United Utilities plc winner of the UK 1999 ACCA Environmental Reporting Award

Source: ACCA, 15 March 2000

The ACCA award for the best example of environmental reporting in 1999 went to United Utilities plc. In an engaging, clear format, United Utilities report provides excellent coverage of climate change issues as well as a comprehensive sustainable economy section which addresses management, benchmarking and partnership issues. United Utilities impressed the judges by incorporating the Governments headline indicators of sustainable development as well as the DETRs CO2 indicator.
Scottish Power and BAA plc were joint runners-up. Scottish Power earned significant praise from the judges for its discussion of sustainability issues and inclusion of an environmental financial statement. BAAs approach to site based reporting, presenting an agenda for sustainable development, won the judges approval.
The best first time reporter prize went to Biffa Waste Services Ltd, whose adoption of international standards for emissions in the absence of UK legislation was commended by the judges. Bovince Limited collected the award for best SME reporter. The judges noted the companys commitment to identifying benefits from environmental activities and establishing future objectives. B&Q lifted the best supply chain reporting award, giving detailed information on programmes in developing countries to address societal issues such as child labour, fair wages and health and safety.
Other shortlisted companies were:
* Anglian Water plc
* BA plc
* BP Amoco plc
* BT plc
* Eastern Group plc
* RMC Group plc
* Shields Environmental Ltd
* Thames Water plc
* The Boots Company plc
* The Environment Agency

The winner of the 1999 award will go forward to the European Environmental Reporting Awards, of which ACCA is co-sponsor. The European ERAs, now in their fourth year, will take place at the Conrad International Hotel, Brussels, on 19 April 2000.