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HEINEKEN Ireland publishes milestone Sustainability progress report

HEINEKEN Ireland has released its sustainability progress report. The report details significant reductions in the brewer’s carbon emissions, water usage and waste production in the decade since it began reporting under HEINEKEN’s Global Sustainability Strategy, Brewing a Better World. During that time, the Cork city-based brewer has cut its carbon emissions by more than half


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559 individuals take on Eir Challenge in support of Special Olympics Young Athlete Programme

BITCI News - Community - Sep 23, 2020

Eir and Special Olympics Ireland (SOI) have worked together since 1985, making this the longest sustained corporate charity partnership in Ireland. Employee engagement is the major reason that the relationship is as strong now as it was 35 years ago. Seven years ago eir employees created a fundraising event for their charity partner, the purpose


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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,


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Vhi and Irish Youth Foundation Join Forces to Launch Vhi Health & Wellbeing Fund

BITCI News - Community - Sep 17, 2020

Seven-time All-Ireland winner and social activist Philly McMahon joined Vhi today for the launch of a new Fund established in partnership with the Irish Youth Foundation (IYF) dedicated to supporting young people’s health and wellbeing. The Vhi Health and Wellbeing Fund is looking to fund projects that are seeking to strengthen resilience in young people


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SSE Airtricity partners with An Post to launch The Generation Green Home Upgrade Programme

BITCI News - Environment - Sep 17, 2020

Minister for Climate Action, Communication Networks and Transport, Eamon Ryan TD has welcomed a new partnership between SSE Airtricity and An Post which will see 30,000 homes avail of energy efficient retrofits in the coming years. The Generation Green Home Energy Upgrade forms a key part of An Post’s Green Hub which provides a simple


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Calor select Samaritans Ireland as first charity partner

BITCI News - Community - Sep 17, 2020

Calor Ireland is proud to announce that Samaritans Ireland will be the company’s first charity partner.  The Samaritans was chosen by Calor staff, following an extensive process which considered a number of leading charities. Through the new partnership with Calor, Samaritans can answer over 4,000 additional calls for help. The support could save people’s lives


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Leading retailers and FoodCloud launch first national food appeal to support communities affected by Covid-19

BITCI News - Community - Sep 09, 2020

Four of Ireland’s leading retailers – Tesco, Aldi, Lidl and EUROSPAR – have come together to support a new food initiative by FoodCloud called ‘Food For Ireland’, to help meet the unprecedented demand on FoodCloud’s services from charities and communities across Ireland affected by Covid-19. FoodCloud has experienced a doubling in demand for its food


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Gas Networks Ireland growing sustainably and responsibly

Members News - Communication - Aug 20, 2020

Gas Networks Ireland has reduced its carbon footprint by 27% over the last decade, according to the company’s 2019 Sustainability Report. The network operators also exceeded the public sector energy reduction target by 11%, delivering a 44% reduction, with plans to reduce its carbon emissions even further in the future, both within their own operations and from


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Alkermes Releases Third Annual Corporate Responsibility Report

Members News - Environment - Aug 13, 2020

Alkermes has released its third annual Corporate Responsibility Report. The report highlights the company’s corporate and social responsibility and environmental sustainability efforts, including recognition of the importance of continuing to increase the sophistication of monitoring and reporting on such efforts in the future. An essential component to Alkermes’ long-standing commitment to responsibility is its dedication


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Permanent TSB announces a three year partnership with Ó Cualann Cohousing Alliance

Members News - Community - Aug 13, 2020

In July, Permanent TSB bank announced a 3-year partnership with Ó Cualann Cohousing Alliance to support the agency’s work developing fully integrated, co-operative and affordable housing schemes in communities across the country. Permanent TSB will provide €350,000 to Ó Cualann, which will be used to fund the resources required to accelerate its development plans. The


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Aldi is first retailer to donate non-surplus food to FoodCloud during Covid-19

