At British Airways, we work hard to manage our business responsibly, be a good neighbour, reduce our environmental impact and celebrate diversity.
We are committed to fight human and wildlife trafficking.
We operate our aircraft with sensitivity to noise and air quality and engage with the community on these issues. To tackle climate change we are investing in sustainable fuel solutions, flying efficiently to reduce fuel consumption, supporting global regulation, modernising our fleet and reducing waste and increasing recycling.
We ensure we run a safe and comfortable operation for our customers, continually invest in our aircraft and facilities and offer additional help to those who require it.
We look after our colleagues, encouraging their physical and mental well-being, creating an inclusive culture and developing initiatives to create a more diverse workforce.
Our Community Investment programme has helped more than 600,000 people since 2010, in the UK and overseas, and provided much needed support and funding to charities during humanitarian crises.
We offer hundreds of work experience placements and apprenticeships every year.
We are committed to operating our business in a responsible manner.
Everyone working for us is expected to act with integrity, in accordance with company policies and in compliance of the laws of the countries where they work. Our suppliers are bound by the terms of the IAG Supplier Code of Conduct which requires them to:
British Airways supports tackling human trafficking. Our cabin and flight crew have the most exposure to potential trafficking situations and are trained to spot incidents.
British Airways has a zero-tolerance approach to Modern Slavery. Our full statement on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking.
We are committed to operating in an environmentally responsible manner and are determined to play our part in reducing aviations' environmental impact and contribute to the IAG vision to be the leading airline group on sustainability.
Climate change is the most urgent environmental challenge the world is facing. Working with the aviation industry, British Airways is determined to find solutions to address carbon emissions.
We have partnered with Velocys, a renewable fuels company, to design a series of plants that convert household and commercial waste into renewable jet fuel to power our fleet. Through project Altalto, hundreds of thousands of tonnes of household waste per year, destined for landfill or incineration, will be converted into clean-burning sustainable fuels.
Our dedicated fuel efficiency team continually reviews all aspects of our operation to ensure that fuel saving ideas become reality. Small changes can make a big difference.
We have lowered our carbon emissions by more than 360,000 tonnes since 2014 by reducing the number of engines our aircraft use to taxi, optimising flight routes, and decreasing the weight of our aircraft by various initiatives, including printing our in-flight magazine on lighter paper and using technology to replace printed charts on the flight deck. We have also increased the number of times we wash our aircraft engines, as we know this makes them work more efficiently.
We are continuing to use innovation to build on our successes, developing new in-flight software to ensure that in the future we fly in the most sustainable and efficient way possible.
We are investing £6.5bn for our customers over the next five years including a significant investment in fuel-efficient aircraft. The airline is currently operating more than 44 new, fuel-efficient aircraft and has a further 73 on order.
The Airbus A350 is the newest addition to our aircraft fleet and is 25 per cent more fuel efficient than similar sized aircraft it replaces. These environmental improvements are delivered through a combination of advancements in materials and design, including the new Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines, weight-reducing composite materials and refined aerodynamics.
Since its introduction in 2012, we have participated in the EU emissions trading system (EU ETS) which has a target to reduce emissions in a variety of industries across Europe.
In addition, from 2020, British Airways’ carbon emissions on international flights will be capped under a worldwide carbon pricing scheme called CORSIA (Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for Aviation). Through this scheme, we will reduce our emissions by investing in a diverse range of projects around the world. British Airways worked with governments and industry associations in the ten years before the introduction of the scheme to ensure it came to fruition. CORSIA will reduce aviation’s emissions by 2.5 billion tonnes of CO2 from 2021 – 2035.
From January 2020, British Airways will become the first UK airline to offset carbon emissions on all its flights within the UK. All customers flying within the UK on flights operated by British Airways will have the carbon emissions from their flights offset by the airline and invested in carbon reduction projects around the world. These quality assured projects will include renewable energy, protection of rainforests and reforestation programmes.
While our customers on UK domestic flights will not need to offset their emissions, those travelling further afield can also reduce their impact on the environment by using British Airways’ carbon offsetting tool. We have created the carbon tool through our partnership with not-for-profit organisation Pure Leapfrog. It enables our customers to calculate their emissions and then invest in carbon reduction projects including high quality forestry and renewable energy projects.
We also continue to offer our customers the opportunity to reduce the impact of climate change by donating to the Carbon Fund when they book flights with us. The Carbon Fund provides funding for community renewable energy projects in the UK and overseas. British Airways customers have supported almost 40 projects so far, impacting the lives of 450,000 people and resulting in community benefits of over £3 million. From schools in the UK to sustainable agriculture projects in Kenya, the projects provide vital support to local communities and reduce carbon emissions.
