KLM wins Dutch green reporting award

Airline wins praise for "examination of global effects of aviation," external verification

The Dutch operations of the airline KLM yesterday received the Netherlands' annual corporate environmental reporting award from national accountants' association (Nivra) and the association of environmental accountants (VMA).

KLM's 1999-2000 annual environmental report, the company's fourth, was singled out for its "examination of the global effects of aviation and the attention paid to the interface between the economy and the environment". The report was also praised for its "transparent definition" of KLM's interpretation of the concept of sustainability, the fact that it was independently verified including public release of the auditor's report, and swift publication following the end of the financial year.

Room for improvement was also identified. The jury said that next year's report should seek to provide a "clearer description of KLM's vision for the future" as well as more accurate benchmarking or performance comparisons with similar companies.

Winners of national environmental reporting awards are automatically nominated for the European environmental reporting award (ENDS Daily 19 April). This year's winners will be announced on 5 December.

Follow Up:
Nivra, tel: +31 203 010 301, and press release; KLM, tel: +31 20 649 9123, and environmental report 1999-2000.

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