Diversity & Inclusion

Business in the Community Ireland

How to manage ageism in the workplace

  We know the Irish workforce is aging. Estimates from the Central Statistics Office indicate there will be about 1.5 million people aged 65 or over in Ireland by 2051. Also, with the qualifying age for the old-age pension likely to be pushed out, people are going to be in the workplace for longer. As


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KPMG Multicultural Week – Diverse teams for a diverse world

Diversity & Inclusion - May 25, 2022

Last month, KPMG hosted an internal celebration and awareness campaign, KPMG Multicultural Week. Multicultural Week is about celebrating the diversity of KPMG’s people who come from over 50 different countries around the world. In 2021 alone KPMG hired 302 people from 31 different countries outside Ireland and the UK. This celebration shone a light on all


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BITCI launch new Traveller Employment Programme

Today at the inaugural Elevate Pledge report launch we also announced our new Traveller Employment Programme, an important step-up in tackling the under-employment of Travellers. This programmes is an addition to our award winning employment programmes supporting people with high barriers to employment and it is funded by the Community Foundation for Ireland. Through direct


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Sky Ireland’s New Horizons Initiative

  As part of our Elevate Pledge Inaugural report launch, we delve deeper into some of the successful diversity and inclusion initiatives highlighted in the report. In this piece, learn about Sky Ireland’s New Horizons initiative. Sky is Europe’s leading media and entertainment company and is proud to be part of the Comcast group. What was your


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Accenture’s Neurodivergent Internship Programme

  As part of our Elevate Pledge Inaugural report launch, we delve deeper into some of the successful diversity and inclusion initiatives highlighted in the report. In this piece, learn about Accenture’s Neurodivergent Internship Programme. What was your diversity & inclusion goal? Accenture is committed to accelerating inclusion and diversity for all and creating a work


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eir’s #SheLeads Gender Pay Gap Report

As part of our Elevate Pledge Inaugural report launch, we delve deeper into some of the successful diversity and inclusion initiatives highlighted in the report. In this piece, learn about eir’s   Gender Pay Gap Report. What was your diversity & inclusion goal? eir is the principal provider of fixed-line and mobile telecommunications services in Ireland


Business in the Community Ireland

BT Ireland’s Early Career Programme

As part of our Elevate Pledge Inaugural report launch, we delve deeper into some of the successful diversity and inclusion initiatives highlighted in the report. In this piece, learn about BT Ireland’s Early Career Programme. What was your diversity & inclusion goal? AT BT Ireland, one of our highest priorities is being a diverse, equitable and inclusive


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Energia’s Virtual Call Centre Teams

As part of our Elevate Pledge Inaugural report launch, we delve deeper into some of the successful diversity and inclusion initiatives highlighted in the report. In this piece, learn about Energia’s Virtual Call Centre Teams. What was your diversity & inclusion goal? Diversity really matters to our organisation. It’s the right thing to strive for, and


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Energia Group celebrates women in engineering on International Women’s Day

Energia Group is proud to join International Women’s Day to celebrate women in engineering and to inspire girls to consider engineering as a career choice during STEPS Engineer’s Week. Engineer’s Week is a celebration of the world of engineering in Ireland which runs from 5-11 March. International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the


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eir introduces new suite of compassionate policies to support employees during difficult times

eir, Ireland’s leading telecommunications provider, recently introduced a number of new policies designed to assist employees at times where they may need additional support. eir will become one of the first companies in Ireland to provide both a Fertility Policy and a Pregnancy Loss Policy, alongside the introduction of other supports relating to Menopause and


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LinkedIn offers training on BITCI’s EPIC programme

Diversity & Inclusion - Dec 08, 2021

  EPIC is a free employment programme targeting asylum seekers and refugees under BITCI’s Business Action on Employment Programmes. It provides 6 weeks of training, including workshops on CV and Cover Letter writing, interview preparation, mock interviews, networking opportunities and more. 70% of EPIC participants have found jobs or entered training or are volunteering. This


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Children’s Books Ireland launches Diversity, Representation and Inclusion project with KPMG

Last September, KPMG and Children’s Books Ireland launched Free To Be Me , a project that ensures that every child can see themselves reflected in a book and exposes children to the lives of others whose experiences and perspectives may differ from their own. The Free To Be Me reading guide features cover artwork by illustrator Ashwin Chacko, and contains


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Matheson Launches Cara Scholarship

Diversity & Inclusion - Nov 01, 2021

Matheson has announced the 2021 launch of its Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship in association with Trinity College Dublin (TCD).  Renamed the Matheson Cara Scholarship, in honour of late Matheson partner, Cara O’Hagan, and delivered as part of Matheson’s Impactful Business Programme, the scholarship is open to second-year undergraduate students in TCD, including students on the Higher


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Vodafone is making its Menopause Toolkit available to all Irish businesses

Diversity & Inclusion - Oct 27, 2021

To mark World Menopause Day, Vodafone made its Menopause Toolkit available to all Irish businesses, encouraging employers to engage with their teams on the topic and support employees through all life stages. Recent research conducted by Vodafone estimates that menopause currently affects around 15% of Vodafone’s 100,000 employees globally. As part of the independent study, it


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Three Ireland launches new STEM scholarship with Trinity College Dublin to fund diversity and inclusion initiatives

Diversity & Inclusion - Oct 27, 2021

Three Ireland and Trinity College Dublin have announced a new STEM scholarship partnership which will fund the creation of 25 Three Ireland Scholarships for Women in STEM over five years and two Three Ireland Trinity Access Teacher Fellowships for three years. The Trinity Access Teacher Fellows will play a crucial role in efforts to encourage


