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COP 27 Polluter Pays, Emission Reduction Delays!

BITCI News - Environment - Dec 05, 2022

This year’s 27th Conference of the Parties or COP27 was delayed from both commencing and concluding due to deliberations on climate compensation for developing countries for losses and damage caused by the climate crisis. The longstanding environmental principle of the polluter pays was at the forefront at this year’s COP, but at what cost? Loss

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5 Tips to Build an Inclusive Workforce

BITCI News - Nov 01, 2022

In the current economic climate employers of all sizes and across a range of sectors are experiencing recruitment and retention challenges.  Proactively building diversity & inclusion into recruitment and retention strategies can help address these challenges.  Through our work on Elevate The Inclusive Workplace Pledge and our experience supporting diverse jobseekers access employment opportunities that match their skills and capabilities,

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The benefits of an effective Management System

BITCI News - Nov 01, 2022

How things have changed over the last three years! Our personal and professional lives have been transformed by the pandemic and even though Europe, and perhaps indeed the world are headed into a recession (where traditionally social responsibility would go straight to the back burner in “cost savings”) you might be wondering if this time


Aviva provides funding of €5 million to Nature Trust to plant 1.2 million native tree saplings

Members News - Oct 27, 2022

Aviva Ireland today announced that it has provided €5 million in funding to the Nature Trust, a not-for-profit company backed by Coillte and Forestry Partners, to help accelerate its native afforestation project. The funding, the largest the Nature Trust has received to date, will result in the planting of approximately 1.2 million native tree saplings,

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Dedicated Iarnród Éireann trains to be free for teenage girls attending I Wish STEM showcase 2023

Members News - Oct 27, 2022

  I Wish, the organisation inspiring teenage girls towards Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) careers, has announced a new partnership with Iarnród Éireann to secure free transport for female students travelling from Munster to the annual I Wish STEM Showcase event 2023 on February 28th in the RDS, Dublin. As part of the partnership,

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BITCI Annual CEO Forum: Collaborate for Change. The Time is Now.

BITCI News - Oct 27, 2022

The decisions made by Ireland’s business leaders on what to do, and how to it, have broad social and economic impact – how can we leverage this to address our fundamental issues on sustainability and social inclusion?    At our CEO Forum, “Collaborate for Change. The Time is Now” on Thursday 10th November, BITCI will continue

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Building for the future with KPMG LEGO Club

Members News - Community - Oct 04, 2022

Helping children with creativity and developing social skills really matters and one of the best ways of doing this is having the opportunity to play with LEGO®. KPMG have been working with community organisations in Dublin’s North East Inner City (NEIC) to help as many kids as possible through LEGO® after-school activity. It’s part of

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An Post takes home Outstanding Achievement in Sustainable Business Impact Award

Members News - Sep 29, 2022

An Post has been awarded the Outstanding Achievement in Sustainable Business Impact at Chambers Ireland’s Sustainable Business Impact Awards 2022, at the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road in Dublin. By demonstrating commitment to sustainability in its company values and consistently meeting key judging criteria across all aspects of sustainability, An Post received the Outstanding Achievement Award.

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Employing People with Convictions

Supporting business to build inclusive, thriving communities is at the heart of the work of BITCI. Through our Inclusive Workplace Pledge – Elevate, we have set ourselves a vision to build a workforce that is fully reflective of our society. Despite being at full employment we know that certain groups experience disproportionate unemployment and experience

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What is Modern Slavery? As a business, why should I be concerned?

When people hear the word ‘Slavery’ they associate it with terrible practices that happened a long time ago in locations far away. Thinking a bit more, they might associate it with terrible practices that continue to happen, but in locations far away. Most people don’t realise that modern slavery is something that is happening right

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Energia Group aligns with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

Energia Group has highlighted its commitment to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals this SDG Week which takes place from 20th – 26th September. The 17 goals are set out by the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development “Transforming our World” with the aim of creating a more sustainable, equal, and prosperous future across the

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Seven steps towards Net Zero

BITCI News - Sep 13, 2022

BITCI is supporting Ireland’s business sector in the transition to a low carbon economy with the Low Carbon Pledge – the 1st dedicated pledge generated by Irish business to set industry standards on sustainability and reduce carbon usage. A number of insights and observations have been collated while developing the latest Low Carbon Pledge report

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The European SDG Summit 2022

BITCI News - Sep 13, 2022

CSR Europe is convening sustainability leaders worldwide at the European SDG Summit 2022: Together for an Inclusive Green Deal. Register for free  to secure your spot for the 21 virtual sessions, including 3 high-level plenaries and 18 European SDG Roundtables. The event will see the participation of over  100 speakers , including EU Commissioners Nicolas Schmit and Mariya Gabriel. Highlights will

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The Decarbonisation Agenda

BITCI News - Environment - Aug 26, 2022

This year, BITCI has partnered with PwC for the 4th edition of the Low Carbon Pledge report, outlining the progress made by the signatory companies towards setting and adhering to science-based targets (SBTs). The report and case studies highlighted some key actions and exemplar business practices that are helping companies to drive their emission-reduction efforts

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Women in Tech: Business Partnering to offer Solutions for the Female IT Returner

Returning to work following a long career break can be a considerably daunting experience for many women. This is accentuated when your professional field is in the technology space and the pace of change means that previously acquired skills and knowledge have become redundant. Yet, technology offers women incredible career opportunities; the ability to work

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What is Digital Pollution and easy actions to reduce our digital carbon footprint

