BITCI News

Intel Ireland & SSE Aitricity light up Leixlip schools with Solar for Schools Project

BITCI News - Dec 11, 2017

There is a growing concern that Ireland needs to reduce its carbon emissions significantly and transition towards renewable energy sources. One initiative to tackle this issue has been undertaken by Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) member companies Intel Ireland and SSE Airtricity, who have developed an innovative project called Solar for Schools in collaboration


How to Conduct Due Diligence in Human Rights

On November 20 & 21, Business in the Community Ireland organised training for members on How to Conduct Due Diligence in Human Rights. This bespoke member training was delivered by Parul Sharma, Dean of the Academy of Human Rights in Business at CSR Sweden. The November training followed hot on the heels of the launch


Abbott: Bringing Science to life for Students during National Science Week

BITCI News - Members News - Nov 28, 2017

National Science Week was once again another exciting activity on Abbott’s calendar across all nine sites in Ireland this year. Abbott supported a variety of events, ranging from the Abbott Fund programmes Family Science and Operation Discovery, Abbott Discovery Day in Longford for the Midlands Science Festival, and over 100 children of employees visited our


In Conversation with Marian Troy, Head of Corporate Affairs, SSE Ireland

BITCI News - Leadership - Nov 28, 2017

For our last In Conversation piece of the year we are delighted to get to know more about Marian Troy, Head of Corporate Affairs at SSE Ireland. SSE Ireland are a member of the network and have recently achieved the Business Working Responsibly mark.


Ricoh’s CSR journey over the past year

BITCI News - Members News - Nov 27, 2017

It has been quite the year for Ricoh Ireland, and we don’t just mean in the business sense! In case you didn’t know it already, we take our CSR efforts very seriously and the last 12 months has been another defining year for the company in terms of giving back to society.


Tesco Ireland Community Chill Campaign

BITCI News - Members News - Nov 27, 2017

Tesco Ireland recently announced the launch of the Community Chill campaign, which provides funding for food related good causes to buy fridges and freezers so they can receive more surplus food donations to help people in need. The Community Chill aims to overcome one of the obstacles to local good causes taking more surplus food,


BT smashes fundraising target by raising €220K for the Irish Cancer Society & Marie Curie

BITCI News - Members News - Nov 27, 2017

250 BT volunteers take over 25 Irish Cancer & Marie Curie shops to raise vital funds. BT Ireland’s annual charity shop takeover, BT Shop for Change, raised an astounding €220,688 for Irish Cancer Society and Marie Curie, bringing the total funds raised over the last six years for the charities to almost €683,840 euro.


8 Companies in Ireland achieve the Business Working Responsibly mark

BITCI News - Nov 15, 2017

Over 170 senior business leaders gather for Business in the Community Ireland’s Annual Sustainability Forum Over 170 business leaders attended the annual Business in the Community CEO Breakfast Forum at Dublin Castle, where the companies certified to the Business Working Responsibly Mark in 2017 were announced.


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


Tomas Sercovich

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.


Non financial reporting

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.