Big Green Coach introducing FORS
Big Green Coach, the specialist events travel company, has become one of the first national passenger travel organisation to introduce FORS standards into its supply chain. The move comes as the company’s business activities diversify into new government contracts.
With its core business operating in festival and concert travel throughout the UK and Europe, the recent pandemic restrictions impact on the events industry led Big Green Coach to seek alternative revenue streams. Their new government contract includes a provision for Big Green Coach to become a FORS Champion which, in turn, requires its bus and coach operator partners to attain FORS Bronze accreditation and with a mandate to attain FORS Silver within 12 months.
Big Green Coach has identified ten strategically located UK operators who are earmarked for an initial FORS audit before receiving FORS Bronze recognition. Once approved, these operators will undertake staff transfers between compounds around the UK on an intensive on-demand basis. Big Green Coach is actively looking for additional operators to support with extensive new contracts across the UK.
“FORS gives us a platform to benchmark our bus operators and to confirm that they are working to the highest levels of best practice” – Paul Johnson, Head of Customer Service & Special Projects at Big Green Coach
Paul Johnson, Head of Customer Service & Special Projects at Big Green Coach, said: “We’re a company striving to reduce the impact of carbon usage and FORS provides us with a highly effective management tool to ensure our transport partners are on board with the endeavour. FORS gives us a platform to benchmark our bus operators and to confirm that they are working to the highest levels of best practice.”
Big Green Coach has also partnered with Ecolibrium; an environmental charity dedicated to offsetting carbon emissions caused by travel to UK live music events. This partnership has enabled Big Green Coach to commit to 100% of all its UK coach operations to be certified carbon neutral.
“We are applying this commitment to all our services, not just to music events, which has already proven wildly popular” – Danny Newby, Director at Big Green Coach
Danny Newby, Director at Big Green Coach, said: “Audience travel accounts for around 80% of the live music event’s carbon footprint so, with our commitment to transport audiences on our coach networks at net zero for carbon, we are making a real difference – which makes us very proud. We are applying this commitment to all our services, not just to music events, which has already proven wildly popular.”