Local organisations encouraged to enter NI Environmental Benchmarking Survey

Pictured launching the 2017 Northern Ireland Benchmarking Survey is (from left): Declan Cunningham, Head of Sustainability, Moy Park; Wendy Cooke, Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs and Ian Nuttall, Head of Environment, Business in the Community Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland’s leading environmental benchmarking process is now open for entries

The 2017 Northern Ireland Environmental Benchmarking Survey is now open for entries. Businesses can apply online at www.nienvsurvey.com. The deadline for entries is Friday 30 June 2017.

The Survey, which is run by Business in the Community, sponsored by Moy Park and supported by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency within the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, recognises and rewards those organisations that are going above and beyond their legal requirements to minimise their environmental impact and better manage their resources.

Organisations from 14 industry sectors have been invited to take part, including the top 200 companies and leading public sector organisations such as health trusts, local authorities, education and library boards and universities.

Ian Nuttall, Head of Environment, Business in the Community, explains: “The Survey provides local organisations with an opportunity to benchmark their environmental management and performance with other businesses to further reduce their environmental impacts, whilst also demonstrating responsibility to their customers, and the places in which they operate. A major focus of Business in the Community’s Environmental Sustainability Programme is the circular economy, and this year we are delighted to introduce an additional dimension to the Survey by beginning to explore participants’ engagement in the circular economy, and the opportunities this presents.”

Last year, there was an increase in participation with an impressive 21 organisations either new or returning to the Survey.

Ian adds: “Northern Ireland companies are becoming increasingly focused on improving their environmental outcomes. This was reflected in the Survey results last year, and we hope to see even more new organisations join the benchmarking process this year.”

Speaking about Moy Park’s partnership with Business in the Community, Declan Cunningham, Head of Sustainability said: “Moy Park is a values-led, responsible business. We are committed to sustainable practices which minimise our environmental impact and make a positive contribution to the way people live. As such, we are delighted to sponsor the NI Environmental Benchmarking Survey once again this year. Corporate responsibility continues to be a key focus for Moy Park and we are extremely pleased to have received ‘Platinum’ status – the highest scoring level – in the Survey for the last four years.”

David Small, Chief Executive, Northern Ireland Environment Agency, adds: “The Northern Ireland Benchmarking Survey is established as the province’s leading tool in providing businesses with proof of their green status by analysing their environmental management, improvement and impact. By focusing on sustainable operations, businesses are reaping both environmental and financial benefits. It is great that the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs can once again support the Survey and I look forward to seeing the results in November.”

The Survey is open to businesses and organisations of all sizes and sectors from across Northern Ireland. The results, which are independently verified, will be revealed at an exclusive event at Belfast Harbour on Thursday 9 November.

To take part in the Survey, visit www.nienvsurvey.com

For more information, email ian.nuttall@bitcni.org.uk or call (028) 9046 0606.

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