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Roll Up Roll Up! Seeking companies to deliver education programmes in local DEIS schools

Jun 18, 2024

Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) is urging more businesses based in the Limerick and Clare region to be involved in delivering its various education programmes. These programmes are guaranteed to be both a worthwhile employee engagement experience, enable the company to forge closer links with the local community and help tackle educational disadvantage.   Through


BITCI Quarterly Sustainability Reporting Update – June 2024

BITCI News - Jun 05, 2024

In 2023, the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) entered into force and a first set of cross-sector European Sustainability Reporting Standards (ESRS) was adopted.  As first companies are in scope for CSRD compliance from 2024, EFRAG – the independent technical advisory group mandated by the European Commission – continues to develop technical standards and implementation


Photo of students from Beneavin De La Salle College, Finglas winners of BITCI's YES campaign supported by Gas Networks Ireland (GNI).

2nd Year Students say ‘YES’ to Sustainability

BITCI News - May 30, 2024

The World of Work programme has drawn to a close for this academic year leaving behind a trail of inspiring events and remarkable achievements. A significant feature of this year’s programme was the Introduction to Sustainability session, complimented by the YES campaign (Youth Engagement in Sustainability). The sustainability session aimed to: introduce basic concepts and


Photo from BITCI launch of Responsible Business Association May 2024

BITCI launches Responsible Business Association

BITCI News - May 22, 2024

Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) today launched the Responsible Business Association, which is a collective movement by companies who are certified with the Business Working Responsibly Mark. This Association aims for transformative change to environmentally and socially responsible business models, focusing on leadership, knowledge sharing and support to the wider business eco-system in achieving


Finn Valley College participants in the World of Work Programme

Locally based businesses in Donegal, ‘please take a bow!’ 

BITCI News - May 15, 2024

Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) is celebrating with several Donegal schools at the completion of their 2023-2024 ‘World of Work’ programme.     This nationwide World of Work programme engages 2nd year students by partnering them with local businesses who inspire them to reach their full potential by recognising the value of completing their education. Through


Elevate Pledge Report: Evidence that building inclusive workplaces strengthens social cohesion

BITCI News - Apr 25, 2024

Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) launched its 3rd annual Elevate, The Inclusive Workplace, Pledge Report which presents a diversity profile of the workforce drawn from 60 signatory companies. Spanning a combined workforce of over 150,000 employees it is clear some strides have been made especially in the area of gender recruitment and progression, but


BITCI welcomes Minister O’Gorman to discuss future of employment programmes

BITCI News - Apr 17, 2024

Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) took the opportunity to discuss the future of their EPIC and Women@Work employment programmes with Roderic O’Gorman TD, Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth on his visit to BITCI today. These successful employment programmes, funded by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth support refugees, asylum seekers, newly arrived Ukrainians and women returners in their


All-Ireland Climate Action Pilot Programme for SMEs

BITCI News - Apr 04, 2024

Scope 3 emissions remain by far the most challenging area for meaningful decarbonisation. We recognise that SMEs play a key role in our member companies’ supply chains making it necessary to support them in integrating sustainability into their operations as, without them, a sustainable transition to a low carbon economy will not be possible. A


BITCI discusses Sustainability with Enterprise Oireachtas Committee  

BITCI News - Mar 20, 2024

20th March 2024 Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) presented to the Joint OIreachtas Committee on Enterprise, Trade and Employment today on the challenges facing business in terms of Sustainability and CSR.   Given BITCI’s expertise in advising, supporting and challenging business across all Economic, Environment, Social and Governance (EESG) aspects of sustainability, the presentation was


Student Mentoring Programme Graduation Celebration

BITCI News - Mar 14, 2024

14th March 2024 Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) is celebrating another successful year of its Student Mentoring Programme which had its largest number of students participating ever. This academic year had 35 programmes involving 32 companies across Ireland mentoring in 32 schools which saw 254 senior cycle DEIS students and 240 mentors actively participating.  


