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

BITCI News - Apr 29, 2020


Business in the Community Ireland


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 to very much be proud of and today we are sharing these stats and stories.

In 2019, 63 Business in the Community Ireland members contributed almost €38 million to charities and community groups last year while employees volunteered for 341,856 hours.

€19.6 million was given in cash donations; €12.1 million was contributed through in-kind donations and over €6.1 million was raised through employee fundraising.

This shows an increase of 29% in volunteer hours, 45% in cash donations, along with moderate increases in employee fundraising and in-kind donations in comparison to the collective totals of the 60 companies who participated last year.

You can see the impact each individual company made, including Impact Stories from almost half of the participating companies to give you a greater sense of the impact achieved for their charity partners.

Visit the updated Business Impact section of our website. 

Business in the Community Ireland members represented on the Business Impact Map are:  A&L Goodbody, Abbott Laboratories Ireland, AbbVie, Accenture, Actavo, Aldi, Alkermes Pharma Ireland, Arup, Aviva, AXA Insurance, Bank of Ireland Group, Boots Ireland, BT, Central Bank of Ireland, Compass Group Ireland, Cook Medical Ireland Ltd., Cork Chamber, Dawn Meats Group, Deloitte, Diageo Ireland, Dublin Bus, EirGrid plc, Energia, ESB Group, Fidelity Investments Ireland, Fujitsu Ireland, Gas Networks Ireland, HEINEKEN Ireland, Hovione Ireland, HSBC Ireland, IBM Ireland Ltd., Intel Ireland, Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard, Irish Water, Janssen Pharmaceutical Sciences UC, Janssen Sciences Ireland UC, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, KBC Bank Ireland, KPMG, Lidl Ireland, Marks & Spencer (Ireland) Ltd, Matheson, Momentum Support, Musgrave Group, Norton LifeLock, National Lottery, Penneys, Permanent TSB, PM Group, RTÉ, Sodexo Ireland, SSE Ireland, State Street, Tesco Ireland, Ulster Bank Ireland DAC, Veolia, Verizon Media, Vermilion Energy, Virgin Media Ireland, Vodafone Ireland, William Fry, Workday and ZAGG International.

Businesses are now focusing on the current crisis.  Employees from essential businesses are going above and beyond to maintain services whilst others are mobilising, organising and volunteering to address the needs of the most vulnerable in society. You can check out how our members are responding to crisis by visiting our #BusinessResponseIRL section.

Our CSR Adviser Shane Mulchrone as part of our BITCI Webinar Series has provided some key tips in how to support your community partners in this time of crisis:

  • Check in with your existing community partners – especially those you have a strategic relationship with, how are they coping, what do they need?
  • Create an inventory list of supports that you as a company can now provide in this emergency. This may have changed from a couple of weeks ago.
  • Consider the themes and objectives of your community investment strategy before making any new investment decision.
  • Enourmous negative impact on community & voluntary sector to date and expected to get worse in the near future, especially regarding funding, new resources to support vulnerable communities during crisis, food donations and getting existing services online.
  • Department of Rural and Community Development in partnership with Volunteer Ireland have developed a Community Response Action plan which you can see here 
  • There is no shortage of funding opportunities for corporates to support – individual charity COVID funds and wider community funds such as Community Foundation for Ireland Fund 
  • For volunteering opportunities visit volunteer.ie , HSE’s Be on Call and www.crisiscover.ie
  • Companies can register offers to support the frontline workers. Visit this website.