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Dublin Bus helps community and voluntary groups across the capital to make a difference in their local areas

Community - Jul 27, 2021

Earlier in the summer, Dublin Bus announced the winners of the 2020 Community Spirit Awards. 65 voluntary and community groups operating around the Capital and Greater Dublin Area received the wonderful, uplifting news that they were awarded a grant of €1,000, €2,000 or €5,000. Since 2004, the Community Spirit Awards has provided much-need funds for


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Pride at KPMG: celebrating inclusion and diversity

Diversity & Inclusion - Jul 27, 2021

Making KPMG a better place to work and building a culture where where all people feel supported to balance their career ambitions with their personal lives is a big priority. Although we may not be celebrating Pride in the usual fashion in 2021, KPMG is proud to be a continued ally to all those in


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What is biodiversity and why should businesses take action

Environment - Jul 21, 2021

Biodiversity has been central in conversations about climate change. Preserving natural habitats and saving different species from extinction has been presented as a key component of taking climate action and has a central role in major conversations about our environmental impact, such as the upcoming COP26 UN Climate Change conference. But why should businesses be


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#PlasticFreeJuly: How are businesses reducing plastic in their operations?

Environment - Jul 13, 2021

The impact of plastic on the environment has been a central focus in discussions around climate action for the past few years. Most recently, the European Union banned single-use plastic in its member states, recognising the impact of plastic pollution and the importance of reducing and eliminating plastic on the journey towards a sustainable economy.


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Top diversity & inclusion tips from our members

BITCI News - Jul 12, 2021

At the recent launch of Elevate, our new Inclusive Workplace Pledge we asked business some key questions: Are our workplaces reflective of wider society? What are the main challenges facing people in the workplace? How can we make our workplaces more inclusive, one that reflects our entire society? We heard from individuals whose vast amounts


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Low Carbon Pledge Annual Report

Webinars - Jul 08, 2021

PwC and Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) launched the 3rd Edition of the Low Carbon Pledge Annual Report; ‘Business Working Together for a Low Carbon Future’ on Thursday, 10th June. In March, BITCI changed the ambition of the Low Carbon Pledge, which now asks all its signatories to align their carbon reduction targets to


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How Inclusive is Irish Society?

Diversity & Inclusion - Jul 02, 2021

Despite recent predictions of a stronger than expected economic recovery, forecasters are still expecting unemployment levels to rise this year to 10% – that’s double the figure pre-pandemic. At BITCI, through our education and employment programmes, we see first-hand both the privileges and the challenges that are part of life depending on background or personal


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Top tips to building an inclusive workplace starting now

Diversity & Inclusion - Jul 02, 2021

  Recognising that certain groups within our society face significant barriers to employment, BITCI commissioned a series of focus groups to gain an understanding of these barriers and how they can be overcome. The barriers to inclusion were explored from both the employer and the jobseeker’s perspective. Not surprisingly similar themes came out from both


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10 years growing together: a Partnership Giving STEM Insights to Students

Community - Jun 30, 2021

In 2011, Fujitsu Ireland and St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Rush, came together as part of Business in the Community Ireland’s (BITCI) Schools’ Business Partnership Programme. Germaine Noonan, Head of Education in BITCI, recalls the foundations of the relationship; “I remember like it was yesterday meeting former CEO Regina Moran back in the summer of 2011


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Google’s annual volunteering programme GoogleServe is returning for July 2021

Employee Engagement - Jun 30, 2021

  Business in the Community Ireland are delighted to announce that Google’s annual volunteering programme GoogleServe is returning for July 2021 to support Irish charities through skills-based employee assistance. BITCI have partnered with Google over the last six years to support the GoogleServe programme. GoogleServe 2021 will build on the highly successful Covid-19 Digital Initiative


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Kirby and PM Group team up to provide critical support to the HSE with India donation

Members News - Leadership - Jun 29, 2021

Kirby and PM Group are delighted to support the HSE’s recent donation of an oxygen generator from University College Hospital Galway (UCHG) to the Indian Health Service. After 14 long months, the fight against COVID-19 in Ireland is finally entering a more favourable stage with the successful rollout of a vaccination programme following on from


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Going paperless: eir removes 1.3M sheets of paper from retail operations annually

Members News - Environment - Jun 29, 2021

eir, the principal provider of fixed-line and mobile telecommunications services in Ireland, is making great strides to embed sustainable business practices in every part of the organisation. Through a range of transformation initiatives they are upgrading their legacy infrastructure to better serve communities across Ireland, buying green electricity, introducing electric company cars and providing more


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Dublin Bus celebrates World Environment Day with a new Environment Report

