BITCI News

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.


#StrongerTogether with Claire Hanrahan, BT Ireland Volunteer

BT 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.


Why the Business Working Responsibly mark?

BITCI News - Leadership - Mar 24, 2018

We asked Dee Forbes, Director General RTÉ, why RTÉ chose to go for the Business Working Responsibly mark certification and the difference it made once they had achieved it.


57 Companies in Ireland Contributed Over €28 million and 231,668 hours to Charities and Community Groups in 2017

In the past 5 years, employees in Ireland have volunteered a total of 1 million hours to good causes in Ireland 57 top companies in Ireland have contributed over €28 million to charities and community groups last year while employees racked up 231,668 volunteer hours. The data is featured on an online interactive ‘ Business Impact Map


#StrongerTogether with Jamie O’Toole, Vodafone Volunteer

Vodafone is participating in the Business Impact Map and the #strongertogether campaign.The interactive map launching today showcases what companies are doing for their local communities across the country and also shows the collective impact of the network.


#StrongerTogether with Jennifer Kingston, Gas Networks Ireland

Gas Networks Ireland is one of the companies participating in  the Business Impact Map and its #strongertogether campaign.The interactive map launched today showcases what companies are doing for their local communities across the country and also shows the collective impact of the network.


#StrongerTogether with Annemarie Nagle, Fujitsu Volunteer

Fujitsu is participating in the Business Impact Map and the #strongertogether campaign.The interactive map launching today showcases what companies are doing for their local communities across the country and also shows the collective impact of the network.


#StrongerTogether with Colette Teeters, Premier Lotteries Ireland Volunteer

Premier Lotteries Ireland is participating in the Business Impact Map  and the #strongertogether campaign.The interactive map launching today showcases what companies are doing for their local communities across the country and also shows the collective impact of the network.


#StrongerTogether with Dee O’Toole, KBC Volunteer

Dee O’Toole is a Team Leader and works at KBC, as part of the #StrongerTogether campaign, Dee shares her experience and thoughts on volunteering. KBC is one of the companies participating in the Business Impact Map and the #strongertogether campaign.The interactive map launched today showcases what companies are doing for their local communities across the country and also


#StrongerTogether with Sarah Whelan, PwC volunteer

PwC is one of the companies participating in the Business Impact Map and the #strongertogether campaign. The interactive map showcases what companies are doing for their local communities across the country and also shows the collective impact of the network. Today as we unveil the impact achieved by the participating companies in 2017 we take the opportunity to hear from


#StrongerTogether with Martin Coughlan, Symantec Volunteer

Martin Coughlan is a software engineer working for Symantec, as part of the #strongertogether campaign, Martin shares his thoughts on volunteering.


The Standard Life REstart Programme is back!

The REstart programme is a collaboration between Standard Life and Business in the Community Ireland to support Returners to the workforce. The programme is fully funded by Standard Life and is free and open to people aged between 35 and 67 who have been out of the workforce for two years or more, have a


International Women’s Day 2018 #PressforProgress

International Women’s Day is a worldwide event that celebrates women and highlights gender equality. With the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings telling us that gender parity is over 200 years away, the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day 2018 is #PressforProgress. To mark the day in Ireland hundreds of events


Recognising excellence in CSR and Sustainability

BITCI News - Communication - Feb 27, 2018

February was an important month in relation to celebrating the fantastic CSR and sustainability initiatives from businesses in Ireland. We would like to congratulate in particular the member companies that have received the Green Awards and that have featured in the Best Places to Work 2018 list.


Feargal O’Rourke talks about the benefits of the Mark

BITCI News - Leadership - Feb 26, 2018

Feargal O’Rourke Managing Partner of PwC 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. The Mark assesses best in class corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability and looks at leadership, policies, practices, performance, and impact in areas such


HEINEKEN announces ‘Drop the C’ programme

BITCI News - Members News - Environment - Feb 26, 2018

HEINEKEN has recently announced its ‘Drop the C’ programme for renewable energy. With ‘Drop the C’ the company aims to grow its share of renewable thermal energy and electricity in production from the current level of 14% to 70% by 2030. HEINEKEN wants to drive a real change towards renewable energy and will therefore not


Join our team

BITCI News - Feb 26, 2018

Business in the Community Ireland is growing, we are looking for a CSR Adviser to join our Membership Services Team and a Career Counsellor to join our Business Action on Employment team. Check out these roles currently advertised on our careers page.  This is a great opportunity to work for Ireland’s only dedicated network to sustainability and CSR.


Tomas Sercovich

In Conversation with Tomás Sercovich, CEO of Business in the Community Ireland

We kick off our first In Conversation of 2018 with no less than our CEO Tomás Sercovich. In this feature Tomás provides great insights into the current state of sustainability and business in Ireland, they key areas businesses should be focusing on and why.   Delighted to welcome you as our new CEO. What are


Stephen Wheeler SSE Ireland talks about the Mark

BITCI News - Leadership - Jan 30, 2018

SSE Ireland are one of the latest companies to have achieved the Business Working Responsibly mark. Watch this short interview with Stephen Wheeler, Managing Director of SSE Ireland on the business benefits of achieving the Mark.   Do you know how your business performs in the areas of CSR and Sustainability? Complete this short questionnaire to get an instant


Intel Partners with UCD to Sponsor 18 masters students

BITCI News - Community - Jan 29, 2018

The Masters sponsorship program is part of an ongoing strategic partnership between Intel and UCD. January 17th saw Intel Leixlip welcome 18 Intel sponsored Masters students from UCD. The students, pursuing full time masters in Science, Engineering and related disciplines, were on site to meet their Intel, industry mentors and receive commendation for their achievements


Is Green the New Black? Embracing the sustainability commodity discourse

Living sustainably has become a lifestyle choice. The eco-movement has exploded within societies, and especially within popular culture; organizations, governments, and consumers are all taking steps to ‘‘green’’ their lives. The downturn in the global economy in 2008 signalled an end to the Gordon Gekko ‘‘greed is good’’ 1980s mentality, and a recognition by many