Archives: 2018

BT Shop for Change raises vital funds for cancer research and support services across the country

Ireland’s biggest charity shop takeover, BT Shop for Change has succeeded in raising €186,269 for the Irish Cancer Society. The brainchild of BT Ireland employees, the event, now in its seventh year, saw more than 120 BT Ireland employees swap the office for the charity shop and compete against each other to generate the most


Abbott: Parents, students and teachers attend STEM careers event – Science Week 2018

Abbott contributed significantly to National Science Week, 2018 by helping to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers in Ireland. Abbott started their science week activity off with “ASPIRE with Abbott,” which took place at Abbott’s Clonmel facility. This event was a showcase of STEM (Science, technology, engineering and maths) careers, sharing advice about


EPIC Programme celebrates 10 years of helping marginalised immigrants including refugees find jobs in Ireland

The EPIC programme (Employment for People from Immigrant Communities) is a ground-breaking initiative which leverages the support of business to help marginalised immigrants find employment. Run by Business in the Community Ireland, the national network for sustainability, it celebrated its 10 years of success at a special event last night hosted by Bank of Ireland


Bank of Ireland delivers over 20,000 nursing hours for Jack & Jill

Over the past two years, Bank of Ireland colleagues worked together to help deliver the pledge of 20,000 nursing hours to the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation by using their skills, expertise and time to make a lasting legacy for families across Ireland. From the very beginning Bank of Ireland’s aim was to leave Jack


Employee volunteer hours soar during Symantec’s third annual Global Service Week

Symantec employees across the world recently participated in Global Service Week (GSW), a time to join together to improve the communities where we live and work. During this full week of service, Symantec employees are encouraged to commit to at least one hour of community service with a nonprofit or charitable project of their choice.


Children’s Grief Centre in Limerick named as National Lottery Good Cause of the Year at Gala Awards ceremony

An inspiring charity which supports children who suffer loss from bereavement, divorce or separation has been named the National Lottery Good Cause of the Year 2018. The Children’s Grief Centre in Limerick scooped the overall National Lottery Good Causes Award 2018 and the Youth Category at a gala event in Dublin in November. The new


Ireland is the first country in Europe to adopt the P-TECH school model

16th November marked an important moment for Ireland’s education system, and for the community in Dublin’s north east inner city, as Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, announced pilots of the  P-TECH  model in three local schools. Ireland is the first country in Europe to adopt the P-TECH school model. First established by IBM and local educators in Brooklyn, New


Calor Gas turns up the heat on its sustainability agenda

Calor understands that it has an important role to play in powering rural Ireland and providing innovative alternatives to carbon-intensive fuels. It’s no surprise, therefore, that sustainability is at the heart of Calor’s business strategy in Ireland. Calor is fully committed to supporting environmental best practice and sustainable development and its employees are key enablers


Time to Count goes Nationwide

Were you interested in numbers and maths when you were a child? Would you enjoy sharing this love of maths? We need YOUR company to provide volunteers with a love for numbers to help local primary school children nationwide explore and develop a love of maths for themselves. Our Time to Count Steering Group has


Zurich Employees Inspire Young Readers

This year, Zurich Ireland is celebrating the third year of their strong partnership with St. John of God NS, Wexford as part of Time to Read. Principal of St. John of God NS, Liam Turner has praised the influence of the enthusiastic Zurich volunteers have had on the children involved: “As a DEIS school having positive


11 Companies in Ireland achieve the Business Working Responsibly mark

Over 180 senior business leaders gather for Business in the Community Ireland’s Annual Sustainability Forum The Mark is operated by Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI), the non-profit organisation dedicated to sustainability and third-party audited by the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI). BITCI Ireland announced that 4 new companies achieved the Mark and 7


43 companies sign low carbon pledge to cut emissions

Dublin, Wednesday, 14th November, 2018: In a ground-breaking move today, over 40 of the country’s leading companies have made a dedicated pledge to significantly reduce their carbon emissions. The companies, drawn from many sectors of business and industry, are to cut their carbon emissions between now and 2030. The pledge was made today at a


Olympic Winner Celebrates Community Heroes From Across Dublin

Thursday November 8, Olympic medal-winning hero Annalise Murphy took some time out from her busy training schedule to help announce the winners of the 2018 Dublin Bus Community Spirit Awards. 85 voluntary and community groups from across Dublin will find out the value of their award, €1,000, €2,000 or €5,000, which will allow them to


Abbott encourages Teachers towards STEM opportunities

Abbott recently held 3 STEM ‘Seeing is Believing’ days for local teachers in Sligo/Mayo, Longford and Do negal. They welcomed science teachers and guidance counsellors to their diagnostic facilities in Finisklin Business Park, Sligo; Lisnamuck, Longford Town and their diabetes facility in Lurganboy, Donegal Town. The one-day visit to each location is part of our BITCI STEM


Reimagining banking in local economies

On September 20th, Bank of Ireland won the Marketplace category at the Chambers Ireland CSR awards for their innovative Workbench concept. In simple terms Workbench is a space in the bank branch put aside for entrepreneurs to work and meet. The unique concept connects entrepreneurs, Bank of Ireland colleagues and the local community, by offering


European Pact for Youth – Updates

BITCI held a stakeholder round table on October 10th as a follow up for those who attended the first EU Business-Education Summit in Brussels in November 2017. At this Summit CSR Europe, the EU Commission, the European Council and the European Parliament launched the European Pact for Youth national action plans of member states, including


Luas operator Transdev wins the Award for Light Rail Operator of the Year for the second year running at the Global Light Rail Awards

  The awards ceremony, which was held in London on Wednesday the 3rd of October, is an annual event attended by representatives from across the global light rail industry. The awards celebrate innovation and excellence, covering topics such as customer experience, sustainability, safety and technical initiatives, engineering and operational excellence, and system design. The winner


ESB launches Generation Tomorrow

ESB Generation Tomorrow is a new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) programme dedicated to empowering young people to reach their potential and power their collective brighter future. ESB plans to invest €7.5m over the next five years to support the work of a number of partners including TechSpace (part of Camara Ireland), RDS


Vodafone Ireland pledges to switch to 100% renewable electricity by 2025

Vodafone Ireland launches its Sustainable Business Report with focus on Diversity & Equality, Energy & Environment and Youth Skills & Jobs transformational goals Report unveiled at a special event hosted at the ‘Cool Planet Experience’ to celebrate International Day of Climate Action 2018 Key note from Senior TED fellow and author Dr Rachel Armstrong on


What all businesses can do now to take immediate climate action with Talanoa Dialogues

Last month Business in the Community Ireland participated in Natural Capital Partners’ Talanoa Dialogue.The Talanoa Dialogue is a United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) initiative to gather private sector and civil society views on how to accelerate progress towards net zero emissions. Natural Capital Partners hosted round-table discussions across Europe and the U.S.