Social Responsibility

Our Colleague Giving

We are passionate about making positive contributions to the communities we operate in. Since 2007, Bibby Line Group and its employees have donated over £10.4million and thousands of volunteering hours to over 1,000 charitable causes as part of our Giving Something Back Programme.

Each year we celebrate the achievements of our employees as a special awards lunch. Take a look at the latest video below.

Donations this year


Our Commitment to Social Responsibility

Bibby Line Group is committed to the highest standards of integrity, honesty and ethical business practices.

The Group and our companies work alongside our communities to minimise our environmental impact, while creating safe places for our people to work and develop.

Below are a few examples of how we strive to go beyond our statutory obligations to be a responsible employer.

Giving Something Back Programme

The Giving Something Back programme is open to employees that are part of Bibby Line Group.

Whatever your passion and whatever your cause, we’re here to support you to make a positive impact and give something back to your community – be it a local project or national charity.

Our employees and their businesses have supported hundreds of causes over the last 10 years.

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Covid-19 Risk Assessment
Modern Slavery
Gender Pay Gap
Health & Safety
Tax Strategy

Covid-19 Risk Assessment

Our approach to Covid-19 risk assessment and controls has Our Values at its core: Do the right thing; Work together; Trust each other; Be better; and Be innovative.

Our commitment to Doing the Right Thing is central to our approach to the current pandemic in order to protect our colleagues and their families, as well as our customers, suppliers and the wider community.

Our offices in Liverpool have been closed since 18 March 2020 with access restricted to essential activities, by prior arrangement, only. Our message to colleagues has been to work at home and plans have been implemented to ensure our colleagues can do so safely.

Over the last few months our Coming Back Stronger team have been implementing plans to ensure that colleagues can return to the office, when safe to do so, liaising with subsidiary companies and the landlord of Walker House.

Our colleagues have been kept informed of our plans, including social distancing measures implemented and we have completed and continue to assess and update our risk assessment as guidance evolves.

Read our Risk Assessment here

Modern Slavery

Bibby Line Group strongly supports the eradication of slavery, as well as the eradication of servitude, forced or compulsory labour and human trafficking.

As a result each of our companies publish a Modern Slavery Statement, regardless of whether they were required to do so by law or not.

As a Group, we uphold high levels of corporate governance and corporate social responsibility. We are committed to operating within the law, with ethical business practices, and being responsible to the communities in which we operate.

The statements below cover Bibby Line Group Head Office and all our subsidiaries. We operate substantially autonomous subsidiaries each responsible for their own strategy, results and operations. 

This year the Government offered businesses a 6 month extension beyond the original 30 June 2020 deadline due to coronavirus pandemic challenges.

However, each company within the portfolio was keen to reaffirm their commitment to combatting modern slavery by choosing to publish statements in line with the original summer deadline.

Bibby Line Group Modern Slavery Statement

Bibby Distribution Modern Slavery Statement *

Bibby Financial Services Modern Slavery Statement

Costcutter Supermarkets Group Modern Slavery Statement **

Garic Modern Slavery Statement

Bibby Marine Slavery Statement

*Bibby Distribution left the Group on 11 December 2020 and is now owned by Menzies Distribution

** CSG left the Group on 19 February 2021 and is now owned by Bestway Wholesale

Gender Pay Gap

Four Bibby Line Group companies employed more than 250 people on 5 April 2019, and would ordinarily be required to report on their gender pay gap in 2020. These are Bibby Distribution, Bibby Financial Services, Costcutter Supermarkets Group and  Garic.

This year, the government has suspended the requirement to report due to the Covid-19 pandemic, however, we have decided to proceed  and publish to maintain our momentum on closing the gap.  

