BITCI News

EPIC programme has assisted over 2,950 people from over 101 countries to find employment or enter further education and training

BITCI News - Oct 26, 2017

The EPIC programme which is run by sustainability business network, Business in the Community Ireland with funding support from the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration, brings government, business, state agencies and NGOs together to assist immigrants to gain employment by providing business training and support. Over 200 of the latest participants will graduate


8 steps for best practice in your supply chain

BITCI News - Oct 24, 2017

Many organizations now operate highly complex and globalized supply chains. While these supply chains are required to be lean, agile and sustainable, they are also the focus of growing attention from a variety of external stakeholders and increasingly subject to regulation. For these reasons it is important for companies to consider their supply chain information


Biodiversity Learning Network: The Business Case for Biodiversity

We recently held our 4th and final Biodiversity Learning Network of 2017, hosted by RTE, which focused on building a Business case for Biodiversity. We heard from a number of BITCI member companies, went on a nature walk, announced the winners of the BITCI Biodiversity Photography Competition, and had a chance to meet some of the environmental NGOs at


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Announcement of new CEO at Business in the Community Ireland

BITCI News - Oct 09, 2017

We are delighted to announce that Tomás Sercovich has been appointed as the new CEO of Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) and will join from January 3rd, 2018. Tomás worked with BITCI between 2003 and 2012 where he headed up our membership services and helped to create the Business Working Responsibly mark, the only


In Conversation with Nick Reynolds, CSR Adviser at BITCI

BITCI News - Leadership - Oct 03, 2017

We are excited to be launching a new In Conversation Series with our very own CSR Advisers from the Membership Services Team who work with some of Ireland’s leading brands on their sustainability. We kick off this new series with our environmental expert, Nick Reynolds.


Business in the Community Ireland join forces with the newly opened UCD Centre for Business & Society (CeBaS)

BITCI News - Sep 28, 2017

Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI, the country’s network for CSR and Sustainability) today announced its partnership with the UCD Centre for Business and Society (CeBaS) at the Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.


Measuring and validating what you do

BITCI News - Sep 26, 2017

According to Kenneth Daly, Marks and Spencer Ireland, the Business Working Responsibly mark is a robust measurement tool that recognised and validated everything they do in relation to sustainability for the company, the environment, their people and customers. Hear more in the short video.


KBC enables the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland to collect digital donations

BITCI News - Sep 26, 2017

Earlier this year, KBC Bank Ireland announced the Alzheimer Society of Ireland (ASI) as its new charity partner. Since then, KBC employees have been actively promoting and fundraising for the charity through a variety of means. Over 60 KBC employees took part in a gruelling Hub2Hub 600km relay across Ireland; 10 employees supported a care


Progressive Workplace Gender Transition Policy & Guidelines Launched by Dublin Bus

BITCI News - Sep 25, 2017

As part of its Equality, Diversity and Non-Discrimination Strategy, Dublin Bus has launched one of the most comprehensive and advanced Workplace Gender Transition Policy and Guidelines in the country. In July 2015 the Gender Recognition Act was signed into law which means that persons over the age of 18 years can self-declare their true gender


CSR Awards Highlights

BITCI News - Sep 25, 2017

September was an important month in relation to celebrating the fantastic CSR initiatives from businesses in Ireland. We would like to congratulate in particular the member companies that have received the Chambers Ireland and Business to Arts Awards.  


BITCI joins forces with Thrive CSR

BITCI News - Sep 12, 2017

New CSR software solution launched to help companies track volunteering and community engagement 12th September 2017: Employees want to understand the impact their company is making and this impact goes far beyond just euros on the bottom line. Almost all large companies have embraced Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability as a way of deepening


How the Business Working Responsibly Mark can help with staff engagement

BITCI News - Sep 12, 2017

Last October fourteen companies were accredited with the Business Working Responsibly Mark. We asked one of the recipients, Ricoh Ireland’s General Manager Gary Hopwood, how did the Mark help their business. Gary Hopwood says the Mark has helped them greatly with staff engagement, amongst many other benefits.


In Conversation with the Head of Sustainability at Sisk Brian Handcock

BITCI News - Aug 30, 2017

International construction company John Sisk & Son have joined the network this year at strategist level. We are delighted to get to know their Head of Sustainability for UK and Ireland, Brian Handcock, in our monthly In Conversation piece.


Our Sustainability report 2016

BITCI News - Aug 30, 2017

Welcome to the 2016 Sustainability Report of the Community Foundation for Ireland and Business in the Community Ireland. This report has been prepared in accordance with the GRI Standards: Core option and uses the NGO Sector Disclosures. Currently we are the only Irish organisation to report using the new GRI standard format.


