The objective of EERA is to provide encouragement and guidance, as well as reward best practices in environmental and sustainability reporting. Among the winners, SAS flew high, taking home the prize of “best environmental report” after having been jointly nominated by Denmark, Norway and Sweden. The Novo Group from Denmark got the trophy for “best sustainability report,” adding to its impressive record of winning annually ever since it has been allowed to enter. Wärtsilä Corporation from Finland received the award for “best first-time report.” Norway’s A/S Olivin and Denmark’s Phoenix were proclaimed joint winners in the category of “best SME report.”
The EERA is sponsored by 15 national accountancy bodies. More than 700 reports competed in the various national schemes, resulting in a total of 34 reports nominated in four different categories. The judging criteria were revised in 2001 to reflect the GRI Sustainability Reporting Guidelines, giving equal weight to both content and reporting principles.