Responsible Business Report 2023

CEO introduction

Harnessing the power of our employees is every bit as important as embracing new technologies if we are to realise the aviation industry’s net zero 2050 target. It is also vital to our own targets to be one of the UK’s Top 25 employers and to achieve a carbon negative estate by 2040. Our strategy connects our business needs to the things we care about - a safe service, an inclusive and diverse culture where employees thrive, a carbon-negative future and a sustainable and profitable business.

Martin Rolfe, CEO

Martin Rolfe, CEO

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Key statistics

fuel efficient flight profile score
estate CO2 reduction against 2019 baseline
for our environmental stewardship by CDP
CO2 reduction due to airspace improvements
gender balance recruitment target

Highlights from 2022/2023

  • Implemented systemisation and Free Route Airspace over Southwest England and Wales.
  • Recognised as a European Climate Leader by the Financial Times for the 3rd year running.
  • Awarded ‘Business Ambition’ status, the highest achievement possible, by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).
  • Awarded a ‘B’ rating for our environmental stewardship by CDP (formerly known as the B Carbon Disclosure Project) for our 2021-22 financial year disclosure.
  • Reduced our estate GHG emissions by 39% against baseline, beating our target of 24% for the 2022-23 financial year.
  • Reduced electricity consumption by 1,200,000 kWh by improving the efficiency of our mechanical and electrical equipment.
  • Deployed a 3D Primary Surveillance Radar system at Lowther Hill that is set to unlock 2.5GW of renewable energy.
  • Celebrated 30 years of the Swanwick Lakes years Nature Reserve, which we created and support in partnership with the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.
  • Increased diversity in our Early Careers intake with 58% women and 27% from an ethnic minority background.
  • Published our first combined Pay Gap Report for gender and ethnicity.
  • Celebrated our first international charitable initiative, supporting the SMILE project in New Delhi.
  • Launched a supplier engagement programme and our Supplier Sustainability Forum to share knowledge and encourage peer support.

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