John Laing is delighted to announce that it has achieved GOLD in Business in the Community’s (BITC) 2011 Corporate Responsibility Index (CRI), the UK’s leading voluntary benchmark of corporate responsibility.

The CRI helps companies to integrate and improve corporate responsibility throughout their business operations, by providing a systematic approach to managing, measuring and reporting on business impacts in society and on the environment.

Achieving Gold means that John Laing is able to demonstrate openness and transparency through effective public reporting of its material environmental and social issues, programmes and performance. Gold companies also tend to expand and adapt their risk management processes by incorporating relevant aspects of corporate responsibility risk and opportunity. Their corporate responsibility strategy is articulated in an effective manner and includes clear and measurable targets.

David Micciche, John Laing Health Safety Environment & Sustainability Director, said: “We are very pleased to receive this award, which demonstrates our commitment to corporate responsibility. We are particularly proud of our community engagement strategy and the positive impact it is having on disadvantaged young people”.

Stephen Howard, Chief Executive, Business in the Community said: “I congratulate John Laing on achieving Gold 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. All the companies who participated this year are at different stages in their responsible business journey, but they are all taking these issues seriously and are prepared to lead by example.”

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