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Arup commits to net zero across global operations by 2030

Members News - Leadership - Nov 04, 2020

Arup has committed to achieving net zero emissions across its entire operations by 2030, covering everything from the energy used in offices to goods and services purchased. To achieve this, the firm has set a target to reduce its scope 1, 2 and 3 global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30 per cent within the next five years from a 2018 baseline. The target, validated


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Intel Ireland brings Solar for Schools project to Maynooth

BITCI News - Members News - Environment - Oct 22, 2020

Intel Ireland has announced the latest instalment in the ‘Solar for Schools’ program – a unique and innovative solar technology project that enables schools and community organisations in North Kildare to generate their own energy supply directly from the Sun. The expansion of the Solar for Schools program this year has seen three schools in the


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Aldi Ireland becomes the first retailer to complete trial with Bord Iascaigh Mhara’s new fresh fish traceability system

BITCI News - Members News - Environment - Oct 19, 2020

Aldi is the first retailer in Ireland to test blockchain technology successfully to validate its corporate buying policy for organic and sustainably produced Irish seafood. Aldi and Verifish are participating in a pilot project with Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s seafood development agency. This project is funded under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund. Developed


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Webinar: Shaping the Future of Work

Members News - Sep 23, 2020

The Leaders’ Group on Sustainability’s Worker of the Future subgroup recently hosted a webinar addressing people perspectives on the transition to the “Next Normal”. The group shared perspective on the areas of Culture, Skills, Inclusion and Wellbeing and provided examples of emerging best practice from a variety of sectors. You can watch it in full


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Janssen PARTNER IGNITE a sustainable supply chain initiative

Members News - Aug 25, 2020

When it comes to environmental sustainability, we are all familiar with these terms: ‘Energy Efficiency’, ‘Renewable Resources’, ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’, ‘CO2 Reduction’, ‘Circularity’. As a planet we have been talking about all these topics for a long time. It’s difficult to get an all-embracing definition of sustainability – but keeping it simple – it is


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Gas Networks Ireland growing sustainably and responsibly

Members News - Communication - Aug 20, 2020

Gas Networks Ireland has reduced its carbon footprint by 27% over the last decade, according to the company’s 2019 Sustainability Report. The network operators also exceeded the public sector energy reduction target by 11%, delivering a 44% reduction, with plans to reduce its carbon emissions even further in the future, both within their own operations and from


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Mercury celebrates its multi-generational workforce

Members News - Aug 20, 2020

In July, Mercury’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee celebrated its multi-generational workforce as theme of the month. Mercury has a multi-generational workforce with employees spread across 4 generational groups: 1. Baby Boomers: 1946-64. 2. Generation X: 1965-76. 3. Millennials (Gen Y): 1977-95. 4. Gen Z: 1996-12. Mercury asked four participants, each representing a generation in Mercury


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Alkermes Releases Third Annual Corporate Responsibility Report

Members News - Environment - Aug 13, 2020

Alkermes has released its third annual Corporate Responsibility Report. The report highlights the company’s corporate and social responsibility and environmental sustainability efforts, including recognition of the importance of continuing to increase the sophistication of monitoring and reporting on such efforts in the future. An essential component to Alkermes’ long-standing commitment to responsibility is its dedication


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Permanent TSB announces a three year partnership with Ó Cualann Cohousing Alliance

Members News - Community - Aug 13, 2020

In July, Permanent TSB bank announced a 3-year partnership with Ó Cualann Cohousing Alliance to support the agency’s work developing fully integrated, co-operative and affordable housing schemes in communities across the country. Permanent TSB will provide €350,000 to Ó Cualann, which will be used to fund the resources required to accelerate its development plans. The


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SSE’s Sustainability Report 2020 outlines the shared objective between SSE and BITCI

Members News - Jul 30, 2020

Our member SSE Ireland have launched their Sustainability Report 2020. The report, in addition to communicating SSE’s ambitions and sustainability strategy, details the shared objective between Business in the Community Ireland and SSE to bring about a sustainable, low-carbon economy and a more inclusive society where everyone thrives. It also details how, in 2017, SSE


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Gas Networks Ireland continuing to support education and social inclusion during the Covid-19 pandemic

Members News - Jul 30, 2020

When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, our member Gas Networks Ireland was quick to demonstrate the kind of societal support and leadership that led to its recent Chambers Ireland InBusiness award for corporate responsibility, providing much-needed assistance to vulnerable communities through its partnerships with DEIS schools and Age Action. SUPPORTING EDUCATION Education is a core part


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Repurposing beer sustainably

Members News - Jul 30, 2020

Over the past two months our member Heineken Ireland has been collecting and decanting returned beer, treating it in a way that supports a Circular Economy and Minimises Waste. Last week the company reached the milestone of 100,000 kegs, ensuring each and every one was safely decanted at the Cork Brewery and the kegs are


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Aldi is first retailer to donate non-surplus food to FoodCloud during Covid-19

Members News - Community - Jul 09, 2020

Donation enables FoodCloud to support 17 new food hubs in 15 counties across Ireland Aldi Ireland has become the first retailer to donate non-surplus food to FoodCloud during the Covid-19 pandemic to help with the unprecedented demand on FoodCloud’s services from charities. FoodCloud has experienced a huge surge in demand for its food redistribution services


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Microsoft’s Global Skills initiative

Members News - Jul 06, 2020

  The COVID-19 pandemic has created an economic crisis, forcing tens of millions of people out of work. As economies start to reopen, some jobs may not come back, at least not fast enough to meet demand. The jobs that do come back will require more digital skills. In a post-COVID-19 world, all people—especially those


