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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’


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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


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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


In Conversation with Ian Anderson Group Chief Operating Officer Momentum Support

Ian Anderson joined Momentum Support in 2010 when Ireland’s economic situation and the Sustainability agenda were in a very different space. Over his almost ten years of service with the company, Ian has seen Momentum Support grow from strength to strength. The company supports public and private sector businesses of all sizes throughout Ireland and


PM Group announces €50k bursary for Nagle Community College pupils

Members News - Community - Oct 01, 2019

PM Group has announced a bursary worth €50K for Nagle Community College pupils. The school is located near the company’s Cork office.The bursary is open to sixth year and transition year (TY) pupils over four years. It is designed to support the students’ interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and to encourage them


Are the SDGs driving meaningful change?

2015 is a year we will all remember as the year of sustainability. In December of that year, 195 countries committed to the bold ambition of the COP21 Paris Agreement on limiting climate change and earlier in September, over 150 world leaders adopted the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). There were times of optimism about


9 tips to make your sustainability collaboration a success

BITCI News - Leadership - Sep 09, 2019

Our Head of Advisory services Bernadette Phelan was recently featured in the World Business Council for Sustainable Development Panorama, a platform providing insights and looking at sustainability from a different perspective.


In Conversation with Paula Kirk Director, Energy Cities and Climate Change at ARUP

Every month we get to know more about the leaders driving the sustainability agenda in Ireland. This month we are delighted to introduce you to Paula Kirk Director, Energy Cities and Climate Change at ARUP. Read about her career journey into sustainability.


Dawn Meats joins over 600 companies worldwide striving for a 1.5°C future by committing to science based targets

Members News - Strategy - Sep 09, 2019

The low carbon agenda has been a key focus area for business in recent times, regardless of the operating sector. In Ireland, this agenda has never been more relevant than in the agri-sector where it accounts for around a third of the country’s carbon emissions. Given the proportion of Irish agricultural production which is exported


Gas Networks Ireland Launch their First Sustainability Report

Members News - Strategy - Sep 09, 2019

In recent years sustainability has become a huge influence on businesses worldwide and Gas Networks Ireland is no exception. Using the UN Sustainable Development Goals as their blueprint, this year Gas Networks Ireland published their first sustainability report – Sustainability in Action 2018 – which highlights their progress in implementing sustainable development across all areas. As a company in


Janssen Supply Chain (JSC) is buzzing with good news about sustainability

Members News - Environment - Sep 09, 2019

When employees at the Janssen Supply Chain (JSC) site at Cork take a walk at the Ringaskiddy facility, they see more than trees and flowers. They also see bee hives buzzing with the winged pollinators. The apiary at Ringaskiddy is the latest initiative in Janssen Sciences Ireland’s Biodiversity Management Program. For the past two years,


Meet Energia’s New anaerobic digester bioenergy Plant

Members News - Environment - Sep 09, 2019

A major focus for Ireland over the course of the next 10 years, leading to 2030, is to transform its energy sector by increasing reliance on renewables from 30% to 70%. This ambitious target has been recently stated in the All Government Action Plan, Ireland’s roadmap to achieving its 2030 carbon reduction target. To achieve


In Conversation with Barbara-Anne Richardson Sustainability and Communications Manager at HEINEKEN Ireland

This month we are thrilled to introduce you to Barbara-Anne Richardson, the Sustainability and Communications Manager at HEINEKEN Ireland. Read about Barbara-Anne’s career, how she stays inspired whilst also learning the fascinating sustainability journey of HEINEKEN Ireland.


Abbott publishes its sixth Ireland sustainability report

Members News - Communication - Jul 29, 2019

This year, Abbott published its sixth report on sustainability in Ireland. Abbott is a global healthcare leader that helps people live more fully at all stages of life. With almost 4,000 employees, Ireland has one of the largest populations of Abbott employees. The company serves the Irish market with a diverse range of health care


What’s all the Buzz about at Siemens Healthineers, Swords site?

Members News - Environment - Jul 29, 2019

An alarming new report released by the United Nations says roughly one million species of animals and plants are on the verge of extinction, with experts predicting grave consequences for humans.  Nature is declining globally, at rates unprecedented in human history and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, but it is not too late


A&L Goodbody recognises UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture – 26 June

Members News - Community - Jul 29, 2019

A&L Goodbody (ALG) introduced a new ‘signature project’ into their pro bono practice 18 months ago. Through their partnership with Spirasi, the centre of care for survivors of torture, their solicitors review medical legal reports as part of the international protection process. The project is unique in bringing together legal and medical expertise aimed at


Sustainable Development Goals Reporting and Communications

Since the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, four in ten of the world’s largest companies currently discuss the SDGs in their corporate reporting; the pressure is not only from Governments, employees and consumers but also from many investors who are starting to integrate the SDGs into their portfolio analysis. It is being


The business case for the Circular Economy

Sustainable Supply Chain - Jul 29, 2019

In the first article of the series we defined Circular Economy as an economic model that attempts to decouple “economic activity from the consumption of finite resources.” We also discussed the history and background of the movements that led to its rise in popularity. This second article now looks at how that popularity has fostered C-suite and board level conversations in many of today’s top corporates,