Bringing ESG to the fore

“At MFG, we always strive to be responsible in the way we run our operation, and to behave as a good corporate citizen. Not only is this essential to our long-term success; it’s simply the right way to carry out our business activities.

This section of our website gives a broad overview of our Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) commitments, how we’re meeting them and the initiatives we are introducing to make a greater impact. Sustainability and responsibility have long been a core part of MFG’s culture, and ESG is discussed at every Board meeting. However, we haven’t promoted our efforts and achievements as much as we could. We also recognise that more can be done.

For instance, Covid-19 has highlighted the greater role we can play in supporting our communities. At the same time, reporting requirements have increased: for example, this year we set out our environmental impacts for the first time in our Annual Report using the Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) framework.

These developments have intensified the focus we place on ESG activities. They’ve also driven us to look at how we can be more transparent in communicating the work we do to our stakeholders.

We see this as a journey. This year we’re working on setting a formal ESG strategy, and we’ll also further increase our reporting, using 2020’s data as a benchmark to compare year-on-year progress. To ensure our efforts have a global impact, we’re aligning our ESG strategy to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and have also begun the process to become signatories to the UN Global Compact.

In the UK, we’re continuing to play a key role in delivering the government’s mission to achieve zero-carbon by 2050, through the development of the Electric Vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure across our station network. While customers still require petrol and diesel, we’ll continue to supply this in the most energy efficient way possible.

In addition to enhanced environmental focus, we’ve also introduced a number of initiatives to improve engagement with employees, and to contribute greater social value to the communities we operate in.

This year, with the help of external consultants, we’re reviewing the way we manage ESG to maximise our positive impacts and minimise our negative impact. We’ll set ourselves challenging goals, as well as improve how we capture and report on our data. This will enable our stakeholders to understand our progress better, while ensuring we can respond to and deliver on their expectations.

We look forward to sharing our progress with you.”

William Bannister

Chief Executive Officer

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Identifying the issues that matter most

We identify and prioritise the ESG issues that are likely to have the greatest impact on our business, and are of greatest concern to our stakeholders. To do this, we engage with customers, employees, contract managers, suppliers, communities and landlords. We also look at wider issues such as government initiatives, regulation, and accounting and sustainability reporting frameworks to help us shape our thinking and set our ESG strategy.

We align our material issues and commitments to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to illustrate the part we’re playing in the world’s shared plan to end extreme poverty, reduce inequality and protect the planet by 2030. We focus on the SDGs where our business can make the greatest impact and where we can affect the greatest change.

Our material issues

Based on our assessment we have identified our material issues as falling into the following areas:

Our environment

  • Reduce our carbon footprint.
  • Support the transition to alternative energy resources by upgrading infrastructure.

Our people

  • Provide all employees with equal opportunities to build rewarding careers.

Health and safety

  • Protect our staff from harm.
  • Maintain the highest standards of governance and management systems to reduce risks associated with our business.

Our communities

  • Protect the quality of life enjoyed by the communities in which we operate.

Our ESG roadmap

2020

  • Developed our energy and carbon reporting capability to publish first SECR report.
  • Developed our EV charging installation strategy.
  • Switched our own energy consumption to 100% renewable energy.

2021

  • Refine our ESG strategy and set goals for the next three years.
  • Align our strategy to the UN SDGs.
  • Set carbon and energy reduction goals for 2030.

2022

  • Publish our first Sustainability Report.
  • Complete transition to ISO 14001 Environmental Management System and ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety System.

Click here for more detailed information about our approach to ESG.