This recognition award celebrates the significant contribution a business person has made to improving the environmental performance of his or her organisation, and recognises the impact of that contribution on the environment and on the wider community. The award was established in 2008 to pay tribute to the memory of George Dawson, former Director of Business in the Community’s ARENA Network. George passed away in 2007 following a short illness. He was with Business in the Community for nine years and, during that time, he developed the ARENA Network (now Business in the Community’s Environmental Sustainability) campaign into a highly respected and successful driver for corporate environmental improvement in Northern Ireland. George is credited for launching the Environmental Benchmarking Survey in 1998.

Congratulations to the 2021 George Dawson Award winner, David Knott, Compliance Manager, Belfast Harbour Commissioners.

Highly commended in 2021 were Gillian Shields, Packaging and Sustainability Manager at Coca-Cola HBC, and Gary Cranney, Director, Haldane Fisher, Newry.

Hear from Joe O’Neill, CEO of Belfast Harbour Commissioners, on how his colleague David Knott has improved environmental impacts for the organisation.