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Irish Organisations receive €912,684 thanks to Intel Employees

Members News - Apr 11, 2019

Intel earlier this month celebrated the success of its 2018 Matching Grant initiative, rewarding 249 community organisations and schools from across Ireland with €912,684. The Intel Involved Matching Grant Program encourages Intel employees to engage in outreach and volunteerism in their communities by supporting employees’ giving their time and talent to qualified non–profits organisations and schools.


AbbVie leading the way in Workplace Best Practice

Members News - Apr 03, 2019

AbbVie award of Ibec KeepWell Mark reflects the company’s ongoing support of employee health AbbVie, the global biopharmaceutical company, has been presented with the Ibec KeepWell Mark.  The award is an evidence-based accreditation given for Irish employers who significantly investing in workplace health and well-being. AbbVie, which employs more than 700 people across five commercial


Shay Walsh, Managing Director BT Ireland talks about the importance of achieving the Mark

BITCI News - Leadership - Apr 02, 2019

 Hear directly from Shay Walsh, Managing Director, BT Ireland on why the Business Working Responsibly mark is a key accreditation to have and why it was instrumental in verifying the CSR areas at the heart of the business such as diversity and climate change. Find out about the Business Working Responsibly mark.


Accenture Ireland Mental Health Ally Programme

Following the recent publication of the Inclusive Employer blueprint , this is the first in a regular series of articles containing business tips and examples of Inclusion in Action. In 2018 Accenture Ireland developed a Mental Health Ally programme as part of a wider commitment to becoming a truly inclusive organisation.  Through this initiative, Accenture are fostering a


Why does sustainability reporting matter?

BITCI News - Apr 02, 2019

AUTHOR: Bernadette Phelan

Our Head of Advisory Services Bernadette Phelan recently addressed the CSR Stakeholder Forum , these that follow are her remarks: Responsible businesses know that building and keeping trust with its many stakeholders (be it employees, customers, suppliers, government, local communities) is a necessary condition for business success.  Trust is fostered through openness and transparency by the business, and


Primark launches its first range of jeans made with 100% sustainable cotton

The range of women’s jeans will be available across the UK and Europe from €17 Important step towards Primark’s aim for all cotton used in their products to be sustainably sourced Primark’s sustainable cotton uses more natural farming methods, including minimising the use of chemical pesticides and fertilisers and reducing water consumption, as well as


Irish Heart Foundation, supported by Abbott and ESB Networks, launches free CPR training programme

Members News - Community - Apr 01, 2019

The Irish Heart Foundation has recently launched a new free community CPR training programme, Hands for Life. The programme, which is supported by Abbott and ESB Networks, was launched by heroic nurse Aoife McGivney who recently intervened and saved the life of a bus driver who was suffering a cardiac emergency. Hands for Life will


Biodiversity News from Swords in Ireland

Members News - Environment - Apr 01, 2019

The Siemens Healthineers campus in Swords, County Dublin is located on 20+ acres of pristine land, 4km from Dublin airport and 10km from Dublin seaport. The site opened in 1966 and manufactures Atellica® IM, ADVIA® Centaur Immunoassay and ADVIA® 2120i Hematology analysers. It is a beautiful, mature location with over 400 trees and a vast


Gas Networks Ireland pledges action on biodiversity with ‘Seed for Nature’ commitment

Members News - Environment - Apr 01, 2019

The ‘Our Seeds for Nature’ Charter was agreed at a meeting chaired by Minister Josepha Madigan in Dublin Castle on Wednesday, 20th February, which was attended by Gas Networks Ireland, along with senior leaders from 14 Government, state agency, private sector and non-governmental organisations. The Charter is a suite of commitments for nature and biodiversity


60 companies in Ireland contributed over €30 million and 264,735 hours to charities and community groups in 2018

BITCI News - Mar 28, 2019

Press Release 28th March 2019: 60 top companies in Ireland have contributed over €30 million to charities and community groups last year while employees racked up 264,735 volunteer hours. This data was captured by Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI), a business network that advises Ireland’s top companies on corporate social responsibility and sustainability. The


New episode of the CEO as Activist Series

Welcome to a new episode of the CEO As Activist series from The BITCI Podcast. Last week the Leaders’ Group on Sustainability, powered by Business in the Community Ireland, hit another milestone by launching the #InclusiveEmployer blueprint, a practical guide to create inclusive workplaces and reduce social inequality in Ireland. After the event we sat down


Get Coding! – Virgin Media Ireland’s message to young people

Members News - Community - Mar 04, 2019

Technology has a huge impact on the way we all live. Virgin Media Ireland want to help make sure people get the very best from it.  Their Corporate Social Responsibility strategy is focused on Doing Digital for Good.  This is Virgin Media Ireland long-standing promise to make sure the power of connectivity benefits their customers and


How the Mark has helped HEINEKEN Ireland know they are on the right track

BITCI News - Leadership - Mar 04, 2019

 Watch a short interview with Maarten Schuurman, CEO of HEINEKEN Ireland. Achieving the Mark has helped the company know they are on the right sustainability track and also encourage them to continuously improve. Meet all the top businesses in Ireland that have achieved the Business Working Responsibly mark.


Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, eir and An Garda Síochána launch campaign to tackle cyber bullying

Members News - Community - Mar 04, 2019

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone joined eir and An Garda Síochána to launch a campaign to help tackle the increasing problem of cyber bullying in Ireland. Cyber bullying is the use of technology to harass, threaten, embarrass, or target another person. The crucial message shared today, on Safer Internet Day 2019,


AIB and FoodCloud

Members News - Community - Mar 04, 2019

AIB has been working with FoodCloud since it introduced its new community programme ‘AIB Together’ in 2018. Delivering social impact is a key pillar of the AIB Together programme and as part of the programme, each AIB employee is entitled to two volunteering days per year. Employees can volunteer with their chosen charity and, to


Green Awards 2019

BITCI News - Environment - Mar 04, 2019

Attended by the Minister of Communications, Climate Action & Environment, Richard Bruton TD, the 2019 Green Awards ceremony took place on Tuesday, February 26, at the Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, Dublin. ​Congratulations to all the  2019 winners. ​Launched in 2008, the Green Awards has established itself as a leading platform for sustainability intelligence, leadership and innovation in


In Conversation with Aoife Mulqueen

For this month of our In Conversation with series we are delighted to get to know more about Aoife Mulqueen, Talent Specialist in Vodafone Ireland. Aoife participated in the panel session at the Inclusive Employer launch last week sharing her experiences in creating an inclusive workplace at Vodafone Ireland.   Please describe your role and responsibilities and


New business talent blueprint promotes social inclusion

BITCI News - Feb 28, 2019

A blueprint targeted at employers to promote social inclusion, reduce inequality and combat poverty was launched in Dublin today. “The Inclusive Employer” is the work of senior management brought together by the business network, Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) and is aimed at implementing change in business at leadership and operational level to tackle


The Biodiversity Handbook for Business

BITCI News - Feb 21, 2019

Through our engagement with our member companies we found that many, no matter the sector they operate in, struggled to understand their role when it came to biodiversity and the impact they had. We saw this as an opportunity to shed a light on the role that business could play, by providing a framework to


Virgin Media calls on families around Ireland to discover the digital world together

Members News - Community - Feb 06, 2019

Safer Internet Day 2019 was celebrated yesterday 5th February and focused on ‘Together for a better Internet’. Through the day, families all around the Ireland were encouraged to discover the digital world together, as activities got underway to mark Safer Internet Day, 2019. This is 11th year Virgin Media has supported this annual global event and


In Conversation with Gino Vansteenhuyse CEO of Calor Gas Ireland

BITCI News - Jan 31, 2019

We are delighted to kick off the first In Conversation series of 2019 with the CEO of Calor Gas Ireland Gino Vansteenhuyse. Gino believes education is a vital part of Ireland’s response to tackling climate change. Read through his experience and leadership in driving the sustainability agenda. Please describe your role and responsibilities & how many years you


Developing CSR: The Challenges and Opportunities

BITCI News - Jan 29, 2019

Technological University Dublin will be hosting an event to bring academics and practitioners of CSR together to discuss and debate current issues in relation to the development of CSR going forward. The first half of this afternoon session will commence with a talk by two academics, followed by a member of the CSR National Stakeholder Forum,


National Biodiversity Conference

BITCI News - Environment - Jan 29, 2019

The National Biodiversity Conference is taking place later this month and business will have a starring role. Head of Advisory Services  Bernadette Phelan will be there at Dublin Castle on Feb 20th and 21st to launch the BITCI’s new Biodiversity Handbook for Business, members Intel and Dawn Meats will be presenting their biodiversity work on


How the Mark helps the Central Bank deliver on their CSR commitments

BITCI News - Strategy - Jan 29, 2019

The Central Bank of Ireland achieved the Business Working Responsibly mark in November 2019. Do you want to find out how your business performs on CSR and Sustainability? Take our quick online questionnaire and receive the results straight away.


Adam Kelly announced as winner of the 55th BT Young Scientist & Technology exhibition

Members News - Jan 29, 2019

The winner of the 55th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) has been announced. Adam Kelly, aged 17, a 5th year student from Skerries Community College, in Dublin, has taken home the top prize for his project entitled “Optimizing The Simulation Of General Quantum Circuits“. The coveted prize was presented to the winner this


Gas Networks Ireland announces partnership with Age Action

Members News - Jan 29, 2019

Gas Networks Ireland is delighted to announce that Age Action will benefit from its customer research process in 2019. Every time a Gas Networks Ireland customer completes a customer experience survey, a donation of €2 will be made to Age Action’s Care & Repair service. Age Action was established in 1992 with the vision to


Accenture develop VR game to introduce 1st year students to new technologies

Members News - Jan 29, 2019

Accenture developed a new and exciting Virtual Reality game to introduce first year students to new technologies and peak their interest in STEM before they select their exam subjects. Accenture learning research indicates VR as an immersive learning solution has the potential to increase retention rates by 30%. In the game, students are challenged to


BITCI takes part in two government-led forums on Business & Human Rights and Climate Change

BITCI News - Business & Human Rights - Environment - Leadership - Jan 23, 2019

AUTHOR: CEO Tomás Sercovich

Last week, Business in the Community Ireland was delighted to take part in two government-led forums that will drive Ireland’s ambition on sustainable development. We were delighted to take part in the inaugural meeting of the Business and Human Rights Implementation Group, an initiative championed by An Tánaiste, Simon Coveney TD and chaired by Breege