The NI Environmental Benchmarking Survey is a free, online, environmental management self-disclosure exercise.

The Northern Ireland Environmental Benchmarking Survey and Small Business Survey benchmark organisations against sector peers and leading Northern Ireland organisations, based on environmental management and performance in key areas, as well as the extent to which environmental business practices have been embedded within corporate strategies.

Taking part enables your organisation to publicly demonstrate its commitment to being environmentally responsible and transparent, and the process allows organisations to examine and reflect on their environmental performance, to help drive improvements.

The survey is open to all organisations in Northern Ireland and is widely recognised as NI’s principal environmental benchmarking exercise.

Since 1998, the Northern Ireland Environmental Benchmarking Survey has pushed the environmental agenda to the fore and in 2021 more than 100 organisations of all sizes and from a range of industry sectors took part, including, construction, education, engineering, and food and drink

Take part in the 2022 Survey

Find out more about the Survey

2022 Survey Resources

Why take part in the NI Environmental Benchmarking Survey?

Effective environmental management is a way for organisations to make tangible cost savings while contributing to a more sustainable future.

The Survey process enables organisations to examine their performance, to drive improvement, and to compare themselves with similar organisations. It’s not a competition: it’s a unique and valuable opportunity to learn from what others in your sector and other organisations are doing to improve their environmental impacts.

Through taking part in the Survey, your organisation is demonstrating ‘green leadership’.

The Survey can help organisations:

  • Identify environmental impacts
  • Measure progress to drive improvement
  • Raise awareness of the environment as an important, strategic and competitive issue at board level

It also provides valuable opportunities to share ideas and learn from what others are doing.

Scores, released in November, are based on an organisation’s environmental management and performance in key areas, as well as the extent to which environmental business practices have been embedded within corporate strategies.

The Survey Process

The Survey is an online self-disclosure exercise. The length of time required to submit your entry will vary depending on your organisation, but we recommend starting as early as possible to allow lots of time to collate the information needed for submission.

The data you submit is treated in the strictest confidence and shared only with Carnstone, our Survey verification partner.

Carnstone conduct verification in two stages. Firstly, they analyse the raw data from the Survey, looking for any inconsistencies, significant changes in organisations’ responses year-on-year, and missing data. Secondly, they select approximately 10% of participating organisations as a sample, to be verified in person.

Small Business Survey

If your organisation employs fewer than 25 people it is eligible for the Small Business Survey, a reduced version of the main Survey. This offers the opportunity to demonstrate the business’s environmental credentials alongside the major players in Northern Ireland.

Both versions of the Survey are free to complete.

George Dawson Award for Environmental Contribution

Does your colleague go above and beyond to support your organisation to be more sustainable?

The George Dawson Award is an annual recognition award that celebrates an individual’s contribution to improving the environmental performance of their organisation. Colleagues should nominate someone from within their own organisation that is seen as an environmental leader, raising awareness of environmental issues internally and in the wider community, and who introduces innovative solutions to environmental challenges.

Click here to find out more about how to nominate a colleague for the George Dawson Award in 2022. The deadline for nominations is 12:00 PM on 13 October 2022.