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BITCI features in the Irish Times special report, Sustainable Ireland

Leadership - Apr 08, 2021

BITCI recently featured in the Irish Times special report, Sustainable Ireland, which included valuable insights from our CEO Tomás Sercovich. Catch up on all the articles that appeared in the Sustainable Ireland magazine . Alternatively, the individual articles can be accessed via the Irish Times website here.


Business in the Community Ireland

A Vision 2050 is critical today for all businesses

BITCI News - Leadership - Apr 06, 2021

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

Thursday 25th March saw the most anticipated launch of the “Vision 2050: Time to Transform” at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). Business in the Community Ireland is the national partner network for the WBCSD and as such we are engaged in bringing the message and deliverables of the newly launched Vision 2050 to our member companies and


Business in the Community Ireland

The Sustainability Revolution

BITCI News - Apr 01, 2021

Our new virtual conference series, The Sustainability Revolution will take place from Monday 4th to Friday 8th of October 2021. This series is kindly supported by Abbott, BT, Gas Networks Ireland, IBM, J&J, KBC, Musgrave, Permanent TSB and Veolia. To register your interest, please email us at events@bitc.ie . A dedicated website with updates on speakers


Human rights

What Irish businesses need to know about human rights

Business & Human Rights - Apr 01, 2021

Launch of DFA guidance for business enterprises and practical webinar The Trinity Centre for Social Innovation of Trinity Business School in collaboration with the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights and the Human Rights Unit of the Department of Foreign Affairs are delighted to invite you to the launch of new guidance on business and


HEINEKEN Ireland

HEINEKEN Ireland commits to science-based targets

Members News - Strategy - Apr 01, 2021

HEINEKEN Ireland has released its 2020 sustainability progress report demonstrating the strength of the brewers’ commitment to maintaining environmental progress despite the profound challenges Covid-19 presented for the drinks and hospitality sectors in the past 12 months.  The brewer has been removing plastic shrink and can connectors from across its portfolio of beers and ciders,


Mercury

Mercury commits to eliminating gender pay gap

Mercury’s CEO Eoin Vaughan , recently made an announcement that Mercury is committed to eliminating its gender pay gap. Read the full message below: “I am delighted to announce that Mercury has reached a major milestone in our journey towards gender equality and inclusion. “Just over a year ago, we started implementing a solid compensation structure


Business in the Community Ireland

Aldi set to replace all plastic straws with recyclable paper

Members News - Environment - Apr 01, 2021

Aldi is introducing new, fully recyclable paper straws across its own-label Kids Smoothies and Orange/Apple Juice Cartons, becoming the first supermarket in Ireland to do so. The move sees more than 4.5 million single-use plastic straws removed from Aldi’s 145 stores each year. This equates to a massive saving of three tonnes of non-recyclable plastic.


Low Carbon Pledge

The launch of our new ambitious Low Carbon Pledge

Webinars - Mar 24, 2021

Today we launched our new ambitious Low Carbon Pledge and unveiled Ireland’s top companies who have signed up. Originally launched in 2018, the Pledge has now evolved and calls on all Irish businesses to work towards setting science-based emission reduction targets (i.e. what science says is necessary to limit global warming to 1.5°C) by 2024 at the latest.


Business in the Community Ireland

Over 60 companies sign up to BITCI’s new Low Carbon Pledge and commit to setting science-based carbon emission reduction targets

BITCI News - Mar 24, 2021

Wednesday, 24th March: Over 60 of the largest companies in Ireland have publicly committed to set targets based on science by 2024. They are the first signatories of Business in the Community Ireland’s new Low Carbon Pledge. Business in the Community Ireland, the national network for sustainability, created the initial Low Carbon Pledge in 2018


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Gas Networks Ireland and BITCI help schools to tell their story

