We work with a number of government departments on a range of responsible business issues.
Our Business Action on Education is supported by the Department of Education and Tusla (Department of Children & Youth).
Our Business Action on Employment is supported by the Department of Justice and Equality, the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Department of Social Protection.
A core area of our work with Government is around the National Action Plan on CSR “Good for Business, Good for the community”. This is under the auspices of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.
The vision set out in the Plan is that:
Ireland will be recognised as a Centre of Excellence for responsible and sustainable business practice through the adoption and implementation of best practice in CSR in enterprises and organisations as widely as possible.
This Plan sets out the general framework within which CSR operates in Ireland and outlines the key principles and objectives which underpin the Government’s approach to CSR.
The National Plan explains how CSR can contribute positively to a company’s business and highlights practical supports which are available to organisations that want to embark on, or make improvements in, this area.
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. Business in the Community Ireland are a key member of the Forum and the dedicated website is www.csrhub.ie