Network Rail’s Infrastructure Projects (IP) Track team has been awarded a Globe of Honour by the British Safety Council (BSC).
The award – presented to Network Rail for the first time – recognises the work of the organisation’s four IP Track delivery teams in committing to sustainability.
Network Rail is one of nine organisations worldwide that has earned a Globe of Honour this year – for companies that have demonstrated excellence in environmental management. The globes will be presented at a ceremony on Friday 22 November.
Lorraine Brown, principal environment and social value manager, IP Track, said: “To achieve this, we developed IP Track-wide sustainability objectives, strategies and tactics – which provide a line of sight between Network Rail policies and individuals’ personal objectives.
“We used the BSC’s rigorous audit specification to enhance our environmental management systems and processes but, just as importantly, IP Track embarked on an awareness campaign which significantly increased colleagues’ understanding of the sustainability agenda and how they can personally contribute to it.
“We’ve also worked with our supply chain to introduce sustainability packs and help future proof their environmental management, ahead of the introduction of Network Rail’s environment and social requirements, which launch in December this year.”
Steve Featherstone, programme director, IP Track, added: “We have used the BSC as our partners on our safety and sustainability journey over recent years. The BSC process holds a mirror up on our performance and challenges us to get better.
“Achieving five stars in the BSC audit is very difficult and it is then even more challenging to be awarded a Sword of Honour for safety excellence, or a Globe of Honour for sustainability excellence.
“For this latest honour to sit alongside our eight Safety Swords of Honour is a fantastic achievement and recognises the efforts of everybody in the team.”
Lawrence Waterman, chair, British Safety Council, said: “On behalf of the board of trustees and staff on the British Safety Council, I would like to congratulate Network Rail on achieving the very highest standards of health, safety and environmental management.
“Excellence at this level is very hard won. We are proud to have supported you in your achievements.”
Notes to editors:
About BSC’s Globe of Honour
In order to receive the honour, Network Rail had to achieve the maximum five stars in the British Safety Council’s environmental management audit scheme in the period August 2018 to July 2019. In earning a Globe of Honour, the organisation has also demonstrated to an independent panel of experts that it has achieved excellence in its environmental management.
About IP Track
IP Track is formed of four specialist teams delivering track and rail systems renewals and enhancements across the rail network.