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22.05.12

FirstGroup is global sustainability leader – EIRIS

Transport operator FirstGroup has been named the most sustainable large company in the UK, and the second best in the world, by a new EIRIS survey.

The research assesses the sustainability of all 2,063 companies in the FTSE All-World Developed Index. FirstGroup was ranked second in the top ten ‘Sustainability Leaders’ list.

According to the report, FirstGroup “scores well on environmental, social and governance issues across the board and has demonstrated significant improvements in its environmental performance”.

Terri Vogt, FirstGroup’s head of corporate social responsibility, said: “To be rated as the best performing company in terms of sustainability in the UK, and the second best globally, is quite an achievement.

“The ranking recognises the efforts we have invested in recent years to reduce our carbon footprint ensuring that the public transport services we provide remain a low emissions alternative to private transport.

“In addition our rating also reflects the critical role public transport has in combatting climate change. Our buses and trains are very much part of the solution to a more sustainable world and given we move some 2.5 billion passengers a year, the scale of our operations has contributed to FirstGroup’s ‘Sustainability Leader’ status.”

The GoAhead group came in tenth globally in the league table, which was topped by Puma.

To view the report, visit: www.eiris.org/files/research%20publications/EIRISGlobalSustainbailityReport2012.pdf

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