Being a partner and advocate for a thriving resilient local economy is one of ten goals in the airport’s ten year - Decade of Change - sustainability plan and a global commitment of the whole VINCI Airport network
£48.9 million spent with local and regional suppliers in 2021, and £113.7 million pre-pandemic (2019)
Other notable sustainability results include achieving a national biodiversity award for 8th year and 99.6% of electricity sourced from renewable sources
Businesses from 12 postcode areas across the South-east can now register their interest in supplying Gatwick – up from six postcode areas – the airport announced today as it published its 2021 Decade of Change sustainability report.
The move is part of Gatwick’s new – post-COVID - strategy to ensure the airport’s procurement and supply chain spending better targets businesses based in the region - thereby supporting a thriving local economy. The initiative also drives VINCI Airports' efforts to positively contribute to the prosperity of the regions served by airports in its network.
Expanding the airport’s Supplier Registration scheme means considerably more small and medium-sized businesses located in the qualifying postcode areas can now benefit from airport spending – which totalled £113.7 million across the region pre-pandemic (2019) and £48.9 million last year (2021). The new areas were selected following roundtable feedback from key regional stakeholders:
New postcode areas
PO (Portsmouth, Isle of Wight area)
ME (Medway area)
CT (Canterbury area)
BR (Bromley area)
SM (Sutton area)
DA (Dartford area)
Existing postcode areas
RH (Redhill/ Crawley area)
BN (Brighton area)
GU (Guildford area)
TN (Tunbridge Wells area)
KT (Kingston upon Thames area)
CR (Croydon area)
Gatwick’s extensive supply chains support its construction, facilities management, IT, workwear, utilities, distribution, and HR services, among many other business activities.
The airport has also improved its spending in the local RH postcode closest to the airport, with 18% (£32.2 million) of the airport’s total spend (£175.2 million) benefiting suppliers in this region in 2021, compared to 11% (£25.8 million) in 2020.
The airport launched its Supplier Registration scheme in November last year and local businesses can register their interest in working with Gatwick as a supplier and sign up to future newsletters, via a simple form on the airport's website.
Stewart Wingate, CEO, Gatwick Airport, said: “Doing what we can to support a thriving local economy is an objective we all share in the VINCI Airports network. Our ambitions purposely cover a wide range of issues that together mean our airports can operate and grow sustainably while limiting their impact on the environment as well as supporting its local communities, local economy and our workforce.
“Sustainability objectives are integrated across Gatwick Airport’s entire business, including in our business plans and governance systems at the highest level. We know there will be difficult challenges ahead, but the results achieved so far give us confidence that we can realise our sustainability goals over the next decade.”
Gatwick’s sustainability policy feeds into VINCI Airport’s consistent strategy, which is applicable across the groups diversified network of 50 airports in 11 countries, which works globally with 300 partner airlines.
Gatwick’s latest ‘Decade of Change’ policy tracks the airport’s progress against ten goals set over a ten-year period (2021 to 2030). The report published today is the first time the airport has reported on its latest ten-year policy and looks back at the airport’s performance for 2021.
Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, results under each topic area include:
£48.9 million spend in regional supply chain
Opportunity and Accessibility
Set ambition for 40% of leadership team to be female by end of 2026
Workplace Safety - Local
Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents Gold award for 9th year in row
Supporting our charity partners Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust charity (SASH) and Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex for two extra years
58% of flights flown by the quietest aircraft
99.6% of electricity from renewable sources
Aircraft/ Surface Access Emissions
45% of flights by cleanest available aircraft (ICAO 8 Standard)
Across 18 test sites, 2,460 individual laboratory tests successfully completed
Zero untreated waste to landfill for sixth consecutive year
Wildlife Trust’s Biodiversity Benchmark Award for the 8th consecutive year
The full 2021 Decade of Change report can be found here.