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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


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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 and CSR 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


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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


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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


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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


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Reducing carbon emissions with Dublin Bus

BITCI News - Environment - Jun 13, 2022

Transport is a key area of the Climate Action Plan 2021 and targets set out aim to reduce emissions from this sector by up to 51% by 2030. Emissions in the transport sector have risen rapidly in recent decades and remain coupled to economic growth. As one of Ireland’s largest businesses, Dublin Bus recognises that it has


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Embedding sustainability through data-driven facts with Cairn Homes

BITCI News - Environment - Jun 13, 2022

Together, building and construction are responsible for 39% of all carbon emissions in the world and therefore represent a must-win decarbonisation segment both globally and locally. Cairn Homes want to take a prominent role in promoting sustainable and attainable building in Ireland, while in parallel being respectful of the change this will have on both suppliers and


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Setting science-based targets with Bank of Ireland

BITCI News - Environment - Jun 13, 2022

Bank of Ireland is one of the pillar banks in Ireland and therefore recognises the important role it plays in driving attainment of the national climate targets.  Firstly, Bank of Ireland can show leadership through its internal focus on sustainability and secondly, by setting ambitious climate targets aligned to science-based targets (SBTs), the bank can drive cross-sectoral change


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Climate Action Superheroes help Energia Group celebrate Global Wind Day

Environment - Jun 10, 2022

To mark Global Wind Day on 15th June, Energia Group has created a live action and animated film in partnership with a Donegal national school, to promote awareness and citizen education, in line with Ireland’s National Climate Action Plan. The film showcases the pupils from St. Francis National School, in Barnesmore, Co. Donegal and their


Business for Biodiversity

New ‘Business for Biodiversity’ platform will help businesses to take strategic action for biodiversity

Environment - Jun 08, 2022

Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform Malcolm Noonan TD and Minister of State for Land-Use & Biodiversity, Senator Pippa Hackett, today encouraged businesses to sign up to  Business for Biodiversity , a new platform to guide them in taking action to tackle the biodiversity crisis. Backed by the  National Parks & Wildlife Service  of the Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage and the


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Dublin Bus is supporting community and voluntary groups through its Community Spirit Awards

Members News - Community - Jun 02, 2022

Dublin Bus employees joined with previous winning groups to announce the launch of the 2022 Community Spirit Awards, inviting local voluntary and community groups to apply. Any group located in an area served by Dublin Bus can apply for a grant of €1,000, €2,000 or €5,000. For more information and to apply visit www.dublinbus.ie Since 2004,


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GoogleServe returns for 2022 to provide Volunteer Support to Irish Charities

Members News - Community - May 27, 2022

Business in the Community Ireland are delighted to inform the Irish non-profit sector that Google’s annual volunteering programme – GoogleServe  – is returning for June and July of 2022 to support Irish charities through skills-based employee assistance, both in person and virtually. BITCI have been partnering with Google Ireland since 2015 to support the GoogleServe


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AIB Community €1 Million Fund launched to support local charities

BITCI News - Community - May 25, 2022

AIB Group has launched the AIB Community €1 Million Fund to support over 30 charitable organisations in communities across Ireland. The bank is asking its customers and the wider public to nominate registered charities that connect with causes that matter most to them and their communities. AIB will allocate €700,000 to charities chosen by its customers


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What you need to know from the SBTi’s 2021 Progress Report

BITCI News - Environment - May 25, 2022

Since the beginning of 2022, we have seen the publication of several worrying climate change reports. The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) rang alarm bells in February with their impacts of climate change report followed swiftly in April by their climate change mitigation report. Again the science is clear, human activities have and continue to increase greenhouse gas emissions leading to


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KPMG Multicultural Week – Diverse teams for a diverse world

Diversity & Inclusion - May 25, 2022

Last month, KPMG hosted an internal celebration and awareness campaign, KPMG Multicultural Week. Multicultural Week is about celebrating the diversity of KPMG’s people who come from over 50 different countries around the world. In 2021 alone KPMG hired 302 people from 31 different countries outside Ireland and the UK. This celebration shone a light on all


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Elevate Pledge Report Collective Campaign reach

Exclusive Member Content - May 24, 2022

On 10th May we launched our inaugural Elevate Pledge report in our first hybrid event. Read about the key highlights and the reach of our collective campaign here.


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eir and EasyGo partnership see first installation of Electric Vehicle Chargers across Carlow Town and County

Members News - Environment - May 24, 2022

eir, Ireland’s leading telecommunications company, has today announced the installation of seven new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in County Carlow, with further installations planned across the country, as part of its partnership with EasyGo , the owner of Ireland’s largest eMobility Service Provider network. Following the removal of the Universal Service Obligation for eir to


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Aviva launches new charity partners to support its sustainability ambitions

Members News - Environment - May 24, 2022

Last year, Aviva launched its sustainability ambitions, one aspect of which saw it commit to being a net zero organisation by 2040. As outlined by the UN Sustainable Development Goals, sustainability is about much more than just an action to tackle climate change. At Aviva, three strategic pillars underpin its sustainability ambitions: – Climate Action


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Momentum Support Achieves Best Practice in Sustainability Award at the European Cleaning & Hygiene Awards

Members News - Workplace - May 24, 2022

Momentum Support, the leading Irish soft services organisation, has been awarded the Best Practice in Sustainability Award at the European Cleaning & Hygiene Awards, which took place recently in Brussels. Momentum Support was also nominated in the following categories: Investment in Training, Excellence in Client-Contractor Relationships – in recognition of Momentum Support’s strong working relationship


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Taking a multi-stakeholder approach to biodiversity management at your business

Environment - May 20, 2022

At Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI), biodiversity has been a strategic priority in the work we undertake with our members since 2014 and remains a key focus area in our latest strategy . Several BITCI members have truly embraced the topic and have undertaken extensive biodiversity enhancement and protection  projects on their sites, while also generating


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Webinar: Elevate Pledge report launch

Webinars - May 15, 2022

In 2021 we launched the Elevate Pledge to support companies to build more inclusive workforces. One year on, over 50 companies have signed up and are on the journey to a more inclusive future. At this event, we heard about some of the key challenges to diversity and inclusion in the workplace, as well as


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New report reveals greater participation of women at senior management

BITCI News - May 10, 2022

Business in the Community Ireland Inaugural study of 120,000 employees lays foundations for diversity and inclusion in the workforce   Dublin, Tuesday, 10th May, 2022: The first report into measuring and setting workforce targets for diversity and inclusion has pinpointed higher levels of female participation at senior and executive levels than the national average. The


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BITCI launch new Traveller Employment Programme

Today at the inaugural Elevate Pledge report launch we also announced our new Traveller Employment Programme, an important step-up in tackling the under-employment of Travellers. This programmes is an addition to our award winning employment programmes supporting people with high barriers to employment and it is funded by the Community Foundation for Ireland. Through direct


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Sky Ireland’s New Horizons Initiative

  As part of our Elevate Pledge Inaugural report launch, we delve deeper into some of the successful diversity and inclusion initiatives highlighted in the report. In this piece, learn about Sky Ireland’s New Horizons initiative. Sky is Europe’s leading media and entertainment company and is proud to be part of the Comcast group. What was your