Members News - Community - Mar 18, 2021

Teachers and principals from schools in Cork, Dublin, Kerry, Kildare and Mayo recently went back to the classroom to learn about PR and Marketing. The initiative was part of Business in The Community Ireland’s (BITCI) “Management Excellence for Principals and Teachers” programme and was delivered by employees from member company, Gas Networks Ireland. The schools


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Gas Networks Ireland Exceeds Social Sustainability Goals

Members News - Community - Mar 18, 2021

Gas Networks Ireland has been shortlisted for the Outstanding Community Support Award for exceptional customer service and support to communities as part of the 2021 CCA Excellence Awards after the semi-state organisation exceeded its Corporate Social Responsibility goals throughout 2020. Gas Networks Ireland and its staff contributed over €250,000 to more than 30 charities in


eir

eir becomes Ireland’s first telecoms provider to issue Gender Pay Gap Report

Members News - Workplace - Mar 18, 2021

eir recently issued its first Gender Pay Gap Report, which identifies the difference in the hourly wage of men and women, irrespective of their job, qualifications, experience or working pattern. eir’s gender pay gap stood at 11.2% for 2020, which is 2.7% below the national average gender pay gap, but something which eir intends to


non-financial reporting

EU Trends on Sustainability from our CEO Tomás Sercovich

Webinars - Mar 04, 2021

Watch our CEO Tomás Sercovich discuss upcoming EU legislation on non-financial reporting, investors and ESG, the role of boards and more in our new BITCI Sustainable Business Insights series.


Business in the Community Ireland

What are Science Based Targets and why are they important to your business?

BITCI News - Mar 01, 2021

Watch this video from our Sustainability Adviser Nick Reynolds explaining what are science based targets. To overcome climate change, we need to start seeing a faster level and rate of change occurring in all areas of our lives. We need Governments around the world to put the structures in place to direct and support the


Business in the Community Ireland

2021 the year for climate action

BITCI News - Environment - Mar 01, 2021

AUTHOR: Nick Reynolds Low Carbon Pledge Lead

We are well into 2021 and the pandemic is still very much centre stage in our lives. Most businesses across the world are well versed in working from a virtual setting and as we look forward to a post-Covid world our operations will look very different, and let’s hope for the good. Being an optimist


KPMG

Female empowerment at core of KPMG’s IWD events

KPMG are committed to fostering an inclusive culture and proud to support numerous initiatives to help deliver this. The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD) is ‘Choose To Challenge’. KPMG are bringing this campaign to life through a host of events to celebrate International Women’s Day as they continue to promote female empowerment.


Vhi

Vhi Health Insights report reveals new findings into employee wellbeing and engagement amidst a changing world of work

Vhi today revealed the findings of the latest, ‘Vhi Health Insights Report’ series. The report titled ‘The Corporate Social Network: Employee Engagement and Well-Being in a Changing Workplace’ is the fifth in a series of in-depth reports by Vhi into the health of Ireland’s corporate employees. The research, which was conducted by B&A and overseen


ALG

ALG enters new educational partnership with jumpAgrade

Members News - Community - Feb 25, 2021

A&L Goodbody (ALG) has entered into partnership with jumpAgrade, the online grinds platform, to support six students at Marino College who are preparing for the Leaving Certificate for the 2020/2021 academic year. jumpAgrade provides online tutoring to second-level students regardless of location, ability or socio-economic background. The partnership with jumpAgrade is part of ALG’s ongoing


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Aldi becomes first Irish supermarket with own-label fresh bread in recyclable packaging

Members News - Environment - Feb 25, 2021

Aldi Ireland has introduced new, fully recyclable wax paper packaging across two of its own-label bread products, becoming the first supermarket in Ireland to do so. The switch will see 18 tonnes of non-recyclable plastic removed from stores each year. Aldi has been working with its Irish suppliers over the past few months to roll


