The nature of our business dictates that working in partnership is essential if we are to be an effective business that can legitimately maintain a ‘licence to operate’. We are engaged in collective activities with partners and like-minded stakeholders at a national and local level, which include government and regulatory bodies, academia, NGOs and industry. Our involvement helps us to listen and learn from different opinions, share experiences and contribute positively to the implementation of best practice. Working in partnership to tackle important issues, such as promoting sustainable aviation, and working to increase educational attainment in the areas we operate can be more effective than if we are working in isolation.
Our commitment to working in a spirit of partnership is long standing. It is imperative that we focus on those things that really matter. It is only by working in a targeted, collaborative way that we will deliver the greatest value and make the most effective use of our resources. We recognise that some of the issues we are involved with are complex and they call for joint action to achieve sustainable results.
At M.A.G, we recognise the importance of contributing to the public policy debate surrounding aviation and are a regular contributor through a range of industry and trade associations. These include the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Airports Council International (ACI), the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) and the Airport Operators Association (AOA). In addition, M.A.G is also a member of the managing council of the cross-industry coalition ‘Sustainable Aviation’, with other industry partners including Rolls-Royce, AirBus and British Airways.
We have a long history of engaging with our neighbours to share information and help us develop our policies. We meet regularly with elected representatives from city, borough, town and parish councils, both at structured meetings and informal events. We make ourselves available to the wider public through a variety of opportunities: on the telephone, through our website, by email or at our outreach events. The feedback we have received has helped us develop environmental policies on noise mitigation, formulate our CSR strategy and identify the issues that we should be prioritising.
At Manchester Airport, the Community Network (ACN) is in its 10th year. It is a partnership of businesses based on the Manchester Airport site, developed by the airport. The aim of the ACN is to bring on-airport business partners into our community programme so that we can achieve greater impact by working together under a single umbrella organisation. This year we have taken, adapted and introduced the airport community concept at London Stansted. The network is initially focussing on providing support, with a particular focus on areas such as Harlow and North London, areas with acute social challenges.
By engaging with our partners, we are able to demonstrate the value our airports bring to the community and further improve how we manage our operations sensitively to minimise impacts.
We will continue to seek out and work in partnerships to help create a sustainable business which is committed to improving the areas in which we operate.