Gold accreditation is the pinnacle for members of the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS).

This year marks the tenth year that the scheme has awarded its coveted Gold accreditation. 

Therefore, FORS has decided to recognise a group of early adopters who have held Gold status since 2011. 

Gold accreditation has only been awarded to ‘exceptional’ operators who have met its requirements. 

Therefore, members need to move through the Bronze and Silver tiers to hit the top level of accreditation. 

Of the 309 FORS Gold members, five have maintained this top level for ten consecutive years.

 For example, one early adopter is the City of London Corporation. 

Chairman of its environmental services committee, Keith Bottomley, said it has been great for the city.

“Promoting the FORS Standard to our supply chain gives us confidence that those around us are working to the same high standard,” she said.

 Meanwhile, another operator celebrating 10 years of FORS Gold is Travis Perkins.

Frank Elkins, group COO, said it demonstrated confidence to customers when operating at the highest standards. 

 Specifically, he highlighted areas of fleet activity such as driver training, vehicle safety, operational and management standards. 

“Our industry leading fleet management allows our branches and colleagues to focus on meeting customers’ requirements.”

 Finally, FORS Gold accreditation is not just limited to large local authorities and listed companies. 

For example, O’Donovan Waste Disposal has also been at the top for ten years. 

“The Gold standard is a well-recognised and respected accreditation,” said Jacqueline O’Donovan, the firm’s managing director (pictured above).

“It clearly shows our level of commitment to ensuring operational excellence in our everyday business processes.” 

The final two FORS members to have achieved 10 consecutive years of Gold accreditation are Hanson UK and LondonEnergy.