Sustainable development is at the heart of the rail industry in the UK, we always do what we can to be a sustainable business.
We’ve implemented a clear strategy that highlights to our employees, customers and partners how seriously we take sustainability and how we want to continue to be at the forefront of innovation and change.
Some of the key areas we focus our efforts on include:
- Health, safety and well-being of our employees.
- Creating sustainable employment aimed at employing and training a local workforce.
- Promoting local sustainability by seeking local suppliers to source our raw materials.
- Reducing our operational carbon footprint.
In 2014 we implemented a clear sustainability strategy and we have clear objectives.
This is our road-map for sustainability consisting of 13 aims/objectives:
- Health, safety and well-being – Keeping people safe and working to improve the health and well-being of employees.
- Labour standards and ethics – Improving the quality of life for communities and individuals. Provision of a safe, respectful and positive culture throughout the supply chain. Materials to be sourced from recognised “responsible resourcing schemes”.
- Sustainable employment – Engaging our people in sustainability and developing a business strategy to attract, develop and retain talented and motivated people and give local communities an equal opportunity to work.
- Diverse and inclusive supply chain – Providing local suppliers and subcontractors with an equal opportunity to compete for appropriate contracts.
- Access – Improving the quality of life for individuals. Encouraging design in refurbishment and construction that provides good access and inclusion for all members of the public.
- Communities – Improving the quality of life for communities and individuals. Contributing positively to the social and economic well-being of the communities we work in.
- Heritage – Ensuring railway heritage assets are identified and protected during our works.
- Energy and carbon – Reducing operational CO2 emissions and improving the energy efficiency of our products and services.
- Waste – Reducing, as much as possible, the waste to landfill and increasing the use of sustainable and recycled materials.
- Water – Reducing our consumption and reliance upon potable supplies in production and operations.
- Biodiversity and ecology – Protecting and enhancing ecological resources.
- Pollution – Causing zero harm to the environment and zero negative impacts on the local community.
- Adaptation to climate change – Ensuring that our future designs and project works consider risks and opportunities for adaptation measures.