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Tesco Ireland to further support the elderly, family carers and vulnerable with €270,000 Community Fund donation to support services during Covid-19

Members News - Mar 26, 2020

  Tesco Ireland to donate €150,000 with three donations of €50,000 to ALONE, Age Action and Family Carers Ireland , separately, a €120,000 donation to be made available to over 453 community-based local causes via store-based Community Fund  Thursday 26th March 2020: Tesco Ireland has today announced that it will make a series of special


Unprecedented times call on an exceptional business response

BITCI News - Leadership - Mar 24, 2020

AUTHOR: Tomás Sercovich, CEO, Business in the Community Ireland

The COVID-19 outbreak brings unprecedented challenges. A recent global survey shows the importance that business will play in this crisis, from being a trusted source of information,  to supporting staff, contractors, consumers and local communities, to being perceived as a key partner of Governments to team up and “play its part” in the solutions that will be needed.


Bank of Ireland announces priority banking hour for over 65s and carers

Members News - Mar 23, 2020

19 March 2020  Bank of Ireland has today announced that its branches will prioritise older customers and carers at the beginning of the day to help them avoid busier and more crowded periods during the COVID-19 outbreak. From today we are offering a priority service for over 65s and carers in our branches between 10


Applications Open for Sustainable Business Impact Awards 2020

BITCI News - Mar 18, 2020

Chambers Ireland opened the Sustainable Business Impact Awards, the renamed Corporate Social Responsibility Awards, which celebrates the achievements of the business community in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The Awards recognise the meaningful and high quality-work from companies through different Awards categories, including Environment, Community Partnership (divided into Charity, Volunteering and Community Programme), Workplace, Marketplace, CSR


New Women@Work programme launched

In the run up to International Women’s Day, we are delighted to launch our new employment programme for women. Women@Work is for those who wish to return to the workforce or enter it for the first time by connecting with businesses. As part of our Inclusive Employer Blueprint, we run a number of innovative programmes


In Conversation with Suzanne Johnston, CSR Stakeholder Manager at Ulster Bank

Get to know Suzanne Johnston, the CSR Stakeholder Manager at Ulster Bank. Suzanne’s role is to drive the bank’s CSR agenda and manage their community programmes, engaging internally with colleagues across branches and offices, and externally with a range of stakeholders. Suzanne has been with Ulster Bank since November 2018.


Tesco Ireland Raises €5 Million in 5 Years for Temple Street Children’s Hospital

Members News - Community - Mar 02, 2020

Tesco Ireland is proud to confirm it has reached a monumental fundraising milestone having raised €5 million over the course of its five-year partnership with CHI at Temple Street. Throughout the course of this partnership, the funds raised have helped the hospital to buy over 270 pieces of vital medical equipment for patients including ultrasound


AbbVie named as Ireland’s number 1 Workplace

Members News - Workplace - Mar 02, 2020

Biopharmaceutical company presented with prestigious title at 2020 Best Workplaces in Ireland awards AbbVie, the global biopharmaceutical company, has been named as Ireland’s No.1 large workplace. The award was presented at the 18th annual Great Place to Work Best Workplaces in Ireland ceremony in Dublin last week. AbbVie has been listed among the Best Large


Vhi gives sporting chance to young people living in disadvantaged communities

Members News - Community - Mar 02, 2020

Five youth groups were today awarded funding by Vhi to deliver a ‘Run for Fun’ programme as the company seeks to give a sporting chance to over 100 young people from underserved communities in Dublin, Donegal, Kilkenny and Limerick. The ‘Run for Fun’ programme was created by Vhi, in partnership with Irish Youth Foundation, to


Non-financial Reporting

Five key insights on Sustainability Reporting

Exclusive Member Content - Mar 02, 2020

Darina Eades, BITCI Senior Corporate Sustainability Adviser, attended the Ethical Corporation Sustainability Reporting & Communications Summit in Amsterdam in October 2019. Darina distilled the main points conveyed into Five Key Insights.


5 Easy steps towards a Zero Waste Office

BITCI News - Environment - Mar 02, 2020

The topic of Zero Waste has been around for quite a while but lately it’s become particularly important, driven by the threat of the climate crisis and the amount of plastic in our oceans. Reducing waste has risen to the forefront of our environmental consciousness, but Zero Waste isn’t just about that. it goes beyond


How Gas Networks Ireland are working to reduce their emissions

Members News - Environment - Feb 25, 2020

Gas Networks Ireland Gas Networks Ireland (GNI) has adopted an iterative multi-year approach to reducing the environmental impact of its business activities. Significant milestones on this journey have been the implementation of an Environmental Management System (certified to ISO 14001) in 2012 and achieving the Energy Management System certification (ISO 50001) in 2014. In 2015


ESB on leading the low carbon transition

Members News - Environment - Feb 25, 2020

ESB has been actively engaged with the sustainability agenda for many years. In 2008 they launched a 5 year sustainability programme (2008- 2012) which involved performing deep dive audits of the company’s energy footprint. This enabled ESB to identify a range of emissions mitigation options and quantify associated cost savings. ESB was one of the


How HEINEKEN reduced their carbon emissions

Members News - Environment - Feb 25, 2020

Heineken Ireland Heineken’s global strategy to “Brew a Better World” created a clear mandate for Heineken Ireland to prioritise sustainable business practices. The global strategy, effective since 2010, sets out the company’s global ambition to be a green brewer. The strategy identifies 6 pillars against which all local companies must deliver continual improvement: reducing CO2


