The 2019 Northern Ireland Environmental Benchmarking Survey is now closed for entries

To book your place at the 2019 NI Environmental Benchmarking Survey Results Launch on Tuesday 26 November, at Belfast Harbour Office, please click here.

If you would like to be kept informed about the 2020 Environmental Benchmarking Survey, opening on Tuesday 28 April 2020, please email keelin.mccone@bitcni.org.uk

Since 1998, the Northern Ireland Environmental Benchmarking Survey has pushed the environmental agenda to the fore, assessing 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 based on their environmental management and performance in key areas. It is a free and voluntary exercise that 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. It is recognised as a positive influencer that is helping organisations throughout Northern Ireland to achieve more sustainable ways of doing business.

The Survey Process

The Survey is open to all organisations in Northern Ireland.  Once registered, you’ll receive a unique link/token to complete the Survey –  an online self-disclosure exercise.

Small Business Survey

If your organisation employs fewer than 25 people, you will be eligible to participate in the Small Business Environmental Benchmarking Survey.

Through this Survey small businesses have the opportunity to demonstrate their environmental credentials alongside the major players in Northern Ireland.

Key Dates for the Survey

  • Tuesday 26 November 2019 – 2019 Survey results launch at Belfast Harbour
  • Tuesday 28 April 2020 – 2020 Survey opens for entries
  • Thursday 14 May 2020– Survey webinar (Click here to view the 2019 webcast)
  • Friday 19 June 2020 – Survey closes
  • November 2020 – Survey results launch event

How Organisations are Scored

Organisations can achieve Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze or Green ranking.  All participants receive a certificate and can use Survey branding on their company materials.  Participants completing the Small Business Survey can achieve a top level of Bronze, and there is an award for the top-performing Small Business.

2019 Survey Resources:

Survey Webcast

This webcast provides an overview of the 2019 NI Environmental Benchmarking Survey.

For more information on both the Survey and 2019 Results Launch Event please email Keelin McCone or call (028) 9046 0606.

For more information about the 2018 Northern Ireland Environmental Benchmarking Survey, click here

George Dawson Award for Environmental Contribution

The George Dawson Award for Environmental Contribution was established in 2008 and pays tribute to the memory of George Dawson, former Business in the Community colleague and Director of ARENA Network. George passed away in 2007, following a short illness.

During his nine years with Business in the Community, George developed the ARENA Network, a programme established to coordinate all business environmental initiatives in Northern Ireland and to provide an environmental support service for local business.

The Award

This award is designed to recognise and celebrate a significant contribution, made by a nominated businessperson, to improving the environmental performance and impacts of his or her organisation upon the environment and wider community.

The 2019 George Dawson Award is now open for entries, click here to download a nomination form.  

The 2018 George Dawson Award recipient was Donna McCullagh from Adman Civil Projects Limited. She was presented with her award by Laura Duggan, 2017 George Dawson Award recipient, and Chris Conway, Chief Executive, Translink and Chair of the Business in the Community Environmental Leadership Team.