From a field of over 80 other entrants, the company scooped the Premier award in the "Stakeholder Engagement" section of the longest running and established environmental awards in the UK. The submission, "Educating today for tomorrow's water sustainability", showcased Veolia Water's commitment to invest in education and promote sustainable water usage to the next generation of water consumers. Veolia Water's Education Centre continues to promote water efficiency through its education programmes, with national curriculum based activities taking place both at the Centre and through an extensive outreach programme. These activities aim to build environmental awareness and offer practical ways in which children and their parents can be more water efficient. The Centre's teaching staff also work with schoolchildren to achieve "Eco School Awards" through accredited water audits.
The BCE Environmental Leadership Award scheme has promoted the conservation, protection and improvement of the environment since 1975. It is sponsored by business for business and the awards are only given to companies that meet the commercial demands of the present, without compromising the environment for future generations. In the words of the President, Sir Anthony Cleaver: "It is the easiest environmental award to enter but the hardest to win."
The rigorous judging process involves a desktop assessment, a visit by an experienced business practitioner and a subsequent expert panel review and vote.
Oliver Bret, CEO of Veolia Water UK said: "This prestigious award represents the fruits of 11 years on a journey of realising a vision for sustainability that holds education of the next generation of water and environment stewards as a core value of our business."
Dr Martin Bigg, the BCE assessor judging the application commented: "I was impressed by the enthusiasm, commitment and knowledge of the staff in the Education Centre. Veolia Water has made a valuable investment in children's education, benefiting children, parents, communities and the environment."