Kleanbus achieves sustainability and ethics status
Kleanbus, which is to offer a diesel-to-electric power conversion for buses, has achieved pending B-Corporation status.
This status is awarded to organisations excelling in making a sustainable and ethical impact, and striving for an inclusive, equitable, and regenerative economy. Also known as B-Corp, B-Corporation is a global movement of businesses supporting each other to improve and drive global change.
B-Corporation awards a private certification to for-profit companies based on their social and environmental performance. To achieve B-Corporation status, Kleanbus’s business operations and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) strategy will continue to be rigorously assessed by an independent third-party to evaluate its commitment to meeting the highest standards, and to verify performance, accountability, and transparency.
Founded early last year, and ahead of its commercial roll-out later this year, Kleanbus’ solution is designed to eliminate diesel pollution from the UK’s bus fleet. The company repowers older diesel models by replacing the engine with a zero-emission electric powertrain, which it says can be done for at a fifth of the cost and in a fraction of the time of buying a new electric bus.
“As an organisation with the objective of addressing climate change and air quality at its very heart, we are extremely pleased to achieve pending B-Corporation status” – Rick Muir, Co-Founder & CFO of Kleanbus
Rick Muir, Co-Founder & CFO of Kleanbus, said: “As an organisation with the objective of addressing climate change and air quality at its very heart, we are extremely pleased to achieve pending B-Corporation status, giving third-party endorsement of our commitment to the highest standards of compliance across our entire business operations. We look forward to working further towards achieving full status over the coming year.”
More than 150,000 businesses have applied through the B-Corporation Impact Assessment, and only 4,740 across 155 industries in 78 countries have met the high standards to become certified; just 650 of which are UK businesses.
The achievement of pending B-Corporation status follows the recent appointment of former TfL and GLA air quality specialist, Lucy Parkin, as Kleanbus’s first director of ESG, charged with leading relationships with operators and authorities in its drive towards decarbonising the UK’s bus fleet.
Kleanbus is also seeking the international standards ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 certification in the coming months. These certifications cover Environmental Management Systems (EMS), and Quality Management Systems (QMS), respectively.