Xtrac achieves hat trick of ESG accreditations

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The UK’s award-winning high-performance automotive and motorsport transmission technology specialist, Xtrac, has achieved three more important accreditations over the past 12 months. They include attaining the Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) accreditation, setting emissions reduction goals through the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), and recognition as a Real Living Wage Employer.

“Xtrac has a longstanding commitment to ESG matters with employee wellness at the heart of its operations, as measured by our high levels of staff retention,” said the company’s chief executive Adrian Moore. “Looking after our employees helps us look after our worldwide customers and other stakeholders, ensuring that we remain at the pinnacle of our industry as it transitions from internal combustion engines to hybrid and electric vehicles. It also ensures that we maintain our exports of around 70 per cent annually to Australia, Asia, Europe, and the Americas.”

Xtrac continues to develop its ESG strategy, which was recently underpinned by the United Nation’s sustainable development goals. The company’s 2022 milestones include accreditation by the SBTi for a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 42 per cent by 2030, consistent with the aims of the Paris Agreement to keep global warming below 1.5°C. Other achievements include introducing certifiable renewable electricity for its engineering and manufacturing headquarters in Berkshire and opening the Xtrac Academy.

For over 30 years, Xtrac has been forging ahead by offering award-winning apprentice and undergraduate training. With the opening of the Xtrac Academy, Xtrac has invested further in the company’s future by providing structured training for innovative future leaders of the business.

“Xtrac is committed to pursuing an ESG agenda dedicated to the environment, social and governance improvements that engender a sustainable future,” says the company’s head of finance Neil Johnston. “Employee engagement is fundamental to providing an inclusive, diverse and safe work environment with strong links to our local communities in the UK and USA guided by ethical governance”.

Johnston, who joined Xtrac in early 2022, has been intrinsic in ensuring the company’s ESG strategy is forward-focused and that its finance team applies the correct governance. Under his watch, the Living Wage Foundation provided Xtrac’s third significant accreditation last year, following his commitment to every company employee receiving at least a minimum wage significantly higher than the UK government’s prescribed minimum.

“It will benefit our apprentices and hourly paid employees,” said Johnston. “Our highly qualified technicians and professional engineers are also paid well above the average median salary. It’s not just about the remuneration, but the total package of benefits, including the personal development available for all staff that helps us attract and retain the best talent in the automotive and motorsport industry.”

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