SEVERAL Newtownabbey-based companies have been congratulated for their performance in the 14th Northern Ireland Environmental Benchmarking Survey.
Bombardier Aerospace achieved Platinum status, scoring over 90 per cent, and FG Wilson, Henderson Group, McLaughlin & Harvey and the University of Ulster reached Quintile One level, achieving a score of over 80 per cent.
The Survey, which is conducted by Business in the Community’s ARENA Network, analyses the corporate environmental management and performance of companies across Northern Ireland.
Of the top 200 companies invited to participate, 129 joined in this year and the average overall score increased from 68 per cent in 2011 to 71 per cent.
Environment Minister Alex Attwood commended all participants for their leadership and achievement, saying: “This year the ARENA Network Survey has produced a high average score with the top performing sectors being those that have the greatest potential to impact the environment. It shows that participants are taking appropriate measures in order to reduce their environmental impacts and improve their efficiency.
“The ARENA Network Survey is an important measure for businesses and public sector organisations as they develop a stronger economy. ARENA Network continues every year in its efforts to encourage companies to take part in benchmarking and realise true business benefits. I commend all of the participants for their positive contribution to good environmental stewardship and their commitment to reducing environmental impacts and managing resources efficiently.”
Chair of ARENA Network, Peter Dixon added: “For those companies who are already taking the environment seriously, I would encourage them to keep up their good work. For those not yet involved, I would urge them to get in touch with the ARENA Network team and discover the benefits for themselves.”
For full details of all participating companies and how they scored, log on to www.arenani.org.uk