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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


KPMG impacting diversity and social inclusion through a Mentoring Programme for immigrant job seekers

KPMG has finished the seventh term of the Financial Services Mentoring Programme run in cooperation with the EPIC Programme in Business in the Community Ireland. Since 2011, a total of 25 KPMG staff have volunteered to support 30 immigrants through one-to-one mentoring meetings. The sessions have helped participants to develop knowledge of the Irish financial sector and


Chambers Ireland CSR Awards shortlist 2018

BITCI News - Communication - Jul 30, 2018

Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace marks this year’s Chambers Ireland’s CSR Awards theme with the shortlisted projects across the fourteen award categories proving to be a showcase of CSR activities conducive to positive organisational change, employee benefit and much more.


Make an impact on Education with Time to Read

Our Business Action on Education Team is now accepting new applicant company volunteers to participate in the 20-week Time to Read.The programme has helped children in 47 primary school second classes double their reading ability compared to their classmates. BITCI manages and facilitates the programme.


The European Sustainability Awards

The European Commission has recently opened the call for applications to participate to the first European Sustainability Award. This initiative, which is in response to a proposal from CSR Europe and in support with the EU Multi-stakeholder Platform on SDGs, has the objective to reward the efforts and creativity of European people, businesses and organisations.


Diageo’s Learning for Life graduation ceremony

Storm Hector did nothing to dampen the enthusiastic spirit at Diageo’s Learning for Life graduation ceremony on the 14th June. Twenty two graduates, along with their families, Diageo employees, and other members of the community attended this celebratory event. While the Learning for Life programme has been providing education and support for the long term


Tony O’Malley talks about the benefits of the Mark

BITCI News - Leadership - May 29, 2018

Tony O’Malley CEO of Fujitsu Ireland talks about the benefits of going for and achieving the Business Working Responsibly mark. The only independently audited standard for CSR and Sustainability in Ireland.


Leading companies come together to address key sustainability challenges for Ireland

BITCI News - Leadership - May 18, 2018

Business in the Community Ireland launches Leaders’ Group on Sustainability and CEOs sign up to Low Carbon Pledge to reduce carbon emissions intensity by 50% by 2030. CEOs of Ireland’s top companies have today launched The Leaders’ Group on Sustainability, a business coalition dedicated to addressing the most pressing sustainability priorities as well as future opportunities for Ireland. Business in


Minister of State Stanton congratulates BITCI on being selected as emblematic project for 30th Anniversary of Cohesion Policy in Europe

The Minister of State for Equality, Immigration and Integration at the Department of Justice and Equality, Mr. David Stanton T.D., today congratulated Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) on their achievement in being chosen as an emblematic project as a recipient of funding from the European Social Fund, one of the Cohesion Policy funds.


All you need to know about Version 4 of the Business Working Responsibly mark

BITCI News - Leadership - Apr 26, 2018

For this issue of CSR News we talked to our Business Working Responsibly mark team to give us some quick updates on the new version of the Mark, the only independently audited certification for CSR and Sustainability.


The EU Business and Biodiversity Platform invites you to share your business action on pollinators

BITCI News - Environment - Apr 26, 2018

Pollinating insects have declined in occurrence and diversity in the EU dramatically. A 2016 IPBES  report  highlighted that animal pollination plays a vital role as a regulating ecosystem service in nature. Globally, nearly 90 per cent of wild flowering plant species depend, at least in part, on the transfer of pollen by animals. For the corporate


It’s time to reimagine workforce development

BITCI News - Members News - Workplace - Apr 25, 2018

Accenture is delighted to share our Corporate Citizenship’s latest research: New Skills Now: Inclusion in the Digital Economy Digital innovations are transforming the world of work, we are beginning to see the effects of the unprecedented pace and scale of technological change and flows of information disrupting labour markets and fundamentally altering the future of work.  This period of rapid technological acceleration brings


