Introduction to the Awards
The Singapore Environmental Achievement Awards (SEAA) scheme is organised by the Singapore Environment Council (SEC).
As the local and regional premier award that addresses overall environmental management systems, performance, initiatives and awareness within an organisation, organisations that win the award join an elite rank of businesses around the world that have affirmed their commitment to environmental excellence and protection of the natural environment.
The Awards Scheme
The SEAA was officially launched by the then Minister for the Environment, Mr. Yeo Cheow Tong in November 1997, with the primary objective of promoting a higher level of environmental awareness among industries.
Over the last decade or so, corporate environmental management has changed significantly. In the mid to late 1990’s, only a few organisations were implementing environmental practices and these tended to take a sporadic approach to the environment. Presently, many organisations have implemented sustainability or corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategies, a nd report publicly on environmental performance and more significantly, go above and beyond legal requirements.
Through the awards scheme, SEC aims to continue to increase the level of environmental performance and awareness amongst organisations operating in Singapore. It also aims to encourage industries to adopt a more proactive approach towards managing the environment by identifying positive examples through the respective SEAA winners for organisations to emulate. This is in support of the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint (SSB) 2015 (www.sustainablesingapore.gov.sg) which outlines our national vision and plans for a more liveable and sustainable Singapore, to support the diverse needs and growing aspirations of Singaporeans. This blueprint is a plan for action involving organisations, the community and Government, and provides all of us a unique opportunity to work together to create a better home, a better environment, and a better future that we can all be proud of.
The Awards recognise and reward organisations that have exemplary environmental practices. The awards are based on four key criteria:
- Systems and Management
These criteria are the building blocks of a pyramid of sound environmental practice and achievement. At the base are minimal expectations which move up to the leadership element which demonstrates an organisation’s depth of commitment and understanding in the environmental sphere.