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Irish Cement continues its 15-year partnership with St. Oliver’s Community College

BITCI News - Mar 14, 2024

Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) is delighted the 15-year partnership between St Oliver’s Community College in Drogheda and Irish Cement continues to flourish. Their collective participation in BITCI’s World of Work programme now includes participating in a sustainability project, part of a national competition supported by Gas Networks Ireland . This project encourages students to envision a greener future and empowering them to make a positive impact on their environment.  The


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Women@Work programme continuing to achieve success

BITCI News - Mar 07, 2024

7th March 2024, Marking International Women’s Day, Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) is highlighting its successful Women@Work programme and urges more businesses to get involved.   This online programme launched in 2020, offers support to women who have been out of the workplace for a long time. This can include women who have migrated from other countries,


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How businesses can support the 4th National Biodiversity Action Plan

BITCI News - Feb 27, 2024

Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) welcomed the launch of Ireland’s 4th National Biodiversity Action Plan by Minister Malcolm Noonan on January 25th. The drafting of the plan was the responsibility of the NPWS, and this version is particularly notable because, for the first time, the plan will have statutory powers and a fund of €3 billion behind it. Within the plan there are 194


Top COP28 Takeaways: What it means for business?

BITCI News - Jan 18, 2024

The annual UN Climate Conference is a major milestone to take stock of what has been achieved and to renew the global ambition towards decarbonisation. Dubai’s COP28 in December 2023 leaves a lasting legacy on key issues that will enable decarbonisation. For businesses in Ireland, the key takeaways are: Accelerating Fossil Fuel Phase Out: COP28


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Climate Emergency and Nature Loss

BITCI News - Jan 05, 2024

It is abundantly clear that humanity is experiencing twin crises, climate breakdown and nature loss. What is perhaps not as clear, is that they are in fact, much more intricately linked than would first appear. They are two sides of the same coin. Human induced climate disruption is causing global average temperatures to rise at


New Year resolution: Join Business in the Community Ireland’s network in 2024.

BITCI News - Jan 04, 2024

As Ireland’s leading sustainability advisors,  we support some of Ireland’s largest businesses  to embed sustainability into their business practices to create a low carbon and inclusive society where everyone thrives. Established in 2000, we’ve seen the prioritisation by businesses of the Economic, Environmental, Social and Governance (EESG) elements of Sustainability grow exponentially. Investors, consumers, employees, and communities are now evaluating businesses on


Materiality assessment in sustainability: An opportunity to drive business transformation

Dec 20, 2023

Materiality assessment is a crucial tool for organisations. It is a way of identifying and prioritising the sustainability topics that matter for a company, with the fundamental objectives of informing its sustainability strategy, informing decision-making, and driving the resilience and transformation of the business.  The Business Working Responsibly Mark certification, the standard for sustainability in


Artist Mary O'Connor displaying her artwork

Galway exhibition champions diversity of neurodivergent people

BITCI News - Dec 15, 2023

Friday 15th December 2023, Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) is delighted that Mary O’Connor a participant in our Next STEP programme has secured an exhibition of her artwork in the waiting room of Ceannt Station in Galway. Mary O’Connor is a 6th year student in Holy Rosary College in Mountbellew, Co.Galway. She is a


Progress of Signatories to the Low Carbon Pledge Against the Backdrop of COP28

Dec 04, 2023

In September this year Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI), in partnership with Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) Ireland, published the fifth Low Carbon Pledge (LCP) progress report . Encouragingly since 2021 we do see most signatory companies’ ambition translating into action through their commitment and setting of science-based targets, now publicly reported on the Science Based Target Initiative online dashboard (SBTi).  Transparency and authenticity have always been at


Photo of 3 female graduates from Ukraine holding up their certificates.

Ukrainians keen to work but face real barriers to employment

BITCI News - Dec 01, 2023

Friday 1st December 2023, Business in the Community Ireland launched research findings into the experiences of and barriers faced by Ukrainians in obtaining work in Ireland. This research launch coincided with the graduation ceremony of its EPIC programme, which is a pre-employment support service targeting migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and recently arrived Ukrainians.   As at


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Spotlight on progressing DE&I in the workplace

BITCI News - Nov 28, 2023

28th November 2023 The importance of championing and achieving diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) in the workplace was discussed at the latest Business in the Community Ireland’s Munster Members’ Network meeting in Cork last week. These meetings, which meet quarterly and examine different sustainability issues, comprise leading responsible companies who are keen to share their


CEO Panel in mid discussion - CEO from Glenveagh Property, Deborah Threadgold, IBM, Noel Keeley, Musgrave Group

“Ireland can become a leading global green economy but we have to do it together”.  

