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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’


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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.


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Over 250 senior business leaders gather for BITCI’s Annual Sustainability Forum

BITCI News - Nov 13, 2019

The Mark is operated by Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) and third-party audited by the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI). BITCI Ireland announced that two new companies achieved the Mark and 14 recertified in 2019 Over 250 business leaders attended the annual Business in the Community CEO Breakfast Forum at The Mansion House,


Circular Economy developments from the Irish Government

BITCI News - Environment - Nov 04, 2019

On October 18th, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform released a circular with guidelines intended to promote the use of environmental and social considerations in public procurement. It did so recognising “the public service must demonstrate its commitment to sustainable development and use its influence to persuade others of the changes required to reduce


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In Conversation with Jenny Kavanagh Global Impact Director at Workday

For this month’s In conversation series we get to know Jenny Kavanagh, Global Impact Director at Workday. Jenny has a wealth of experience in marketing, communications, events and ultimately her biggest passion CSR!     Please describe your role and responsibilities and how many years you have been in the company My role is Global Impact


Carbon management tips on how your business can transition to a low carbon economy

BITCI News - Nov 04, 2019

  By reducing your organisation’s carbon emissions you are playing your part in delivering not only a positive impact on the environment, but taking the first step to creating a more resilient business that is prepared for the climate challenges & opportunities that lie ahead. Sign-up to the Low Carbon Pledge and join businesses all over Ireland in


The Mark of a Great Company

BITCI News - Strategy - Nov 03, 2019

The 2019 Edelman Trust Barometer recently revealed that 75% of Irish people expect CEOs to take the lead on social change issues. Business in the Community Ireland has developed the Business Working Responsibly mark, the only independently audited standard for CSR and Sustainability in Ireland.


RTÉ on Climate 11th-15th November – Important information for members on how to engage and a special invitation

Exclusive Member Content - Oct 31, 2019

We are delighted to announce that fellow member RTÉ are dedicating a week of programming to the climate crisis commencing the 11th November. You can read all about the week here . We have one simple action and one invitation for you to engage with during the week. Also, as you know our CEO Forum takes


RTÉ increases focus on the climate crisis with dedicated RTÉ On Climate content

Members News - Community - Environment - Oct 31, 2019

Brand-new documentaries and features with Irish perspective on the global climate crisis and practical ways we can all make a difference  RTÉ has announced that it is to put an increased focus on climate with dedicated content to coincide with Science Week.  RTÉ On Climate will see brand-new content across tv, radio and online, and dedicated news features across the week of the 11th to


Bank of Ireland signs UN Principles for Responsible Banking as part of its ongoing responsible and sustainable business strategy

Members News - Leadership - Oct 30, 2019

64% of Irish people more concerned about climate change now than 12 months ago Four in five believe climate change will impact on them in their lifetime Francesca McDonagh, Bank of Ireland Group Chief Executive, signed the United Nations Environment Programme – Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Principles for Responsible Banking at the UN Headquarters in


Dublin Bus lands prestigious Lord Mayor’s Award

Members News - Community - Oct 30, 2019

Dublin Bus received the prestigious Lord Mayor’s Award, making them the first transport provider in the State to do so. The award was given for Dublin Bus’ commitment to providing an accessible service for all, as demonstrated by the work of their Travel Assistance Scheme. Winners were announced by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor


Janssen launched Bloom Mini Documentary to mark World Mental Health Week

Members News - Community - Oct 30, 2019

Janssen has a legacy of developing treatments for mental illnesses. For more than 50 years, their commitment to mental health has led to innovative products to treat schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder and bipolar disorder, and they are working to bring forward new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and severe mood disorders, including depression. Depression is the most


Gas Networks Ireland outlines plan to reduce Ireland’s carbon emissions by a third with Vision 2050

