BITCI News

New business talent blueprint promotes social inclusion

BITCI News - Feb 28, 2019

A blueprint targeted at employers to promote social inclusion, reduce inequality and combat poverty was launched in Dublin today. “The Inclusive Employer” is the work of senior management brought together by the business network, Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) and is aimed at implementing change in business at leadership and operational level to tackle


The Biodiversity Handbook for Business

BITCI News - Feb 21, 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


In Conversation with Gino Vansteenhuyse CEO of Calor Gas Ireland

BITCI News - Jan 31, 2019

We are delighted to kick off the first In Conversation series of 2019 with the CEO of Calor Gas Ireland Gino Vansteenhuyse. Gino believes education is a vital part of Ireland’s response to tackling climate change. Read through his experience and leadership in driving the sustainability agenda. Please describe your role and responsibilities & how many years you


Developing CSR: The Challenges and Opportunities

BITCI News - Jan 29, 2019

Technological University Dublin will be hosting an event to bring academics and practitioners of CSR together to discuss and debate current issues in relation to the development of CSR going forward. The first half of this afternoon session will commence with a talk by two academics, followed by a member of the CSR National Stakeholder Forum,


National Biodiversity Conference

BITCI News - Environment - Jan 29, 2019

The National Biodiversity Conference is taking place later this month and business will have a starring role. Head of Advisory Services  Bernadette Phelan will be there at Dublin Castle on Feb 20th and 21st to launch the BITCI’s new Biodiversity Handbook for Business, members Intel and Dawn Meats will be presenting their biodiversity work on


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