This Award is for an exceptional organisation or group of organisations with the strategic vision and management systems that enable the continuous improvement of its contribution to environmental performance.
Since the challenges faced by businesses are different depending on their size, two sub-categories have been created under the ‘Management’ Award:
- Micro and small entries
- Medium and large entities
Eligibility to the two sub-categories is established according to the Annex of the Commission Recommendation (2003/361/EC), art 2, concerning the definition of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises. It is summarised in the table below:
|Company size||Employees||Turnover||Balance sheet total||Award sub category|
|Large||> 250||> € 50m||> € 43m||Medium & Large entities|
|Medium||< 250||≤ € 50m||≤ € 43m||Medium & Large entities|
|Small||< 50||≤ € 10m||≤ € 10m||Micro & Small entities|
|Micro||< 10||≤ € 2m||≤ € 2m||Micro & Small entities|
Management systems should be driven by the key principles of strategic integration, performance improvement, transparency and credibility. In all these regards, the organisation must show that it is leading the field and setting an example, that others will be inspired to follow.
Award criteria for judging
- Strategic integration: The company’s business model and mission must clearly integrate the environmental, economic, social and ethical aspects of sustainability. There must be a clear objective to reduce the environmental impacts of the activities, together with mechanisms – including targets and indicators – for monitoring and reporting performance.
- Performance improvement: The company’s environmental management objective should be to evaluate and improve its performance, with a commitment to continue reducing its environmental impact.
- Transparency: Companies should report and provide publicly available information on their environmental performance. This should be achieved towards the public, through the publication of an environmental report (for example the EMAS environmental statement), and within the organisation, through the active involvement of employees in the implementation of the scheme.
- Credibility: Credibility and reliability of the environmental management scheme must be assured by external and independent environmental verifiers under the control of an EU Member State. This includes both the actions taken by an organisation to continuously improve its environmental performance, as well as the organisation’s disclosure of information to the public through an environmental report.
- Accountability: There must be regular and systematic dialogue with stakeholders (employees, suppliers, customers, non-governmental organisations, etc.) with feedback of the results into management decision-making.
- Employee involvement: Employees must be closely involved in all aspects of environmental management and should actively contribute to the implementation of the environmental improvements.
- Replication potential: There must be clear potential for good practice and innovation to be shared with other organisations (e.g. through involvement in business networks, dissemination at conferences).