East Midlands Airport achieves highest BITC award


East Midlands Airport, as part of M.A.G, has received a platinum big tick, the highest ranking possible in The Corporate Responsibility Index (CR Index), the Business in the Community’s annual benchmark of responsible business management.

This coveted award is new for 2013 and has been designed to challenge companies on topics, such as long-term planning and the unique contribution their business makes environmentally, socially and economically.

The airport Group achieved, an astounding 97% for their submission, beating the average score of 89% and putting them firmly in the top 31 businesses in the UK to be crowned as leaders in this area.

M.A.G scored highly on every section of the report, with majority reaching a full score of 100%. In particular, the group scored 100% for their demonstration of management on climate change, waste management, environmental impact management and community investment.

Neil Robinson, Corporate Social Responsibility Director for M.A.G said: “It is an honour to have achieved such a tremendous accolade. Our group works extremely hard to ensure that we have a robust corporate social responsibility strategy in place and that we effectively carry this out. To have been benchmarked at such a high level, clearly demonstrates that we are leaders in this area and we will be using the results to ensure that we continue to focus on the right areas as we strive to continually improve.

“It is only thanks to the many members of staff that work across our airports that we have been able to achieve the fantastic results that we have for many years and each individual member of staff that contributes daily to this should be proud of this achievement.”

Key achievements from the submission include:

• The success of the Aerozone, the airport’s dedicated on site education centre. In 2012, the Aerozone had 4,757 visitors, an increase of 2,414 visitors on last year. The centre is open to groups of all ages studying various airport-related subjects, ranging from science and engineering to travel and tourism.
• Reaching the colleague volunteering target of 20% of staff members involved in community projects, helping 21 organisations with over 585 volunteering hours. Over 100 members of staff volunteered in 2012/13, an increase of over 60 people, compared to last year.
• Achieving carbon neutral ground operations on target, as a result of industry leading innovative projects, such as the installation of two commercial scale wind turbines, the most eco-friendly hotel in the UK and a 26 hectare willow farm.
• Achieving 88% of waste diverted from landfill - the highest percentage of waste recycling of any other UK airport, by manually segregating 600 tonnes of waste on site.

Published on: 18/04/2013 15:31:08


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