Since many years the Institute of Registered Auditors (IBR-IRE) has been taken an active role in sustainability reporting and corporate social responsibility (CSR). In particular, IBR-IRE organizes the Awards for Best Belgian Sustainability Reports.
Originally the Award intended to celebrate the best environmental report. Only large entities took the initiative to communicate on their sustainability impact.
The Award evolved and now also takes into consideration the two other key pillars of sustainability, namely the social and environmental factors. Nowadays, more Awards are given as for now on NGOs, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the public sector as well as governmental organisations, schools and federations are also convinced of the added value of sustainability reporting.
The Jury focuses on how organizations can align their strategies as well as measure and manage their contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations in September 2015 to replace the Millennium Goals (2000-2015) .
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of universal goals for sustainable development. The 17 goals cover very varied themes, such as climate change, health, employment, innovation, and even the development of transparent institutions and justice for everyone. For the sake of clarity they are divided into 5 groups: People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnerships.
The SDGs are the new strategic direction to take for the three pillars of sustainable development, people-planet-profit, as well as for the strengthening of international peace and partnerships.
The winners of the previous editions who received an award for their efforts in sustainability reporting are the following:
ANTWERP WORLD DIAMOND CENTRE (2014), ARCELOR (2003), BEFIMMO (2014), BELFIUS (2005), BAC (Brussels Airport Company) (2001), BNP PARIBAS FORTIS (2007), BOPRO (2012 and 2014), CAP CONSEIL (2015), C&A (2010 ex aequo), CBR (Heidelberg Cement) (1999), COFINIMMO (2016), DE DUURZAME DRUKKER (2011), DELHAIZE GROUP (2009, 2011 and 2012), ELECTRABEL (Tihange) (2002), INDAVER (2002), KBC GROUP (2008), LOKALE POLITIE ZONE SINT-PIETERS-LEEUW (2013 ex aequo), OPNIEUW & CO (2011), PORT OF ANTWERP (2012 and 2016), PROTOS (2013), PRO NATURA (2013 ex aequo and 2015), SIDMAR (2000 and 2003), SOLVAY (2013 and 2015), STRUIK FOODS BELGIUM/CHILLFIS (2013), TOYOTA MOTOR EUROPE (2010 ex aequo), UMICORE (2001, 2006, 2008 and 2012), VOLVO CARS (1998), VREDESEILANDEN (2014)