CSR Certification based on ISO26000 assesses and certifies sustainable business practices

BITCI News - Aug 24, 2017

The Business Working Responsibly mark is a CSR certification which is based on ISO 26000. The Mark, audited by the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI), will assess and certify your responsible and sustainable business practices. It will provide your organisation with an assessment of how well positioned it is to address risks and opportunities


CSR Careers

Corporate Social Responsibility Adviser

BITCI News - Aug 24, 2017

We are currently seeking a CSR Adviser to join our high performing and diverse Membership Services Team to contribute to, develop and implement Business in the Community Ireland’s Development Strategy, particularly in relation to working with major companies on embedding responsible and sustainable business practices across the organisation.


OCS joins over 85 of Ireland’s top companies as a member of Business in the Community Ireland

BITCI News - Aug 23, 2017

Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) recently announced that services company OCS, has joined its business network of over 85 companies dedicated to responsible business and sustainability. BITCI is a non-profit business network dedicated to supporting companies of all sizes on their sustainability journey. It is the only network of its kind in Ireland with


BITCI welcomes the EU Directive on Non-Financial Reporting

BITCI News - Aug 21, 2017

On July 30th 2017, new rules came into legislation requiring Irish companies to publish information on their policies in relation to Environmental Matters; Social & Employee matters; Respect for Human Rights; Bribery and Corruption; and Diversity in the Board of Directors.


Lidl Ireland joins over 85 of Ireland’s top companies as a member of Business in the Community

BITCI News - Aug 09, 2017

Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) today announced that leading retailer Lidl Ireland has joined its business network of over 85 companies dedicated to responsible business and sustainability. BITCI is a non-profit business network dedicated to supporting companies of all sizes on their sustainability journey.


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EU Directive on Non-Financial Reporting signed into Irish law

BITCI News - Aug 09, 2017

Business in the Community Ireland has been informed by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation that the EU Directive on Non-Financial Reporting was signed into Irish law on July 30, 2017.


Ricoh Ireland’s newest Production Print employee

BITCI News - Aug 03, 2017

Being a responsible and sustainable business is at the heart of everything we do at Ricoh. With a presence in more than 180 countries, we constantly strive to positively benefit the communities in which we operate. In Ireland, one way in which we achieve that is through Business in the Community Ireland’s work placement programme.


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ISO 20400 – the New Standard on Sustainable Procurement

BITCI News - Aug 01, 2017

ISO has published a voluntary standard on Sustainable Procurement – ISO 20400. This document provides good guidance for any organisation intent on integrating and embedding the principles of sustainability into their procurement processes and operations.


Supporting the local community Bank Blitzes Backyard to help older people

BITCI News - Members News - Jul 31, 2017

On 14 and 15 July, Age Action and Bank of Ireland took part in the Great Bank of Ireland Backyard Blitz, which saw hundreds of bank volunteers swapping their calculators for watering cans and their spreadsheets for spades to give their older neighbours a ‘dig out’ in the garden. The gardening bonanza matched up bank


Go Green – How SMEs can save money

BITCI News - Jul 26, 2017

Small to medium enterprises (SMEs) looking to enhance their environmentally responsible practices was the audience for a recent seminar hosted by Business in the Community Ireland and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and supported by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The seminar gave practical insights into how SMEs could reduce their environmental footprint by conserving water,


CSR Activities Continue to Flourish as Awards Shortlist Displays Diverse Range of Projects

BITCI News - Jul 26, 2017

Chambers Ireland earlier in the month officially announced the shortlist for the 2017 Corporate Social Responsibility Awards . With fifty companies shortlisted across the fourteen categories, this year’s CSR Awards displays a diverse range of projects from all industries and sectors, from SMEs to MNCs, across every region of Ireland.


Cook Medical joins over 85 of Ireland’s top companies as a member of Business in the Community

BITCI News - Jul 09, 2017

Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) recently announced that medical technology company Cook Medical has joined its business network of over 85 companies dedicated to responsible business and sustainability. BITCI is a non-profit business network dedicated to supporting companies of all sizes on their sustainability journey. It is the only network of its kind in


Update about BITCI’s biodiversity photography competition

BITCI News - Jun 28, 2017

  BITCI’s Biodiversity Photography Competition has been running for a few weeks now and the entries are flying in. Additionally, the feedback from our members has been great and because of this we have decided to extend the date for entries to the 31st of August 2017.


Launch of new National Plan on Corporate Social Responsibility 2017 – 2020 “Towards Responsible Business”

BITCI News - Jun 26, 2017

BITCI (26 June 2017) participated in the launch of Ireland’s National Plan on Corporate Social Responsibility 2017 – 2020 “Towards Responsible Business” by Minister for Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald.


Cork Business Forum roundup

BITCI News - Jun 06, 2017

Business in the Community Ireland is committed to increasing the reach of the network and promote members in the Munster region. Therefore, in partnership with Cork Chamber, we held our 2017 Cork Business Forum on May 30th in the Clayton Hotel.