By Bob Ceurstemont, Tom Bolton, Clive Capps

The company environmental document (CER) is turning into an more and more very important a part of the best way businesses document their actions. because the concentration shifts necessarily in the direction of higher and larger responsibility for environmental impression, imposing an efficient reporting approach and generating a CER which indicates how heavily your organization takes its environmental obligations is vital. present perform in Environmental Reporting: The chemical compounds is the second one in an incredible new sequence of looseleaf surveys reviewing the present nation of environmental reporting in a few key commercial sectors all over the world. It brings jointly and analyses the CERs of the best foreign chemical compounds businesses. every one company's CER is tested intimately utilizing a accomplished set of environmental functionality symptoms (EPI's). it is going to even be necessary to the wide variety of stakeholders involved in company environmental functionality and to the various verifiers concerned. No association keen on the global chemical substances can have enough money to disregard its findings.

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8) was the dominant source of guidance, accounting for over 60% of the cases. The only other significant source was the chemical industry’s Responsible Care Programme®, accounting for about 25%. The PERI and CERES initiatives were mentioned just a few times. At least 40% of these CERs had not reached stage 3 of the UNEP 1–5 grading system, which in today’s terms would not have been acceptable as CERs. On the other hand, CERs from three companies had reached stage 4 – BSO/Origin Netherlands, Dow Canada and Kunert Germany.

1 Source of first 100 CERs, by country and industry sector (a) By country Number of CERs USA UK Germany Canada Japan Norway Belgium Brazil Denmark France Netherlands Switzerland Sweden Other 26 23 9 7 6 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 12 Total 100 (b) By industry sector Number of CERs Chemical Energy (oil, gas, utilities) Mining & metals Consumer goods Pulp & paper Automobile IT Waste Pharmaceutical Banking Beverage Telecommunications Transport Other Total 22 19 9 8 6 6 5 4 4 2 2 2 2 9 100 Source: UNEP/IE Technical Report No.

4). 3). This clearly shows how the tendency to report on the environment is heavily geared to company size. 1). 4 Proportion of top 100 companies producing CERs, by country Country % of top 100 companies with CERs USA Sweden Germany Canada Netherlands Norway UK Belgium Switzerland Finland Denmark Australia New Zealand 42 37 33 33 31 30 27 27 18 12 10 5 0 Source: 1997 KPMG Survey A broad picture of how environmental reporting is progressing by country and business sector has been constructed. Progress by country As reported earlier, the 1999 KPMG ‘world’ Survey found that 25% of respondent companies produced a CER.

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