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Governance as a C suite topic

BITCI News - Strategy - Jan 27, 2022

The Business Working Responsibly mark Insights Series on Governance Welcome to our new series of sustainability insights and trends with data gathered from the analysis of our 40 Business Working Responsibly Mark certified companies . While the insights are gleaned from all of our certified companies, particular attention is focused on the most recent trends from our current cohort under the


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Tesco to pilot Stronger Starts programme for school children and their families nationwide

Community - Jan 27, 2022

Tesco has announced a new pilot programme that will provide thousands of meals to feed children and families experiencing food insecurity in Ireland. The pilot programme, Stronger Starts, is in partnership with the Good Grub Initiative, an Irish not-for-profit that distributes food for families through the DEIS school network. Through the Stronger Starts pilot programme,


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What is Digital Pollution and easy actions to reduce our digital carbon footprint

BITCI News - Jan 26, 2022

  What is digital pollution? Digital pollution is responsible for 3.7% of CO2 emissions globally – 50% more than air transport (2.4%)! However digital pollution is an issue that is rarely identified, let alone addressed. People often think that online streaming, sending emails, and conducting online searches have no external environmental effect. Because digital pollution


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Allianz Insurance Takes a Stance on Domestic Abuse Through New Partnership with Women’s Aid to Break the Silence

Members News - Community - Jan 26, 2022

Allianz Insurance is supporting the world’s strongest women by breaking the silence on domestic abuse in Ireland with the launch of a new three-year partnership with Women’s Aid.  The partnership, announced today, will support Women’s Aid in tackling the issue of domestic abuse and support those women who are living through domestic abuse in Ireland.


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Irish Water recognised for success in reducing carbon emissions at Energy Achievement Awards

Environment - Jan 26, 2022

Irish Water has been recognised for its commitment to energy efficiency, climate action and sustainability with two awards at the inaugural Business Energy Achievement Awards: Best Energy Achievement in Utilities and Best Energy Achievement in the Public Sector. The awards recognise Irish Water’s commitment to becoming more energy efficient, embedding sustainability with the ultimate aim


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eir introduces new suite of compassionate policies to support employees during difficult times

Diversity & Inclusion - Jan 26, 2022

eir, Ireland’s leading telecommunications provider, recently introduced a number of new policies designed to assist employees at times where they may need additional support. eir will become one of the first companies in Ireland to provide both a Fertility Policy and a Pregnancy Loss Policy, alongside the introduction of other supports relating to Menopause and


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In Conversation with Niall O’Connor, Aldi

In Conversation Series - Jan 26, 2022

Our In Conversation Series returns in 2022 with Niall O’Connor,  Group Managing Director at Aldi Ireland. Niall became  Group Managing Director two years ago, but his career at Aldi spans for over 20 years. He was worked as Operations Director, Group Buying Director, Managing Director before taking on his current role. Over to Niall… What


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How to shop more sustainably this Christmas – 8 simple steps for a more sustainable Christmas with Aldi

Members News - Environment - Dec 15, 2021

With Christmas just around the corner, Aldi has some top tips on how to shop more sustainably during the festive period. From reducing plastic waste to supporting Irish producers, there’s plenty of ways to help limit the impact of your Christmas shopping on the environment this year.  Shop seasonal and buy Irish To be kinder


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Irish Water continues to progress major watermain project in North Dublin to help safeguard the drinking water supply

Members News - Environment - Dec 08, 2021

Irish Water, in partnership with Fingal County Council, is progressing ahead of programme on a major infrastructure project in North Dublin. The Ballycoolin Trunk Watermain Project involves the construction of an additional regional trunk watermain between Ballycoolin Reservoir and Swords that will help to safeguard the water supply to homes, businesses, hospitals and farms in North Dublin and the


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LinkedIn offers training on BITCI’s EPIC programme

Diversity & Inclusion - Dec 08, 2021

  EPIC is a free employment programme targeting asylum seekers and refugees under BITCI’s Business Action on Employment Programmes. It provides 6 weeks of training, including workshops on CV and Cover Letter writing, interview preparation, mock interviews, networking opportunities and more. 70% of EPIC participants have found jobs or entered training or are volunteering. This


