Britain's Most Admired Companies: Top in sector - Transport

Company name: Stagecoach Group plc

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Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

Company website: www.stagecoachgroup.com

Address: 10 Dunkeld Road, Perth, PH1 5TW

Contact details: Tel: +44 (0) 1738 442111; info@stagecoachgroup.com

Number of employees: 35,000

Company summary: Stagecoach Group is a market leader in delivering greener, smarter travel, with extensive operations in the UK, US and Canada. We operate some of the most recognised and successful transport brands, driving growth in our bus, coach, rail and tram businesses through innovation, investment in our people and our products, and high-quality customer service.

Pay and benefits: Stagecoach offers a range of attractive and flexible employment opportunities, with competitive pay and benefits packages. These include access to excellent pension schemes and additional benefits such as discounted travel.

Promotion and development: Our people are our most important asset, and, by giving our staff the best possible service, we believe we are best placed to do the same for our customers. We deliver industry-leading vocational training and development and mentoring schemes across our bus and rail operations. Our graduate development programme helps identify and fast-track managers of the future.

Company culture: Our culture is built on empowering people through short and effective management structures, focusing on innovation, first-class operational delivery, investment in research and development, highly effective marketing and exceeding customer expectations. We encourage calculated risk-taking - managers and their teams can try new ideas without the fear of failure. As well as providing lifeline transport services and significant job opportunities, our company is committed to investing in local communities and sharing our success with local people.

Diversity, social responsibility: We take our corporate responsibilities seriously, and the responsible way we do business is embedded in our group's culture and our Code of Business Conduct. From our approach to safety and the environment, to how we treat our people, our customers, our local communities and other key stakeholders, we have a very clear set of values. We are committed to treating all our employees with fairness and consideration, embracing diversity and promoting equality.

Environment and sustainability: A strong commitment to the environment and sustainability is at the heart of our business and we have been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard for our commitment to carbon reduction. Our sustainability strategy, Revolution in the way we travel, sets out our plans and targets to reduce the environmental impact of our businesses. Supported by an £11m investment programme, it includes investment in renewable fuels and cleaner engines, energy efficient facilities, water and waste-recycling initiatives and offering businesses green travel incentives for their employees. We are targeting an overall reduction of 8% in buildings CO2e emissions and a cut of 3% in annual fleet transport CO2e emissions by April 2014.

Innovation: Innovation has been central to our development for 30 years. New products, such as the market-leading budget coach service megabus.com, and new ideas on delivering public transport have improved services and attracted new passengers to greener travel.

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