Members News - Community - Jul 09, 2020

Donation enables FoodCloud to support 17 new food hubs in 15 counties across Ireland Aldi Ireland has become the first retailer to donate non-surplus food to FoodCloud during the Covid-19 pandemic to help with the unprecedented demand on FoodCloud’s services from charities. FoodCloud has experienced a huge surge in demand for its food redistribution services


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Virtual Volunteering part 1 How virtual volunteering benefits both your employees and communities

BITCI News - Community - Jul 06, 2020

The Covid-19 emergency and subsequent lockdown has meant that many Irish businesses have had to completely transform their CSR & Community plans for 2020. Despite this disruption, there is a compelling solution to this challenge that can ensure company volunteers can continue having a positive social impact while also helping struggling charities and vulnerable people:


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Virtual Volunteering part 2: Case Studies & Tips for your business

BITCI News - Community - Jul 06, 2020

What are the types of activities that a company might be able to support through Virtual Volunteering? The possibilities are almost endless. Here are just a few short case studies of how BITCI member companies have used Virtual Volunteering to maintain their previous CSR activities and Community commitments – and to develop new initiatives. Virtual


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The Lidl & Jigsaw partnership shared commitments & goals

Members News - Community - Jul 06, 2020

At Lidl, we believe it is our responsibility to build a successful, sustainable future, not just for our business, but for the communities we serve. This commitment is enshrined in our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy, A Better Tomorrow. Through the community pillar of this strategy, we are partnered with Jigsaw – the National Centre


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Case Study: Musgrave’s strategic approach to sustainability and reducing carbon emissions

BITCI News - Environment - Jul 02, 2020

As Ireland’s leading food retailer, wholesale and foodservice company, Musgrave is well placed to support positive change in businesses, local communities and the environment. Sustainability has long been front and centre of Musgrave’s operations, becoming one of the first companies globally to embed the UN Sustainable Development Goals back in 2015. It has become a


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Case Study: Arup’s commitment to the wider sustainability agenda

BITCI News - Environment - Jul 02, 2020

For the past decade, Arup has been actively engaged with the wider sustainability agenda. In 2013, it published its first annual sustainability report and began working with clients on the 100 Resilient Cities initiative, helping to build more sustainable cities and communities. In 2015, Arup enhanced its commitment to reducing its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and


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Case study: An overview of RTÉ’s commitment to the highest level of energy reduction and sustainability

BITCI News - Environment - Jul 02, 2020

RTÉ is committed to the highest level of energy reduction and sustainability. As Ireland’s public service broadcaster, RTÉ is subject to the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan 2009 – 2020, which looks for the public sector to “lead by example through strong committed action”. RTÉ takes this leadership role by progressing the sustainability agenda on


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Case study: How SSE is enhancing the sustainability and decarbonisation of its business operations

BITCI News - Environment - Jul 02, 2020

SSE Ireland has a strong heritage of renewable electricity production and a vision to be a leading energy company in a net-zero carbon world. Being both a producer and distributor of electricity has resulted in SSE developing deep capability in a diverse range of low carbon solutions, ranging from onshore and offshore wind farms to smart


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Communications in a Time of Crisis

BITCI News - Communication - Jul 02, 2020

On May 14th  we held our webinar ‘Communications in a time of Crisis’. The first half of the webinar was hosted by our Head of Marketing Moira Horgan, while the second half was hosted by CSR Advisor Maureen O’ Donnell. We heard from the following speakers: Vivienne Flood, Head of Public Affairs, RTÉ Barry Kenny,


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Education in a Time of Crisis

BITCI News - Communication - Jun 25, 2020

On Thursday, May 28th we held the final webinar in The BITCI Webinar series, Education in a Time of Crisis. We heard from the following speakers: Dr. Aideen Cassidy, Principal, Beneavin De La Salle College, Dublin 11 David Coleman, Clinical Psychologist & Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Psychology, UCD Deirdre Kennedy, Corporate Citizenship / CSR Lead, IBM Ireland Cian O’Brien, Mayfield/The Glen Schools Completion Project, Cork Pia