Members News - Environment - Oct 30, 2019

Gas Networks Ireland, together with its parent company Ervia, recently published Vision 2050 – A Net Zero Carbon Gas Network for Ireland. Through a combination of technologies, Gas Networks Ireland sets out how it can reduce Ireland’s total carbon emissions by one third and create a net zero carbon gas network. Gas Networks Ireland’s vision


Open Doors initiative marks first year and shares progress report

BITCI News - Oct 21, 2019

The Open Doors Initiative recently celebrated its first anniversary by recognising the substantial impact the initiative has made in addressing employment barriers for key marginalised groups since its founding in September 2018 . Business in the Community Ireland is delighted to have supported the establishment of this important initiative, working alongside BITCI member companies Diageo, Accenture, AIB and


Business networks in 24 countries pledge immediate action to halt the deterioration of Nature and the loss of biodiversity

BITCI News - Oct 15, 2019

Lisbon, 15 October 2019 – Today, during the annual Council Meeting of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), 24 CEO-led business organizations, and Global Network partners of WBCSD, representing about 2,000 companies, have launched the Lisbon Declaration, a joint initiative to support business action and commitment at scale towards addressing the challenges biodiversity faces today. A strong business voice


The Biodiversity Handbook for Business

BITCI News - Environment - Oct 11, 2019

Through our engagement with our member companies we found that many, no matter the sector they operate in, struggled to understand their role when it came to biodiversity and the impact they had. We saw this as an opportunity to shed a light on the role that business could play, by providing a framework to


BITCI to receive funding to support women returning to the workforce

BITCI News - Oct 08, 2019

We are delighted to announce that our Employment Team has been successful in securing funding from the Department of Justice and Equality and the European Social Fund (ESF) Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020 for a new innovative employment programme “Women@Work” to support women returning to the workforce. This programme is part of


Intel supports Falling Fruit Ireland

Members News - Oct 07, 2019

The Intel Ireland campus in Leixlip is home to a 300-year-old orchard which is located in the Western side of our site adjoining a historical structure named Blakestown House and a special arboretum which contains every species of native Irish tree. The orchard is a much-treasured feature of the campus and contains a number of


1000 job seekers and 20 companies expected to attend Migrant Expo and Job Fair as part of the Inclusive Employer Blueprint

BITCI News - Oct 03, 2019

3rd October 2019:  New Communities Partnership’s (NCP) Migrant Access Programme and Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) are hosting the Migrant Expo and Job Fair from the 3rd of October at the Technological University Dublin, Aungier St. Dublin 2. This fair aims to help migrants find good quality employment and help employers access talented people


Danone Dairy Ireland Is First Irish FMCG To Receive B Corp™ Certification

Members News - Oct 01, 2019

Danone Dairy Ireland recently announced that the company has achieved B Corp™ Certification, a mark of trust that recognizes its ambition to act beyond profit and put purpose at the heart of its business strategy. It is the first FMCG company to be certified in Ireland, and the second company in Ireland overall, to become


EirGrid Group launches five-year strategy to transform the Irish Electricity System

Members News - Strategy - Oct 01, 2019

EirGrid Group has recently launched a new five-year strategy aimed at transforming the electricity system on the island of Ireland for future generations. The strategy will ensure that renewable energy accounts for 70% of all electricity use in Ireland by 2030 – more than double current levels. Key to the new strategy is upgrading the


Innovation that Matters

Members News - Community - Oct 01, 2019

One of IBM’s core values is ‘Innovation that matters – for our company and for the world’. As a result, a team of engineers in IBM’s software lab in Dublin is putting that value into action through their work on an award winning project with Stop the Traffik, a UK founded not-for-profit organisation set up to


In Conversation with Ian Anderson Group Chief Operating Officer Momentum Support

Ian Anderson joined Momentum Support in 2010 when Ireland’s economic situation and the Sustainability agenda were in a very different space. Over his almost ten years of service with the company, Ian has seen Momentum Support grow from strength to strength. The company supports public and private sector businesses of all sizes throughout Ireland and