Over 180 senior business leaders attended the recent ninth annual Business in the Community CEO Forum in October where the recipients of the prestigious Business Working Responsibly Mark were announced.
The Mark which is run by Business in the Community Ireland and based on ISO 26000 is valid for three years and is audited by the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI). KBC Bank Ireland Head Office and Fujitsu Ireland are being accredited with the Mark for the first time this year and joining them for re-accreditation are Boots Retail Ireland Limited, CRH Ireland, Deloitte Ireland, ESB, Gas Networks Ireland and Intel Ireland.
This is the ninth year of the annual CEO Forum run by Business in the Community Ireland with the purpose of bringing new developments in the area of sustainability to Irish CEOs. In a year where business reputation has been firmly in the spotlight – leadership and megatrends around sustainability were the topics of the forum.
Speaking at the event that acts as Ireland’s premier corporate arena for discussion around corporate responsibility and sustainability, Tina Roche, CEO, Business in the Community Ireland said: “As the economy grows, businesses in Ireland need to really look at the essential components for responsible and sustainable growth. Burning topics such as work life balance, ethical consumerism and supply chain risks are key areas companies needs to focus on. We have driven the agenda on CSR for 15 years and look forward to continually pushing for best practice as we want all companies in Ireland to be responsible and sustainable. Roche congratulating the companies that have achieved the Mark added: “The Mark is challenging to achieve so I congratulate the companies today on getting it. These forward-thinking companies understand that customers, employees, investors and regulators place a high premium on trust and ethics. CSR is about excellence in business and translating it into management practices and the Mark is an invaluable tool for helping companies assess where they are at”.
The companies receiving their Mark certificates today are leading in the area of sustainability in Ireland. Many other companies use the Mark as a measurement and gap analysis tool. The Mark is awarded after a third party verification audit by the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) and is based on ISO 26000. It is open to all companies in Ireland.
Pictured from left above: Pat O’Doherty CEO ESB, Leonard Hobbs Director Global Public Affairs, Intel, Jack Golden Organisation Development Director CRH, Richard Bradley MD Boots, Brendan Jennings Managing Partner Deloitte, Padraic O Connell Head of Regulation and Corporate Services Gas Networks Ireland, Tony O’ Malley CEO Fujitsu and Wim Verbraeken CEO KBC.
If you are interested in finding out more about The Business Working Responsibly Mark please contact Elise McCarthy, CSR Adviser on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01 874 7232 or visit the dedicated page on our website.