DCU Centre of Excellence for Diversity Race Equality Hub

BITCI News - Aug 05, 2020

BITCI is delighted to support a  Race Equality Hub –  an initiative of DCU Centre of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion, in collaboration with the African Scholars Association of Ireland (AfSI). It provides employers in Ireland with a range of practical tools and best practice guidelines to tackle racism and foster more inclusive practices in the workplace. The Hub includes a Race Equality Whitepaper

Our latest members’ webinar: Future Trends in Sustainability

Exclusive Member Content - Jul 30, 2020

This week we held our latest webinar, Future Trends in Sustainability: The Transformational Capability of Sustainable Procurement.  On the webinar, you will have a chance to hear practical examples of how a focus on human rights, green procurement and circular economy has been integrated into the business strategy of PwC; you will hear about some of

SSE’s Sustainability Report 2020 outlines the shared objective between SSE and BITCI

Members News - Jul 30, 2020

Our member SSE Ireland have launched their Sustainability Report 2020. The report, in addition to communicating SSE’s ambitions and sustainability strategy, details the shared objective between Business in the Community Ireland and SSE to bring about a sustainable, low-carbon economy and a more inclusive society where everyone thrives. It also details how, in 2017, SSE

Gas Networks Ireland continuing to support education and social inclusion during the Covid-19 pandemic

Members News - Jul 30, 2020

When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, our member Gas Networks Ireland was quick to demonstrate the kind of societal support and leadership that led to its recent Chambers Ireland InBusiness award for corporate responsibility, providing much-needed assistance to vulnerable communities through its partnerships with DEIS schools and Age Action. SUPPORTING EDUCATION Education is a core part

Repurposing beer sustainably

Members News - Jul 30, 2020

Over the past two months our member Heineken Ireland has been collecting and decanting returned beer, treating it in a way that supports a Circular Economy and Minimises Waste. Last week the company reached the milestone of 100,000 kegs, ensuring each and every one was safely decanted at the Cork Brewery and the kegs are

Webinar: Integrating Sustainability into the Heart of Business: Exploring the External Context

Exclusive Member Content - Jul 22, 2020

On Thursday, July 16th we held our webinar ‘Integrating Sustainability into the Heart of Business: Exploring the External Context’. The webinar examined the  Political, Environmental, Social, Technological, Economic, and Legal changes which have impacted business and society in 2020. Participants discussed global themes, the pace of change, and different responses from organisations in adapting to a

Aldi is first retailer to donate non-surplus food to FoodCloud during Covid-19

Members News - Community - Jul 09, 2020

Donation enables FoodCloud to support 17 new food hubs in 15 counties across Ireland Aldi Ireland has become the first retailer to donate non-surplus food to FoodCloud during the Covid-19 pandemic to help with the unprecedented demand on FoodCloud’s services from charities. FoodCloud has experienced a huge surge in demand for its food redistribution services

Virtual Volunteering part 1 How virtual volunteering benefits both your employees and communities

BITCI News - Community - Jul 06, 2020

The Covid-19 emergency and subsequent lockdown has meant that many Irish businesses have had to completely transform their CSR & Community plans for 2020. Despite this disruption, there is a compelling solution to this challenge that can ensure company volunteers can continue having a positive social impact while also helping struggling charities and vulnerable people:

Virtual Volunteering part 2: Case Studies & Tips for your business

BITCI News - Community - Jul 06, 2020

What are the types of activities that a company might be able to support through Virtual Volunteering? The possibilities are almost endless. Here are just a few short case studies of how BITCI member companies have used Virtual Volunteering to maintain their previous CSR activities and Community commitments – and to develop new initiatives. Virtual

Microsoft’s Global Skills initiative

Members News - Jul 06, 2020

  The COVID-19 pandemic has created an economic crisis, forcing tens of millions of people out of work. As economies start to reopen, some jobs may not come back, at least not fast enough to meet demand. The jobs that do come back will require more digital skills. In a post-COVID-19 world, all people—especially those

The Lidl & Jigsaw partnership shared commitments & goals

Members News - Community - Jul 06, 2020

At Lidl, we believe it is our responsibility to build a successful, sustainable future, not just for our business, but for the communities we serve. This commitment is enshrined in our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy, A Better Tomorrow. Through the community pillar of this strategy, we are partnered with Jigsaw – the National Centre

How can sustainable business practices help Ireland bounce back from this crisis?

BITCI News - Jul 06, 2020

AUTHOR: Johnny Meehan Adviser at Business in the Community Ireland

Last year Ireland declared climate and biodiversity emergencies in response to an urgent crisis. Before COVID-19 the way we worked and lived was unsustainable. The old normal was an economy where GDP went up but so did: carbon emissions; social inequality; the destruction of Nature; plastic pollution; food waste; time wasted in the daily commute;

Education in a time of Crisis webinar

Exclusive Member Content - Jul 02, 2020

On Thursday, May 28th we held our webinar, ‘Education in a Time of Crisis’. We heard from the following speakers: Full speaker line up: Dr. Aideen Cassidy, Principal, Beneavin De La Salle College, Dublin 11 David Coleman, Clinical Psychologist & Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Psychology, UCD Deirdre Kennedy, Corporate Citizenship / CSR Lead, IBM Ireland Cian O’Brien, Mayfield/The Glen Schools

Communications in a Time of Crisis webinar

Exclusive Member Content - Jul 02, 2020

On May 14th we hosted our webinar, Communications in a Time of Crisis. In this webinar we discussed the importance of top class communications during a time of crisis. We heard from expert speakers from Member companies who will brought us through their top tips on communicating with customers, the general public, their employees, as

