The 2021 NI Environmental Benchmarking Survey is now open for submissions

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

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.

Please contact us at to request a unique link to complete the Survey. 

Since 1998, the Northern Ireland Environmental Benchmarking Survey has pushed the environmental agenda to the fore and in 2020 over 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.

If you would like to register to take part in either the Survey or the Small Business Survey, please contact

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

Why not ‘Bring a Business’?

Encourage and support 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 a template Bring a Business invite email to send to your contacts and email the nominated company name and contact details to by 18 June 2021. Click here for further information on Bring a Business.

Northern Ireland’s Green Giants – Art Competition

To mark the opening of the 2021 NI Environmental Benchmarking Survey and to remind everyone of their role in taking care of our planet, we’re asking primary school pupils to get creative and create their own green giants!

Just like the legend of the Giant’s Causeway when Finn McCool and Benandonner challenged each other to see who was the strongest giant, we want children to create a Green Giant who will take on the big challenge of protecting the environment and show us ways to help save our planet. Children can draw, paint or make a 3D green giant using recycled household materials, such as toilet rolls, cartons or cardboard.

Entrants have the chance to win a £20 voucher for themselves and a £100 voucher for their school, to be used at a garden centre of their choice, thanks for competition sponsor Moy Park.

There are two categories, P1 to P3 and P4 to P7, and a winner will be chosen from each.

The winning artwork will be shared across our social media channels.

Find out how to enter


2020 Survey Gap Analysis Reports

If your organisation participated in the 2020 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

If you have any queries or wish to register to participate in the 2021 NI Environmental Benchmarking Survey please email

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

Download the 2020 Report

About the NI Environmental Benchmarking Survey

Find out who achieved the top scores in 2020

2021 Resources