The awards for environmental performance are aimed at promoting the benefits of environmental protection among local manufacturing and service industries, regardless of the size of a company or the nature of its business. Entries were assessed on their commitment to environmental protection as reflected in their company policy, staff culture and day-to-day operation. Companies vying for the awards had to show progress in minimising various environmental impacts of their operations through the adoption of cleaner technologies, innovative ideas and process re-engineering. Their compliance with relevant environmental legislation across their operations and sites was also evaluated. Since 1992, more than 220 companies of all sizes and from various industries have entered the competition and gained recognition for their pursuit of improved environmental performance.