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How businesses can support the 4th National Biodiversity Action Plan

Feb 27, 2024

Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) welcomed the launch of Ireland’s 4th National Biodiversity Action Plan by Minister Malcolm Noonan on January 25th. The drafting of the plan was the responsibility of the NPWS, and this version is particularly notable because, for the first time, the plan will have statutory powers and a fund of €3 billion behind it. Within the plan there are 194


Climate Emergency and Nature Loss

Jan 05, 2024

It is abundantly clear that humanity is experiencing twin crises, climate breakdown and nature loss. What is perhaps not as clear, is that they are in fact, much more intricately linked than would first appear. They are two sides of the same coin. Human induced climate disruption is causing global average temperatures to rise at

New Year resolution: Join Business in the Community Ireland’s network in 2024.

BITCI News - Jan 04, 2024

As Ireland’s leading sustainability advisors,  we support some of Ireland’s largest businesses  to embed sustainability into their business practices to create a low carbon and inclusive society where everyone thrives. Established in 2000, we’ve seen the prioritisation by businesses of the Economic, Environmental, Social and Governance (EESG) elements of Sustainability grow exponentially. Investors, consumers, employees, and communities are now evaluating businesses on

Materiality assessment in sustainability: An opportunity to drive business transformation

Dec 20, 2023

Materiality assessment is a crucial tool for organisations. It is a way of identifying and prioritising the sustainability topics that matter for a company, with the fundamental objectives of informing its sustainability strategy, informing decision-making, and driving the resilience and transformation of the business.  The Business Working Responsibly Mark certification, the standard for sustainability in

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Galway exhibition champions diversity of neurodivergent people

BITCI News - Dec 15, 2023

Friday 15th December 2023, Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) is delighted that Mary O’Connor a participant in our Next STEP programme has secured an exhibition of her artwork in the waiting room of Ceannt Station in Galway. Mary O’Connor is a 6th year student in Holy Rosary College in Mountbellew, Co.Galway. She is a

Progress of Signatories to the Low Carbon Pledge Against the Backdrop of COP28

Dec 04, 2023

In September this year Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI), in partnership with Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) Ireland, published the fifth Low Carbon Pledge (LCP) progress report . Encouragingly since 2021 we do see most signatory companies’ ambition translating into action through their commitment and setting of science-based targets, now publicly reported on the Science Based Target Initiative online dashboard (SBTi).  Transparency and authenticity have always been at

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Ukrainians keen to work but face real barriers to employment

BITCI News - Dec 01, 2023

Friday 1st December 2023, Business in the Community Ireland launched research findings into the experiences of and barriers faced by Ukrainians in obtaining work in Ireland. This research launch coincided with the graduation ceremony of its EPIC programme, which is a pre-employment support service targeting migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and recently arrived Ukrainians.   As at

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Spotlight on progressing DE&I in the workplace

BITCI News - Nov 28, 2023

28th November 2023 The importance of championing and achieving diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) in the workplace was discussed at the latest Business in the Community Ireland’s Munster Members’ Network meeting in Cork last week. These meetings, which meet quarterly and examine different sustainability issues, comprise leading responsible companies who are keen to share their

CEO Panel in mid discussion - CEO from Glenveagh Property, Deborah Threadgold, IBM, Noel Keeley, Musgrave Group

“Ireland can become a leading global green economy but we have to do it together”.  

BITCI News - Nov 09, 2023

Thursday 9th November 2023,  Business in the Community Ireland held its annual CEO Forum which brought together over 100 CEOs from multiple sectors to share insights, experiences and ambitions on how to advance the ESG and sustainability agenda that is so critical for protecting the planet and business development.  Against a backdrop of war, millions

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Sustainable Corporate Gifting Guide

BITCI News - Oct 25, 2023

Sustainable corporate gifting is a great opportunity to demonstrate a company’s sustainability commitments, including environmental and social responsibility. By choosing sustainable gifts, businesses can inspire their employees, build a positive brand image, and contribute to a better world. There is a wealth of small, creative, and sustainable businesses to choose from in Ireland.   The

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Partnership milestones being celebrated. 

BITCI News - Oct 19, 2023

Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) is delighted to be marking the 20-year anniversary of partnerships between some leading companies and their local DEIS school. These companies, Marks and Spencer, KMPG and Cisco have encouraged their staff to actively volunteer in our Student Mentoring or World of Work programmes since 2003.   Our Student Mentoring Programme

Paulina Pawlukojc, Group Sustainability Manager, Coillte, Imelda Hurley, CEO, Coillte and Tomás Sercovich, CEO, Business in the Community Ireland.

