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HEINEKEN Ireland publishes milestone Sustainability progress report

HEINEKEN Ireland has released its sustainability progress report. The report details significant reductions in the brewer’s carbon emissions, water usage and waste production in the decade since it began reporting under HEINEKEN’s Global Sustainability Strategy, Brewing a Better World. During that time, the Cork city-based brewer has cut its carbon emissions by more than half


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559 individuals take on Eir Challenge in support of Special Olympics Young Athlete Programme

BITCI News - Community - Sep 23, 2020

Eir and Special Olympics Ireland (SOI) have worked together since 1985, making this the longest sustained corporate charity partnership in Ireland. Employee engagement is the major reason that the relationship is as strong now as it was 35 years ago. Seven years ago eir employees created a fundraising event for their charity partner, the purpose


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Webinar: Shaping the Future of Work

Members News - Sep 23, 2020

The Leaders’ Group on Sustainability’s Worker of the Future subgroup recently hosted a webinar addressing people perspectives on the transition to the “Next Normal”. The group shared perspective on the areas of Culture, Skills, Inclusion and Wellbeing and provided examples of emerging best practice from a variety of sectors. You can watch it in full


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Shaping the Future of Work

New publication by the Leaders Group on Sustainability Worker of the Future sub-group As we emerge from the Covid-19 lockdown, business decisions are being made about new ways of working that could have lasting impact and, perhaps, unintended consequences. While many conversations are taking place, along with advice on the re-opening of the Irish economy,


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Vhi and Irish Youth Foundation Join Forces to Launch Vhi Health & Wellbeing Fund

BITCI News - Community - Sep 17, 2020

Seven-time All-Ireland winner and social activist Philly McMahon joined Vhi today for the launch of a new Fund established in partnership with the Irish Youth Foundation (IYF) dedicated to supporting young people’s health and wellbeing. The Vhi Health and Wellbeing Fund is looking to fund projects that are seeking to strengthen resilience in young people


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SSE Airtricity partners with An Post to launch The Generation Green Home Upgrade Programme

BITCI News - Environment - Sep 17, 2020

Minister for Climate Action, Communication Networks and Transport, Eamon Ryan TD has welcomed a new partnership between SSE Airtricity and An Post which will see 30,000 homes avail of energy efficient retrofits in the coming years. The Generation Green Home Energy Upgrade forms a key part of An Post’s Green Hub which provides a simple


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Calor select Samaritans Ireland as first charity partner

BITCI News - Community - Sep 17, 2020

Calor Ireland is proud to announce that Samaritans Ireland will be the company’s first charity partner.  The Samaritans was chosen by Calor staff, following an extensive process which considered a number of leading charities. Through the new partnership with Calor, Samaritans can answer over 4,000 additional calls for help. The support could save people’s lives


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Leading retailers and FoodCloud launch first national food appeal to support communities affected by Covid-19

BITCI News - Community - Sep 09, 2020

Four of Ireland’s leading retailers – Tesco, Aldi, Lidl and EUROSPAR – have come together to support a new food initiative by FoodCloud called ‘Food For Ireland’, to help meet the unprecedented demand on FoodCloud’s services from charities and communities across Ireland affected by Covid-19. FoodCloud has experienced a doubling in demand for its food


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Perspectives on Transitioning to the “Next Normal”

BITCI News - Aug 25, 2020

The journey to the ‘future of work’ has no end point as we are in a constant state of change.  However, there are points of inflection where the change either alters course or is greatly accelerated.  The BITCI Worker of the Future Sub-Group was established in response to the need to develop a view on the responsible business approach to


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Janssen PARTNER IGNITE a sustainable supply chain initiative

Members News - Aug 25, 2020

When it comes to environmental sustainability, we are all familiar with these terms: ‘Energy Efficiency’, ‘Renewable Resources’, ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’, ‘CO2 Reduction’, ‘Circularity’. As a planet we have been talking about all these topics for a long time. It’s difficult to get an all-embracing definition of sustainability – but keeping it simple – it is


