Responsibility

Centrica achieves Platinum in BITC Index for fourth year

Centrica, the owner of British Gas, has retained its Platinum status for a fourth year in Business in the Community's (BITC) Corporate Responsibility Index (CRI). The index is one of the UK's leading voluntary benchmarks of corporate responsibility.

Simon Henderson, Director of Corporate Responsibility, Centrica said: "This index demonstrates that we are moving further towards achieving our vision of becoming the most trusted energy company, leading the move to a low carbon future."

In its recently published Corporate Responsibility Report, the company demonstrated progress in mitigating its environmental impact, investing in employees, improving safety and building customer trust.

Key highlights include:

  • British Gas had installed 195,228 smart meters by the end of 2010, towards a target of two million installations by 2012
  • Centrica's UK power generation carbon intensity reduced by 25 per cent to 277g CO2/kWh in 2010, towards its target of 270g CO2/kWh by 2012
  • Centrica's lost time injury rate fell 16.3 per cent to 0.41 hours lost per 100,000 hours worked
  • Employee engagement remained high at 64 per cent and efforts to create an engaging workplace were rewarded as British Gas was ranked 14th in the Sunday Times Best 100 Companies to Work For 2011
  • Centrica was rated 80th in The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers list, the highest position ever held by an utility company

Stephen Howard, Chief Executive, Business in the Community said:

"I congratulate Centrica on achieving Platinum in the 2011 BITC Corporate Responsibility Index. It is a challenging time, but the results of this year's Index demonstrate that companies are still focused on transforming their businesses in order to have a positive impact on society."

The full results of the 2011 CRI, including commentary and analysis, are published in the Financial Times Responsible Business supplement today (8 June 2011).

ENDS

Contacts

Centrica Media Relations - 0800 107 7014

Business in the Community - 020 7566 8795

Notes

About the CR Index

Business in the Community's CR Index is one of the UK's leading voluntary benchmarks of corporate responsibility (CR). It helps companies to integrate and improve CR throughout their operations by providing a systematic approach to managing, measuring and reporting on business impacts in society and on the environment

Business in the Community stands for responsible business.It is a business-led charity with a growing membership of 850 companies, from large multinational household names to small local businesses and public sector organisations.

http://www.bitc.org.uk/

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