BITCI News

How the Mark helps the Central Bank deliver on their CSR commitments

BITCI News - Strategy - Jan 29, 2019

The Central Bank of Ireland achieved the Business Working Responsibly mark in November 2019. Do you want to find out how your business performs on CSR and Sustainability? Take our quick online questionnaire and receive the results straight away.


BITCI takes part in two government-led forums on Business & Human Rights and Climate Change

BITCI News - Business & Human Rights - Environment - Leadership - Jan 23, 2019

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


Episode 2 EPA, IBM Ireland and EirGrid discuss low carbon economy

BITCI News - Leadership - Jan 02, 2019

Episode 2 of The BITCI Podcast CEO as Activist Series is out. This episode goes back to the thought-provoking panel on the low carbon economy. Leaders from the Environmental Protection Agency, EirGrid and IBM Ireland rallied business support for immediate action on climate. Chaired by our Head of Advisory Services Bernadette Phelan with Laura Burke,


The BITCI Podcast CEO Activist Episode 1

BITCI News - Leadership - Dec 13, 2018

 The BITCI Podcast has arrived! Our first series, CEO As Activist, follows on from the theme of our 11th Annual CEO Forum where we examined the emerging trend of the CEO As activist. In this first episode we’d like to bring you back to that straight-talking morning and hear how the CEOs from ESB,


Tomás Sercovich opening speech from the 11th Annual CEO Forum 2018

BITCI News - Leadership - Dec 10, 2018

 Watch the opening speech from our 11th Annual CEO Breakfast Forum delivered by our CEO Tomás Sercovich, unmissable key insights and sustainability trends.


A behind the scenes on the Leaders’ Group on Sustainability

BITCI News - Leadership - Dec 10, 2018

The Leaders’ Group on Sustainability is a coalition of Ireland’s leading organisations that is striving to improve the sustainability of the Irish business sector through sharing best practice and creating new ways of doing business. Find out more about the Group.


EPIC Programme celebrates 10 years of helping marginalised immigrants including refugees find jobs in Ireland

The EPIC programme (Employment for People from Immigrant Communities) is a ground-breaking initiative which leverages the support of business to help marginalised immigrants find employment. Run by Business in the Community Ireland, the national network for sustainability, it celebrated its 10 years of success at a special event last night hosted by Bank of Ireland


Time to Count goes Nationwide

BITCI News - Community - Nov 28, 2018

Were you interested in numbers and maths when you were a child? Would you enjoy sharing this love of maths? We need YOUR company to provide volunteers with a love for numbers to help local primary school children nationwide explore and develop a love of maths for themselves. Our Time to Count Steering Group has


11 Companies in Ireland achieve the Business Working Responsibly mark

BITCI News - Leadership - Nov 14, 2018

Over 180 senior business leaders gather for Business in the Community Ireland’s Annual Sustainability Forum The Mark is operated by Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI), the non-profit organisation dedicated to sustainability and third-party audited by the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI). BITCI Ireland announced that 4 new companies achieved the Mark and 7


43 companies sign low carbon pledge to cut emissions

BITCI News - Leadership - Nov 14, 2018

Dublin, Wednesday, 14th November, 2018: In a ground-breaking move today, over 40 of the country’s leading companies have made a dedicated pledge to significantly reduce their carbon emissions. The companies, drawn from many sectors of business and industry, are to cut their carbon emissions between now and 2030. The pledge was made today at a


European Pact for Youth – Updates

BITCI News - Strategy - Oct 31, 2018

BITCI held a stakeholder round table on October 10th as a follow up for those who attended the first EU Business-Education Summit in Brussels in November 2017. At this Summit CSR Europe, the EU Commission, the European Council and the European Parliament launched the European Pact for Youth national action plans of member states, including


What all businesses can do now to take immediate climate action with Talanoa Dialogues

BITCI News - Environment - Oct 30, 2018

Last month Business in the Community Ireland participated in Natural Capital Partners’ Talanoa Dialogue.The Talanoa Dialogue is a United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) initiative to gather private sector and civil society views on how to accelerate progress towards net zero emissions. Natural Capital Partners hosted round-table discussions across Europe and the U.S.


BITCI supporting the Green Awards 2019

BITCI News - Communication - Oct 30, 2018

  Business In The Community Ireland are proud to be supporting the Green Awards 2019 .   The Green Awards, recognise the extraordinary contribution & commitment that companies now make towards growing a greener future in Irish businesses today. As our valued members you can avail of the following benefits: Extended Deadline: Business in the Community members can


BITCI launch sustainability report

BITCI News - Oct 30, 2018

  On behalf of our Sustainability Committee Down to Earth, we are delighted to launch the 2017 Sustainability report. The report was launched last month. Download a copy of the report or read a few of the highlights below: Environment: 2017 was the first year that SSE Ireland became our energy provider, providing 100% renewable energy. Electricity purchased was the most


I Wish, DCU, Accenture and BITCI highlight the challenges and opportunities facing STEM education in Ireland

Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, today launched two important initiatives for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) education in Ireland. These are the fifth annual Wish showcases, which takes place across four days in Dublin and Cork next February, and DCU’s ‘A World of Opportunities’; a landmark STEM careers guide for


Be Bold – Maximise your Charity Partnerships Potential

BITCI News - Oct 16, 2018

Charities Institute Ireland together with An Post, ESB, Eversheds Sutherland, Davy, L&P Trustees and The Ireland Funds are delighted to bring Dan Pallotta, the leading international author, speaker and trainer on transforming charities to deliver Bolder Board Training at The Round Room, Dublin on the 12th November. This is a great opportunity for CSR professionals


Is your business model future-fit?

