The Northern Ireland Environmental Benchmarking Survey assesses the extent to which environmental business practices have been embedded within the corporate strategies and operations of local organisations.

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.

Download the 2017 Northern Ireland Environmental Benchmarking Survey Results, click here.

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. It is a 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, 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.

The NI Environmental Benchmarking Survey is open to all organisations in Northern Ireland; however, you must be registered to take part. If you would like to take part, please contact Keelin McCone.

Key Dates for the 2018 NI Environmental Benchmarking Survey

Changes for the 2018 Survey

In response to feedback from participants we introduced some changes for the 2018 Survey which include:

  • More relevant questions
  • Increased focus on public reporting
  • Circular economy focused questions
  • Clear and concise language
  • Revised the scoring of the performance improvement section


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.

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.

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.

The 2018 George Dawson Award is now open for entries, click here to download a nomination form.

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

Available Downloads:

For more information on the Northern Ireland Environmental Benchmarking Survey, email Keelin McCone or call (028) 9046 0606.