Over 180 senior business leaders gather for Business in the Community Ireland’s Annual Sustainability Forum
Over 180 business leaders attended the annual Business in the Community CEO Breakfast Forum at The Mansion House, where the companies certified to the Business Working Responsibly Mark in 2018 were announced.
The Mark which is run by Business in the Community Ireland and based on ISO 26000 is valid for three years and is independently audited by the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI).
Four companies are being accredited to the Mark for the first time this year and they are BT, Central Bank of Ireland, HEINEKEN Ireland and Hovione. Seven recertified to the Mark and they are Boots Retail Ireland Ltd., CRH, Deloitte LLP, ESB, Gas Networks Ireland, Intel Ireland and KBC. 33 companies in total now have the Mark in Ireland.
The Mark assesses best in class corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability and looks at leadership, policies, practices, performance, and impact in areas such as; employee engagement, innovation, environmental practices, supply chain management and engagement with the local community.
Speaking at the event that acts as Ireland’s premier corporate arena for discussion of corporate responsibility and sustainability, Tomás Sercovich, CEO, Business in the Community Ireland said, “The Mark is challenging to achieve so I congratulate the companies today on getting it. Employees, customers, suppliers and many other stakeholders want to know what companies are doing when it comes to environmental issues, work-life balance, social inclusion and much more. In addition, investors are increasingly asking about a companies’ sustainability credentials when investing so the Mark is a great measurement and validation for any company.”
He continued, “Employer brand is a hot topic for many companies in Ireland. Attracting talent and crucially retaining it is of key concern to many business leaders so validation of a company’s CSR and sustainability activities through achieving the Mark is giving many businesses the edge over their competitors.”
The companies presented with their Mark certificates today are leading in the area of sustainability in Ireland. Many other companies use the Mark as a measurement and gap analysis tool. The Mark is achieved following a third party verification audit by the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) and is based on ISO 26000. It is open to any organisation and is valid for three years.
Featured in the photo above from left to right:
Oliver Mahon, SVP Europe North, CRH, Hugh Hardiman, Director Public Affairs, Intel, Brendan Jennings, CEO, Deloitte, Barry D’Arcy, Chief Risk Officer KBC, Tomás Sercovich, CEO Business in the Community Ireland, Gillian Hennessy, Head of Marketing, Boots, Pat O Doherty CEO, ESB, Gillian Chamberlain, General Manager Business and Marketing, BT, Bernard Sheridan, Corporate Affairs Director Central Bank, Maarten Schuuruman, MD, HEINEKEN Ireland, Dennis O Sullivan, MD, Gas Networks Ireland. Hovione also achieved the Mark.
Further information please contact:
Business in the Community Ireland
086 172 2105