Responsible Business Week October 15th – 19th

Uncategorized - Sep 19, 2012

Our 6th annual flagship Responsible Business Week will take place from the 15th to the 19th of October. This stimulating week of events and workshops is aimed at generating debate and awareness around responsible and sustainable business practices in Ireland. It is also the time where our members get involved to share and celebrate their initiatives both internally and externally.Each day of the week will be themed around the various areas or “pillars” of sustainability. We will be communicating to thousands of business, government, media and academic contacts each day through our innovative ezines as well as regular updates through our social media channels.

Key Events of the week:

October 10th Launch of Responsible Business Week

The official launch of National Responsible Business Week 2012, this event will feature top keynote speakers as well as results of our annual research around responsible business in Ireland.The survey, conducted by Amárach Research, explores CEO attitudes towards Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability in Ireland today. Hear from our CEO panel who will provide personal insights on how they are addressing sustainability within their own organisations. The panel discussion will be hosted by journalist Ann O’ Dea.

  • Revealing the findings of our annual BITCI Responsible Ireland Survey presented by Gerard O’ Neill, CEO of Amárach Research
  • BITCI compares these findings with the first research done with CFOs on the area of sustainability in partnership with Deloitte
  • John Reynolds CEO of KBC Bank, Margot Slattery, CEO of Sodexo and Ciaran O’ Brien, Audit Partner, Deloitte will take part in a panel discussion hosted by journalist Ann O’ Dea, commenting on the latest statistics to be revealed in the survey and their personal experiences of embedding CR and sustainability in their own organisations

When: Wednesday, 10th October, 8.30am-10am

Where: Westbury Hotel, Grafton Street, Dublin 2

Register now to attend at

October 16th Business Working Responsibly Mark Information session Breakfast Briefing

This information session is valuable for companies interested in finding out more about the Business Working Responsibly Mark and the various steps involved in achieving the Mark. Please click here for more information.

October 17th CEO Breakfast Forum

When: 17th of October 7.15-9.45 am

Where: Guinness Storehouse, Dublin

Last year, 140 CEOs gathered to discuss sustainability issues, this year we aim to have the biggest forum yet. This high profile event will feature keynote speakers, John Barry, Managing Director of Bord Gais Networks, Myles Lee, Chief Executive Officer of CRH and Professor Peter Head, Executive Chair of the Ecological Sequestration Trust. The event will also feature a celebration of the Business Working Responsibly Mark.

For queries on this event please contact Moira Horgan 01 874 3812

October 18th Making Sustainable Procurement a Reality workshop

The sustainability procurement workshop will be led by Darina Eades our Senior Consultant on Corporate Responsibility and will be hosted by Eirgrid in their Ballsbridge offices, Dublin 4. Open to the procurement, environment, finance and corporate citizenship teams of our member companies, this exciting Workshop will bring to life the business case and practical examples of how integrating sustainable procurement can achieve significant cost savings and impact on the culture of the organisation so that it becomes truly sustainable.

Attend on October 18 to hear the experience of:

Colin Fennelly, Purchasing Co-ordinator (Benelux) & Category Manager (Transport), CRH

Matthew Chalkley, Program Manager, Integrated Supply Chain, IBM

Carmel McQuaid, Climate Change Manager, Marks & Spencer

To register your interest in attending this workshop, contact Shane Mulchrone, Corporate Responsibility Assistant at by Friday 12th of October.

October 18th Dublin Web Summit: How IT can save the planet

We are pleased to announce that Business in the Community Ireland, in partnership with some of our members, will host a session on Corporate Social Responsibility & IT at the Dublin Digital Web summit: How IT can save the planet. This session will outline how leading companies are working to make our workplaces, homes and cities more sustainable.

Confirmed Speakers:

Tina Roche, CEO Business in the Community Ireland

Charles Sheridan, Co-director Energy and Sustainability Lab, Intel Labs Europe

Niall Brady, Research Engineer, Intelligent Buildings/Energy Analytics, IBM

When: October 18th 9-10am

Where: RDS

For queries on this event please contact Moira Horgan


This year, along with planning some very interesting key events, we wanted to help our members make the most of Responsible Business Week. For this reason we’ve created a guide containing ideas that show how their organisations can easily get involved. We are also giving our members the exclusive opportunity to book one of our consultants to offer information sessions and workshops during Responsible Business Week.

Click here to download the guide.For further info please contact the Marketing Team:

Moira Horgan, Marketing Manager on or 01 874 3812

Una O’Murchu or 01 874 3821

Nathalie Pavone or 01 874 3827