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United Utilities on top

March 2000

United Utilities has been judged overall winner of the 1999 UK Environment Reporting Awards.

The group’s report was praised by judges of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) UK Environmental Reporting Awards for its ‘excellent’ coverage of climate change issues, its use of government sustainability indicators and its ‘engaging and clear lay-out’.

Joint runners-up were reports by ScottishPower (praised for the inclusion of an environmental financial statement) and BAA (which featured ‘comprehensive’ site-based reports).

Biffa Waste Services was judged the best first time reporter with a document that included suggestions for government action on the environment. Bovince, a printing company employing around 60 staff, came top in the best small and medium enterprise reporter category. It managed to include government carbon dioxide indicator measurements and outlined financial savings gained through various green measures.

B&Q, the retailer, was judged top in the best supply-chain reporting category, for what the judges said was an impressive report on ‘the extensive programmes under way in developing countries to improve societal issues such as child labour, fair wages and health and safety’.

A record 64 companies entered the awards, which were set up by ACCA in 1991 to identify innovative attempts to communicate corporate environmental performance.

The United Utilities report will now go forward to the fourth European Environmental Awards along with company reports from Finland, Italy, Switzerland, Portugal, the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Denmark and Germany.

ACCA’s first social reporting awards are due to be held later this year.




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