BITCI News - Aug 26, 2022

What is digital pollution? Digital pollution is responsible for 3.7% of CO2 emissions globally – 50% more than air transport (2.4%) However digital pollution is an issue that is rarely identified, let alone addressed. People often think that online streaming, sending emails, and conducting online searches have no external environmental effect. Because digital pollution is

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Introducing Ireland’s First Zero Waste Food Truck

BITCI News - Environment - Aug 24, 2022

FoodCloud is a social enterprise with a vision for a world where no good food goes to waste. Their latest innovation, FoodCloud Kitchen will rescue even more surplus food. A taste of how The FoodCloud Kitchen works The FoodCloud Kitchen offers a catering experience with a difference for your event, serving delicious food that is

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Veolia accredited with the Business Working Responsibly Mark for the third time

BITCI News - Leadership - Aug 23, 2022

Veolia’s leadership in environmental and social responsibility has been recognised by Business in the Community Ireland. Veolia has achieved the Business Working Responsibly Mark once again and is accredited for a further three years. Established in 2010 by Business in the Community Ireland and audited by the NSAI, the Business Working Responsibly Mark is the

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How the Mark’s framework supports Aldi’s sustainability strategy

BITCI News - Aug 17, 2022

ALDI Ireland operates 150 stores with a further five stores opening in the coming weeks and stores already present in every county in Ireland, employing over 4,650 people. Our first Irish stores opened in 1999 in Dublin and Cork, and from the outset all our colleagues have been committed to supporting the local communities they

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Building a Culture of Allyship

Recent events like the #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter movements as well as the impact of the Covid19 pandemic on minority groups have demonstrated the reality of inequity in the world. A recent research study revealed that 49% of people in Ireland would not like to see more Black people immigrating to Ireland, and the figure goes higher for

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Deloitte Ireland launches new social impact strategy

Members News - Community - Aug 03, 2022

Deloitte Ireland have launched its FY25 Social Impact strategy in line with Deloitte Global WorldClass ambition: 100 million futures, one future at a time, through education, skills building and access to opportunity programmes. Through WorldClass the aim is to develop job skills, improve educational outcomes, and expand opportunities for 300,000 lives in Ireland by 2030. Over

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Fujitsu and the Alzheimer Society of Ireland Launch the Virtual Dementia Hub

Members News - Community - Aug 03, 2022

In October 2021, Fujitsu proudly partnered with the Alzheimer Society of Ireland (The ASI) as its primary charity partner. As a leading global technology company, the Fujitsu team eagerly shared their technical skills with the ASI. Together, they embarked on a Digital Inclusion project to empower people living with Dementia through technology. In March 2020,

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The value of relationships: achieving more through engaging external stakeholders

BITCI News - Jul 14, 2022

Some industries have strong records of prioritising external stakeholder engagement, due to risk awareness or regulatory necessity. Energy and extractives, infrastructure and construction industries have developed in-house capabilities to deal with an array of stakeholders through all project phases. While the core rationale was to mitigate risk and avoid project delays, stakeholder engagement done well


The Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) – The Next Step in ESG Compliance

BITCI News - Jul 14, 2022

CSRD: What, Who, and When The CSRD is intended to replace the Nonfinancial Reporting Directive (NFRD) and amend several other existing directives and regulations. It is also intended to broaden the scope of the NFRD and to integrate ESG reporting into core business practices by making ESG another annual management reporting requirement for every European “company”

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5 reasons to become a BITCI member

BITCI News - Jul 04, 2022

As Ireland’s leading sustainability advisers, we support some of Ireland’s largest businesses on embedding sustainability in their business practices and creating a diverse and inclusive society where everyone thrives. We have been working with businesses for over 20 years to help them assess not only their environmental but also their social impacts. In that time, we have seen a significant change in

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Large businesses make progress to meet net zero greenhouse gas emission targets

BITCI News - Jun 23, 2022

Report outlines increase in companies signing up to low carbon pledge Ireland’s largest businesses are making steady progress on meeting net zero targets for greenhouse gas emissions despite global upheaval and uncertainties, a new report published today states. The report prepared by PwC , in partnership with Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI), states that progress

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Bidvest Noonan partners with Enable Ireland

Members News - Community - Jun 21, 2022

Bidvest Noonan , Ireland’s market-leading facilities services provider and Enable Ireland Disability Services, are delighted to announce their new charity partnership for the next two years. The agreement will see Enable Ireland become Bidvest Noonan’s official charity partner. As one of Ireland’s largest employers, Bidvest Noonan is passionate about social initiatives that help people, particularly disadvantaged and


How to manage ageism in the workplace

  We know the Irish workforce is aging. Estimates from the Central Statistics Office indicate there will be about 1.5 million people aged 65 or over in Ireland by 2051. Also, with the qualifying age for the old-age pension likely to be pushed out, people are going to be in the workplace for longer. As


Incorporating sustainability at board level with Vodafone

BITCI News - Environment - Jun 13, 2022

Vodafone , as one of the world’s leading ICT companies, provides a strong example of how a company is successfully integrating ESG and sustainability considerations with its commercial / corporate strategy. To help the company realise its sustainable business strategy and goals, Vodafone has identified three purpose pillars to underpin its commercial activities: Inclusion for all

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Prioritising sustainable business growth with Keelings

BITCI News - Environment - Jun 13, 2022

Food production, both globally and in Ireland, makes up over a third of overall GHG emissions. The Climate Action Plan (CAP) has a number of agriculture specific actions and where the additional measures are taken into account (With Additional Measures scenario) the anticipated result would be emissions decreasing to approximately 19 Mt CO2 eq by