Each company has prepared its own individual report, available here:

Bibby Distribution *

Bibby Financial Services

Costcutter Supermarkets Group **


*Bibby Distribution left the Group on 11 December 2020 and is now owned by Menzies Distribution

** CSG left the Group on 19 February 2021 and is now owned by Bestway Wholesale

About the reports

The reporting period is a snapshot of each of the four businesses at 5 April 2019. These reports refer to the gender pay gap, which is the average earning difference between men and women across an organisation, demonstrated by six statutory calculations, expressed as a percentage of men’s earnings in relation to women’s.

The gender pay gap is different from equal pay. Equal pay relates to men and women being paid the same amount for the same role, which is a legal requirement in the UK.

The individual subsidiary reports provide their six statutory calculations with commentary, progress to date and future plans to close or maintain the gap.

Our approach to closing the gender pay gap

Supporting inclusion and diversity within our workforce is a high priority for Bibby Line Group, and we are committed to supporting our companies as they identify and implement measures to close the gender pay gap.

As a Group, we continue to recognise the positive impact and value that an inclusive and diverse workforce can have on attraction, engagement, progression and retention of people as well as how this positively impacts our clients, local communities and society as a whole.  Our reward strategies and development in areas such as  understanding unconscious bias also supports this.    

The Bibby Line Group cross-Group Inclusion and Diversity team continues to work collaboratively on the issue and each business has executive board sponsors and a ‘Statements of Intent’. Best practice sharing and learnings enable us to improve inclusion and diversity across all companies in the Group.

Our reports comply with the Government Equalities Office guidelines, however, we are conscious that there has been much debate and discussion as to the definition of gender over the last 12 months.

These measures have the Bibby Values at their core: Do the right thing; Work together; Trust each other; Be better; Be innovative – all to deliver excellent customer service.

31 March 2020


We are passionate about positive contributions to the communities we operate in. Bibby Line Group’s Giving Something Back programme aims to harness the passion of our people, supporting them to fundraise and volunteer for the charities they choose, demonstrating our core values as a business.

Since 2007, Bibby Line Group and its employees have donated over £10million to good causes through £ for £ match funding, payroll giving and fundraising for UK and international challenge events. Employees have also donated thousands of volunteering hours to charitable causes.

Our companies also lead the way, working on their own community projects.


Bibby Line Group is committed to minimising its impact on the environment. We take our responsibility to sustainability very seriously, with each division providing an annual environmental report that shows how it has worked to minimise impact.

Two examples of how our businesses are leaders in their industries:

  • Garic are proud to lead the way in designing and manufacturing the most advanced, environmentally friendly and cost effective products with their innovative Environmental Solutions range.
  • Bibby Marine lead the way in environmentally friendly worker accommodation, with research showing their barges can be up to 27% more environmentally friendly than land-based equivalents.

Health & Safety

Bibby Line Group is passionate about providing safe working conditions for our employees, and those within the communities we operate. Basically we do everything we can to protect everyone while they are at work and get everyone home safe, every day.

Two examples of how our businesses are leaders in their industries:

  • Bibby Marine recently achieved full certification to the quality, environmental and safety management Standards for the provision of vessel management services, passing on their first attempt.
  • Garic recently received the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) Gold award, which accredits best practice for all aspects of safety, efficiency and environmental protection by assessing how fleet operators measure, monitor and improve their performance.


Bibby Line Group is committed to a zero tolerance of bribery and corruption in any form.

This means that the company requires all employee, associated companies, agents, suppliers and other business partners to comply with all applicable laws and regulations in all jurisdictions in which they do business and to operate with the highest standards of integrity.

Failure of employees to comply with this policy may lead to disciplinary action, including dismissal and reporting to the appropriate authorities.

Failure of business partners to comply with this policy may lead to immediate termination of formal and informal agreements with Bibby Line Group and reporting to the appropriate authorities.

Tax Strategy

Bibby Line Group operate a responsible tax policy.

Our Tax strategy sets out the Group’s tax objectives and defines the Group’s approach to tax management across the Group, covering governance, the Group’s approach to tax planning, tax risk management and relationship with local tax authorities.

Bibby Line Group Tax Strategy – year ended 31 December 2020