Safety is our highest priority in whatever we do as a business, and our performance is monitored by our Safety & Environment Committee.
The Committee was chaired by Chris Muntwyler from 1 January 2020 up until 30 December 2020, who remains a member of the Committee, and it is now chaired by Sir John Armitt, who in addition to the formal Committee meetings, receives regular input from the Group Safety Director on safety performance across the Group.
To complement the formal reporting lines in place and to witness first-hand how our safety management arrangements are embedded within our operations, the Chair takes the opportunity, wherever possible, to visit key sites and engage with local management.
Committee Chair’s safety tour of Los Angeles school bus operations
"In February 2020, I undertook my annual safety tour by visiting a number of the Company’s school bus customer service centres (CSCs) in the Los Angeles area. My priority was to assess whether the CSCs were continuing to make progress in implementing the Group’s Global Safety Policies (GSPs). I was impressed by the high safety scores each of the CSCs was now achieving, which was all the more remarkable in view of the tough driving conditions in and around Los Angeles. As I reported to the Board: “It was great to see how motivated the CSC managers were and how well they understood and were enforcing the GSPs. Some safety processes that had been challenging for colleagues two years ago had now become part of their DNA.”
Former Safety & Environment Committee Chair