Progressive and the Environment


Since the late 1990s the Society has participated in the Northern Ireland Environmental Benchmarking Survey in conjunction with Business in the Community. The survey was established in 1995 to coordinate all business environmental initiatives in Northern Ireland and to provide an environmental support service to local industry. The survey benchmarks organisations on the basis of their environmental management and performance in key areas. The survey helps organisations analyse gaps, measure progress, drive improvement and raise awareness of the environment as a strategic, competitive issue.   The survey is designed to test how well organisations have developed their approaches to environmental management and assess how well they are performing.

The Society created an Environmental Policy in 2006 and at the same time implemented an environmental management system (EMS) aimed at improving the Society’s environmental performance. The early work in this area helped to lift the Society into the 3rd quintile of results when the outcome of the 2007 survey was published.

Further development of the Society’s EMS resulted in improved scores in the 2008 survey which took our overall position to close to the top of the 3rd quintile.

Since then, further development of the Society’s EMS has resulted in continuous improvement and we were pleased to see Progressive maintaining our position within the 2nd quintile of companies following publication of the 2013 results.

Further development work completed since the 2013 survey has helped maintain the Society’s position in the (new) Silver Band.