Excellent environmental quality is something we all benefit from and all organisations, big and small, have an important role to play in improving local environmental quality.
Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, in collaboration with Keep Scotland Beautiful, have developed a ground breaking award programme to support, recognise and reward organisations on the path to environmental excellence.
The Green Business Award: National Environmental Excellence Standard provides an independent audit, assessment and accreditation process as part of your organisation's journey to improving its local environmental quality.
This award is the first of its kind and at the heart of the innovative model is a scoring system which changes over time and supports continuous improvement and innovation in managing environmental quality.
The award provides a standardised method to assess and benchmark environmental achievement and improvements whilst giving clear insights into the impact on local environmental quality and the role of the organisation within its local community. It sets the foundation for an effective and robust organisation wide environmental management system.
The scheme also provides a structure for councils to develop good waste management practice in the high street.
Andy Bate, Group Environmental Manager, Translink:
"TIDY Translink [corporate re-brand of Green Business Award] forms an important element of our overall Corporate Social Responsibility approach. It underlines our commitment to caring for the environment and striving for continuous improvement right across the company. Over the past 8 years our employees have made a concerted effort to ensure facilities are open, welcoming and environmentally friendly, and our employees are engaged with their local community."
Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful currently works with corporate organisations to tailor the auditing processes for each company. This individual approach ensures that each audit meets the needs of an organisation and allows them to input into the process.
The Award structure is easy to understand and includes bronze, silver, gold and platinum standards which are given to individual offices or premises within the organisation. A report is also provided as part of the service, which includes recommendations to help the business improve efficiency and save money.
If you would like to know more about or take part in the Green Business Award please contact, Jen Firth at firstname.lastname@example.org.