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Children’s Books Ireland launches Diversity, Representation and Inclusion project with KPMG

Last September, KPMG and Children’s Books Ireland launched Free To Be Me , a project that ensures that every child can see themselves reflected in a book and exposes children to the lives of others whose experiences and perspectives may differ from their own. The Free To Be Me reading guide features cover artwork by illustrator Ashwin Chacko, and contains


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PM Group and Kirby Group help with the supply of an oxygen generator for KC General Hospital, Bangalore

Members News - Community - Dec 08, 2021

PM Group and Kirby Group are delighted that the HSE’s donation of an oxygen generator from University College Hospital Galway (UCHG), Ireland is now operational at KC General Hospital in Bangalore, India. Kirby Group and PM Group worked together to organise the removal of the generator from UCHG and its transport to India.  PM Group’s team in Bangalore


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The Deloitte Impact Fund

Members News - Workplace - Dec 08, 2021

The past two years have presented many challenges, and businesses have pivoted to support their people, clients, and society. We all had to adjust to a new normal and for Deloitte, as it supported clients through the pandemic, increased demand for its services led to continued growth. Against this context, it was important that as


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Bank of Ireland Learning Exchange

Members News - Community - Dec 08, 2021

  2021 has been another highly successful year for Learning Exchange – Bank of Ireland’s Learning & Development initiative for the Irish non-profit sector. Learning Exchange is now well established as one of the flagship CSR initiatives in Ireland, and Bank of Ireland have been organising it in conjunction with Business in the Community Ireland


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EI Electronics wins business excellence resilience award

Members News - Community - Dec 08, 2021

The winners of Clare Business Excellence & Resilience Awards 2021 were revealed at a gala ceremony held at Glór Theatre, Ennis recently. Ei Electronics was delighted to win the Business Supporting Community Award, sponsored by Essilor.  The awards were hosted and organised by Ennis Chamber. Clare County Council were on board again this year as the event’s main sponsor


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National Council of the Blind of Ireland and Fujitsu Ireland, an impactful partnership

Members News - Community - Dec 03, 2021

In March 2017, Fujitsu Ireland proudly began a three-year partnership with the National Council of the Blind of Ireland (NCBI) . NCBI is Ireland’s leading sight loss charity, celebrating 90 years of serving approximately 55,000 people living with sight loss. The charity provide supports which enable their service users to live independent and fulfilling lives. The partnership focused on four key areas; Advocacy, Fundraising,


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Business Working Responsibly Mark Series: Marketplace

Exclusive Member Content - Nov 25, 2021

Welcome to our fifth and final article in our series of insights and trends from the 40 Business Working Responsibly Mark certified organisations. While the insights are gleaned from all certified organisations, particular attention is focused on the most recent trends from the current cohort. Our last topic is the Marketplace pillar.    The Marketplace pillar reflects how Ethical, Social, and Environmental goals are embedded into the business value chain, which is essentially everything to do with


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Business & Human Rights in Ireland, What You Need to Know

Darina Eades, Senior Adviser on Corporate Sustainability, supports companies to integrate social and environmental sustainability into the core of their business strategies. She is our BITCI Expert on Business & Human Rights and recently spoke at our Sustainability Revolution event. Following on from the recent publication of  How to Mitigate the risk of Modern Slavery , in this article Darina covers: 1) Why business action is


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Investing in sustainable transport with An Post and Eir

Environment - Nov 09, 2021

  The electrification of transport is currently being acknowledged as a stepping stone in achieving the Paris Agreement targets in landmark events like COP26 and publications like Ireland’s Climate Action Plan. At BITCI through our environmental services and the Low Carbon Pledge we support our members to integrate sustainability across their business and reduce their


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Biodiversity: Supporting pollinators at Gas Networks Ireland

Environment - Nov 03, 2021

With central environmental conferences like #COP26 acknowledging the importance of preserving and protecting nature, biodiversity is getting some central attention in conversations about mitigating the damage of the climate crisis. At BITCI, we have always acknowledged the importance of biodiversity in taking climate action and several of our Low Carbon Pledge signatories have incorporated biodiversity


