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Benchmark report shows carbon pledge companies cut greenhouse gases

BITCI News - Jun 12, 2019

Business will play a lead role in helping Ireland achieve climate action targets Dublin, Wednesday, 12th June, 2019: Almost 50 leading companies, which have signed up to halve their direct carbon footprint between now and 2030, have engaged positively with the challenge and already secured significant emissions reductions of harmful greenhouse gases. This is according


Carbon management tips on how your business can transition to a low carbon economy

BITCI News - Jun 12, 2019

  By reducing your organisation’s carbon emissions you are playing your part in delivering not only a positive impact on the environment, but taking the first step to creating a more resilient business that is prepared for the climate challenges & opportunities that lie ahead. Sign-up to the Low Carbon Pledge and join businesses all over Ireland in


In Conversation with Claire Bergin Corporate Responsibility Manager Deloitte Ireland

BITCI News - Leadership - Jun 03, 2019

In our In Conversation Series we get to know the sustainability and corporate responsibility leaders from some of Ireland’s top businesses. This month meet Claire Bergin, Corporate Responsibility Manager at Deloitte Ireland. Claire has been with Deloitte for nearly 10 years, from a successful international sport career to Corporate Responsibility Claire’s journey is one to


Dublin Bus Drivers Say “Thank-You” Too!

Members News - Community - May 30, 2019

Dublin Bus employees helped drive community spirit on May 27th at the launch of the Dublin Bus Community Spirit Awards (CSAs). Thousands of community groups across Dublin work tirelessly all year to facilitate change and transformation in their local communities. Dublin Bus employees showed that they are truly at the heart of every community, as


PM Group Architects support the Simon Open Door fundraising initiative

Members News - May 30, 2019

On Friday 17th May PM Group Architects were delighted to support the Simon Open Door fundraising initiative. Niall Brunswick, Shauna Sweeney, Niamh Peare, Peter Carroll, Paul O’Callaghan and Kieran McGrath engaged in 16 consultations and advised on everything from extensions and remodeling works to one off houses. Una Lawlor from Sandyford had this to say about


Community at the heart of this year’s Fidelity Cares Day

On Wednesday, 8th May Fidelity Ireland employees joined over 8,000 of their global colleagues to take part in global Fidelity Cares Day. Now in its 6th year, the day gives employees the opportunity to get involved in a host of activities across Dublin and Galway that have a positive impact on the communities in which


Show garden created in collaboration with people impacted by mental illness unveiled at Bloom in the Park 2019

 Grounded’ sponsored by Janssen in association with Aware and See Change, aims to grow the conversation around mental illness   With the mission of starting a national conversation around mental illness, Janssen in partnership with leading mental health organisations Aware and See Change, are presenting a one-of-a-kind garden at Bloom in the Park 2019. The garden


Insights from Reporting the Impact of the Business on Human Rights workshop

On May 8, our Senior CSR Adviser Darina Eades delivered a Workshop on Reporting the Impact of the Business on Human Rights. Participants were member companies and the workshop was hosted by A&L Goodbody. The driver of this event was the 2017 Non-Financial Reporting Legislation, applicable to public-interest entities, with more than 500 employees and


Work placements offer alternative recruitment channels and support inclusion

Last month KBC Bank hosted the first Inclusive Employer meeting in Cork.  At the session Munster based companies described their schemes to support apprenticeships and work placements which in the majority of cases provide candidates that they can recruit and progress through the organisation. According to Louise Murray our Senior CSR Adviser, the logic stacks


SDGs Series: How can business advance the Sustainable Development Goals?

  Following on from our first article on the Sustainable Development Goals and Business this month we look at what are the goals most prioritised by business. We also want to highlight our upcoming SDGs workshop. This year marks four years since the United Nations member states unanimously agreed on the  Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and planet by 2030,


What can you do to help bees?

BITCI News - Environment - May 19, 2019

At a past 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.


