Corporate Social Responsibility
GBRf’s vision is to set the standard of corporate responsibility for the rail freight industry.
GBRf’s corporate responsibility covers any activity the company carries out that impacts on our customers, staff, suppliers, the environment and community. We have four principles that underlie our approach to our responsibilities as a business:
- Maintain effective health and safety to look after the people that work for us
- Make long-term investments in the people who work for us
- Manage operations to minimise the impact of our activities on people, communities and the environment
- Strive to encourage a positive safety culture to maintain throughout the business
GBRf staff are keen to play their part in supporting charitable work. In 2020, we are working with Prostate Cancer UK, a charity that fights to help more men survive prostate cancer and enjoy a better quality of life.
About Prostate Cancer UK:
As prostate cancer affects every community, their philosophy is simple; don’t wait for men to come to them, they meet them on their own turf. They take their messages into environments men are comfortable with, whether that’s on the terraces, at work, or in the pub. Their aim is to raise awareness of prostate cancer and get conversations started in places where people feel comfortable talking.
After lung cancer, prostate cancer kills more men than any other cancer and it’s as big an issue for men as breast cancer is for women. Research is badly underfunded; tests are unreliable and current treatments can cause life-limiting side effects. They’re here to change that. The funds raised by GB Railfreight will go directly towards increasing awareness of the disease and improving life-chances through innovative research. Last year, the charity invested more than £9m into groundbreaking research into the causes of the disease. However, more needs to be done, as the numbers of men diagnosed with prostate cancer each year is rising.
This years goal!
Total Raised Last Year
Total Raised To Date
GBRf have operated several passenger charter trains to raise money for charity, with a total currently around £300,000. Some ingenuity has been applied as to how trains are run and have included one-way trips to capitalise on an otherwise empty train movement, some out and back trains to events, a Sunday lunchtime trip and two 4-day round UK tours.
These trains have been arranged in-house, from the planning and advertising, through to ticket sales; with staff undertaking as much of these elements in their own time. The trains are also operated by crews volunteering to work in their own time.
GBRf Charity Railtours, the fundraising arm of GB Railfreight, were excited to announce that it will return in 2020 with another 4-day charity rail tour, the third such event since 2016. More details will be announced in February before a full announcement of the itinerary in March 2020. Bookings will open in early April, and the release date will be announced in advance. Read more…
GB Railfreight are pleased to announce that they have recently sponsored Whitley Bay F.C. Juniors under 8s Juve who play in the Pin Point League, Keegan Division. The sponsorship means the team can now look the part and have enough strips for new members who will join...
GB Railfreight are delighted to renew our sponsorship with Potteric Carr Nature Reserve for another year. Situated next to the GBRf Doncaster Office, Potteric Carr Nature Reserve give local wildlife a safe haven to survive and flourish. GBRf encourages people to visit...
Over the past decade, GBRf has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for national and local charities. These charities change periodically but are always chosen by GBRf employees, and are often linked with railway personnel. Currently we are supporting Headway and...
GB Railfreight are proud to sponsor Westerfield United FC helping buy their new warm up tops as shown by Ashton Banthorpe in the photo. “Without companies donating to football clubs like ours we would never be able to run.” – Ashton...
Leanne Buckley, GBRf’s Peterborough-based Locomotive Fleet Planner called on the Wizard of OBS to help her dance school put on a whizz of a show to raise money for Guide Dogs for the Blind. Leanne joined the Vera Frances School of Dance a year ago, just as it was to...