BITCI News

100 CEOs launch a Call to Action for a New Deal for Europe

BITCI News - May 07, 2019

Today, around 100 CEOs made an appeal to join forces for a New Deal for Europe. They want to accelerate sustainable growth, tackle climate change and create inclusive prosperity. Brought together by CSR Europe, the CEOs raise their voice to enhance dialogue and strengthen interaction with Politics, Civil Society and their Business & Industry peers.


New series: Sustainable Development Goals & Business

We are delighted to launch a new series for business on the Sustainable Development Goals. Over the next months we will be delving into the SDGs with a series of articles from our expert Sustainability and CSR advisers. Our first article will provide readers with an overview of the SDGs in Ireland and future pieces


Improving Customer Service through Inclusive Employment

In 2018, eir made the strategic decision to move all customer facing employees back in-house. This decision was driven by the belief that for high quality customer service to be delivered, every person dealing with a customer should be an eir employee. In keeping with eir’s commitment to its national footprint, a significant number of


In Conversation with Amanda Davis Senior Manager Global Corporate Responsibility and The Environment at Symantec

We are delighted this month to introduce you to Sustainability leader Amanda Davis. Amanda is the Senior Manager Global Corporate Responsibility and The Environment at Symantec and has a very wide range of global sustainability and CR responsibilities. Read about Amanda’s achievements, challenges and how she stays inspired whilst also learning the fascinating sustainability journey


Heat Merchants Group meets 85% of energy needs with major PV solar installation at Athlone HQ

BITCI News - Apr 30, 2019

Installation of 470 roof-mounted solar PV panels forms central plank of Group’s commitment to BITCI Low Carbon Pledge. In a major demonstration of support for the shift to green energy by business, Heat Merchants Group has installed over 470 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on the roof of its business support offices and central distribution hub


Sustainable Food for All and the SDGs: Alternative Perspectives from the Fringe

Our CSR Adviser Johnny Meehan recently attended the Sustainable Ireland – Sustainable Food Conference in Croke Park on the 11th of April. Johnny shares a summary from the day. I discovered some interesting and alternative perspectives on food that really resonated with me, maybe they will with you too. A different story about food  Ireland it


Symposium on Non-Financial Reporting: Implications for Business and Human Rights in Ireland

Our Senior CSR Adviser Darina Eades attended the Irish Centre for Human Rights Symposium on Non-Financial Reporting: Implications for Business and Human Rights in Ireland, on April 2 in NUI Galway.  Her key insights follow.   “Any business serious about conducting human rights due diligence is doing so to prevent harm and to unearth any


Shay Walsh, Managing Director BT Ireland talks about the importance of achieving the Mark

BITCI News - Leadership - Apr 02, 2019

 Hear directly from Shay Walsh, Managing Director, BT Ireland on why the Business Working Responsibly mark is a key accreditation to have and why it was instrumental in verifying the CSR areas at the heart of the business such as diversity and climate change. Find out about the Business Working Responsibly mark.


Accenture Ireland Mental Health Ally Programme

Following the recent publication of the Inclusive Employer blueprint , this is the first in a regular series of articles containing business tips and examples of Inclusion in Action. In 2018 Accenture Ireland developed a Mental Health Ally programme as part of a wider commitment to becoming a truly inclusive organisation.  Through this initiative, Accenture are fostering a


Why does sustainability reporting matter?

BITCI News - Apr 02, 2019

AUTHOR: Bernadette Phelan

Our Head of Advisory Services Bernadette Phelan recently addressed the CSR Stakeholder Forum , these that follow are her remarks: Responsible businesses know that building and keeping trust with its many stakeholders (be it employees, customers, suppliers, government, local communities) is a necessary condition for business success.  Trust is fostered through openness and transparency by the business, and


60 companies in Ireland contributed over €30 million and 264,735 hours to charities and community groups in 2018

BITCI News - Mar 28, 2019

Press Release 28th March 2019: 60 top companies in Ireland have contributed over €30 million to charities and community groups last year while employees racked up 264,735 volunteer hours. This data was captured by Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI), a business network that advises Ireland’s top companies on corporate social responsibility and sustainability. The


New episode of the CEO as Activist Series

Welcome to a new episode of the CEO As Activist series from The BITCI Podcast. Last week the Leaders’ Group on Sustainability, powered by Business in the Community Ireland, hit another milestone by launching the #InclusiveEmployer blueprint, a practical guide to create inclusive workplaces and reduce social inequality in Ireland. After the event we sat down


How the Mark has helped HEINEKEN Ireland know they are on the right track

BITCI News - Leadership - Mar 04, 2019

 Watch a short interview with Maarten Schuurman, CEO of HEINEKEN Ireland. Achieving the Mark has helped the company know they are on the right sustainability track and also encourage them to continuously improve. Meet all the top businesses in Ireland that have achieved the Business Working Responsibly mark.


Green Awards 2019

BITCI News - Environment - Mar 04, 2019

Attended by the Minister of Communications, Climate Action & Environment, Richard Bruton TD, the 2019 Green Awards ceremony took place on Tuesday, February 26, at the Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, Dublin. ​Congratulations to all the  2019 winners. ​Launched in 2008, the Green Awards has established itself as a leading platform for sustainability intelligence, leadership and innovation in


In Conversation with Aoife Mulqueen

For this month of our In Conversation with series we are delighted to get to know more about Aoife Mulqueen, Talent Specialist in Vodafone Ireland. Aoife participated in the panel session at the Inclusive Employer launch last week sharing her experiences in creating an inclusive workplace at Vodafone Ireland.   Please describe your role and responsibilities and


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


In Conversation with Gino Vansteenhuyse CEO of Calor Gas Ireland

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


In Conversation with Priscilla O’Regan Head of Communications BT Ireland

For this month of our In Conversation Series with Sustainability professionals we hear from Priscilla O’Regan Head of Communications at BT Ireland. BT Ireland are leaders in sustainability having this year achieved the Business Working Responsibly mark. BT’s purpose is to use the power of communications to make a better world.They’re making this happen through


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