Air traffic control company NATS, has been recognised with a ‘Big Tick’ as part of the prestigious Responsible Business Awards 2014, run by the charity Business in the Community.

A Big Tick is an endorsement of responsible business, and companies are awarded for initiatives tackling a range of issues: from embedding environmental sustainability into its products and services to building long-term partnerships with communities.

NATS achieved the Big Tick in the Sustainable Products and Services category for its 3Di tool that measures the environmental efficiency of an aircraft’s route and trajectory.

Ian Jopson, NATS Head of Environment and Community Affairs, commented: “This accolade is recognition of the investment NATS has made in working to minimise the environmental impact of air travel. Our 3Di tool allows us to understand the environmental performance of our operation in unparalleled detail and since 2006 we’ve been able to save 1.3 million tonnes of air traffic control related aircraft CO2.”

NATS collected their Big Tick trophy at the South East Responsible Business Awards Showcase on 12 June in Havant.

Stephen Howard, Chief Executive, Business in the Community said: “The Responsible Business Awards shine a much needed spotlight on the powerful impact of business. Each of the companies recognised are playing their part to build a new contract between business and society and a more sustainable future for us all. I congratulate NATS for its Big Tick, which is a powerful symbol of business doing more to bring about change.”

Some of the Big Tick companies from across the UK were also shortlisted to present their initiative to a select group of senior business peers to identify an overall winner in each category.

Winners will be announced in London at Business in the Community’s National Awards Gala Dinner, in the presence of HRH The Prince of Wales and in partnership with the 2013 Responsible Business of the Year Jaguar Land Rover, on 8 July 2014.