These recommendations were made as part of our
formal response to the 1998 consultative document on "Sustainable
The newly announced Company Law review should
implement a requirement for all companies with over 250 employees
to include a brief environmental review section in their annual
report and accounts. This review should cover the following issues:
does the reporting entity have an
whoat Board levelhas
responsibility for environmental issues?
in the opinion of the directors,
is the environmental management system effective?
is the EMS accredited in any way?
data regarding fines, penalties,
reportable incidents, complaints etc and how these have been resolved
a general statement that there are
no undisclosed environmental liabilities and that existing environmental
remediation provisions (if any) are adequate
a summary of progress made on the
range of environmental issues considered key
a cross-reference to any more detailed
environmental communications (separate reports, web sites etc)