The Leaders’ Group on Sustainability

The Leaders’ Group on Sustainability is a coalition of Ireland’s leading organisations that is striving to improve the sustainability of the Irish business sector through sharing best practice and creating new ways of doing business.

The Leaders’ Group on Sustainability is exclusive to the leading companies who have achieved the Business Working Responsibly mark:

Accenture, A&L Goodbody, Arup, Bank of Ireland, Boots, CRH, Dawn Meats, Deloitte, eir, EirGrid, ESB, Fujitsu, Gas Networks Ireland, Janssen, KBC, M&S, Musgrave, Northern Trust, PM Group, PwC, SSE Ireland, Sodexo, Transdev, Ulster Bank, Veolia and Vodafone.

The Goals of the Group

The goals of the Leaders’Group on Sustainability are to:

  • Drive the ambitions of best practice companies and guide sustainability standards
  • Identify and scale-up sustainability practices through collective action.

The Group recognises that to maintain and build Ireland’s reputation as a place to do business, attract top talent and inward investment, it must come together to address the most pressing sustainability priorities for the Irish business sector.


Three sustainability focus areas

Following a process of consultation and data analysis of the Business Working Responsibly Mark, three common areas were selected as the current focus and action by the Leaders’ Group:

  • Social Cohesion & Inclusion Removing barriers to social inclusion in Irish industry
  • Transition to a Low Carbon Economy  Ensuring businesses take the lead in Ireland’s transition to a low carbon economy
  • The Worker of the Future Adapting to emerging work practices that will transform Irish industry

UCD is the knowledge partner for the Group.


The Low Carbon Pledge

The first action from the Group has been the development of a Low Carbon Pledge aimed at tackling one of the most pressing global issues, climate change.

The purpose of this Pledge is to demonstrate Irish business commitment to reducing carbon emissions and to act as a catalyst for wider, complementary initiatives and actions.

Find out more about the Low Carbon Pledge.


For more information on the Leaders’ Group on Sustainability, please contact Bernadette Phelan on 01 874 7232 or bphelan@bitc.ie