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The Lidl & Jigsaw partnership shared commitments & goals

Members News - Community - Jul 06, 2020

At Lidl, we believe it is our responsibility to build a successful, sustainable future, not just for our business, but for the communities we serve. This commitment is enshrined in our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy, A Better Tomorrow. Through the community pillar of this strategy, we are partnered with Jigsaw – the National Centre


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Vhi Health Squad Experts provide support and advice on everything from mindfulness, fitness, nutrition, sleep, parenting to financial wellbeing

Members News - Jun 11, 2020

Vhi in May launched ‘Vhi Health Squad’ an 8-week digital lifestyle programme that has been created to support people in looking after their health and wellbeing. The programme takes a holistic approach to overall health and wellbeing and includes mindfulness, fitness, nutrition, sleep, environment, financial and parenting support. Delivered by a panel of experts, those


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Fidelity Ireland’s Response to Covid-19

Members News - Jun 11, 2020

At Fidelity Ireland we are committed to keeping our employees safe and supporting the communities in which we live and work during these difficult times. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we were able in mid-March to mobilize our employees to work from home virtually overnight. We have since been working remotely which has proven


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Partnership between Compass Group Ireland and NTMA sees 2,000 meals delivered to vulnerable people in just two months

Members News - Jun 11, 2020

Since Compass Group Ireland and the National Treasury Management Agency teamed up to launch “The Feeding in the Community Initiative” almost two months ago, they have supported families which are isolating during the pandemic with 2,000 meals. Ireland’s largest food and support services company is providing freshly cooked, hot meals to those who most need


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Deloitte Ireland – Living our purpose through Covid-19

Members News - May 21, 2020

At Deloitte, our purpose is to make an impact that matters for our clients, our people, our community and our planet. During these unprecedented times, we have really considered each element of our purpose in more detail than ever before. In such an environment, prudence in planning is critical, however, together we will find our


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National Lottery’s Response to Covid-19

Members News - Apr 27, 2020

An additional €16 million of National Lottery expired unclaimed prize money will be used to support the health sector response to COVID-19. The money was held in the National Lottery Fund, which is managed and controlled by the National Lottery Regulator and will now be transferred by the Regulator to the Exchequer. National Lottery CEO,


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Social Computing

Members News - Apr 21, 2020

The website www.socialcomputing.ie is aimed at helping people who are new to using computers and the internet. The easy to navigate site make it easy to find information and services that may be of interest to them.  Essentially, it is a roadmap and aims to make finding things simple. The Social Computing for the Community project


Bank of Ireland – Supporting our Customers, Colleagues and Communities during Covid-19

Members News - Apr 20, 2020

At Bank of Ireland, we are committed to supporting our customers, colleagues and communities in a responsible way through the Covid-19 pandemic. We have made a number of significant changes to how we operate to respond to this public health emergency and we have a range of supports in place for personal and business customers,


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IBM and Cisco partner to support the Department of Education and Skills with remote teaching across Ireland

Members News - Apr 14, 2020

Free Cisco Webex tool offered with free training from IBM so that schools can continue their essential work during the global pandemic. IBM and Cisco have joined forces to offer teachers in schools across Ireland free access to video conferencing through use of the Cisco Webex web conferencing tool. The technology offers simple and intuitive


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SSE Support to customers, employees and communities

Members News - Apr 09, 2020

Fulfilling an essential purpose SSE is a purpose-led company. Our core purpose is to provide energy needed today while building a better world of energy for tomorrow. In line with this core purpose, SSE’s over-riding priority is to play our part in the fight against Covid-19 by supporting the safe and reliable supply of electricity,


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Responsible Business during Covid -19 KBC Bank Ireland

Members News - Apr 07, 2020

Now, more than ever banks must support the Irish people. Many are facing an uncertain financial future and hundreds of thousands are dealing with job losses. Businesses need help to survive the difficult period ahead. At KBC Ireland, we are working with the Government and all stakeholders to ensure we do all that we can


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KPMG’s community response to COVID-19

Members News - Apr 06, 2020

At KPMG we are very conscious that we need to play our part in supporting society in different ways through this crisis.  We are really proud of the fact that our people are always really generous in terms of giving of their time and other resources to support worthy causes.  There has never been such


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Tesco Ireland to further support the elderly, family carers and vulnerable with €270,000 Community Fund donation to support services during Covid-19

Members News - Mar 26, 2020

  Tesco Ireland to donate €150,000 with three donations of €50,000 to ALONE, Age Action and Family Carers Ireland , separately, a €120,000 donation to be made available to over 453 community-based local causes via store-based Community Fund  Thursday 26th March 2020: Tesco Ireland has today announced that it will make a series of special


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Bank of Ireland announces priority banking hour for over 65s and carers

Members News - Mar 23, 2020

19 March 2020  Bank of Ireland has today announced that its branches will prioritise older customers and carers at the beginning of the day to help them avoid busier and more crowded periods during the COVID-19 outbreak. From today we are offering a priority service for over 65s and carers in our branches between 10


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In Conversation with Suzanne Johnston, CSR Stakeholder Manager at Ulster Bank

Get to know Suzanne Johnston, the CSR Stakeholder Manager at Ulster Bank. Suzanne’s role is to drive the bank’s CSR agenda and manage their community programmes, engaging internally with colleagues across branches and offices, and externally with a range of stakeholders. Suzanne has been with Ulster Bank since November 2018.