100 CEOs launch a Call to Action for a New Deal for Europe

BITCI News - May 07, 2019

Today, around 100 CEOs made an appeal to join forces for a New Deal for Europe. They want to accelerate sustainable growth, tackle climate change and create inclusive prosperity. Brought together by CSR Europe, the CEOs raise their voice to enhance dialogue and strengthen interaction with Politics, Civil Society and their Business & Industry peers.


New series: Sustainable Development Goals & Business

We are delighted to launch a new series for business on the Sustainable Development Goals. Over the next months we will be delving into the SDGs with a series of articles from our expert Sustainability and CSR advisers. Our first article will provide readers with an overview of the SDGs in Ireland and future pieces


Improving Customer Service through Inclusive Employment

In 2018, eir made the strategic decision to move all customer facing employees back in-house. This decision was driven by the belief that for high quality customer service to be delivered, every person dealing with a customer should be an eir employee. In keeping with eir’s commitment to its national footprint, a significant number of


In Conversation with Amanda Davis Senior Manager Global Corporate Responsibility and The Environment at Symantec

BITCI News - Leadership - Apr 30, 2019

We are delighted this month to introduce you to Sustainability leader Amanda Davis. Amanda is the Senior Manager Global Corporate Responsibility and The Environment at Symantec and has a very wide range of global sustainability and CR responsibilities. Read about Amanda’s achievements, challenges and how she stays inspired whilst also learning the fascinating sustainability journey


Three’s Workplace Choir fosters a sense of community

Members News - Apr 30, 2019

The British Psychological Society recently highlighted research completed by the University of Leicester which found that company choirs bring a huge boost to employees’ health. The study suggests that people who participate in workplace choirs feel less stressed by their work and more supported by their colleagues. In Ireland in 2018, the Irish World Academy


Symantec host discussion on sustainable beekeeping

Members News - Apr 30, 2019

“If you ask ten different beekeepers a question about bees you’ll get ten different answers – and they’ll all be right!” This was just one aspect of the complex and fascinating world of beekeeping explored with Olly from Olly’s Farm in Wicklow during a recent event hosted by Symantec. Symantec hosted this discussion on sustainable beekeeping with


An Post launches new Address Point Service

Members News - Apr 30, 2019

An Post joined with charities and service providers to announce the launch of Address Point, a ground-breaking, free personal postal address and letter collection service for people who are homeless or living in temporary accommodation. Whether it’s trying to arrange medical appointments, dealing with children’s schools, applying for jobs, or trying to keep in touch


Heat Merchants Group meets 85% of energy needs with major PV solar installation at Athlone HQ

BITCI News - Apr 30, 2019

Installation of 470 roof-mounted solar PV panels forms central plank of Group’s commitment to BITCI Low Carbon Pledge. In a major demonstration of support for the shift to green energy by business, Heat Merchants Group has installed over 470 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on the roof of its business support offices and central distribution hub


Sustainable Food for All and the SDGs: Alternative Perspectives from the Fringe

Our CSR Adviser Johnny Meehan recently attended the Sustainable Ireland – Sustainable Food Conference in Croke Park on the 11th of April. Johnny shares a summary from the day. I discovered some interesting and alternative perspectives on food that really resonated with me, maybe they will with you too. A different story about food  Ireland it


Symposium on Non-Financial Reporting: Implications for Business and Human Rights in Ireland

Our Senior CSR Adviser Darina Eades attended the Irish Centre for Human Rights Symposium on Non-Financial Reporting: Implications for Business and Human Rights in Ireland, on April 2 in NUI Galway.  Her key insights follow.   “Any business serious about conducting human rights due diligence is doing so to prevent harm and to unearth any


Guinness removes plastic packaging from beer packs

Members News - Apr 15, 2019

Plastic ring carriers and shrink wrap to be removed from multipacks of Diageo’s beer products: Guinness, Harp, Rockshore and Smithwick’s • Introduction of 100% recyclable and biodegradable cardboard to replace plastic • Innovation will reduce plastic waste by 400 tonnes per year, equivalent to 40 million 50cl plastic bottles • New packaging will be on


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