BITCI News

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


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


In Conversation with Ian Anderson Group Chief Operating Officer Momentum Support

BITCI News - Leadership - Oct 01, 2019

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


Are the SDGs driving meaningful change?

2015 is a year we will all remember as the year of sustainability. In December of that year, 195 countries committed to the bold ambition of the COP21 Paris Agreement on limiting climate change and earlier in September, over 150 world leaders adopted the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). There were times of optimism about


The Mark of a Great Company

BITCI News - Strategy - Sep 09, 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.


What are the main barriers to the Circular Economy?

BITCI News - Sep 09, 2019

Our first article on the circular economy defined the term and discussed the context in Ireland. It’s a timely topic. A recently published Ibec study shows that while overall only 51% of their member businesses surveyed understand the term “Circular Economy”, a much higher percentage (71%) of companies employing more than 100 employees and 78% of companies


Our CEO Tomás Sercovich to speak at Caring in Business conference

BITCI News - Sep 09, 2019

  ‘Caring In Business – Where Technology Meets Humanity’ is a niche platform highlighting the positive impact tech leadership can have on the world around us – in the workplace, in the community and on the environment. This one day conference on Thursday 26th September at Conrad Hotel, Dublin brings together leaders in the tech sector


9 tips to make your sustainability collaboration a success

BITCI News - Leadership - Sep 09, 2019

Our Head of Advisory services Bernadette Phelan was recently featured in the World Business Council for Sustainable Development Panorama, a platform providing insights and looking at sustainability from a different perspective.


In Conversation with Barbara-Anne Richardson Sustainability and Communications Manager at HEINEKEN Ireland

BITCI News - Leadership - Aug 01, 2019

This month we are thrilled to introduce you to Barbara-Anne Richardson, the Sustainability and Communications Manager at HEINEKEN Ireland. Read about Barbara-Anne’s career, how she stays inspired whilst also learning the fascinating sustainability journey of HEINEKEN Ireland.


What is the Circular Economy? BITCI explains

You might have heard the term “Circular Economy” and wondered what it means. It’s a fairly recent term meant to encompass a number of initiatives, philosophies, and movements (Cradle to Cradle, biomimicry, blue economy, regenerative design and others) that have been ongoing from the 1970s [1] . It’s based on the idea that the Earth has


In Conversation with Penny Bryant, Director of Communications & CSR at Fidelity Investments

BITCI News - Leadership - Jul 01, 2019

In our In Conversation Series we get to know the sustainability and corporate responsibility leaders from some of Ireland’s top businesses. This month please meet Penny Bryant, Director of Communications and CSR at Fidelity Investments. Please describe your role and responsibilities and how many years you have been in the company I oversee Communications and


Low Carbon Pledge recognised in the All of Government Action Plan as key engagement tool for collective action

BITCI News - Leadership - Jun 17, 2019

Business in the Community Ireland welcomes the adoption of the All of Government Action Plan on Climate Disruption as a decisive and coherent set of policies that will prepare Ireland to become a significant player at European and international level on adapting to climate change. In particular we welcome the approach to systemic change proposed by the Action Plan, placing a focus on


Benchmark report shows carbon pledge companies cut greenhouse gases

BITCI News - Jun 12, 2019

Business will play a lead role in helping Ireland achieve climate action targets Dublin, Wednesday, 12th June, 2019: Almost 50 leading companies, which have signed up to halve their direct carbon footprint between now and 2030, have engaged positively with the challenge and already secured significant emissions reductions of harmful greenhouse gases. This is according


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

BITCI News - Jun 12, 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


In Conversation with Claire Bergin Corporate Responsibility Manager Deloitte Ireland

BITCI News - Leadership - Jun 03, 2019

In our In Conversation Series we get to know the sustainability and corporate responsibility leaders from some of Ireland’s top businesses. This month meet Claire Bergin, Corporate Responsibility Manager at Deloitte Ireland. Claire has been with Deloitte for nearly 10 years, from a successful international sport career to Corporate Responsibility Claire’s journey is one to


Insights from Reporting the Impact of the Business on Human Rights workshop

On May 8, our Senior CSR Adviser Darina Eades delivered a Workshop on Reporting the Impact of the Business on Human Rights. Participants were member companies and the workshop was hosted by A&L Goodbody. The driver of this event was the 2017 Non-Financial Reporting Legislation, applicable to public-interest entities, with more than 500 employees and


Work placements offer alternative recruitment channels and support inclusion

Last month KBC Bank hosted the first Inclusive Employer meeting in Cork.  At the session Munster based companies described their schemes to support apprenticeships and work placements which in the majority of cases provide candidates that they can recruit and progress through the organisation. According to Louise Murray our Senior CSR Adviser, the logic stacks


SDGs Series: How can business advance the Sustainable Development Goals?