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How to drive radical action and change as a sustainability practitioner

BITCI News - Leadership - Nov 02, 2021

AUTHOR: Johnny Meehan Sustainability Adviser

During our latest events series #SustRev21, our Sustainability Adviser Johnny Meehan provided a series of key tips to our audience of sustainability practitioners on how to drive radical action and change. Context is important. We are at the crossroads in how we work given the urgent need to tackle the climate and biodiversity emergencies and


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Matheson Launches Cara Scholarship

Diversity & Inclusion - Nov 01, 2021

Matheson has announced the 2021 launch of its Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship in association with Trinity College Dublin (TCD).  Renamed the Matheson Cara Scholarship, in honour of late Matheson partner, Cara O’Hagan, and delivered as part of Matheson’s Impactful Business Programme, the scholarship is open to second-year undergraduate students in TCD, including students on the Higher


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How businesses in Ireland must tackle the climate crisis

BITCI News - Leadership - Nov 01, 2021

The climate crisis and nature emergency will now be front and centre of attention over the next fortnight, as the world gathers at COP26 in Glasgow for a decisive UN Climate Change Conference. If ever there was a concern about the scientific evidence, report after report, warning after warning unequivocally state that our planet is


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Business Working Responsibly Mark series: Workplace Insights

Welcome to our fourth article in our series of business insights and trends from the 40 Business Working Responsibly Mark certified organisations. While the business insights are gleaned from all certified organisations, particular attention is focused on the most recent trends from the current cohort. This month’s topic is the Workplace pillar. While there are


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Four businesses in Ireland who are investing in clean energy

Environment - Oct 28, 2021

  COP26 is currently taking place and one of the key topics on the agenda is accelerating the global transition towards clean energy. At BITCI, we support businesses in their transition towards clean energy through initiatives that help them reduce their carbon footprint through our Low Carbon Pledge. Here are some example of how some


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Vodafone is making its Menopause Toolkit available to all Irish businesses

Diversity & Inclusion - Oct 27, 2021

To mark World Menopause Day, Vodafone made its Menopause Toolkit available to all Irish businesses, encouraging employers to engage with their teams on the topic and support employees through all life stages. Recent research conducted by Vodafone estimates that menopause currently affects around 15% of Vodafone’s 100,000 employees globally. As part of the independent study, it


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Three Ireland launches new STEM scholarship with Trinity College Dublin to fund diversity and inclusion initiatives

Diversity & Inclusion - Oct 27, 2021

Three Ireland and Trinity College Dublin have announced a new STEM scholarship partnership which will fund the creation of 25 Three Ireland Scholarships for Women in STEM over five years and two Three Ireland Trinity Access Teacher Fellowships for three years. The Trinity Access Teacher Fellows will play a crucial role in efforts to encourage


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Day 3 : The Sustainability Revolution: Revolutionary Conversations

Webinars - Oct 07, 2021

Are we having revolutionary conversations? The final webinar in our series examined the media’s role in sustainability and how in every important conversation there has to be a ‘sustainability moment’. We heard from Jon Williams, Managing Director of News & Current Affairs, RTÉ, and learned about the importance of the media reporting on defining climate


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Day 2: The Sustainability Revolution: Revolution in Action

Webinars - Oct 06, 2021

On the second day of the series, we explored the ‘Revolution in Action’. We were joined by Cathriona Fitzsimons, Group Head of Corporate Responsibility, PM Group and Sinéad Smith, Head of Responsible Business Dublin, A&L Goodbody. We examined areas such as the changing landscape of sustainability, and how business can adapt, evolve and change to


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Day 1 of the The Sustainability Revolution: Revolutionary Leadership

Webinars - Oct 06, 2021

During this session, we looked at the revolutionary leadership needed to drive radical change. We heard about the need for a greater collective voice among the business community to tackle systemic challenges in areas of sustainability and inclusivity. We examined questions such as, ‘Is the pace of change for business and the entire eco-system fast