The funds are managed by Pure Leapfrog, a not-for-profit charity working to provide opportunities for communities to own, generate and benefit from clean, green power. Examples include promoting the use of solar-powered heating and lighting, installing small scale wind turbines for schools and promoting energy efficient measures such as LED lighting.
The following are two of the most recent projects that the British Airways Carbon Fund has supported.
Carbon Fund example 1: Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Laikipia County, Kenya
Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya is a wildlife conservation and community reinvestment programme. Its aim is to improve the livelihoods of rural communities. Most of the communities around Ol Pejeta are not connected to mains electricity and people typically turn to fossil fuels for power.
The British Airways Carbon Fund has helped to fund the replacement of two diesel-powered water pumps with a solar PV powered pumps. In addition to reducing the conservancy’s environmental footprint, the replacement of the pumps provides financial savings and improved water resource management in a drought prone area. Money saved by the project enables further conservation work including funding for protecting endangered species such as the Northern White Rhinoceros.
The solar pump house also acts as a WiFi hub, enabling broadband access up to 15 km from the pump. Local schools are able to use this WiFi for free, bolstering pupils’ education.
Carbon Fund example 2: KLAS Care, Renfrewshire, Scotland
A former janitor’s house which had lain empty and derelict for seven years, has undergone a six-figure refurbishment and is now providing much needed community space in a Renfrewshire town. The building, which provides after school care and is operated by the social enterprise KLAS Care, has become the hub for a growing number of community groups in the East Fulton area of Linwood.
The installation of the building’s energy efficient lighting, heating, hot water system and highly rated insulation was made possible by a £12,000 funding package from the British Airways Carbon Fund. A further donation of £5,000 from the British Airways Carbon Fund in the next funding round will see the installation of solar panels on the building, further reducing energy costs and helping the social enterprise initiative become even more financially viable, benefitting the community as a whole.
We seek to conduct all activities in an environmentally responsible manner and are committed to:
We are determined to play our part to reduce our environmental impact. Our corporate objectives are to decrease noise per flight, minimise our waste and disposal to landfill and increase re-using and recycling across our operation.
We are committed to minimising the impact of noise from aircraft activities on local communities and have set a goal to reduce the average noise produced per flight by 13 per cent by 2020 (compared to 2015). The airline regularly monitors the noise performance of its aircraft fleet and pro-actively engages with regulators, airports, communities and other stakeholders.
Our new A350 aircraft are 50 per cent quieter. Our short haul operations topped the Heathrow Fly Quiet and Green table in Q1 and Q2 of 2019.
Air quality is an important issue for the community living near airports. We are focusing our efforts to improve the local air quality on the following areas:
British Airways’ Environmental Policy demonstrates our ongoing commitment to continuously improve environmental performance throughout the organisation.
Our environmental management system is certified through the International Air Transport Association (IATA) IEnvA system. The IEnvA system is specific for airlines and demonstrates equivalency to the new ISO 14001: 2015 EMS standard.
Our customers’ safety and well-being is always our top priority. We work continuously to make flying a reality for all and to improve our customer satisfaction.
Our fleet of almost 300 aircraft are checked before and after every flight by our highly experienced engineers, who have on an average 19 years of experience.
We are proud to offer additional support to more than half a million customers with declared disabilities each year and are committed to making journeys easier and championing accessibility for those with physical mobility, hearing and sight impairments and hidden disabilities.
We are continually investing in training for our staff to help them to understand some of the challenges that our customers face when they travel and how we can support them.
We work closely with our airport partners to improve the facilities available to disabled customers, and the ease with which they’re able to travel. At our main base at Heathrow we have a dedicated check-in area and prioritise customers with special needs during times of disruption. We are working on new ways to improve the service and information we provide to customers.
Flying is an exciting experience and we work hard to ensure our customers enjoy it. We are investing £6.5bn to improve the experience our customers have at the airport, in our lounges and on board, including new dining experiences and providing at-seat power and industry-leading high speed WiFi at every seat.
We run our acclaimed Flying with Confidence course across the year to help nervous flyers overcome their fears. Over the last 25 years the one-day course has helped more than 40,000 people. The course provides attendees with the knowledge and techniques needed to overcome a fear of flying. The course is concluded with a short flight at the end of the day, accompanied by our fantastic team of pilots, cabin crew and psychologists.
