Tenth birthday for business Environment Index

Business in the Community published its latest annual index of corporate environmental engagement in April.1 The scheme, which scores companies on their environmental management and performance across a range of impact areas, is open to FTSE100 and FTSE250 companies.

The index was first launched as a pilot in 1995. Some 178 companies took part in the latest index, which covers 2004.

Twenty companies made it into the "Premier League", by achieving high scores of 95% or more (see table). This is eight fewer than in 2003, but the organisers insist that the drop reflects a greater level of scrutiny on issues such as climate change, waste, supply chains and disclosure. For example, they say, questions on w

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