BITCI News

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

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


Compass Group Ireland partners with Temple Street Foundation to support healthy lifestyle programme

BITCI News - Nov 07, 2016

The leading food services company, Compass Ireland, has announced an exciting partnership with Temple Street Foundation , the charity of Temple Street Children’s University Hospital. Not only has the organisation been identified as the company’s chosen charity, but the partnership will also see Compass bringing its culinary expertise to its W82GO programme – set up to provide families


eir Fund – Connecting Communities

BITCI News - Nov 07, 2016

In March of this year eir introduced a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) investment programme, the eir Fund – Connecting Communities. The Fund was designed to support eir employees who work with community engagement projects and to enable eir to do more to support charitable causes throughout Ireland. Over the past 8 months, eir has provided


CSR Award for PM Group

BITCI News - Nov 07, 2016

PM Group, the International project delivery specialists, was delighted to receive the South Dublin Chamber CSR Award 2016 at a ceremony in Dublin recently. “We were really pleased to be recognised for our contribution to the local community in South County Dublin. We tend to focus on two main areas – education and probono services


Nominations Open for the Corporate Philanthropist of the Year Award

BITCI News - Nov 05, 2016

The 2017 nominations are now open for The Community Foundation’s Corporate Philanthropist of the Year Award. Individuals, charities, community organisations and employees can nominate a corporate whose philanthropy is focused on local, regional or national projects in Ireland or overseas.


Dress for Success Dublin partners with A&L Goodbody to create Steps to Success

BITCI News - Nov 01, 2016

Dublin women participating in labour market activation programmes will avail of mentoring under a new partnership between Dress for Success Dublin and leading law firm A&L Goodbody . Under the partnership, women taking part in labour market activation programmes – such as JobBridge, Community Employment schemes and Tús – will avail of mentoring and career progression advice from experienced A&L Goodbody


In Conversation with Niall Gleeson, Managing Director for Veolia Ireland

BITCI News - Nov 01, 2016

    In this month of our In Conversation With series we are delighted to talk to Niall Gleeson, Managing Director for Veolia Ireland.


14 Companies in Ireland achieve the Business Working Responsibly Mark

BITCI News - Oct 25, 2016

Over 200 senior business leaders gather for Business in the Community Ireland’s Annual Sustainability Forum The Mark is operated by Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI), the non-profit organisation dedicated to corporate responsibility and third-party audited by the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI).


Congratulations to all our member who have won the Chambers CSR Awards and GLEN Workplace Awards

BITCI News - Sep 29, 2016

Chambers CSR Awards ESB won the Outstanding Achievement in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Award at the 2016 Chambers Ireland CSR Awards. ESB was selected by the judging panel for having CSR practices embedded at the company’s core and for its ongoing dedication to community engagement and responsible business practices. Our congratulations to ESB


Deloitte IMPACT Day

BITCI News - Sep 29, 2016

Deloitte Ireland runs an annual volunteering day called IMPACT Day which allows the people of Deloitte to give back to the local communities by providing their time, labour and expertise to nonprofit organisations. Some of the projects are nominated by staff, others are selected by Business in the Community. Deloitte also has long-held relationships with


Gender Equality at work

BITCI News - Sep 29, 2016

We’ve been talking about this for decades and yet progress is slow. Why? We hardly need another report on the business case for diversity. Added to this, developing and retaining employees are perennial priorities, employee engagement is high on the agenda and businesses are spending time and money on building their employer brand.


Kemmy Business School, Limerick is holding a Responsible Business Breakfast networking event on October 19th

BITCI News - Sep 29, 2016

You are warmly invited to register for a Responsible Business Breakfast networking event to be held with the support of CPA Ireland at the Kemmy Business School, Limerick, on Wednesday 19th October, 2016. The event addresses two questions: What is a responsible business? and How do you account for that responsibility? Our speakers on the


In Conversation with Lorraine Shiels, Head of CSR & Government Relation at Tesco Ireland

BITCI News - Sep 29, 2016

In this month of our In Conversation with series we are delighted to talk to Lorraine Shiels, Head of CSR & Government Relation at Tesco Ireland . Please describe your role and responsibilities and how many years you have been in the company As Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Government Relations for Tesco Ireland I lead the development


BT-Shop for Change

BITCI News - Sep 29, 2016

BT Ireland survey reveals the nation’s love of de-cluttering, yet Wardrobes remain full of under-used or never worn clothes   Irish Rugby captain Rory Best helps kick off BT Shop for Change; Over 110 BT employees to take over Irish Cancer Society shops on October 13  September 27, 2016 – 49% of people surveyed in


National Reuse Month – Repair Remake Reimagine

BITCI News - Sep 29, 2016

We often hear the phrase “waste? Oh we have that sorted; we’re at 95% recycling!” It’s true that Irish businesses for the most part have embraced recycling and the days of everybody having a bin under their desk is gone. But have we got waste sorted? The answer to that is most definitely NO! Recycling,


Merck Publishes 2015/2016 Global Corporate Responsibility Report

BITCI News - Sep 28, 2016

Report Highlights Company’s Long-Standing Commitment to Discovering Innovative and Sustainable Solutions to the World’s Greatest Health and Development Challenges KENILWORTH, N.J., Sept. 13, 2016 – Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, today issued its 2015/2016 global corporate responsibility report. The report reflects the company’s performance in the areas of