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BITCI Education Programmes Update webinar

Exclusive Member Content - Aug 20, 2020

In this webinar, we provided information on how our programmes will operate in a virtual or blended world for the upcoming 2020/21 academic year. We also outlined the current and very real need in Ireland to support our young and vulnerable students, so that they can be positive about their futures and engage fully in


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Gas Networks Ireland growing sustainably and responsibly

Members News - Communication - Aug 20, 2020

Gas Networks Ireland has reduced its carbon footprint by 27% over the last decade, according to the company’s 2019 Sustainability Report. The network operators also exceeded the public sector energy reduction target by 11%, delivering a 44% reduction, with plans to reduce its carbon emissions even further in the future, both within their own operations and from


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Mercury celebrates its multi-generational workforce

Members News - Aug 20, 2020

In July, Mercury’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee celebrated its multi-generational workforce as theme of the month. Mercury has a multi-generational workforce with employees spread across 4 generational groups: 1. Baby Boomers: 1946-64. 2. Generation X: 1965-76. 3. Millennials (Gen Y): 1977-95. 4. Gen Z: 1996-12. Mercury asked four participants, each representing a generation in Mercury


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Alkermes Releases Third Annual Corporate Responsibility Report

Members News - Environment - Aug 13, 2020

Alkermes has released its third annual Corporate Responsibility Report. The report highlights the company’s corporate and social responsibility and environmental sustainability efforts, including recognition of the importance of continuing to increase the sophistication of monitoring and reporting on such efforts in the future. An essential component to Alkermes’ long-standing commitment to responsibility is its dedication


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Permanent TSB announces a three year partnership with Ó Cualann Cohousing Alliance

Members News - Community - Aug 13, 2020

In July, Permanent TSB bank announced a 3-year partnership with Ó Cualann Cohousing Alliance to support the agency’s work developing fully integrated, co-operative and affordable housing schemes in communities across the country. Permanent TSB will provide €350,000 to Ó Cualann, which will be used to fund the resources required to accelerate its development plans. The


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DCU Centre of Excellence for Diversity Race Equality Hub

BITCI News - Aug 05, 2020

BITCI is delighted to support a  Race Equality Hub –  an initiative of DCU Centre of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion, in collaboration with the African Scholars Association of Ireland (AfSI). It provides employers in Ireland with a range of practical tools and best practice guidelines to tackle racism and foster more inclusive practices in the workplace. The Hub includes a Race Equality Whitepaper


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Our latest members’ webinar: Future Trends in Sustainability

Exclusive Member Content - Jul 30, 2020

This week we held our latest webinar, Future Trends in Sustainability: The Transformational Capability of Sustainable Procurement.  On the webinar, you will have a chance to hear practical examples of how a focus on human rights, green procurement and circular economy has been integrated into the business strategy of PwC; you will hear about some of


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SSE’s Sustainability Report 2020 outlines the shared objective between SSE and BITCI

Members News - Jul 30, 2020

Our member SSE Ireland have launched their Sustainability Report 2020. The report, in addition to communicating SSE’s ambitions and sustainability strategy, details the shared objective between Business in the Community Ireland and SSE to bring about a sustainable, low-carbon economy and a more inclusive society where everyone thrives. It also details how, in 2017, SSE


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Gas Networks Ireland continuing to support education and social inclusion during the Covid-19 pandemic

Members News - Jul 30, 2020

When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, our member Gas Networks Ireland was quick to demonstrate the kind of societal support and leadership that led to its recent Chambers Ireland InBusiness award for corporate responsibility, providing much-needed assistance to vulnerable communities through its partnerships with DEIS schools and Age Action. SUPPORTING EDUCATION Education is a core part


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Repurposing beer sustainably

