FORS breaks personal best with record gold and silver members
It wasn’t just Team GB that won the gold and silver medals this summer. FORS reported having achieved a record number of accredited FORS Gold and FORS Silver members.
As of August 19, 2021, the total number of accredited Gold members reached a new record of 321, while the number of Silver members stands at a record 1,650. FORS Silver and Gold are the highest accreditation levels available to members, forcing operators to meet more stringent standards and hold themselves to a higher level of accountability than at the Bronze level.
The recent increase in the number of operators choosing to upgrade to higher levels of FORS accreditation is a testament to the value of FORS Silver and Gold and the benefits that can be enjoyed by operators of all shapes and sizes, especially in terms of efficiency, cost reduction and gain. new contracts.
Data from the 2019 FORS performance survey revealed that, for Bronze operators, on average 26% of contracts require FORS. For Silver and Gold operators, however, the percentages are 38% and 51% respectively. Overall, 38% of FORS members reported winning work over their competitors as a direct benefit of FORS.
When it comes to cost savings and efficiency, the case for FORS membership is equally compelling. 24% of FORS members said they saved on their insurance premium, an average saving of 8.2%, while the average year-over-year change in MPG for Gold members is 12%. Gold members also demonstrated improved fleet safety, reducing the number of annual incidents by 31% on average.
John Hix, Director of FORS, said: “We are delighted to see our membership levels continue to increase to Silver and Gold levels. Our data and feedback from our members consistently demonstrates the benefits of FORS and its growing importance in the bidding process. We are constantly evaluating our offering to ensure that members get the most out of FORS, regardless of the size or composition of their fleet ”.
FORS members work through the progressive levels of the program and adhere to the FORS standard, which defines the requirements that operators must meet if they wish to become FORS accredited. The document is updated every two years to ensure it keeps abreast of industry trends and upcoming legislative changes.
The latest iteration of the FORS standard, version 6, is expected to be released in October 2021 and implemented in July 2022, after being postponed for a year to minimize disruption for FORS members in light of the COVID pandemic -19.