BITCI News - Nov 09, 2023

Thursday 9th November 2023,  Business in the Community Ireland held its annual CEO Forum which brought together over 100 CEOs from multiple sectors to share insights, experiences and ambitions on how to advance the ESG and sustainability agenda that is so critical for protecting the planet and business development.  Against a backdrop of war, millions


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Sustainable Corporate Gifting Guide

BITCI News - Oct 25, 2023

Sustainable corporate gifting is a great opportunity to demonstrate a company’s sustainability commitments, including environmental and social responsibility. By choosing sustainable gifts, businesses can inspire their employees, build a positive brand image, and contribute to a better world. There is a wealth of small, creative, and sustainable businesses to choose from in Ireland.   The


20 years Partnerships.

Partnership milestones being celebrated. 

BITCI News - Oct 19, 2023

Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) is delighted to be marking the 20-year anniversary of partnerships between some leading companies and their local DEIS school. These companies, Marks and Spencer, KMPG and Cisco have encouraged their staff to actively volunteer in our Student Mentoring or World of Work programmes since 2003.   Our Student Mentoring Programme


Paulina Pawlukojc, Group Sustainability Manager, Coillte, Imelda Hurley, CEO, Coillte and Tomás Sercovich, CEO, Business in the Community Ireland.

Coillte Recognised with Prestigious Business Working Responsibly Mark

BITCI News - Oct 06, 2023

Coillte, Ireland’s semi-state forestry company, has been awarded its first Business Working Responsibly Mark from Business in the Community Ireland. The Mark has recognised that Coillte is in-line with best-in-class sustainable and responsible business practices and is an organisation that fosters a culture of continuous improvement and ongoing accountability throughout its business. Coillite is Ireland’s


Group Photo of Tomás Sercovich, CEO, Business in the Community Ireland, Minister for Climate Action, Communication Networks and Transport, Eamon Ryan T.D. and Fiona Gaskin Partner, PwC Ireland.

Low Carbon Pledge Report: 80% of companies are on track to setting science-based targets for decarbonisation  

BITCI News - Sep 27, 2023

Wednesday, 27th September 2023, The 5th annual PwC report on the Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) Low Carbon Pledge found that more businesses are escalating their focus on sustainability and prioritising decarbonisation across all areas of their operations.   However, there is also an urgency on some to be more proactive in setting their targets


L-R Attracta Mulryan, NT; Catherine Duffy, NT; Tomas Sercovich, BITCI; Dee Ryan, Limerick Chamber

Achieving social impact in Limerick through uniting local businesses

BITCI News - Community - Sep 08, 2023

8th September 2023, More than 60 people from Limerick-based multinationals, small businesses, schools and community organisations joined events on 7th September to discuss ways to strengthen corporate partnerships and benefit their local communities. The two events were run by Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) and jointly hosted by longstanding BITCI member Northern Trust, a


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#ThinkLanguages and Business in the Community Ireland

BITCI News - Sep 01, 2023

#ThinkLanguages is an annual national event for Transition Year (TY) students which celebrates languages, cultures and diversity.  The flagship event from Languages Connect has grown considerably since its inception in 2018 and strives to take languages out of the books and bring them to life in a fun, interactive and engaging way. It also shines


Photo of students who participated in Summer Work Placement Programme

Successful Summer Work Placement Programme for Dublin Inner City Leaving Cert Students

BITCI News - Community - Aug 22, 2023

Tuesday 22nd August 2023, Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) is delighted with the success of its Summer Work Placement Programme that saw 19 Leaving Cert students embark on a paid internship with companies in the Funds Industry. These students from 6 North East Inner City DEIS schools were placed in different companies including some


eir achieves Third Recertification for Business Working Responsibly Mark

BITCI News - Jul 06, 2023

eir, Ireland’s largest telecommunications provider, has once again demonstrated its commitment to responsible business practices by achieving recertification for the prestigious Business Working Responsibly Mark. The Mark, awarded by Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI), is widely regarded as Ireland’s foremost accreditation for responsible business practices, and it is verified through an independent audit by