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Day 3 : The Sustainability Revolution: Revolutionary Conversations

Webinars - Oct 07, 2021

Are we having revolutionary conversations? The final webinar in our series examined the media’s role in sustainability and how in every important conversation there has to be a ‘sustainability moment’. We heard from Jon Williams, Managing Director of News & Current Affairs, RTÉ, and learned about the importance of the media reporting on defining climate


Revolution in action

Day 2: The Sustainability Revolution: Revolution in Action

Webinars - Oct 06, 2021

On the second day of the series, we explored the ‘Revolution in Action’. We were joined by Cathriona Fitzsimons, Group Head of Corporate Responsibility, PM Group and Sinéad Smith, Head of Responsible Business Dublin, A&L Goodbody. We examined areas such as the changing landscape of sustainability, and how business can adapt, evolve and change to


Revolution in action

Day 1 of the The Sustainability Revolution: Revolutionary Leadership

Webinars - Oct 06, 2021

During this session, we looked at the revolutionary leadership needed to drive radical change. We heard about the need for a greater collective voice among the business community to tackle systemic challenges in areas of sustainability and inclusivity. We examined questions such as, ‘Is the pace of change for business and the entire eco-system fast


Business in the Community Ireland

Domestic abuse and how employers can support their Staff at work

BITCI News - Workplace - Oct 05, 2021

The pandemic has seen a blurring of the traditional boundaries between home and work, and this has brought increased risks for victims of domestic abuse. For those living with an abuser, having to work at home brings a greater threat of abuse. Many victims of domestic abuse have often seen the physical workplace as a


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Corporate Volunteering opportunities for BITCI members

Exclusive Member Content - Oct 05, 2021

The objective of this document for BITCI members is to provide you with a list of charities and non-profit organisations who can offer impactful and enjoyable corporate volunteering opportunities. Through the pandemic lockdowns during 2020-21, Business in the Community Ireland has helped our member companies to implement Virtual Volunteering campaigns. As many of the more


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NortonLifeLock Launches 2021 Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Report

Communication - Oct 01, 2021

NortonLifeLock has a focus on transparency and a long history of providing an annual disclosure of our most critical Corporate Responsibility commitments. Preserving a culture of trust is a principal part of our operating model, and we’ve used this information to help inform, empower, and engage our stakeholders. Building on that culture of trust, we


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Lidl Ireland Becomes First Retailer to Launch a Deposit Return Scheme Trial in the Republic of Ireland

Environment - Sep 29, 2021

The trial in Lidl Glenageary will see money-back reverse vending machine established and aims to redirect up to 1,500 tonnes of plastic per year when rolled out nationally. Lidl Ireland has announced the roll out of their reverse vending machines to facilitate the nation’s first Deposit Return Scheme (DRS). The machines will enable customers to deposit


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Aldi launches new own-label chocolate bar with Tony’s Chocolonely

Environment - Sep 29, 2021

Aldi has launched a brand new chocolate bar with Tony’s Chocolonely in an Irish supermarket first. The own-label Choceur CHOCO CHANGER is now available as a Specialbuy in Aldi stores across Ireland. The chocolate bar is Fairtrade certified and 100% responsibly sourced, adopting all of Tony’s Open Chain five sourcing principles to support cocoa farming communities in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana


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Tesco announces new Group-wide net zero target of 2035 for its own operations

Communication - Sep 29, 2021

Retailer also sets out Group-wide commitment to cut emissions from its supply chain and products to zero by 2050 New ambition is in line with UN aspiration of keeping global warming below 1.5C Tesco will set out plans on how to cut emissions from all key emission sources Call to action to suppliers to work


Business in the Community Ireland

BITCI members build intergenerational connection, combat ageism, through Age Action

In March 2021, Age Action launched a new CSR programme: the Age Action BIG Corporate Challenge, where BIG stands for “Be Intergenerational.” This programme for corporate teams promotes intergenerational connection whilst raising funds and awareness to support our Age Action’s work. By pledging to “Be Intergenerational,” participants increase understanding across generations, which is key to


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BT accelerates net zero targets and launches campaign to get the UK and Ireland talking about climate change

Environment - Strategy - Sep 23, 2021

BT Group has announced plans to curb its carbon emissions sooner than planned, by bringing forward its net zero targets from 2045 to 2030 for its own operational emissions and 2040 for its supply chain and customer emissions. The new target comes as a landmark UN climate report has warned that global heating is irreversible, with its starkest


Business in the Community Ireland

SSE Works Programme – Now taking Applications for New Positions

  As part of their commitment to Inclusion and Diversity and Business in the Community Ireland’s Elevate Pledge, SSE Airtricity will hire five people from underrepresented groups (such as people with disabilities) to start work this winter in their business. This is a unique opportunity to join one of Ireland’s leading green energy providers on


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Business Working Responsibly Mark series A Holistic Approach to Community Engagement

Exclusive Member Content - Sep 20, 2021

Welcome to our third article in our series of insights and trends from our 40 Business Working Responsibly Mark certified organisations. While the insights are gleaned from all of our certified organisations, particular attention is focused on the most recent trends from our current cohort under the new certification process. The topic for this article


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95% of Aldi own-brand product packaging now recyclable

Environment - Sep 09, 2021

More than 95% of Aldi Ireland’s own-brand products now feature recyclable packaging. The news follows the Government’s announcement that PE and PP film can now be recycled in Ireland. Over the past two years, Aldi has worked with its Irish suppliers to introduce new, innovative, sustainable packaging solutions that has resulted in over 2,150 tonnes


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BITCI Member Companies are supporting UNICEF’s campaign for Global Vaccine Equity

Community - Sep 01, 2021

  As developed nations race to vaccinate their populations and re-open their economies, there have been growing calls across the world for vaccine equity . BITCI member companies have been supporting UNICEF’s ‘Get a Vaccine, Give a Vaccine’ campaign  and are now joining UNICEF’s vaccine alliance to drive the biggest vaccination campaign the world has even seen and so put an end to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the support of its partners – including the Irish Business world – UNICEF is


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Sky publishes 2020 Impact Report highlighting its societal and environmental initiatives and contributions

Communication - Aug 30, 2021

  Sky has published its Group-wide Impact Report looking at the bigger picture of the societal and environmental progress the organisation has made in the period January to December 2020. The report outlines how Sky supported its customers, people, and local communities as well as the industries it operates in, through the Covid-19 crisis. It


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Hovione and University College Cork partner up on a new project that will detect active pharmaceutical ingredients in wastewater

Environment - Aug 30, 2021

“Pharmaceuticals in the environment” is a joint project between Hovione Ltd and University College Cork. This project aims to develop a method that will detect active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) in wastewater and ensure that the concentration of those APIs is below the Environmental Protection Agency’s safe limit. This research is just one project aimed at


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Gas Networks Ireland celebrates sustainability report with new Leave No Trace partnership

Environment - Aug 30, 2021

In a European first, Gas Networks Ireland has marked the launch of its 2020 sustainability report by partnering with environmental group, Leave No Trace Ireland, to help restore Glengarra Wood in Co. Tipperary as part of the international “Hot Spot” programme. As part of its commitment to supporting environmental, social and economic sustainability, the national gas network operator is working


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Business Working Responsibly Series: Environmental Insights

Exclusive Member Content - Aug 16, 2021

Welcome to our second article in 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. The topic for this article is


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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