BITCI News

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


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


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;


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


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


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


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


Employee Engagement in a Time of Crisis

BITCI News - May 13, 2020

On April 30th we hosted our third webinar as part of our ongoing series.The webinar, entitled ‘Employee Engagement in a Time of Crisis’, featured insights from Gillian McMahon, Head of Human Resources, BT Ireland and Amanda Johnson, Interim Director of People Success, RSA Ireland. Gillian discussed a survey BT Ireland conducted among employees to determine their engagement


Community Engagement in a time of crisis webinar

BITCI News - May 05, 2020

On April 23rd we hosted the second webinar as part of our ongoing series. The webinar, entitled ‘Community Engagement in a Time of Crisis’, featured a  panel of guests from key NGOs who discussed some of our most pressing needs, including funding, food poverty, the digital divide and social isolation. We also spoke to two of our


BITCI and Google partner to offer free support to charities

BITCI News - May 05, 2020

Business in the Community Ireland have partnered with Google who are offering free support from volunteers in their Irish office to help you work online effectively. If you wish to sign up, Google volunteers will conduct a needs assessment with you to see what online services you require to move to working from home more


The role of sustainable business during Covid19

BITCI News - Leadership - May 05, 2020

On April 15th  BITCI CEO Tomás Sercovich introduced our new BITCI Webinar Series alongside our Senior CSR Adviser, Linda O’Sullivan. The ongoing webinar series explores, among other things, the links between sustainable business, CSR and the business response to Covid-19. As part of the first webinar, we discussed the global business response to the Covid-19


63 Companies in Ireland Contributed Almost €38 million and 341,856 hours to Charities and Community Groups in 2019

BITCI News - Apr 29, 2020

    In light of the outbreak of Covid-19, the Business Impact campaign for 2020 had been replaced with #BusinessResponseIRL to profile the amazing support that BITCI member companies are providing to their colleagues, customers, communities and suppliers in this time of crisis. However the impact made by BITCI member companies in 2019 is still something


Webinar Recording of Responsible Business in a time of Crisis

BITCI News - Apr 01, 2020

On this webinar recording you will: 1. Hear immediate insights on the business response to the crisis 2. Demonstrate the links between sustainable business and the response to COVID-19 3.  Receive tips and advice on engaging with your communities and charities. Read our key summary and top tips from this webinar. Join in our campaign and use  the hashtag  #BusinessResponseIRL anytime you see a great example of


Top tips from “Responsible business in a time of crisis” webinar

BITCI News - Apr 01, 2020

During our latest webinar Responsible business in a time of crisis experts from our Membership Services team provided a series of key insights for businesses. Here are some of their top tips: Leveraging our Network for impact, Bernadette Phelan, Head of Advisory Services: Bernadette spoke about the power of the network and how we can work


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.


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


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


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


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’


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


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