Business in the Community Ireland

BITCI members build intergenerational connection, combat ageism, through Age Action

In March 2021, Age Action launched a new CSR programme: the Age Action BIG Corporate Challenge, where BIG stands for “Be Intergenerational.” This programme for corporate teams promotes intergenerational connection whilst raising funds and awareness to support our Age Action’s work. By pledging to “Be Intergenerational,” participants increase understanding across generations, which is key to


Business in the Community Ireland

SSE Works Programme – Now taking Applications for New Positions

  As part of their commitment to Inclusion and Diversity and Business in the Community Ireland’s Elevate Pledge, SSE Airtricity will hire five people from underrepresented groups (such as people with disabilities) to start work this winter in their business. This is a unique opportunity to join one of Ireland’s leading green energy providers on


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Pride at KPMG: celebrating inclusion and diversity

Diversity & Inclusion - Jul 27, 2021

Making KPMG a better place to work and building a culture where where all people feel supported to balance their career ambitions with their personal lives is a big priority. Although we may not be celebrating Pride in the usual fashion in 2021, KPMG is proud to be a continued ally to all those in


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How Inclusive is Irish Society?

Diversity & Inclusion - Jul 02, 2021

Despite recent predictions of a stronger than expected economic recovery, forecasters are still expecting unemployment levels to rise this year to 10% – that’s double the figure pre-pandemic. At BITCI, through our education and employment programmes, we see first-hand both the privileges and the challenges that are part of life depending on background or personal


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Top tips to building an inclusive workplace starting now

Diversity & Inclusion - Jul 02, 2021

  Recognising that certain groups within our society face significant barriers to employment, BITCI commissioned a series of focus groups to gain an understanding of these barriers and how they can be overcome. The barriers to inclusion were explored from both the employer and the jobseeker’s perspective. Not surprisingly similar themes came out from both


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Barriers to inclusion and how to overcome them

Diversity & Inclusion - Jun 24, 2021

From a moral sense we know Diversity and Inclusion is the right thing to do. We also know there is a strong business case for inclusion. Businesses are committed and formal statements are issued to welcome one and all to be a part of their organization. However genuine these statements are, the reality is, certain


Business in the Community Ireland

Lidl Ireland to become first company in Ireland to recognise early pregnancy loss & miscarriage as a bereavement as part of its new compassionate leave policy

Family retailer will offer three days at full pay to all employees, regardless of gender, including those with a surrogate mother affected by an early pregnancy loss & miscarriage Lidl Ireland is set to become the first company across the island of Ireland to update its Compassionate Leave Policy to reflect the inclusion of three


Business in the Community Ireland

45 of Ireland’s largest companies sign up to ELEVATE pledge to improve diversity and inclusivity in Irish workplaces

THURSDAY 20th May: 45 of Ireland’s largest companies have publicly committed to improve inclusivity and diversity in their workplaces by signing up to ELEVATE, the Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) inclusive workplace pledge. BITCI recently commissioned Deloitte to assist with the research for a new report – Diversity and Inclusion in Focus – which


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Mercury commits to eliminating gender pay gap

Mercury’s CEO Eoin Vaughan , recently made an announcement that Mercury is committed to eliminating its gender pay gap. Read the full message below: “I am delighted to announce that Mercury has reached a major milestone in our journey towards gender equality and inclusion. “Just over a year ago, we started implementing a solid compensation structure


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Female empowerment at core of KPMG’s IWD events

KPMG are committed to fostering an inclusive culture and proud to support numerous initiatives to help deliver this. The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD) is ‘Choose To Challenge’. KPMG are bringing this campaign to life through a host of events to celebrate International Women’s Day as they continue to promote female empowerment.


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Sodexo launches its 2021 Social Impact Pledge

Diversity & Inclusion - Feb 18, 2021

Sodexo UK & Ireland has today publicly stated its commitment to a series of pledges forming its ethical manifesto for leading the way to improve quality of life for society and our planet. These pledges include gifting  up to 25% of its apprentice levy to SME suppliers, enabling them to create 100 new apprenticeships; cutting


Business in the Community Ireland

‘I’m studying medicine at TCD, thanks to my mentor’

Elaine O’Neill talks to Mia O’Connor about how our Student Mentoring programme gave her the confidence to get into Medicine at Trinity College Dublin. Listen to the lessons she’s learnt from her mentor Ciara O’Donoghue through Cornmarket’s partnership with Mount Carmel Secondary School in Dublin. Find out how to get involved with the Student Mentoring programme , part of our many


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Shaping the Future of Work

New publication by the Leaders Group on Sustainability Worker of the Future sub-group As we emerge from the Covid-19 lockdown, business decisions are being made about new ways of working that could have lasting impact and, perhaps, unintended consequences. While many conversations are taking place, along with advice on the re-opening of the Irish economy,


Business in the Community Ireland

New Women@Work programme launched

In the run up to International Women’s Day, we are delighted to launch our new employment programme for women. Women@Work is for those who wish to return to the workforce or enter it for the first time by connecting with businesses. As part of our Inclusive Employer Blueprint, we run a number of innovative programmes


Business in the Community Ireland

The untapped talent pool-how businesses are supporting social inclusion

Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) celebrated the latest participants to engage with their diversity and inclusion programmes at a special event hosted by Workday in Dublin. BITCI are the leading advisers on sustainability and CSR in the country and work with some of Ireland’s largest companies. Earlier this year, BITCI launched the ‘Inclusive Employer’