The Chambers Ireland CSR Awards 2018 took place recently. As official partners on the Awards our CEO Tomás Sercovich spoke at the celebratory event challenging business leaders with some thought provoking questions and celebrating the inspiring work of CSR and Sustainability practitioners. Here that follows is an edited summary from his keynote speech. “We were delighted to be partnering once more
David Stanton T.D., Minister of State for Justice with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration and Integration opens event
We are back with our In Conversation Series getting to know CSR and Sustainability professionals leading the sustainability agenda for Ireland’s top businesses. This month we hear from Derval O’Brien, the CSR Programme Manager with the EirGrid Group.
On September 19, our Senior CSR and Sustainability Adviser Darina Eades attended a meeting of the Northern Ireland Business & Human Rights Forum, hosted by Queen’s University in Riddell Hall, Belfast. The meeting featured a talk by Louise Nicholls, the Corporate Head of Human Rights, Food Sustainability & Food Packaging with Marks & Spencer. For
Thursday, September 27, 2018: 14 private sector companies have come together as founders of The Open Doors Initiative, which will assist some of the most marginalised groups in society to gain access to workplaces through training and employment experience. An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar formally launched the initiative at Accenture’s The Dock in
Lidl Ireland has been awarded the Outstanding Achievement in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) 2018 Award at the Chambers Ireland CSR Awards. The ceremony was held in the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road in Dublin last night (20 September 2018). Lidl Ireland’s CSR programme demonstrated company-wide engagement and impressed the judging panel by performing consistently well
Veolia is Ireland’s leading environmental services company. They provide a comprehensive range of energy, waste and water solutions and are dedicated to carbon reduction, protecting the environment and building the circular economy. Veolia has been shortlisted for the Chambers Ireland CSR Awards 2018 for their focus on well-being in the workplace. At Veolia, well-being has
The Irish economy is set to continue to grow and within this context there is a serious shortage of skilled people to fill jobs. Employee recruitment and retention are becoming critical business challenges. Business in the Community Ireland supports the call to improve access to employment for holders of Stamp 3. Stamp 3 holders are
Gas Networks Ireland, part of the Ervia Group, owns, builds and maintains the country’s natural gas network, connecting over 688,000 homes and businesses to safe, efficient and secure supply of natural gas.
October is national reuse month. Below are some activities your company may be interested in if you are engaging in circular economy business models or even just looking for ways to reduce/redirect waste streams. In addition to the speakers and topics, these events would be attended by organisations like ReCreate and ReDiscovery Centre and other
For Brendan Jennings, Managing Partner of professional services firm Deloitte, corporate and social responsibility is not just a big deal, it’s an all-pervasive one. “I see CSR as a fundamental issue for us and I see it in broader terms than perhaps people have traditionally viewed it,” said Jennings. “Our role in society is very
Many businesses support employees to set up employee networks. While the name may vary (diversity network groups, employee resource groups etc), the purpose is typically to foster inclusion in the workplace. The networks provide a forum for cohorts of employees who share a common interest or challenge at work. The most common themes are Women
Business in the Community Ireland is collaborating with New Communities Partnership in the first edition of Migrant Expo and Job Fair, a space created to bring together migrants with businesses, recruiters and other organisations. This is an opportunity for leading Irish businesses to meet with multilingual skilled professionals from different backgrounds and introduce more diversity
KPMG has finished the seventh term of the Financial Services Mentoring Programme run in cooperation with the EPIC Programme in Business in the Community Ireland. Since 2011, a total of 25 KPMG staff have volunteered to support 30 immigrants through one-to-one mentoring meetings. The sessions have helped participants to develop knowledge of the Irish financial sector and
Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace marks this year’s Chambers Ireland’s CSR Awards theme with the shortlisted projects across the fourteen award categories proving to be a showcase of CSR activities conducive to positive organisational change, employee benefit and much more.
Our Business Action on Education Team is now accepting new applicant company volunteers to participate in the 20-week Time to Read.The programme has helped children in 47 primary school second classes double their reading ability compared to their classmates. BITCI manages and facilitates the programme.
Achieving the Business Working Responsibly mark is a visible testimony of excellence in CSR and Sustainability. Some of the top companies in Ireland, across many business sectors, have achieved the Mark, showcasing their organisations as best in class.
The European Commission has recently opened the call for applications to participate to the first European Sustainability Award. This initiative, which is in response to a proposal from CSR Europe and in support with the EU Multi-stakeholder Platform on SDGs, has the objective to reward the efforts and creativity of European people, businesses and organisations.
Storm Hector did nothing to dampen the enthusiastic spirit at Diageo’s Learning for Life graduation ceremony on the 14th June. Twenty two graduates, along with their families, Diageo employees, and other members of the community attended this celebratory event. While the Learning for Life programme has been providing education and support for the long term
Tony O’Malley CEO of Fujitsu Ireland talks about the benefits of going for and achieving the Business Working Responsibly mark. The only independently audited standard for CSR and Sustainability in Ireland.
Business in the Community Ireland launches Leaders’ Group on Sustainability and CEOs sign up to Low Carbon Pledge to reduce carbon emissions intensity by 50% by 2030. CEOs of Ireland’s top companies have today launched The Leaders’ Group on Sustainability, a business coalition dedicated to addressing the most pressing sustainability priorities as well as future opportunities for Ireland. Business in
The Minister of State for Equality, Immigration and Integration at the Department of Justice and Equality, Mr. David Stanton T.D., today congratulated Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) on their achievement in being chosen as an emblematic project as a recipient of funding from the European Social Fund, one of the Cohesion Policy funds.
For this issue of CSR News we talked to our Business Working Responsibly mark team to give us some quick updates on the new version of the Mark, the only independently audited certification for CSR and Sustainability.
Pollinating insects have declined in occurrence and diversity in the EU dramatically. A 2016 IPBES report highlighted that animal pollination plays a vital role as a regulating ecosystem service in nature. Globally, nearly 90 per cent of wild flowering plant species depend, at least in part, on the transfer of pollen by animals. For the corporate
Accenture is delighted to share our Corporate Citizenship’s latest research: New Skills Now: Inclusion in the Digital Economy Digital innovations are transforming the world of work, we are beginning to see the effects of the unprecedented pace and scale of technological change and flows of information disrupting labour markets and fundamentally altering the future of work. This period of rapid technological acceleration brings
Ulster Bank Sustainable Banking Report: 65% of Ulster Bank customers now bank using a digital platform, up 5% on last year, and almost 60% of existing accounts are now ‘paperless’ Ulster Bank today releases its Sustainable Banking Report, detailing their progress in supporting their customers, colleagues, communities and shareholders. The report describes how Ulster Bank
Lidl Ireland is delighted to announce a new, three year charity partnership with Jigsaw, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health in Ireland. Jigsaw provides free confidential, professional support to young people aged 12-25, in 13 centres across Ireland. Jigsaws data shows that mental health remains a key issue among our young people and while
Padraig Whelton, Senior Finance Manager at BT Ireland, is pictured with the Raheny GAA ‘All Stars’ Football Team and All-Ireland winner, Brian Fenton. BT Ireland is delighted to support this incredible initiative by Raheny GAA to make GAA more accessible and inclusive for everyone. The All Stars team, which was set up by a group
BOLD GIRLS, a Children’s Books Ireland initiative, supported by KPMG, aims to break down societal barriers and to instil confidence in girls and young women by showcasing strong female characters in children’s books. The campaign includes twenty female Irish authors and illustrators with stories from Ireland and around the globe, featuring pirates, politicians, ponies, polar