1999 UK reporting awards announced

Judges welcome growing number of entries, higher standard of environmental reporting

Winners of the UK's ninth annual corporate environmental reporting awards were announced in London yesterday. Environment minister Michael Meacher used the occasion, as he has in the previous two years (ENDS Daily 23 February 1999), to press more firms to issue reports, warning once again that "if the voluntary approach does not work fast enough, the government will be forced towards mandatory reporting".

Pick of the bunch in the 1999 awards was an environmental report produced by energy, telecommunications, water and wastewater services company United Utilities. The judges commended the range of issues covered in the report as well as some innovative reporting approaches. They added that the quality of the 64 reports submitted to the competition had been particularly high this year. Many companies embraced wider issues than just environment, and a number had begun to use official greenhouse gas reporting guidelines launched last year (ENDS Daily 17 June 1999).

The runners up were utility Scottish Power and British Airports Authority, while Biffa Waste Services won a best first-time reporter award and the award for best small firm reporter went to screen printing firm Bovince. The judges noted with approval an increasing number of references in reports to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) launched last year (ENDS Daily 3 March 1999), including one - TXU Europe - whose report was entirely based on the GRI guidelines. The UK awards are organised by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

Follow Up:
ACCA, tel: +44 20 73 96 58 45, the 1999 judges report, and the winning companies: United Utilities, ScottishPower, British Airports Authority, Biffa Waste Services, Bovince, and B&Q. {TXU Europe} issued its GRI-based report under its former name of Eastern Group (ENDS Daily 21 September 1999).

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