  Following on from our first article on the Sustainable Development Goals and Business this month we look at what are the goals most prioritised by business. We also want to highlight our upcoming SDGs workshop. This year marks four years since the United Nations member states unanimously agreed on the  Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and planet by 2030,


What can you do to help bees?

BITCI News - Environment - May 19, 2019

At a past biodiversity workshop on the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan, we did a nature walk around an urban green space to see what simple actions businesses can take to support pollinators on their sites, in employees’ gardens, and in their local communities.


100 CEOs launch a Call to Action for a New Deal for Europe

BITCI News - May 07, 2019

Today, around 100 CEOs made an appeal to join forces for a New Deal for Europe. They want to accelerate sustainable growth, tackle climate change and create inclusive prosperity. Brought together by CSR Europe, the CEOs raise their voice to enhance dialogue and strengthen interaction with Politics, Civil Society and their Business & Industry peers.


New series: Sustainable Development Goals & Business

We are delighted to launch a new series for business on the Sustainable Development Goals. Over the next months we will be delving into the SDGs with a series of articles from our expert Sustainability and CSR advisers. Our first article will provide readers with an overview of the SDGs in Ireland and future pieces


Improving Customer Service through Inclusive Employment

In 2018, eir made the strategic decision to move all customer facing employees back in-house. This decision was driven by the belief that for high quality customer service to be delivered, every person dealing with a customer should be an eir employee. In keeping with eir’s commitment to its national footprint, a significant number of


In Conversation with Amanda Davis Senior Manager Global Corporate Responsibility and The Environment at Symantec

BITCI News - Leadership - Apr 30, 2019

We are delighted this month to introduce you to Sustainability leader Amanda Davis. Amanda is the Senior Manager Global Corporate Responsibility and The Environment at Symantec and has a very wide range of global sustainability and CR responsibilities. Read about Amanda’s achievements, challenges and how she stays inspired whilst also learning the fascinating sustainability journey


Heat Merchants Group meets 85% of energy needs with major PV solar installation at Athlone HQ

BITCI News - Apr 30, 2019

Installation of 470 roof-mounted solar PV panels forms central plank of Group’s commitment to BITCI Low Carbon Pledge. In a major demonstration of support for the shift to green energy by business, Heat Merchants Group has installed over 470 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on the roof of its business support offices and central distribution hub


Sustainable Food for All and the SDGs: Alternative Perspectives from the Fringe

Our CSR Adviser Johnny Meehan recently attended the Sustainable Ireland – Sustainable Food Conference in Croke Park on the 11th of April. Johnny shares a summary from the day. I discovered some interesting and alternative perspectives on food that really resonated with me, maybe they will with you too. A different story about food  Ireland it


Symposium on Non-Financial Reporting: Implications for Business and Human Rights in Ireland

Our Senior CSR Adviser Darina Eades attended the Irish Centre for Human Rights Symposium on Non-Financial Reporting: Implications for Business and Human Rights in Ireland, on April 2 in NUI Galway.  Her key insights follow.   “Any business serious about conducting human rights due diligence is doing so to prevent harm and to unearth any


Shay Walsh, Managing Director BT Ireland talks about the importance of achieving the Mark

BITCI News - Leadership - Apr 02, 2019

 Hear directly from Shay Walsh, Managing Director, BT Ireland on why the Business Working Responsibly mark is a key accreditation to have and why it was instrumental in verifying the CSR areas at the heart of the business such as diversity and climate change. Find out about the Business Working Responsibly mark.


Accenture Ireland Mental Health Ally Programme

Following the recent publication of the Inclusive Employer blueprint , this is the first in a regular series of articles containing business tips and examples of Inclusion in Action. In 2018 Accenture Ireland developed a Mental Health Ally programme as part of a wider commitment to becoming a truly inclusive organisation.  Through this initiative, Accenture are fostering a