BITCI News

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.


WBCSD launches CEO Guide to the Circular Economy & Factor10 initiative

BITCI News - Jun 06, 2017

At the World Circular Economy Forum which took place in Helsinki on June 5th, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) released its CEO Guide to the Circular Economy .


In conversation with Christina van der Kamp, corporate responsibility manager at Gas Networks Ireland

BITCI News - Leadership - Jun 06, 2017

In this month of our In Conversation with series we are delighted to talk to Christina van der Kamp, Corporate Responsibility Manager at Gas Networks Ireland.


Why your company’s volunteering programme is crucial for employee engagement and attracting new talent

BITCI News - Jun 05, 2017

In recent years Business in the Community members like Deloitte have been leading the way on developing meaningful employee volunteering opportunities as a way of motivating staff while generating positive social impact.


Announcing BITCI’s Biodiversity Photography Competition

BITCI News - May 22, 2017

  Today (22nd May) is the International Day for Biodiversity and BITCI is marking it by announcing our Biodiversity Photography Competition!


Dawn Meats Carroll’s Cross, EirGrid and RTÉ achieve the Business Working Responsibly Mark

BITCI News - May 12, 2017

The Mark is operated by Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI), the non-profit organisation dedicated to sustainability and it is third-party audited by the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI). 25 organisations in Ireland have now achieved the Business Working Responsibly Mark


Spotlight on our Board – In Conversation with Kyran Johnson

BITCI News - May 02, 2017

In the first of a new series, BITCI board member Kyran Johnson, General Manager Janssen Supply Chain Ireland discusses his views on sustainability and why it matters to business.


BITC Ireland’s EPIC programme wins the AONTAS STAR Award for Adult Learning Initiatives that promote Social Inclusion

BITCI News - Mar 06, 2017

The STAR Awards (Showcasing Teamwork, Awarding Recognition) are an awards initiative coordinated by AONTAS as part of the annual Adult Learners’ Festival to acknowledge the fantastic work undertaken by adult learning initiatives throughout Ireland.


What can you do to help bees?

BITCI News - Mar 02, 2017

At our recent biodiversity workshop on the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan, we did a nature walk around an urban green space to see what simple actions businesses can take to support pollinators on their sites, in employees’ gardens, and in their local communities.


Bee positive!

BITCI News - Mar 01, 2017

Member companies are taking action for pollinators. Member companies attended Business in the Community’s third biodiversity workshop last week on the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan, hosted by Deloitte. We were joined by Erin-Jo Tiedeken from the National Biodiversity Data Centre, who walked us through all the ways businesses can help provide food and shelter for Ireland’s


Employee Volunteering at Google – How the Local Leadership Programme builds reputation and employee engagement

BITCI News - Feb 07, 2017

Business in the Community Ireland are the experts on sustainability in Ireland. For the past 17 years, we have advised companies of all sizes on various sustainability issues. One of our key specialist areas is helping companies develop strategic employee volunteering programmes.


Is a top 10 place in the Sustainable Development Goals within Ireland’s capability?

BITCI News - Feb 07, 2017

14th out of 149 countries isn’t bad in any global index for our small nation, especially when the Nordic countries are in the running. That’s Ireland’s ranking in the SDG Index which provides a ‘traffic–light’ report card for countries against the United Nation’s new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Goals describe ambitions for the health


Business in the Community Ireland supported over 200 marginalised people to find employment in 2016

BITCI News - Dec 22, 2016

Business in the Community Ireland, the network for sustainability, announced today that with the support of businesses in Ireland, over 200 people from marginalised backgrounds secured employment in 2016.


M&S: A Flagship for Employment

BITCI News - Dec 21, 2016

M&S continue to be the flagship company for BITCI’s Ready for Work programme. In 2016, across Mary Street and Grafton Street stores, M&S have taken on 14 people for work experience to boost their confidence and experience and to get a valuable reference at the end. These people have come from various


The Value of Sharing your Experience with Jobseekers

BITCI News - Dec 20, 2016

  Enterprise Rent-A-Car 2016 has seen growth in activity from Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Leslee O’Loughlin and her colleague Nicola Halpin delivered 12 employment workshops to approximately 200 of our clients. The workshops cover CV and interview skills, tips and practice. In addition to Leslee sharing her HR experience, she is also able to relate to our


WBCSD’s beta version of the Reporting Exchange will be launched on 7th December.  

BITCI News - Dec 05, 2016

Available from Wednesday 7th December, the Reporting Exchange is an exciting new online tool that helps to make sense of over 1,000 reporting requirements and resources on sustainability reporting from around the world. Developed by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development , the Climate Disclosure Standards Board, Ecodesk and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, it’s a comprehensive global resource that connects


Galway Wind Park – Sustainability Impact Report

BITCI News - Dec 01, 2016

    First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon and Denis Naughten, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment were in SSE’s Dublin offices on Monday 28 November to launch a Sustainability Impact Report into the 169MW Galway Wind Park which is being jointly developed by SSE and Coillte. The report outlines the valuable economic, environmental and social impacts


Bank of Ireland staff volunteering on a high!

BITCI News - Dec 01, 2016

The staff of Bank of Ireland undertook the single biggest “Give Together” Volunteer Day on Wednesday 30 November 2016. “Give Together”, the Bank’s charity and community investment initiative in operation since 2007, is employee-led and is supported by the Bank through the provision of one day’s paid volunteer leave annually, matched fundraising and payroll-giving. For


Business Action on Employment: A Success Story from Sodexo

BITCI News - Nov 30, 2016

How Tony’s success story started: BITCI’s Ready for Work programme Tony had been looking for work for over 4 years when he was referred to Business in the Community Ireland. As well as handing out CVs to various employers, he completed a number of training courses to improve his employability,but he reaped little benefit from


Stimulating Businesses and the Economy: How large companies in Ireland are supporting Small to Medium Enterprises

BITCI News - Nov 30, 2016

SMEs are often quoted as ‘the lifeblood of a country’s economy’; they are essential to generating good jobs, currently employing almost seven out of every ten persons in the business economy. [i] Hence supporting the growth and development of SMEs can have far-reaching economic and social impacts – for example, stimulating the economy. Governing bodies are


Microsoft Codess – Supporting diversity in the tech sector

BITCI News - Nov 29, 2016

Codess is a “community for female coders initiated by Microsoft, established to explore ways to promote gender diversity in the engineering field”. Codess delivers a series of worldwide events and workshops from academia through to the executive level.


In Conversation with Michelle Toner Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at eir

BITCI News - Nov 28, 2016

In this month of our In Conversation with series we are delighted to talk to Michelle Toner Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at eir.


Launch of Career Leap

BITCI News - Nov 24, 2016

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016 – Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe TD, launched ‘Career LEAP’ a pioneering programme to help young unemployed adults in Dublin’s North Inner City gain employment today.


From spending 7 years job seeking, to full-time employment, this is Palwasha’s story

BITCI News - Nov 08, 2016

The best way to describe the impacts of our programmes is to hear from one of our clients. Since 2008, EPIC has worked with over 2,600 unemployed people from 101 countries, building their skills and confidence and helping them integrate in Ireland. Over 1,000 of these have progressed into paid employment, with a further nearly