The first forum for Prosperity Agreement holders was hosted recently by NIEA at Peatlands Park, near Dungannon.
The event was attended by staff from across the Environment, Marine and Fisheries Group (EMFG) and representatives from the six progressive NI companies that now have Prosperity Agreements – these are:
- Linden Foods/Linergy
- Lafarge Cement Ireland
- John Thompsons & Sons Ltd
- Coca Cola HBC Ireland and Northern Ireland
- AES UK & Ireland
- Granville Ecopark.
Prosperity Agreements are voluntary agreements through which NIEA and an organisation can explore opportunities for reducing environmental impacts in ways that create prosperity and well-being.
Speaking at the event, NIEA Chief Executive David Small thanked everyone involved in the Prosperity Agreement Programme, and the companies in particular. He said: “It is encouraging to see these innovative businesses making a public commitment to ensure the highest standards of environmental performance and to promote the importance of the environment to local communities.”
The purpose of the event was for EMFG staff and Prosperity Agreement Holders to discuss a wide range of strategic issues and there was some great networking and idea sharing on the day.
Prosperity Agreement Holders who attended and presented at the event felt it was a really beneficial opportunity. Mark Haughey, Plant Manager at Coca Cola HBC Ireland and Northern Ireland stated: “The forum event allows me and my team in Coca Cola to share our experience of the first 18 months of the prosperity agreement - what it means for us and to hear how others are doing. It also allows us to reach out to other industries to explore shared learnings, highlight potential synergies and hopefully to form longer term mutually beneficial relationships.”
Claire Addison, AES UK and Ireland’s Government and Regulatory Affairs Manager, added: “As a new Prosperity Agreement holder, it was invaluable for people from AES UK & Ireland to learn from the experiences of other companies who have gone ‘beyond compliance’ and made a real commitment to environmental improvement. We left with fresh ideas and new connections to help us achieve our goals”.
Also in attendance were representatives from Invest NI, DAERA Brexit Division and International Synergies.
For more information, visit the following page: Prosperity Agreements
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