Case Study: Musgrave’s strategic approach to sustainability and reducing carbon emissions

BITCI News - Environment - Jul 02, 2020

As Ireland’s leading food retailer, wholesale and foodservice company, Musgrave is well placed to support positive change in businesses, local communities and the environment. Sustainability has long been front and centre of Musgrave’s operations, becoming one of the first companies globally to embed the UN Sustainable Development Goals back in 2015. It has become a

Case Study: Arup’s commitment to the wider sustainability agenda

BITCI News - Environment - Jul 02, 2020

For the past decade, Arup has been actively engaged with the wider sustainability agenda. In 2013, it published its first annual sustainability report and began working with clients on the 100 Resilient Cities initiative, helping to build more sustainable cities and communities. In 2015, Arup enhanced its commitment to reducing its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and

Case study: An overview of RTÉ’s commitment to the highest level of energy reduction and sustainability

BITCI News - Environment - Jul 02, 2020

RTÉ is committed to the highest level of energy reduction and sustainability. As Ireland’s public service broadcaster, RTÉ is subject to the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan 2009 – 2020, which looks for the public sector to “lead by example through strong committed action”. RTÉ takes this leadership role by progressing the sustainability agenda on

Case study: How SSE is enhancing the sustainability and decarbonisation of its business operations

BITCI News - Environment - Jul 02, 2020

SSE Ireland has a strong heritage of renewable electricity production and a vision to be a leading energy company in a net-zero carbon world. Being both a producer and distributor of electricity has resulted in SSE developing deep capability in a diverse range of low carbon solutions, ranging from onshore and offshore wind farms to smart

Communications in a Time of Crisis

BITCI News - Communication - Jul 02, 2020

On May 14th  we held our webinar ‘Communications in a time of Crisis’. The first half of the webinar was hosted by our Head of Marketing Moira Horgan, while the second half was hosted by CSR Advisor Maureen O’ Donnell. We heard from the following speakers: Vivienne Flood, Head of Public Affairs, RTÉ Barry Kenny,

Education in a Time of Crisis

BITCI News - Communication - Jun 25, 2020

On Thursday, May 28th we held the final webinar in The BITCI Webinar series, Education in a Time of Crisis. We heard from the following speakers: Dr. Aideen Cassidy, Principal, Beneavin De La Salle College, Dublin 11 David Coleman, Clinical Psychologist & Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Psychology, UCD Deirdre Kennedy, Corporate Citizenship / CSR Lead, IBM Ireland Cian O’Brien, Mayfield/The Glen Schools Completion Project, Cork Pia

Listen back to the Low Carbon Pledge webinar

BITCI News - Environment - Jun 15, 2020

On Friday, 5th June 2020 (World Environment Day), BITCI and PwC Ireland hosted the 2nd annual Low Carbon Pledge Report Launch. We launched the Low Carbon Pledge for business back in 2018. Over 50 leading companies in Ireland are now signed up to the Pledge and work collaboratively on solutions to address climate change. Last year, BITCI

Vhi Health Squad Experts provide support and advice on everything from mindfulness, fitness, nutrition, sleep, parenting to financial wellbeing

Members News - Jun 11, 2020

Vhi in May launched ‘Vhi Health Squad’ an 8-week digital lifestyle programme that has been created to support people in looking after their health and wellbeing. The programme takes a holistic approach to overall health and wellbeing and includes mindfulness, fitness, nutrition, sleep, environment, financial and parenting support. Delivered by a panel of experts, those

Fidelity Ireland’s Response to Covid-19

Members News - Jun 11, 2020

At Fidelity Ireland we are committed to keeping our employees safe and supporting the communities in which we live and work during these difficult times. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we were able in mid-March to mobilize our employees to work from home virtually overnight. We have since been working remotely which has proven

EPIC programme goes virtual and helps participants during Covid19

BITCI News - Jun 11, 2020

Before the pandemic started, our EPIC training took place in our Training Centre in the Phibsborough Tower and most of our interactions with participants happened face-to-face. When the lockdown started, we decided to try to move the training and other services online, though we were not sure if we would be able to replicate the

Partnership between Compass Group Ireland and NTMA sees 2,000 meals delivered to vulnerable people in just two months

Members News - Jun 11, 2020

Since Compass Group Ireland and the National Treasury Management Agency teamed up to launch “The Feeding in the Community Initiative” almost two months ago, they have supported families which are isolating during the pandemic with 2,000 meals. Ireland’s largest food and support services company is providing freshly cooked, hot meals to those who most need

Report shows Low Carbon Pledge companies cut greenhouse gases and calls for a green recovery from COVID-19

BITCI News - Jun 05, 2020

Dublin, Friday, 5th June: On World Environment Day, over 50 of the largest companies in Ireland, which have publicly committed to halve their direct carbon footprint between now and 2030, reported on their progress. They are signatories of Business in the Community Ireland’s Low Carbon Pledge. Business in the Community Ireland, the national network for

Deloitte Ireland – Living our purpose through Covid-19

Members News - May 21, 2020

At Deloitte, our purpose is to make an impact that matters for our clients, our people, our community and our planet. During these unprecedented times, we have really considered each element of our purpose in more detail than ever before. In such an environment, prudence in planning is critical, however, together we will find our

Supporting communities where AIB live and work

BITCI News - May 21, 2020

We have a long tradition of supporting our communities across the country, which is why we’ve committed to funding over €2.4 million to help accelerate Ireland’s effort to develop a vaccine through the launch of the new AIB COVID19 Research Laboratory Hub at Trinity College Dublin. In addition to this and as part of the AIB Together programme we have implemented further initiatives to support those