Since 1998, the Northern Ireland Environmental Benchmarking Survey has assessed the extent to which environmental business practices have been embedded within the corporate strategies and operations of local organisations.

The Survey benchmarks organisations against both their sector peers and against leading Northern Ireland organisations on the basis of their environmental management and performance in key areas.

The Survey is a voluntary exercise, which helps organisations identify environmental impacts, measure progress, drive improvement, and raise awareness of the environment as an important, strategic and competitive issue at board level.

The Survey has grown to become Northern Ireland’s leading environmental benchmarking exercise, attracting organisations from numerous industry sectors, including participants from the top 200 companies and leading public-sector organisations, such as health trusts, local authorities and universities.

A key driver for corporate environmental management and improvement, the Survey is recognised as a positive influencer that is helping organisations throughout Northern Ireland achieve more sustainable ways of doing business.

Already involved? Why not ‘Bring a Business’?

Consider encouraging and supporting one of your key suppliers or contractors to take part in the NI Environmental Benchmarking Survey to help them get started on their environmental improvement journey.

The Bring a Business initiative asks Survey participants to encourage one of their key suppliers or contractors to take part in the NI Environmental Benchmarking Survey, in an effort to challenge participants to work with their supply chains to improve their environmental impacts. Organisations who ‘Bring a Business’ will gain extra marks in their own submission.

Things you must do:

  • Inform Business in the Community of the nominated company and contact details. Email the details to Keelin McCone
  • Ensure that the company completes the Survey before the deadline (this is important for you, in order for you to avail of extra marks within the Survey)

2017 George Dawson Award for Environmental Contribution

This award was established in 2008 to pay tribute to the memory of George Dawson, former Director of ARENA Network. George passed away in 2007, following a short illness. He was with Business in the Community for nine years; during that time, he developed the ARENA Network programme into a highly respected and successful driver for corporate environmental improvement in Northern Ireland. Those who knew George and had the opportunity to work with him are all the richer for the experience and greatly miss his contribution, commitment and sense of humour.

The Award

This recognition award is designed to celebrate the significant contribution made by a businessperson to improving the environmental performance of his or her organisation and its impacts upon the environment and wider community. We would like to recognise someone from a corporate background, as opposed to someone who works for an environmental organisation.

The recipient of the 2017 George Dawson Award is Laura Duggan, Environmental Manager at George Best Belfast City Airport.

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Source: BITC Northern Ireland