Coillte Recognised with Prestigious Business Working Responsibly Mark

BITCI News - Oct 06, 2023

Coillte, Ireland’s semi-state forestry company, has been awarded its first Business Working Responsibly Mark from Business in the Community Ireland. The Mark has recognised that Coillte is in-line with best-in-class sustainable and responsible business practices and is an organisation that fosters a culture of continuous improvement and ongoing accountability throughout its business. Coillite is Ireland’s

Group Photo of Tomás Sercovich, CEO, Business in the Community Ireland, Minister for Climate Action, Communication Networks and Transport, Eamon Ryan T.D. and Fiona Gaskin Partner, PwC Ireland.

Low Carbon Pledge Report: 80% of companies are on track to setting science-based targets for decarbonisation  

BITCI News - Sep 27, 2023

Wednesday, 27th September 2023, The 5th annual PwC report on the Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) Low Carbon Pledge found that more businesses are escalating their focus on sustainability and prioritising decarbonisation across all areas of their operations.   However, there is also an urgency on some to be more proactive in setting their targets

L-R Attracta Mulryan, NT; Catherine Duffy, NT; Tomas Sercovich, BITCI; Dee Ryan, Limerick Chamber

Achieving social impact in Limerick through uniting local businesses

BITCI News - Community - Sep 08, 2023

8th September 2023, More than 60 people from Limerick-based multinationals, small businesses, schools and community organisations joined events on 7th September to discuss ways to strengthen corporate partnerships and benefit their local communities. The two events were run by Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) and jointly hosted by longstanding BITCI member Northern Trust, a

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#ThinkLanguages and Business in the Community Ireland

BITCI News - Sep 01, 2023

#ThinkLanguages is an annual national event for Transition Year (TY) students which celebrates languages, cultures and diversity.  The flagship event from Languages Connect has grown considerably since its inception in 2018 and strives to take languages out of the books and bring them to life in a fun, interactive and engaging way. It also shines

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Successful Summer Work Placement Programme for Dublin Inner City Leaving Cert Students

BITCI News - Community - Aug 22, 2023

Tuesday 22nd August 2023, Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) is delighted with the success of its Summer Work Placement Programme that saw 19 Leaving Cert students embark on a paid internship with companies in the Funds Industry. These students from 6 North East Inner City DEIS schools were placed in different companies including some

eir achieves Third Recertification for Business Working Responsibly Mark

BITCI News - Jul 06, 2023

eir, Ireland’s largest telecommunications provider, has once again demonstrated its commitment to responsible business practices by achieving recertification for the prestigious Business Working Responsibly Mark. The Mark, awarded by Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI), is widely regarded as Ireland’s foremost accreditation for responsible business practices, and it is verified through an independent audit by


Business in the Community Ireland calls for Ambitious EU Sustainability Reporting Standards (ESRS)

BITCI News - Jul 05, 2023

Business In the Community Ireland (BITCI) welcomes the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) and other regulatory efforts ( IFRS Sustainability Disclosure Standards , the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive , etc) intended to ensure more transparent, accurate, and consistent non-financial reporting.   We are proud to be a part of the European Union’s leading efforts to improve ESG reporting and accountability. These efforts will support

A&L Goodbody achieves Business Working Responsibly Mark for third time

BITCI News - May 17, 2023

Dublin – 25 April 2023 A&L Goodbody LLP (ALG) has been recertified for the prestigious Business Working Responsibly Mark for the third time. The Mark is Ireland’s leading accreditation of responsible business practise in corporate Ireland. It is awarded by Business in the Community and is verified following an independent audit by the National Standards

Pat O’Doherty takes over from Ronan Murphy as Business in the Community Ireland Chairperson

BITCI News - May 17, 2023

At its 18th April meeting, the Board of Directors of Business in the Community Ireland appointed Pat O’Doherty, former Chief Executive of ESB as Chairperson. Ronan Murphy retired from the Board after serving as Chairperson for two consecutive three-year terms. Pat brings significant expertise, leadership and insight to the Board of Business in the Community

Inclusion in the workplace moves from measurement to action

Business in the Community Ireland inclusive workplace report   Female representation at senior level stands at 41% for participating companies against a national average of 29.7% Less than 1% of employees disclosed a disability, when a rate of 7% would be expected, and only 1.7% disclosed an ethnicity other than white, compared to an expectation

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Earth and Environment Day Top Tips

Exclusive Member Content - May 02, 2023

Business in the Community Ireland is a movement for sustainable change in business. One of our keys strategic focus areas is working with our member companies on their transition to a Low Carbon Future .  In order to reduce their environmental impacts, organisations can undertake hard technical measures such as renewable energy investments, restoring wetlands or retrofitting older

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

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,

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,

I Wish

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,

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

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.