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Ireland is the first country in Europe to adopt the P-TECH school model

16th November marked an important moment for Ireland’s education system, and for the community in Dublin’s north east inner city, as Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, announced pilots of the  P-TECH  model in three local schools. Ireland is the first country in Europe to adopt the P-TECH school model. First established by IBM and local educators in Brooklyn, New


Calor Gas turns up the heat on its sustainability agenda

Members News - Leadership - Nov 28, 2018

Calor understands that it has an important role to play in powering rural Ireland and providing innovative alternatives to carbon-intensive fuels. It’s no surprise, therefore, that sustainability is at the heart of Calor’s business strategy in Ireland. Calor is fully committed to supporting environmental best practice and sustainable development and its employees are key enablers


Time to Count goes Nationwide

BITCI News - Community - Nov 28, 2018

Were you interested in numbers and maths when you were a child? Would you enjoy sharing this love of maths? We need YOUR company to provide volunteers with a love for numbers to help local primary school children nationwide explore and develop a love of maths for themselves. Our Time to Count Steering Group has


11 Companies in Ireland achieve the Business Working Responsibly mark

BITCI News - Leadership - Nov 14, 2018

Over 180 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 sustainability and third-party audited by the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI). BITCI Ireland announced that 4 new companies achieved the Mark and 7


43 companies sign low carbon pledge to cut emissions

BITCI News - Leadership - Nov 14, 2018

Dublin, Wednesday, 14th November, 2018: In a ground-breaking move today, over 40 of the country’s leading companies have made a dedicated pledge to significantly reduce their carbon emissions. The companies, drawn from many sectors of business and industry, are to cut their carbon emissions between now and 2030. The pledge was made today at a


Olympic Winner Celebrates Community Heroes From Across Dublin

Members News - Community - Nov 08, 2018

Thursday November 8, Olympic medal-winning hero Annalise Murphy took some time out from her busy training schedule to help announce the winners of the 2018 Dublin Bus Community Spirit Awards. 85 voluntary and community groups from across Dublin will find out the value of their award, €1,000, €2,000 or €5,000, which will allow them to


Reimagining banking in local economies

Members News - Community - Oct 31, 2018

On September 20th, Bank of Ireland won the Marketplace category at the Chambers Ireland CSR awards for their innovative Workbench concept. In simple terms Workbench is a space in the bank branch put aside for entrepreneurs to work and meet. The unique concept connects entrepreneurs, Bank of Ireland colleagues and the local community, by offering


European Pact for Youth – Updates

BITCI News - Strategy - Oct 31, 2018

BITCI held a stakeholder round table on October 10th as a follow up for those who attended the first EU Business-Education Summit in Brussels in November 2017. At this Summit CSR Europe, the EU Commission, the European Council and the European Parliament launched the European Pact for Youth national action plans of member states, including


Luas operator Transdev wins the Award for Light Rail Operator of the Year for the second year running at the Global Light Rail Awards

Community - Oct 31, 2018

  The awards ceremony, which was held in London on Wednesday the 3rd of October, is an annual event attended by representatives from across the global light rail industry. The awards celebrate innovation and excellence, covering topics such as customer experience, sustainability, safety and technical initiatives, engineering and operational excellence, and system design. The winner


ESB launches Generation Tomorrow

Community - Oct 31, 2018

ESB Generation Tomorrow is a new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) programme dedicated to empowering young people to reach their potential and power their collective brighter future. ESB plans to invest €7.5m over the next five years to support the work of a number of partners including TechSpace (part of Camara Ireland), RDS


Vodafone Ireland pledges to switch to 100% renewable electricity by 2025

Members News - Environment - Oct 31, 2018

Vodafone Ireland launches its Sustainable Business Report with focus on Diversity & Equality, Energy & Environment and Youth Skills & Jobs transformational goals Report unveiled at a special event hosted at the ‘Cool Planet Experience’ to celebrate International Day of Climate Action 2018 Key note from Senior TED fellow and author Dr Rachel Armstrong on


Gas Networks Ireland launches Energize

Members News - Community - Oct 31, 2018

Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) are at the core of the Gas Networks Ireland business, but there’s a skills gap.  Industry demand for STEM graduates still outstrips supply every year. To help promote careers in science to young people, Gas Networks Ireland, in partnership with Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI) has launched a new science


What all businesses can do now to take immediate climate action with Talanoa Dialogues

BITCI News - Environment - Oct 30, 2018

Last month Business in the Community Ireland participated in Natural Capital Partners’ Talanoa Dialogue.The Talanoa Dialogue is a United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) initiative to gather private sector and civil society views on how to accelerate progress towards net zero emissions. Natural Capital Partners hosted round-table discussions across Europe and the U.S.


