Exploring and inspiring responsible and sustainable business practices

BITCI News - Oct 21, 2014

Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) has confirmed a major Corporate Responsibility (CR) conference exploring and inspiring responsible and sustainable business practices will take place on Tuesday 11th November 2014 at Dublin Castle. Business in the CommunityThe conference entitled, Building Trust, Reputation and Culture, features over 20 expert national and international speakers including: BASF SE, Centrica, CIPD UK, Deloitte, Friends First, Intel Corporation, The Futures Company, Mallen Baker, Marks & Spencer, Olivia O’Leary, RBS, Sodexo, Unilever and many more.

Drawing on the success of previous BITCI conferences in 2006 and 2010, the 2014 one-day event will bring the CEO’s and senior management of some of Ireland’s top companies together to discuss key trends in ethics, reputation and sustainability. The Responsible Business Forum is Ireland’s largest Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) conference presenting leading and inspirational thinking from the world’s largest, most innovative companies and practical workshops on how trust, reputation and culture can be built with key stakeholders. Delegates will also have access to cutting edge content on CR and sustainable practices and the opportunity to hear from and be inspired by thought and corporate leaders, whose focus will not only be on successes but also on lessons learned. The Forum aims to explore business challenges of the future, hear from companies who have faced significant reputational challenges and what they have learned and explore the new business model where sustainability is embedded at the core.

Commenting on the announcement of the November 2014 conference, Tina Roche, CEO, and Business in the Community Ireland said:

“We are delighted to confirm BITCI’s third major corporate responsibility conference. Drawing on over a decade’s experience, BITCI have witnessed first-hand a real sea change in the attitudes of Irish companies towards trust and reputation, with many companies using responsible business practices as the cornerstone of their strategic and sustainable planning for the future. These forward-thinking companies believe that customers, employees, investors and regulators place a high premium on trust and ethics and good governance are key in earning it. The conference will be a unique opportunity to explore how companies can transform to sustainable businesses by placing corporate responsibility firmly on their business agenda. It will also reinforce the importance of sustainable business practices in the current business climate.”


List of speakers include:

Tom Browne, Group Chief Executive Officer, Friends First, Lloyd Burdett, Head of Global Clients and Strategy, The Futures Company, Penny Hughes CBE, Non-Executive Director, RBS, Brendan Jennings, Managing Partner, Deloitte Ireland, Geoff McDonald, Global Vice President Human Resources , Unilever and Carmel McQuaid, Head of Sustainable Business, Marks and Spencer. Full List of speakers at www.bitcforum.ie