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Go-Ahead Group achieves Gold in Business in the Community's 10th Corporate Responsibility Index
15 March 2012

Transport operator Go-Ahead is delighted to announce that it has achieved a Gold rating in Business in the Community's (BITC) 2012 Corporate Responsibility Index (CRI), the UK's leading voluntary benchmark of corporate responsibility.

Go-Ahead, which has participated in the index since it began ten years ago, gained full marks across all categories in the integration section which tests whether corporate responsibility (CR) is implemented and embedded throughout its businesses. Go-Ahead also achieved full marks in five out of six of the areas in the corporate strategy section which rewards companies for placing CR values at the heart of their business.

The company's commitment to reducing its impact on the environment through its Driving Energy Further initiatives in bus and rail meant it achieved a 100 per cent mark in each element of the environmental impacts section, beating the benchmark across all sectors in the index.

David Brown, Group Chief Executive of Go-Ahead said: "This is great news for the Group. The survey recognises our continued commitment to operating our rail and bus businesses responsibly and to making a positive impact on the economy and society.

"It is also good to see our work to reduce our impact on the environment being recognised - we have reduced our CO2 emissions by 12 per cent per passenger journey since 2008 and are on target to meet our 20 per cent reduction target by 2015."

Achieving Gold means that Go-Ahead can demonstrate openness and transparency through effective public reporting of its material environmental and social issues, programmes and performance.

Gold-rated companies also expand and adapt their risk management processes by incorporating relevant aspects of corporate responsibility risk and opportunity; they also articulate their corporate responsibility strategy in an effective manner and include clear and measurable targets.

Stephen Howard, Chief Executive of Business in the Community said: "I congratulate the Go-Ahead Group on achieving Gold in the 2012 BITC Corporate Responsibility Index. The CR Index has helped to highlight clearly those best practice examples that bring to life in a powerful way what integrated responsible practice really looks like.

"As we celebrate 10 years of our CR Index it has given me great pleasure to witness each company’s responsible business journey and the transformations they are making both within their businesses and the impact they have in our communities".

Find out more about Go-Ahead's corporate responsibility approach and Driving Energy Further at http://www.go-ahead.com/responsibility.aspx

Business in the Community's CR Index is the UK’s leading voluntary benchmark of corporate responsibility (CR). It helps companies to integrate and improve CR throughout their operations by providing a systematic approach to managing, measuring and reporting on business impacts in society and on the environment. For the past ten years the CR Index has inspired and challenged over 350 companies to continuously improve their impact on society and the environment. This year we expect to have more than 100 companies participate publicly and use our tool to both improve their management practices and communicate to stakeholders how seriously they take their CR agenda. www.bitc.org.uk
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