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Listen back to the Low Carbon Pledge webinar

BITCI News - Environment - Jun 15, 2020

On Friday, 5th June 2020 (World Environment Day), BITCI and PwC Ireland hosted the 2nd annual Low Carbon Pledge Report Launch. We launched the Low Carbon Pledge for business back in 2018. Over 50 leading companies in Ireland are now signed up to the Pledge and work collaboratively on solutions to address climate change. Last year, BITCI


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The role of sustainable business during Covid19

BITCI News - Leadership - May 05, 2020

On April 15th  BITCI CEO Tomás Sercovich introduced our new BITCI Webinar Series alongside our Senior CSR Adviser, Linda O’Sullivan. The ongoing webinar series explores, among other things, the links between sustainable business, CSR and the business response to Covid-19. As part of the first webinar, we discussed the global business response to the Covid-19


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Unprecedented times call on an exceptional business response

BITCI News - Leadership - Mar 24, 2020

AUTHOR: Tomás Sercovich, CEO, Business in the Community Ireland

The COVID-19 outbreak brings unprecedented challenges. A recent global survey shows the importance that business will play in this crisis, from being a trusted source of information,  to supporting staff, contractors, consumers and local communities, to being perceived as a key partner of Governments to team up and “play its part” in the solutions that will be needed.


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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


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In Conversation with Suzanne Johnston, CSR Stakeholder Manager at Ulster Bank

Get to know Suzanne Johnston, the CSR Stakeholder Manager at Ulster Bank. Suzanne’s role is to drive the bank’s CSR agenda and manage their community programmes, engaging internally with colleagues across branches and offices, and externally with a range of stakeholders. Suzanne has been with Ulster Bank since November 2018.


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Tesco Ireland Raises €5 Million in 5 Years for Temple Street Children’s Hospital

Members News - Community - Mar 02, 2020

Tesco Ireland is proud to confirm it has reached a monumental fundraising milestone having raised €5 million over the course of its five-year partnership with CHI at Temple Street. Throughout the course of this partnership, the funds raised have helped the hospital to buy over 270 pieces of vital medical equipment for patients including ultrasound


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AbbVie named as Ireland’s number 1 Workplace

Members News - Workplace - Mar 02, 2020

Biopharmaceutical company presented with prestigious title at 2020 Best Workplaces in Ireland awards AbbVie, the global biopharmaceutical company, has been named as Ireland’s No.1 large workplace. The award was presented at the 18th annual Great Place to Work Best Workplaces in Ireland ceremony in Dublin last week. AbbVie has been listed among the Best Large


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Vhi gives sporting chance to young people living in disadvantaged communities

Members News - Community - Mar 02, 2020

Five youth groups were today awarded funding by Vhi to deliver a ‘Run for Fun’ programme as the company seeks to give a sporting chance to over 100 young people from underserved communities in Dublin, Donegal, Kilkenny and Limerick. The ‘Run for Fun’ programme was created by Vhi, in partnership with Irish Youth Foundation, to


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5 Easy steps towards a Zero Waste Office

BITCI News - Environment - Mar 02, 2020

The topic of Zero Waste has been around for quite a while but lately it’s become particularly important, driven by the threat of the climate crisis and the amount of plastic in our oceans. Reducing waste has risen to the forefront of our environmental consciousness, but Zero Waste isn’t just about that. it goes beyond


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How Gas Networks Ireland are working to reduce their emissions

Members News - Environment - Feb 25, 2020

Gas Networks Ireland Gas Networks Ireland (GNI) has adopted an iterative multi-year approach to reducing the environmental impact of its business activities. Significant milestones on this journey have been the implementation of an Environmental Management System (certified to ISO 14001) in 2012 and achieving the Energy Management System certification (ISO 50001) in 2014. In 2015