BITCI News - Leadership - Oct 04, 2018

AUTHOR: Tomás Sercovich CEO

The Chambers Ireland CSR Awards 2018 took place recently. As official partners on the Awards our CEO Tomás Sercovich spoke at the celebratory event challenging business leaders with some thought provoking questions and celebrating the inspiring work of CSR and Sustainability practitioners. Here that follows is an edited summary from his keynote speech. “We were delighted to be partnering once more


New Communities Partnership and BITCI host a Migrant Expo and Job Fair for more than 700 migrant job seekers living in Dublin

David Stanton T.D., Minister of State for Justice with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration and Integration opens event


In Conversation with Derval O’Brien, CSR Programme Manager with EirGrid Group

BITCI News - Leadership - Oct 01, 2018

We are back with our In Conversation Series getting to know CSR and Sustainability professionals leading the sustainability agenda for Ireland’s top businesses. This month we hear from Derval O’Brien, the CSR Programme Manager with the EirGrid Group.


Marks & Spencer, Sustainable Procurement & Human Rights

BITCI News - Business & Human Rights - Oct 01, 2018

AUTHOR: Darina Eades, Senior CSR & Sustainability Adviser

On September 19, our Senior CSR and Sustainability Adviser Darina Eades attended a meeting of the Northern Ireland Business & Human Rights Forum, hosted by Queen’s University in Riddell Hall, Belfast. The meeting featured a talk by Louise Nicholls, the Corporate Head of Human Rights, Food Sustainability & Food Packaging with Marks & Spencer.  For


14 companies come together with government to promote greater inclusion and diversity in the workplace

Thursday, September 27, 2018: 14 private sector companies have come together as founders of The Open Doors Initiative, which will assist some of the most marginalised groups in society to gain access to workplaces through training and employment experience. An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar formally launched the initiative at Accenture’s The Dock in


Lidl Ireland take home the Outstanding Achievement in Corporate Social Responsibility Award 2018

BITCI News - Communication - Sep 24, 2018

  Lidl Ireland has been awarded the Outstanding Achievement in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) 2018 Award at the Chambers Ireland CSR Awards. The ceremony was held in the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road in Dublin last night (20 September 2018). Lidl Ireland’s CSR programme demonstrated company-wide engagement and impressed the judging panel by performing consistently well


Veolia’s well-being evolution

BITCI News - Communication - Workplace - Sep 18, 2018

Veolia is Ireland’s leading environmental services company. They provide a comprehensive range of energy, waste and water solutions and are dedicated to carbon reduction, protecting the environment and building the circular economy. Veolia has been shortlisted for the Chambers Ireland CSR Awards 2018 for their focus on well-being in the workplace. At Veolia, well-being has


BITCI supports the call to improve access to employment for holders of Stamp 3

BITCI News - Sep 11, 2018

The Irish economy is set to continue to grow and within this context there is a serious shortage of skilled people to fill jobs. Employee recruitment and retention are becoming critical business challenges. Business in the Community Ireland supports the call to improve access to employment for holders of Stamp 3. Stamp 3 holders are


Gas Networks Ireland Biodiversity Programme

Gas Networks Ireland, part of the Ervia Group, owns, builds and maintains the country’s natural gas network, connecting over 688,000 homes and businesses to safe, efficient and secure supply of natural gas.


October is National Reuse Month

BITCI News - Communication - Environment - Aug 28, 2018

October is national reuse month. Below are some activities your company may be interested in if you are engaging in circular economy business models or even just looking for ways to reduce/redirect waste streams. In addition to the speakers and topics, these events would be attended by organisations like ReCreate and ReDiscovery Centre and other


CSR is a fundamental issue at Deloitte

BITCI News - Leadership - Strategy - Aug 28, 2018

For Brendan Jennings, Managing Partner of professional services firm Deloitte, corporate and social responsibility is not just a big deal, it’s an all-pervasive one. “I see CSR as a fundamental issue for us and I see it in broader terms than perhaps people have traditionally viewed it,” said Jennings. “Our role in society is very


Top tips for getting maximum benefit from Employee Networks

Many businesses support employees to set up employee networks. While the name may vary (diversity network groups, employee resource groups etc), the purpose is typically to foster inclusion in the workplace. The networks provide a forum for cohorts of employees who share a common interest or challenge at work. The most common themes are Women


4th October Migrant Expo and Job Fair in Dublin

Business in the Community Ireland is collaborating with New Communities Partnership in the first edition of Migrant Expo and Job Fair, a space created to bring together migrants with businesses, recruiters and other organisations. This is an opportunity for leading Irish businesses to meet with multilingual skilled professionals from different backgrounds and introduce more diversity