BITCI supporting the Green Awards 2019

BITCI News - Communication - Oct 30, 2018

  Business In The Community Ireland are proud to be supporting the Green Awards 2019 .   The Green Awards, recognise the extraordinary contribution & commitment that companies now make towards growing a greener future in Irish businesses today. As our valued members you can avail of the following benefits: Extended Deadline: Business in the Community members can


In Conversation with Cathriona Fitzsimons PM Group

Members News - Leadership - Oct 30, 2018

This month we are delighted to give readers the opportunity to get to know Cathriona Fitzsimons the Corporate Responsibility Co-ordinator for PM Group.PM Group is an international provider of professional services in engineering, architecture and project management.


BITCI launch sustainability report

BITCI News - Oct 30, 2018

  On behalf of our Sustainability Committee Down to Earth, we are delighted to launch the 2017 Sustainability report. The report was launched last month. Download a copy of the report or read a few of the highlights below: Environment: 2017 was the first year that SSE Ireland became our energy provider, providing 100% renewable energy. Electricity purchased was the most


I Wish, DCU, Accenture and BITCI highlight the challenges and opportunities facing STEM education in Ireland

Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, today launched two important initiatives for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) education in Ireland. These are the fifth annual Wish showcases, which takes place across four days in Dublin and Cork next February, and DCU’s ‘A World of Opportunities’; a landmark STEM careers guide for


A week of reckoning for climate change

Leadership - Oct 17, 2018

AUTHOR: CEO Tomás Sercovich

Ever since the world came together almost three years ago to celebrate the agreement reached in Paris at the COP21 to prevent the catastrophic consequences of extreme weather events, there has not been an uneventful week in the fight against climate change. Last week was no different. On Monday, the Intergovernmental Panel on


Be Bold – Maximise your Charity Partnerships Potential

BITCI News - Oct 16, 2018

Charities Institute Ireland together with An Post, ESB, Eversheds Sutherland, Davy, L&P Trustees and The Ireland Funds are delighted to bring Dan Pallotta, the leading international author, speaker and trainer on transforming charities to deliver Bolder Board Training at The Round Room, Dublin on the 12th November. This is a great opportunity for CSR professionals


Is your business model future-fit?

BITCI News - Leadership - Oct 04, 2018

AUTHOR: Tomás Sercovich CEO

The Chambers Ireland CSR Awards 2018 took place recently. As official partners on the Awards our CEO Tomás Sercovich spoke at the celebratory event challenging business leaders with some thought provoking questions and celebrating the inspiring work of CSR and Sustainability practitioners. Here that follows is an edited summary from his keynote speech. “We were delighted to be partnering once more


New Communities Partnership and BITCI host a Migrant Expo and Job Fair for more than 700 migrant job seekers living in Dublin

David Stanton T.D., Minister of State for Justice with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration and Integration opens event


In Conversation with Derval O’Brien, CSR Programme Manager with EirGrid Group

BITCI News - Leadership - Oct 01, 2018

We are back with our In Conversation Series getting to know CSR and Sustainability professionals leading the sustainability agenda for Ireland’s top businesses. This month we hear from Derval O’Brien, the CSR Programme Manager with the EirGrid Group.


Marks & Spencer, Sustainable Procurement & Human Rights

BITCI News - Business & Human Rights - Oct 01, 2018

AUTHOR: Darina Eades, Senior CSR & Sustainability Adviser

On September 19, our Senior CSR and Sustainability Adviser Darina Eades attended a meeting of the Northern Ireland Business & Human Rights Forum, hosted by Queen’s University in Riddell Hall, Belfast. The meeting featured a talk by Louise Nicholls, the Corporate Head of Human Rights, Food Sustainability & Food Packaging with Marks & Spencer.  For


25th October Bank of Ireland to host a unique Breakfast Briefing with Simon Anholt

Members News - Oct 01, 2018

Famed TED Talk speaker and founder of The Good Country Index, Simon Anholt, will be in Ireland this October and Bank of Ireland are hosting a unique invitation-only Breakfast Briefing on the 25th October. Attendees will be able to hear the latest trends and insights from this renowned speaker.


16th October Workday VIBE: value inclusion, belonging and equity for all

Diversity is an ongoing challenge opportunity we all face – what action can we take to make the necessary changes? With a growing climate of inclusion in Ireland over the past few years, many organisations see diversity as a key strategic priority – but diverse talent is still largely underrepresented at all levels. Join Workday


14 companies come together with government to promote greater inclusion and diversity in the workplace

Thursday, September 27, 2018: 14 private sector companies have come together as founders of The Open Doors Initiative, which will assist some of the most marginalised groups in society to gain access to workplaces through training and employment experience. An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar formally launched the initiative at Accenture’s The Dock in