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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.


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


ESB on leading the low carbon transition

Members News - Environment - Feb 25, 2020

ESB has been actively engaged with the sustainability agenda for many years. In 2008 they launched a 5 year sustainability programme (2008- 2012) which involved performing deep dive audits of the company’s energy footprint. This enabled ESB to identify a range of emissions mitigation options and quantify associated cost savings. ESB was one of the


How HEINEKEN reduced their carbon emissions

Members News - Environment - Feb 25, 2020

Heineken Ireland Heineken’s global strategy to “Brew a Better World” created a clear mandate for Heineken Ireland to prioritise sustainable business practices. The global strategy, effective since 2010, sets out the company’s global ambition to be a green brewer. The strategy identifies 6 pillars against which all local companies must deliver continual improvement: reducing CO2


Dublin becomes first Capital City globally with zero emissions postal delivery

Members News - Environment - Feb 10, 2020

An Post the first postal service to eliminate carbon emissions in a Capital city And the first to introduce electric trucks into a commercial fleet in Ireland An Post proposes a 100% Green Delivery Zone in Dublin All cities in Ireland will have zero emissions postal delivery by end of 2020   Dublin, Friday, 7th


PM Group announce a €50k bursary for Old Bawn Community School in Dublin

Members News - Community - Jan 27, 2020

The €50,000 bursary is open to sixth year and transition year (TY) pupils over a four-year period. The bursary will support students’ interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and encourage them to pursue third level education. The collaboration will include the provision of laptops for a selected group of leaving certificate students who


KPMG Children’s Books Ireland Awards

Members News - Community - Jan 27, 2020

The KPMG Children’s Books Ireland Awards recognise excellence in writing and illustration, in Irish or English and is open to authors and illustrators who are born in Ireland, are permanently resident here, or are citizens of Ireland. The annual awards, now in their 30th year, are considered the highlight of the year for those involved


Tesco Ireland removes 1.5m pieces of plastic as it scraps plastic-wrapped tinned multipacks in stores

Members News - Environment - Jan 27, 2020

  Tesco will replace plastic-wrapped multipacks with plastic-free multibuys on tinned food eliminating 10 tonnes of plastic from the environment each year  Customers still get the same ‘multipack’ value, just without plastic. 23rd January 2020 Tesco Ireland has today announced that it will become the first retailer in Ireland to remove plastic-wrapped multipacks, sold across


In Conversation with Caroline Casey founder of 500 Valuable

In Conversation Series - Dec 05, 2019

On November 13th at the 12th annual CEO Breakfast Forum our Head of Marketing Moira Horgan discussed the topic of diversity and inclusion in the workplace with an inspiring and straight-talking Caroline Casey, the founder of the Valuable 500.  Caroline is on a mission to get 500 of the biggest brands on board to put


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’


Sandra Fagan M&S Business Working Responsibly mark

In Conversation with Sandra Fagan, Head of HR M&S Ireland

As Marks & Spencer this year celebrates 40 years in Ireland we are delighted to get to know their Head of HR, Sandra Fagan. Please describe your role and responsibilities and how many years you have been in the Company. My role is Head of HR for Marks and Spencer Ireland and I have been


Employers urged to see Ability not Disability

State Street and Social Innovation Fund Ireland join forces to empower more people with a disability to gain employment New €1.5 million Ability to Work Fund aims to reach 500 people with disabilities across Ireland Employers across Ireland were urged to “see ability not disability” and to create more opportunities in the workplace for people


Circular Economy developments from the Irish Government

BITCI News - Environment - Nov 04, 2019

On October 18th, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform released a circular with guidelines intended to promote the use of environmental and social considerations in public procurement. It did so recognising “the public service must demonstrate its commitment to sustainable development and use its influence to persuade others of the changes required to reduce


Jenny Kavanagh WorkDay

In Conversation with Jenny Kavanagh Global Impact Director at Workday

For this month’s In conversation series we get to know Jenny Kavanagh, Global Impact Director at Workday. Jenny has a wealth of experience in marketing, communications, events and ultimately her biggest passion CSR!     Please describe your role and responsibilities and how many years you have been in the company My role is Global Impact


The Mark of a Great Company

BITCI News - Strategy - Nov 03, 2019

The 2019 Edelman Trust Barometer recently revealed that 75% of Irish people expect CEOs to take the lead on social change issues. Business in the Community Ireland has developed the Business Working Responsibly mark, the only independently audited standard for CSR and Sustainability in Ireland.


RTÉ increases focus on the climate crisis with dedicated RTÉ On Climate content

Members News - Community - Environment - Oct 31, 2019

Brand-new documentaries and features with Irish perspective on the global climate crisis and practical ways we can all make a difference  RTÉ has announced that it is to put an increased focus on climate with dedicated content to coincide with Science Week.  RTÉ On Climate will see brand-new content across tv, radio and online, and dedicated news features across the week of the 11th to


Bank of Ireland signs UN Principles for Responsible Banking as part of its ongoing responsible and sustainable business strategy

Members News - Leadership - Oct 30, 2019

64% of Irish people more concerned about climate change now than 12 months ago Four in five believe climate change will impact on them in their lifetime Francesca McDonagh, Bank of Ireland Group Chief Executive, signed the United Nations Environment Programme – Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Principles for Responsible Banking at the UN Headquarters in


Dublin Bus lands prestigious Lord Mayor’s Award

Members News - Community - Oct 30, 2019

Dublin Bus received the prestigious Lord Mayor’s Award, making them the first transport provider in the State to do so. The award was given for Dublin Bus’ commitment to providing an accessible service for all, as demonstrated by the work of their Travel Assistance Scheme. Winners were announced by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor


Janssen launched Bloom Mini Documentary to mark World Mental Health Week

Members News - Community - Oct 30, 2019

Janssen has a legacy of developing treatments for mental illnesses. For more than 50 years, their commitment to mental health has led to innovative products to treat schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder and bipolar disorder, and they are working to bring forward new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and severe mood disorders, including depression. Depression is the most


Gas Networks Ireland outlines plan to reduce Ireland’s carbon emissions by a third with Vision 2050

Members News - Environment - Oct 30, 2019

Gas Networks Ireland, together with its parent company Ervia, recently published Vision 2050 – A Net Zero Carbon Gas Network for Ireland. Through a combination of technologies, Gas Networks Ireland sets out how it can reduce Ireland’s total carbon emissions by one third and create a net zero carbon gas network. Gas Networks Ireland’s vision


The Biodiversity Handbook for Business

BITCI News - Environment - Oct 11, 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


Scoil Aonghusa Opens New Sensory Playroom and Gym

Community - Oct 01, 2019

Abbott employees raised €60,000 to fund building for the Cashel school to help empower students to live better, healthier lives Scoil Aonghusa in Cashel has recently opened a new sensory playroom and gym for its students. The school, which caters for students with moderate to severe learning disabilities, was supported through a fundraising campaign by


EirGrid Group launches five-year strategy to transform the Irish Electricity System

Members News - Strategy - Oct 01, 2019

EirGrid Group has recently launched a new five-year strategy aimed at transforming the electricity system on the island of Ireland for future generations. The strategy will ensure that renewable energy accounts for 70% of all electricity use in Ireland by 2030 – more than double current levels. Key to the new strategy is upgrading the


Innovation that Matters

Members News - Community - Oct 01, 2019

One of IBM’s core values is ‘Innovation that matters – for our company and for the world’. As a result, a team of engineers in IBM’s software lab in Dublin is putting that value into action through their work on an award winning project with Stop the Traffik, a UK founded not-for-profit organisation set up to