Members News - Jul 30, 2020

Over the past two months our member Heineken Ireland has been collecting and decanting returned beer, treating it in a way that supports a Circular Economy and Minimises Waste. Last week the company reached the milestone of 100,000 kegs, ensuring each and every one was safely decanted at the Cork Brewery and the kegs are


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Webinar: Integrating Sustainability into the Heart of Business: Exploring the External Context

Exclusive Member Content - Jul 22, 2020

On Thursday, July 16th we held our webinar ‘Integrating Sustainability into the Heart of Business: Exploring the External Context’. The webinar examined the  Political, Environmental, Social, Technological, Economic, and Legal changes which have impacted business and society in 2020. Participants discussed global themes, the pace of change, and different responses from organisations in adapting to a


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Aldi is first retailer to donate non-surplus food to FoodCloud during Covid-19

Members News - Community - Jul 09, 2020

Donation enables FoodCloud to support 17 new food hubs in 15 counties across Ireland Aldi Ireland has become the first retailer to donate non-surplus food to FoodCloud during the Covid-19 pandemic to help with the unprecedented demand on FoodCloud’s services from charities. FoodCloud has experienced a huge surge in demand for its food redistribution services


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Virtual Volunteering part 1 How virtual volunteering benefits both your employees and communities

BITCI News - Community - Jul 06, 2020

The Covid-19 emergency and subsequent lockdown has meant that many Irish businesses have had to completely transform their CSR & Community plans for 2020. Despite this disruption, there is a compelling solution to this challenge that can ensure company volunteers can continue having a positive social impact while also helping struggling charities and vulnerable people:


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Virtual Volunteering part 2: Case Studies & Tips for your business

BITCI News - Community - Jul 06, 2020

What are the types of activities that a company might be able to support through Virtual Volunteering? The possibilities are almost endless. Here are just a few short case studies of how BITCI member companies have used Virtual Volunteering to maintain their previous CSR activities and Community commitments – and to develop new initiatives. Virtual


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Microsoft’s Global Skills initiative

Members News - Jul 06, 2020

  The COVID-19 pandemic has created an economic crisis, forcing tens of millions of people out of work. As economies start to reopen, some jobs may not come back, at least not fast enough to meet demand. The jobs that do come back will require more digital skills. In a post-COVID-19 world, all people—especially those


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The Lidl & Jigsaw partnership shared commitments & goals

Members News - Community - Jul 06, 2020

At Lidl, we believe it is our responsibility to build a successful, sustainable future, not just for our business, but for the communities we serve. This commitment is enshrined in our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy, A Better Tomorrow. Through the community pillar of this strategy, we are partnered with Jigsaw – the National Centre


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How can sustainable business practices help Ireland bounce back from this crisis?

BITCI News - Jul 06, 2020

AUTHOR: Johnny Meehan Adviser at Business in the Community Ireland

Last year Ireland declared climate and biodiversity emergencies in response to an urgent crisis. Before COVID-19 the way we worked and lived was unsustainable. The old normal was an economy where GDP went up but so did: carbon emissions; social inequality; the destruction of Nature; plastic pollution; food waste; time wasted in the daily commute;


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Education in a time of Crisis webinar

Exclusive Member Content - Jul 02, 2020

On Thursday, May 28th we held our webinar, ‘Education in a Time of Crisis’. We heard from the following speakers: Full speaker line up: Dr. Aideen Cassidy, Principal, Beneavin De La Salle College, Dublin 11 David Coleman, Clinical Psychologist & Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Psychology, UCD Deirdre Kennedy, Corporate Citizenship / CSR Lead, IBM Ireland Cian O’Brien, Mayfield/The Glen Schools


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Communications in a Time of Crisis webinar

Exclusive Member Content - Jul 02, 2020

On May 14th we hosted our webinar, Communications in a Time of Crisis. In this webinar we discussed the importance of top class communications during a time of crisis. We heard from expert speakers from Member companies who will brought us through their top tips on communicating with customers, the general public, their employees, as