Through our Network for Responsible Business we work with over 90 of Ireland’s top businesses across all sectors: from financial services and IT to pharmaceutical and FMCG. We support our members with one-to-one advisory services on CSR and Sustainability and also provide the only peer to peer network for CSR professionals in Ireland.
Small to Medium Businesses
The backbone of this economy, we offer online resources to companies of all sizes in Ireland and we partner with organisations to support them with their sustainability.
We partner with many other business networks to promote sustainability and share best practice. They include: Chambers Ireland, Cork Chambers, IBEC, NSAI, The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, SFA and ISME.
We are the official Irish Global Partner of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.
This partnership helps us maintain our proactive leadership position on sustainability and keep our members ahead of the curve. WBCS is a CEO-led organisation of forward-thinking companies that galvanizes the global business community to create a sustainable future for business, society and the environment.
We represent Ireland at CSR Europe, the largest corporate responsibility network in Europe.
We are are also proud to be the first Irish Business Association to support the United Nations Global Compact. Endorsed by chief executives, the UN Global Compact is a leadership platform for the development, implementation, and disclosure of responsible corporate policies and practices.
We have been central in the development of Ireland’s National Action Plan on CSR, This is under the auspices of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. This CSR Plan represents a milestone in raising the profile of CSR in Ireland. A CSR Stakeholder Forum was established under the objectives of the Plan. A key objective of the Forum is to raise awareness of the benefits of CSR to business and to all stakeholders in society. BITCI are a key member of the Forum and the dedicated website is www.csrhub.ie.
In addition our Business Action Programmes are partially funded by government agencies so we work closely with them on sharing impacts of our work.
Through our work advising companies on engaging with their communities through employee volunteering, we have developed expertise in identifying strategic community partners all over Ireland.
Many companies encourage their employees to volunteer their skills, time and manpower to local voluntary organisations for positive social impact. There are two primary forms of volunteering – skills based and practical. Here are some examples of each:
Skills based volunteering- such as HR, Marketing, Finance, Information Technology, Legal and Strategic/Business planning.
Practical Help – such as painting and decorating of buildings, gardening, improving the environment through clean-ups, spring cleaning, preparing packs for an event.
If you are a community group and have any of the needs identified above and have the capacity to work with business, Business in the Community would like you to hear from you.
Please contact Shane Mulchrone, Community Engagement Specialist on 01-874 7432 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Business Action on Education is our initiative aimed at matching schools with businesses around Ireland.
Our Business Action on Education is delivered to schools under the name, The Schools’ Business Partnership.
We have two primary school initiatives and five for post primary schools. Our primary school programme is called Time to Read & Time to Count and post primary programmes are Skills @ Work, Mentoring, Management Excellence for Principals,Management Excellence for Teachers and STEM- Seeing is Believing
Once a school is matched with a local company, a dedicate programme coordinator works with both parties to ensure an efficient and impactful programme.
Visit Business Action on Education for more detailed information.
We also work with third level institutions all over the country and offer guest lectures, research opportunities and access to our materials.
Through our Business Action on Employment programmes, EPIC and Ready for Work, we help people to find jobs utilising the powerful reach of businesses to help with job preparation skills and work placements.
Business Action on Employment is our initiative for workplace diversity and inclusion.
Business Action on Employment is delivered via our three programmes, EPIC, Ready for Work and RISE which work with immigrants, refugees and people with high barriers to employment and help them to find jobs and access training and education.
EPIC works with immigrants and refugees and features specific training on English for Employment, IT Skills and information sessions on a variety of themes to facilitate networking, understanding of the Irish system and to promote social integration. Topics covered include employment rights and entitlements, social welfare, access to health and equality and diversity in the work place. Job seekers can contact us directly to avail of the service.
RISE works with refugees helping them to understand, appreciate and integrate successfully into Irish society and to facilitate language acquisition. A longer term goal is to support the participants progress to education or employment.
Ready for Work helps people with high barriers to employment and guarantees a supported work experience in a company. Referral agencies can refer clients to us to avail of the service.
Visit Business Action on Employment to find out more.