Members News - Environment - Strategy - Jun 28, 2021

Dublin Bus envisages a high quality, frequent and zero emission service which is fully integrated with a suite of flexible transport solutions that make door-to-door journeys for all customers easy and enjoyable. In advance of World Environment Day, (June 5th) Dublin Bus launched their environment report; Driving Change: Our Journey to Zero. This sets out


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Barriers to inclusion and how to overcome them

Diversity & Inclusion - Jun 24, 2021

From a moral sense we know Diversity and Inclusion is the right thing to do. We also know there is a strong business case for inclusion. Businesses are committed and formal statements are issued to welcome one and all to be a part of their organization. However genuine these statements are, the reality is, certain


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Lidl Ireland to become first company in Ireland to recognise early pregnancy loss & miscarriage as a bereavement as part of its new compassionate leave policy

Family retailer will offer three days at full pay to all employees, regardless of gender, including those with a surrogate mother affected by an early pregnancy loss & miscarriage Lidl Ireland is set to become the first company across the island of Ireland to update its Compassionate Leave Policy to reflect the inclusion of three


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External Perspective on the Climate Agenda and the Role of Business

Environment - Jun 21, 2021

Professor John Sweeney,  Emeritus Profesor at Maynooth University offered us his insights and perspective on the climate agenda and the role businesses can play in addressing climate change. Ireland’s commitment The fight against climate change has to be a joint endeavour between nations, civil society and business. Earlier this year, the Irish government approved a


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Developing a circular approach with Veolia

Members News - Environment - Jun 21, 2021

Developing a circular approach to your business will be key in driving your transition to decarbonising your operations across your supply chain. Veolia are leaders in the circular revolution and can show the impact that this has had to date and what to expect going forward. For all companies, across all sectors, business-as-usual is not


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Reducing the company’s carbon footpring with PwC

Members News - Environment - Jun 21, 2021

Professional services firms can play a key role in the fight against climate change due to their global reach and potential to influence businesses in all sectors. PwC recognises this responsibility and has made significant progress towards a sustainable future for its clients and the societies within which it operates. PwC has been working on


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Overcoming the challenges of science-based targets with Aviva

Members News - Environment - Jun 21, 2021

Financial institutions are key to unlocking the system-wide change needed to lower global emissions and limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial temperatures. As providers of the capital, they have a unique influence over other actors and can play a significant role in greening our economies, the communities that we live in andour day-to-day lives.


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Decarbonising service offerings with AIB

Members News - Environment - Jun 18, 2021

The financial services sector has a significant role to play in meeting global and national climate and wider sustainability targets. As the majority of the emissions in this sector are located in their investment portfolios, companies will need to look at how they can decarbonise these portfolios and service offerings. AIB is one of the


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On the importance of stakeholder engagement with ABP

Members News - Environment - Jun 18, 2021

The agribusiness/food & drink sector has a difficult challenge ahead of them. It has a complex supply chain, with many stakeholders. The following case study focuses on the importance of stakeholder engagement for ABP Foods on the journey to their science-based targets (SBTs) set and beyond. ABP Food Group is one of Europe’s leading agribusiness companies employing


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Business Working Responsibly mark series: Governance as a C-Suite Topic

Exclusive Member Content - Jun 17, 2021

Welcome to our new series of insights and trends from 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 new certification process.


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New Low Carbon Pledge report charts the decarbonisation journey of over 60 companies

BITCI News - Jun 10, 2021

Press Release: Ireland largest businesses have shown real ambition and progress towards science-based targets as they chart their decarbonisation journey, says major new report by PwC on the BITCI Low Carbon Pledge  Over two-thirds of Ireland’s largest businesses are well progressed to setting science-based targets by 2024 to tackle climate change Very significantly, 42% of


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Intel and National Parks and Wildlife Service launch bog restoration project to increase water storage by millions of litres

Members News - Environment - May 31, 2021

  On 20 May, 2021, Intel and the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) launched a blanket bog restoration project in the Wicklow Mountains National Park (WMNP). The restoration project, taking place over the coming months, will see 60 hectares of drained bog re-wetted to increase water storage levels in part of the River Liffey


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€2m investment in Newcastle West underpins Ballygowan’s move to target 100% sustainability

Ireland’s own iconic Water Brand, Ballygowan, has moved its full range of grocery products to RPet, fully recycled and recyclable bottles. The move to new RPet bottles has been facilitated by a €2m investment in their operations at Newcastle West, the home and source of Ballygowan. The move is part of a drive for 100%


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KPMG Ireland announces net-zero commitment approved by SBTi

Members News - Environment - May 25, 2021

KPMG Ireland has announced its commitment to be a net-zero carbon organisation by 2030, as part of its continued focus on supporting sustainable growth and innovative climate solutions for Irish business. To underpin this goal, Ireland’s largest professional services firm is committing to a robust ‘science-based’ approach, in line with what the latest climate science