AUTHOR: CEO Tomás Sercovich
Last week, Business in the Community Ireland was delighted to take part in two government-led forums that will drive Ireland’s ambition on sustainable development.
We were delighted to take part in the inaugural meeting of the Business and Human Rights Implementation Group, an initiative championed by An Tánaiste, Simon Coveney TD and chaired by Breege O’Donoghue. The Department of Foreign Affairs will be the lead on this vision for Ireland to develop a robust mechanism to ensure the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. It was exciting to see representation in this group from across most government departments and agencies like IDA and Enterprise Ireland, as well as the business, trade union and NGO community. A Irish businesses become more complex and global, human rights issues will need to become central to management systems. Awareness will be critical to engage all businesses.
On 18th January we were invited by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment to take part in the High Level Consultation Forum for the development of an All Government Plan for Climate Disruption. I was enthused by the wide representation of stakeholder views, including several BITCI members like such as Calor, Eirgrid, ESB or Musgrave as well as a wide government and Houses of the Oireachtas presence.
We were very happy to hear that our Low Carbon Pledge, where 45 BITCI member companies have committed to carbon emission reductions, was referred to as a model of best practice. It is very positive to see the level of interest of business on climate change. This is a huge challenge for Ireland and Minister Richard Bruton TD has set a clear vision and reminded us of David Attenborough’s emotional appeal at COP 24 in Poland last December.
The sense of urgency should make us act clearly and make Ireland as leader and not a laggard on climate change.
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.
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
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
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.
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