Go-Ahead launches comprehensive supply chain sustainability charter

Go-Ahead has introduced a Sustainable Procurement Charter which requires its suppliers to meet standards of sustainability, diversity and inclusion.

Go-Ahead aims to ensure there are no zero-hours contracts from its supply chain. The charter establishes minimum criteria in core areas of corporate social responsibility, including the need for suppliers to demonstrate a commitment to sustainable innovation, employee wellness and company diversity.

The sustainable supply chain charter has five themes: happier customers, stronger communities, better teams, cleaner environment and smarter technology. The charter’s area of focus within these have been chosen in partnership with suppliers including Michelin, Siemens and Alexander Dennis. Go-Ahead says the charter has been designed with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals in mind.

Specific measures include elimination of enforced zero hours contracts for all suppliers, and any use of unpaid work, for example, unpaid internships. Larger suppliers are also required to declare what percentage of their workforces comes from under-represented groups and report on how many employees are receiving equalities and diversity training and disclosure of gender pay gaps.

There are also requirements for reducing emissions and compliance with air quality requirements and measures by suppliers to encourage employees to contribute to the low carbon economy by reporting what percentage of their workforce use public transport to commute.

“Developing this initiative with input from some of our key suppliers has allowed us to ensure these goals act both as a reflection of our common core objectives, and as a benchmark for us all to strive to achieve,” says Elodie Brian, interim chief financial officer, Go-Ahead Group. “As the first in the transport sector to do so, we hope that this charter will act as encouragement for other companies to declare similar commitments to sustainability.”

Shaun McCarthy, director of Action Sustainability, adds: “It has been a pleasure working with Go-Ahead Group to develop this charter. In order to be the best in class for sustainable procurement, it is necessary to deliver best in class procurement – and Go-Ahead’s high-class procurement team has excellent processes and supplier relationships. I am confident they will be using the guidance in the supply chain international standard ISO 20400 to deliver measurable sustainable benefits through their supply chains for many years to come.”


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