Sodexo

Sodexo launches its 2021 Social Impact Pledge

Diversity & Inclusion - Feb 18, 2021

Sodexo UK & Ireland has today publicly stated its commitment to a series of pledges forming its ethical manifesto for leading the way to improve quality of life for society and our planet. These pledges include gifting  up to 25% of its apprentice levy to SME suppliers, enabling them to create 100 new apprenticeships; cutting


AIB

AIB Bank funds Ireland’s first Chair of Sustainable Business at UCC

AIB has announced a partnership with University College Cork (UCC) which will see the bank fund The AIB Chair of Sustainable Business, the first of its kind in Ireland. AIB has pledged €1.25 million over five years to support the objectives of The AIB Chair of Sustainable Business, which will be based in the Cork


Tesco

Tesco becomes first Irish retailer to recycle soft plastics for customers

Members News - Environment - Feb 18, 2021

Tesco Ireland announced has become the first retailer in Ireland to create a recycling solution for soft plastics. To date, soft plastics have not been recyclable through the national household recycling bin infrastructure in Ireland. Partnering with Irish manufacturing company Paltech, Tesco will now be able to recycle materials such as coloured soft plastics for the first time. Using Paltech patented


Intel

Intel Ireland employees volunteer more than 178,000 hours in 2020

Members News - Community - Feb 18, 2021

2020 is a year that will be remembered for its challenges. Right across the world, people adjusted to the significant changes brought about the Covid-19 Pandemic and learned to live and work in much adjusted ways. Intel Ireland has a long and proud tradition of volunteering. This tradition is underpinned by the Intel Involved programme,


AR Technology

Ground-breaking AR Technology Innovates Data Centre Construction

Members News - Workplace - Feb 18, 2021

Ireland headquartered international project delivery company, PM Group, is deploying the latest Augmented Reality (AR) technology on the design and construction of one of Europe’s largest, hyperscale data centres in Denmark. PM Group is using the world’s first engineering grade AR technology product, HoloSite™, from London-based company, XYZ Reality. The new technology is helping to


Business in the Community Ireland

Covid Alliance nominated for Engineering Excellence Award

Members News - Community - Feb 04, 2021

The Covid Alliance has been nominated at the 2020 Engineers Ireland Engineering Excellence Awards. Earlier this year, Mercury team members took part in this fantastic initiative comprising over 50 project partners from the Irish engineering and manufacturing sectors. Established in March 2020 in response to the looming Covid-19 crisis, the Covid Alliance came together to


Business in the Community Ireland

Sustainability Trends 2021

Webinars - Jan 29, 2021

Sustainability and business trends 2021 Webinar Renowned sustainability expert Mike Barry joined us to predict key trends for 2021 and beyond. Mike is a leader in sustainable change. One of the pioneers of green business in the corporate world, he helped to develop, launch and implement Marks & Spencer’s ground-breaking sustainability programme, Plan A (because


Business in the Community Ireland

In Conversation with Paul Polman, Caroline Casey and Anne O’Leary

Webinars - Jan 29, 2021

Paul Polman has been described by the Financial Times as “a standout CEO of the past decade” and he is a leading proponent that business should be a force for good,.  Humanity and our planet are facing historic challenges and CEOs around the world recognise it. In an exclusive interview with our CEO, Tomás Sercovich, Paul


Webinar: sustainability

What is the role of business in a post Covid 19 Ireland?

Webinars - Jan 28, 2021

Rebuilding Ireland with Purpose: This webinar discusses the role of business in a post Covid 19 Ireland and how business impacts on society and the environment. It discusses the importance of CSR and sustainability, ESG and how diversity and inclusion and transition to the low carbon economy are essential for Irish businesses to be profitable.


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How your organisation can improve through top class governance

Webinars - Jan 28, 2021

Sustainability and Governance, Beyond the Rhetoric: In these turbulent times, it is tempting to be cautious, cut costs, and generally focus on short-term thinking and survival. However, companies who take a long term, sustainable approach outperform their competitors. Investors, consumers, and employees are increasingly demanding good governance and transparency from businesses. Top class governance gives