a greener, smarter, safer, healthier and fairer country by leveraging our power to connect communities sustainably and achieve our collective economic, social and environmental objectives.  Joining the UNGC supports our sustainability journey holistically, embeds confidence in that we know we are heading in the right direction and, hopefully, encourages other companies to do the same.”