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This Award is for a successful organisation or group of organisations with the strategic vision and management scheme that enable it to continuously improve its environmental performances.
To reach this objective efficiently the environmental management scheme should be driven by the following key principles:
STRATEGIC INTEGRATION: The environmental, economic, social and ethical aspects of sustainability must be clearly integrated into the overall mission, the policies and the business model of the organisation. There must be a clear aim to integrate into the business model the objective of reducing the environmental impacts of the organisation’s activities, together with mechanisms, including targets and indicators for monitoring and reporting performance.
PERFORMANCE: The environmental management objective should be to improve the environmental performance of organisations by having them commit to both evaluating and reducing their environmental impact, and to continuously improving their environmental performance.
TRANSPARENCY: Organizations should provide publicly available information on their environmental performance. It should be achieved externally 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. Verified actions include both the actions taken by an organisation to continuously improve its environmental performance, and the organisation’s disclosure of information to the public through the environmental report.
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.
The implementation of premium management schemes such as EMAS, (the European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme, recognised as a reference tool to drive continuous environmental performances improvements), is recommended as one of the best options contributing to achieve this objective.
The challenges faced by businesses are different depending on their size. For this reason, two sub-categories have been created to reward both micro & small entities and medium & large entities. Eligibility to the 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 summarized by the table below:
|Company||Employees||Turnover||or||Balance Sheet Total||Award sub category|
|Large||> 250||> € 50 m||> € 43 m||Medium & Large entities|
|Medium||< 250||≤ € 50 m||≤ € 43 m||Medium & Large entities|
|Small||< 50||≤ € 10 m||≤ € 10 m||Micro & Small entities|
|Micro||< 10||≤ € 2 m||≤ € 2 m||Micro & Small entities|