BMT to Support Swire Pacific Limited with Environmental, Health and Safety Reporting Initiative
Hong Kong-based BMT Asia Pacific Ltd has been appointed by Swire Pacific Ltd to undertake an independent audit and then issue a report on its environmental, health and safety performance for the years 2004 and 2005.
Swire Pacific is one of Hong Kong's leading listed companies with diversified interests in five operating divisions: property, aviation, beverages, marine services and trading and industrial. The company's operations are predominantly based in the Greater China region, where the Swire group has been established for over 130 years. BMT’s audit will encompass Swire Pacific’s airline operations and aircraft engineering, catering and beverages, property, maritime engineering and waste management.
BMT has been selected based on its past experience of working with the Swire group, including the provision of waste management advice to Cathay Pacific Airways (46% owned by Swire), preparation of the 2003 Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) report for Swire Properties and a long-term relationship with Swire SITA Waste Services Limited. BMT is also currently providing marine berthing and mooring assessment services to another Swire subsidiary, The China Navigation Co Ltd.
Swire Pacific seeks to foster long-term, sustainable growth in all of its divisions. For the fourth year running, Swire Pacific has been selected as a component of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, which includes over 300 companies worldwide that are seen as leaders in corporate sustainability. Swire was also recognised in the United Nations Global 500 Roll of Honour for its commitment to environmental best practice in 1997.
The audit and reporting process will first involve a review of Swire’s database of EHS performance indicators. The database holds information for major business units in relation to key indicators such as greenhouse gas emissions, energy use, solid waste generation, water consumption and various health and safety performance criteria. After it is verified, the data will be evaluated against Swire’s policy commitments, objectives and targets. A gap analysis will enable areas for improvement to be identified, such as data refinement and opportunities for best practice collaboration between Swire subsidiaries.
The findings will be reported in an EHS report to be developed with reference to best reporting practices, such as those produced by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). GRI’s mission is to develop and disseminate globally applicable guidelines for voluntary use by organisations when reporting on the economic, environmental and social dimensions of their activities, products and services.
Ben Ridley, Director of BMT Asia Pacific Ltd, commented: "As a leading multinational company, Swire Pacific's reputation for setting high-performance standards is central to its success. Swire Pacific is committed to maintaining robust EHS and sustainability performance and the highest level of business integrity in all its activities. BMT's audit and reporting service will ensure that all Swire Pacific stakeholders are kept up to date on these matters, and are able to appreciate the measures consistently being taken by Swire to improve its environmental, health and safety performance."