We know our colleagues can only perform at their best if we look after their well-being, from physical health and mental resilience right through to financial health and social support. A dedicated wellbeing team works closely with our health services and a network of sponsors and advisors who champion wellbeing throughout our business. We regularly increase awareness of physical and mental health risks and provide a range of help and support to those who need it.
We understand that diverse perspectives, experiences and backgrounds enable our business to flourish, be more dynamic and continue to grow. Our colleagues reflect the many different communities around the world that we serve. From gender and ethnicity to our commitment to support our colleagues across the generations, we value diversity in every sense.
We encourage our people to celebrate and be proud of diversity. We strive to grow an inclusive environment in which everyone can thrive. Our commitment is embraced by our leaders, championed by our employee network groups, and supported by our relationships with external partners, including Stonewall and the Business Disability Forum.
As part of British Airways’ diversity and inclusion strategy we are committed to increasing the gender balance by working with schools and colleges to promote opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related careers. We also have an apprenticeship and work experience programme to encourage a diverse mix of new entrants into the organisation and to encourage a healthy talent pipeline. We work across the airline to promote stories of great female role models, as we did in 2018, with International Women's Day at British Airways.
The Government has introduced Gender Pay Gap legislation requiring companies that employ 250 or more people to report their gender and bonus gap. The legislation has specific reporting requirements and the reports for British Airways are available below.
As a global airline, we bring communities and people together every day and are focused on having a positive impact on the local communities we fly to. Our Community Investment team leads our social investments.
We have a charity partnership with Comic Relief, which we call Flying Start. Comic Relief is a UK-based charity with the vision of a just world free from poverty. During our flights we encourage our customers to donate any spare currency they may have. Small change makes a big difference. Alongside customer donations, British Airways staff raise hundreds of thousands of pounds every year through fundraising. Since the partnership launched in July 2010, Flying Start has raised more than £20m and helped more than 628,000 children and young people in the UK and in some of the world's poorest communities. For example, 100,000 children under five from Sub Saharan Africa have been immunised against five deadly diseases and 2,733 young carers in the UK have been able to join after-school programmes.
British Airways is proud to be part of the DEC (Disasters Emergency Committee) Rapid Response Network, a network of partners called upon to raise funds quickly during humanitarian crises. The Disasters Emergency Committee brings together 14 leading UK aid agencies and by working together we help the DEC save lives and rebuild shattered communities.
In 2018, we answered two DEC appeals in Myanmar and Indonesia. Learn more about these appeals.
Through our Payroll Giving scheme, we empower UK-based colleagues to make regular tax-free donations to a cause of their choice. In 2017, more than 3,000 colleagues donated £750,000 to 540 charities and we received a Silver Award in the Annual Payroll Giving Quality Mark Awards to recognise the airline’s commitment to workplace giving.
Our INSPIRE programme immerses students in the unique world of aviation and introduces them to a variety of different departments across the airline, providing them with a valuable insight into the work opportunities available at an airline. In 2018 we engaged with more than 15,000 students across the UK and hosted more than 600 work experience placements. Our programme has been awarded Gold accreditation by Fair Train, an organisation backed by Ofsted and the Department of Education, in recognition of the quality of the placements offered.
We also partner with the Air League Trust to offer gliding scholarships to give young people the opportunity to experience flying and do their first steps onto a flying career.
For more information on all our INSPIRE activities please visit our careers website.
British Airways Holidays has partnered with the Born Free Foundation, a world-renowned and respected animal welfare and conservation charity, to underpin and support our Animal Welfare Policy.
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British Airways is also a signatory to the United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce, known as the Buckingham Palace Declaration.
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In 2018 British Airways teamed up with Monkey World in Dorset to rescue a baby slow loris primate named Nora from being sold illegally at a pet shop in Lebanon. The endangered primate had already been prised away from her mother, but when local authorities in Lebanon discovered her, she was confiscated and cared for by Animals Lebanon. The organisation contacted Monkey World in Dorset to ask if they could arrange a permanent home for her with their loris community.
Nora travelled as a VIP in the cabin on a British Airways flight from Beirut to London, so that she could be given the best care throughout this special journey to her new home. She was the first endangered animal to be confiscated under the new Animal Protection and Welfare Laws in Lebanon, and her case will be moved to the courts for prosecution.
British Airways has a long and proud history of working with primates. We helped rescue Kan’bulo, another slow loris which had been smuggled into the Maldives and rescued as part of a drugs raid in 2014. In 2017, we assisted with the rescue of Mimi, an Orang-utan from Russia.