Environmental reporting shortlist proves that award scheme is expanding

Competition in the field of corporate environmental reporting is fiercer with each passing year, as the shortlist for the 1999 European Environmental Reporting Awards (EERA) proves.

The annual EERAs are in their fourth year (see related story) with 10 countries participating compared with a mere four countries in 1997.

Each participating country is allowed to nominate two firms whose environmental reports have won national competitions.

Bovince is one of the UK’s two nominees. What makes Bovince’s nomination particularly interesting is the company’s small size – most small and medium-sized enterprises in the UK do not issue environmental reports. “The nomination is quite an achievement for a small company,” Derek Hall, Bovince’s environmental manager told edie. “A lot of small companies tend to sweep environmental concerns under the carpet.” Bovince has ISO 14001 accreditation and has published an annual environmental report since 1996. “It was a natural progression for us,” says Hall, “We’re screen printers, so we’re concerned with solvents, trade effluent and so on.”

The other nominees for 1999 EERA awards are:

  • Belgium – Cimenteries CBR
  • Denmark – Grundfos and Dong
  • Finland – Nokian Tyres and Neste Fortum Groupe
  • France – Elf Atochem and Renault
  • Germany – Axel Springer Verlag and DaimlerCrysler (see related story)
  • Italy – Acea Spa and Falck Group
  • Netherlands – Ing Group
  • Portugal – Opel Portugal – Azambuja Plant
  • Switzerland – Credit Suisse Group and Sulzer
  • UK – United Utilities and Bovince Ltd (see related story)

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