JOY: Jaguar Primary School Challenge competitors
Jaguar Land Rover are celebrating after being named Responsible Business of the Year by Business in the Community (BITC).
The UK’s leading premier automotive manufacturer collected the accolade at the BITC’s Responsible Business Awards yesterday.
They received the gong in recognition of their significant investment in UK jobs and facilities, improving environmental performance and increasing skills and education opportunities for young people and existing employees.
Dr. Ralf Speth, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover, said: “We are delighted to receive the Responsible Business of the Year Award, which recognises the achievements of our employees, suppliers, stakeholders and academic partnerships to deliver sustainability improvements across our business.
“Sustainability is integral to Jaguar Land Rover’s business plan and we are committed to achieving a sustainable future.
“Jaguar Land Rover has been investing in researching and developing the latest technologies and creating new and updated engineering and manufacturing facilities to help grow and develop our business in a sustainable way.
“We have ambitious plans for sustainable growth and developing sustainable products that meet the needs of customers now and in the future is vital to that goal.”
Jaguar Land Rover have created 9,000 new jobs since 2011 and will invest £2.75billion this year, making them the largest UK automotive investor.
This outlay supports technology innovation and the company’s CO2 reduction strategy.
Over the past few years, Jaguar Land Rover have reduced tailpipe CO2, operational carbon emissions per vehicle, waste to landfill and water use.
Carbon emissions from inbound logistics and emissions for outbound logistics have also been reduced.
Jaguar Land Rover’s CO2 offset programme has compensated five million tonnes of CO2 over the last five years.
This has been achieved by funding 50 sustainable development projects which have positively impacted the lives of more than 1.2million people.
Stephen Howard, Chief Executive of Business in the Community, said: “Jaguar Land Rover perfectly embodies the mutuality of responsible business – an understanding that by transforming business you can transform communities.
“It is an inspirational example of a large business combining profitability with responsibility.
“Through improving environmental performance, investing in communities and proactively developing its future workforce Jaguar Land Rover has become a powerful example for this movement.
“We are delighted to name them our 2013 Responsible Business of the Year and look forward to working with them and sharing their story with many more businesses over the coming year.”
Jaguar Land Rover also won the ‘Education Award’, recognising businesses that build sustainable partnerships with schools to raise aspirations of young people and enable successful working lives.
Their Inspiring Tomorrow’s Engineers national school education programme has been developed to increase young people’s engagement of science, technology, engineering and maths, and promote engineering careers.
The programme includes partnerships with various schools and academic organisations, with more than 200,000 young people engaged in the programme last year.