65% of Ulster Bank customers now bank using a digital platform

BITCI News - Members News - Strategy - Apr 24, 2018

Ulster Bank Sustainable Banking Report: 65% of Ulster Bank customers now bank using a digital platform, up 5% on last year, and almost 60% of existing accounts are now ‘paperless’ Ulster Bank today releases its Sustainable Banking Report, detailing their progress in supporting their customers, colleagues, communities and shareholders. The report describes how Ulster Bank


Lild Ireland pledge to raise 1Million to support Youth Mental Health

BITCI News - Members News - Community - Apr 24, 2018

Lidl Ireland is delighted to announce a new, three year charity partnership with Jigsaw, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health in Ireland. Jigsaw provides free confidential, professional support to young people aged 12-25, in 13 centres across Ireland. Jigsaws data shows that mental health remains a key issue among our young people and while


BT Ireland supports the Raheny GAA All Stars Team

BITCI News - Members News - Community - Apr 24, 2018

Padraig Whelton, Senior Finance Manager at BT Ireland, is pictured with the Raheny GAA ‘All Stars’ Football Team and All-Ireland winner, Brian Fenton. BT Ireland is delighted to support this incredible initiative by Raheny GAA to make GAA more accessible and inclusive for everyone. The All Stars team, which was set up by a group


Bold Girls – Bringing strong women to life in children’s literature

BOLD GIRLS, a Children’s Books Ireland initiative, supported by KPMG, aims to break down societal barriers and to instil confidence in girls and young women by showcasing strong female characters in children’s books. The campaign includes twenty female Irish authors and illustrators with stories from Ireland and around the globe, featuring pirates, politicians, ponies, polar


St Mary’s Primary School visit BITCI

BITCI News - Community - Apr 19, 2018

We had some very special guests in the office yesterday morning as we welcomed pupils from St Mary’s Primary School, Dorset Street. The office visits is an exciting part of the Time to Read volunteering programme that some of our own staff have participated in this year. The visit opens up the world of work


Minister Donohoe visits our offices

BITCI News - Apr 16, 2018

Last Friday 13th of April we had the pleasure to welcome the Minister of Finance and Public Expenditure & Reform, Paschal Donohoe T.D. to our new offices. It was a great day for our organisation as we all came together to meet with the Minister and communicate about our collective impact.


Business in the Community Ireland’s Student Mentoring Programme celebrates the latest graduates of the programme

  Thursday 12 April: Today, 96 business volunteers and 96 students graduated from the Student Mentoring Programme which is run by Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI). The Student Mentoring programme, partners School Completion Programme schools, mainly DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools) with a local business which then provides mentors to a number


Oracle Ireland and Aramark Volunteers Join Forces for Aware

Oracle employees have been really busy lately supporting many great causes. Take a look at all their latest CSR activities.       Oracle Ireland and Aramark Volunteers Join Forces for Aware On 24th & 25th March Oracle and Aramark volunteers helped Aware to complete the latest training for their Facilitators in 2018. These Aware


Engineers Week Blasts Off with Abbott

On Sunday 25th February, schoolchildren from across Sligo were present for a special event to mark the start of Abbott’s participation in Engineers Week 2018. Hosted by Abbott’s diagnostics team in Sligo, children of Abbott employees had the opportunity to meet leading Irish engineer Norah Patten, who is bidding to become Ireland’s first-ever astronaut. Norah,


Diversity in Action: Employing more people with disability

One of our Senior CSR Advisers Elaine Stephen recently attended the WorkABLE Future 2018 conference in Croke Park which was supported by Irish Wheelchair Association, Employer Disability Information and Hays.


Engage your employees, improve literacy, make an impact on education

Would you like your company to be involved in one of the most impactful employee engagement programmes designed to improve the literacy of Ireland’s young children? Then Time to Read is for you.


#StrongerTogether with Cian Coughlan, KPMG Volunteer

KPMG is part of the Business Impact Map and the #strongertogether campaign. The interactive map launched last week showcases what companies are doing for their local communities across the country and also shows the collective impact of the network.