British Airways last night picked up an award for ‘Best Corporate Social Responsibility Programme’ at the Business Travel Awards.

The airline beat off stiff competition from companies including Virgin Atlantic, Carlson Wagonlit Travel and Premier Inn to secure the top accolade.

BA’s award was collected by Richard Tams, head of UK and Ireland sales and marketing at the Grosvenor House on London’s Park Lane.

BA’s head of environment Jonathon Counsell said: “We’re delighted to have won Best Corporate and Responsibility Programme. This is a fantastic achievement – we work closely with some of the other nominees and they all have excellent CSR programmes.

“The One Destination programme has achieved a lot this year; the opening the first two carbon funds, which use voluntary customer donations to fund renewable energy in disadvantaged UK Communities, our partnership with Comic Relief has raised over £4 million to help children living in poverty at home and abroad, and our work with Solena Group and Rolls Royce to develop sustainable aviation fuel is well underway.”