The 2021 NI Environmental Benchmarking Survey is now closed, thank you to all the companies who participated this year. The survey results will be announced at on online event on 24 November 2021. For more information click here

2021 Survey Gap Analysis Reports

If your organisation participated in the 2021 NI Environmental Benchmarking Survey, Business in the Community can provide you with a Survey Gap Analysis Report.

These reports are free of charge to Business in the Community members and charged at £100 + VAT to non-members.

If you would like to request a Gap Analysis please contact

The 2021 Survey is supported by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) and sponsored Moy Park.

About the Survey

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.

To see a full list of participants, download the 2020 report here.

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

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.

Key Dates for the 2021 NI Environmental Benchmarking Survey

  • Wednesday 21 April | Survey opens for entries
  • Wednesday 30 June | Survey submission deadline
  • Wednesday 24 November | Survey results online launch event

About ‘Bring a Business’?

Bring a Business encourages and supports one of your key suppliers or contractors to take part in the NI Environmental Benchmarking Survey to gain extra marks towards your Survey submission. Click here for further information on Bring a Business.

Northern Ireland’s Green Giants – Art Competition

We are delighted to announce the winners of our BITCNI 2021 #NIGreenGiants Art Competition are Jude Duff and Charlie from St Teresa’s Primary School, Lurgan! We loved their clever use of recycled materials in creating their Green Giants. Jude and Charlie have each won garden centre vouchers and a £200 voucher for the school! Well done!!


Download the 2020 Report

About the NI Environmental Benchmarking Survey

Find out who achieved the top scores in 2020

2021 Resources