Dublin becomes first Capital City globally with zero emissions postal delivery

Members News - Environment - Feb 10, 2020

An Post the first postal service to eliminate carbon emissions in a Capital city And the first to introduce electric trucks into a commercial fleet in Ireland An Post proposes a 100% Green Delivery Zone in Dublin All cities in Ireland will have zero emissions postal delivery by end of 2020   Dublin, Friday, 7th


No room for hate speech in GE2020

BITCI News - Jan 27, 2020

Today (27.01.20) a community groups and civil society organisations have joined forces to call for respectful and informed campaigning from all candidates in the run up to the General Election 2020. The following letter was issued to newspapers today: Dear Sir/ Madam, Everyone benefits when the language of equality, inclusion and opportunity dominates the political


PM Group announce a €50k bursary for Old Bawn Community School in Dublin

Members News - Community - Jan 27, 2020

The €50,000 bursary is open to sixth year and transition year (TY) pupils over a four-year period. The bursary will support students’ interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and encourage them to pursue third level education. The collaboration will include the provision of laptops for a selected group of leaving certificate students who


KPMG Children’s Books Ireland Awards

Members News - Community - Jan 27, 2020

The KPMG Children’s Books Ireland Awards recognise excellence in writing and illustration, in Irish or English and is open to authors and illustrators who are born in Ireland, are permanently resident here, or are citizens of Ireland. The annual awards, now in their 30th year, are considered the highlight of the year for those involved


Tesco Ireland removes 1.5m pieces of plastic as it scraps plastic-wrapped tinned multipacks in stores

Members News - Environment - Jan 27, 2020

  Tesco will replace plastic-wrapped multipacks with plastic-free multibuys on tinned food eliminating 10 tonnes of plastic from the environment each year  Customers still get the same ‘multipack’ value, just without plastic. 23rd January 2020 Tesco Ireland has today announced that it will become the first retailer in Ireland to remove plastic-wrapped multipacks, sold across


National Lottery Good Cause of the Year Celebrates Back in Donegal

Members News - Dec 15, 2019

An inspiring organisation which provides ocean, surf, and water therapy for young people with physical, emotional, behavioural or intellectual needs, received a hero’s welcome recently at a reception in its home town of Bundoran, Co Donegal. Liquid Therapy, the National Lottery Good Cause of the Year 2019, also won the Sports & Recreation Category at the gala


The untapped talent pool-how businesses are supporting social inclusion

Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) celebrated the latest participants to engage with their diversity and inclusion programmes at a special event hosted by Workday in Dublin. BITCI are the leading advisers on sustainability and CSR in the country and work with some of Ireland’s largest companies. Earlier this year, BITCI launched the ‘Inclusive Employer’


Sandra Fagan M&S Business Working Responsibly mark

In Conversation with Sandra Fagan, Head of HR M&S Ireland

As Marks & Spencer this year celebrates 40 years in Ireland we are delighted to get to know their Head of HR, Sandra Fagan. Please describe your role and responsibilities and how many years you have been in the Company. My role is Head of HR for Marks and Spencer Ireland and I have been


What is at stake in Madrid?

BITCI News - Dec 02, 2019

AUTHOR: Tomás Sercovich, CEO, Business in the Community Ireland

As world leaders, civil society and businesses head to COP25, it is critical to reflect on the background for these negotiations and what we can expect from Madrid in trying to agree on a credible roadmap for net zero. We still remember the words of David Attenborough at COP24: “If we don’t take action, the


Ensuring Good Future Jobs

BITCI News - Nov 28, 2019

The Worker of the future, in addition to the transition to a low carbon economy and creating inclusive societies, is one of the key focus areas of our Leaders’ Group on Sustainability. We recently contributed an opinion piece to the publication Ensuring Good Jobs for the Future developed by TASC and Carnagie UK. Our CSR


Employers urged to see Ability not Disability

State Street and Social Innovation Fund Ireland join forces to empower more people with a disability to gain employment New €1.5 million Ability to Work Fund aims to reach 500 people with disabilities across Ireland Employers across Ireland were urged to “see ability not disability” and to create more opportunities in the workplace for people


A&L Goodbody pro bono week

Members News - Nov 26, 2019

Pro Bono Week is celebrated globally each year. It’s an opportunity to encourage, support and celebrate lawyers working across the profession in the delivery of pro bono legal services. This is the first year Ireland was involved in the week and A&L Goodbody implemented this by holding two events at their offices: Pro bono and


Tesco Ireland on going for the Business Working Responsibly mark

BITCI News - Nov 26, 2019

Pictured Kari Daniels, CEO Tesco Ireland and Ronan Murphy Chairman of BITCI Tesco Ireland recently achieved the Business Working Responsibly mark. We chatted to Lorraine Shiels Head of CSR and Internal Communications at Tesco about going for the Mark, the preparation required and the business benefits. Why did Tesco go for the Business Working Responsibly


Students, Families and Teachers ASPIRE with ABBOTT at Special STEM Events

Members News - Nov 26, 2019

To mark Science Week 2019 Abbott, the global healthcare company, hosted a series of special events across the country that explored the career opportunities that exist within the world of STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths). ASPIRE with ABBOTT brought together parents, teachers and students to hear from guest speakers, Abbott employees and patients whose lives


Business leaders broaden carbon emissions cuts

BITCI News - Nov 13, 2019

    Business leaders today broadened significantly their pledge to reduce carbon emissions by including for the first time commitments on business travel as well as constraints on waste generation and water consumption. The low carbon pledge made by 54 businesses in Ireland will now incorporate some indirect or *Scope 3 carbon emission sources under the Greenhouse Gas Protocol.