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

BITCI News - Leadership - Aug 01, 2019

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,


Irish Distillers and the SDGs

Irish Distillers recently hosted BITCI’s Sustainable Development Goals Workshop: ‘Integrating the SDGs into your business strategy’. It was a great opportunity to hear about how Irish Distillers have incorporated the SDGs into their CSR activities and how they have used the goals as a tool to communicate internally about sustainability and responsibility. Pernod Ricard, the parent


HEINEKEN Ireland Ahead on Sustainability Targets

Members News - Environment - Jul 01, 2019

HEINEKEN Ireland recently published its 2018 Sustainability Report which saw the brewer achieve a 58% reduction in CO2 production since 2008, far exceeding its own 20% target. This achievement underscores its 10 year commitment to be a sustainable and green brewer under its global sustainability strategy, Brewing a Better World. In 2018, as part of its sustainability plans,


What is the Circular Economy? BITCI explains

You might have heard the term “Circular Economy” and wondered what it means. It’s a fairly recent term meant to encompass a number of initiatives, philosophies, and movements (Cradle to Cradle, biomimicry, blue economy, regenerative design and others) that have been ongoing from the 1970s [1] . It’s based on the idea that the Earth has


In Conversation with Penny Bryant, Director of Communications & CSR at Fidelity Investments

BITCI News - Leadership - Jul 01, 2019

In our In Conversation Series we get to know the sustainability and corporate responsibility leaders from some of Ireland’s top businesses. This month please meet Penny Bryant, Director of Communications and CSR at Fidelity Investments. Please describe your role and responsibilities and how many years you have been in the company I oversee Communications and


Low Carbon Pledge recognised in the All of Government Action Plan as key engagement tool for collective action

BITCI News - Leadership - Jun 17, 2019

Business in the Community Ireland welcomes the adoption of the All of Government Action Plan on Climate Disruption as a decisive and coherent set of policies that will prepare Ireland to become a significant player at European and international level on adapting to climate change. In particular we welcome the approach to systemic change proposed by the Action Plan, placing a focus on


In Conversation with Claire Bergin Corporate Responsibility Manager Deloitte Ireland

BITCI News - Leadership - Jun 03, 2019

In our In Conversation Series we get to know the sustainability and corporate responsibility leaders from some of Ireland’s top businesses. This month meet Claire Bergin, Corporate Responsibility Manager at Deloitte Ireland. Claire has been with Deloitte for nearly 10 years, from a successful international sport career to Corporate Responsibility Claire’s journey is one to


Dublin Bus Drivers Say “Thank-You” Too!

Members News - Community - May 30, 2019

Dublin Bus employees helped drive community spirit on May 27th at the launch of the Dublin Bus Community Spirit Awards (CSAs). Thousands of community groups across Dublin work tirelessly all year to facilitate change and transformation in their local communities. Dublin Bus employees showed that they are truly at the heart of every community, as


Community at the heart of this year’s Fidelity Cares Day

On Wednesday, 8th May Fidelity Ireland employees joined over 8,000 of their global colleagues to take part in global Fidelity Cares Day. Now in its 6th year, the day gives employees the opportunity to get involved in a host of activities across Dublin and Galway that have a positive impact on the communities in which


Show garden created in collaboration with people impacted by mental illness unveiled at Bloom in the Park 2019

 Grounded’ sponsored by Janssen in association with Aware and See Change, aims to grow the conversation around mental illness   With the mission of starting a national conversation around mental illness, Janssen in partnership with leading mental health organisations Aware and See Change, are presenting a one-of-a-kind garden at Bloom in the Park 2019. The garden


Insights from Reporting the Impact of the Business on Human Rights workshop

On May 8, our Senior CSR Adviser Darina Eades delivered a Workshop on Reporting the Impact of the Business on Human Rights. Participants were member companies and the workshop was hosted by A&L Goodbody. The driver of this event was the 2017 Non-Financial Reporting Legislation, applicable to public-interest entities, with more than 500 employees and


Work placements offer alternative recruitment channels and support inclusion

Last month KBC Bank hosted the first Inclusive Employer meeting in Cork.  At the session Munster based companies described their schemes to support apprenticeships and work placements which in the majority of cases provide candidates that they can recruit and progress through the organisation. According to Louise Murray our Senior CSR Adviser, the logic stacks


SDGs Series: How can business advance the Sustainable Development Goals?

  Following on from our first article on the Sustainable Development Goals and Business this month we look at what are the goals most prioritised by business. We also want to highlight our upcoming SDGs workshop. This year marks four years since the United Nations member states unanimously agreed on the  Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and planet by 2030,


What can you do to help bees?

Environment - May 20, 2019

Everybody loves green spaces, but they’re not necessarily great for wildlife! Bees in particular are in need of a helping hand. Did you know that a Queen Bee emerging from hibernation in early Spring can get through 6,000 flowers per day? Finding food at this time of year is a major challenge for hungry pollinators:


What can you do to help bees?

BITCI News - Environment - May 19, 2019

At a past biodiversity workshop on the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan, we did a nature walk around an urban green space to see what simple actions businesses can take to support pollinators on their sites, in employees’ gardens, and in their local communities.


New series: Sustainable Development Goals & Business

We are delighted to launch a new series for business on the Sustainable Development Goals. Over the next months we will be delving into the SDGs with a series of articles from our expert Sustainability and CSR advisers. Our first article will provide readers with an overview of the SDGs in Ireland and future pieces


Improving Customer Service through Inclusive Employment

In 2018, eir made the strategic decision to move all customer facing employees back in-house. This decision was driven by the belief that for high quality customer service to be delivered, every person dealing with a customer should be an eir employee. In keeping with eir’s commitment to its national footprint, a significant number of


In Conversation with Amanda Davis Senior Manager Global Corporate Responsibility and The Environment at Symantec

BITCI News - Leadership - Apr 30, 2019

We are delighted this month to introduce you to Sustainability leader Amanda Davis. Amanda is the Senior Manager Global Corporate Responsibility and The Environment at Symantec and has a very wide range of global sustainability and CR responsibilities. Read about Amanda’s achievements, challenges and how she stays inspired whilst also learning the fascinating sustainability journey


Sustainable Food for All and the SDGs: Alternative Perspectives from the Fringe

Our CSR Adviser Johnny Meehan recently attended the Sustainable Ireland – Sustainable Food Conference in Croke Park on the 11th of April. Johnny shares a summary from the day. I discovered some interesting and alternative perspectives on food that really resonated with me, maybe they will with you too. A different story about food  Ireland it


Symposium on Non-Financial Reporting: Implications for Business and Human Rights in Ireland

Our Senior CSR Adviser Darina Eades attended the Irish Centre for Human Rights Symposium on Non-Financial Reporting: Implications for Business and Human Rights in Ireland, on April 2 in NUI Galway.  Her key insights follow.   “Any business serious about conducting human rights due diligence is doing so to prevent harm and to unearth any


Shay Walsh, Managing Director BT Ireland talks about the importance of achieving the Mark

BITCI News - Leadership - Apr 02, 2019

 Hear directly from Shay Walsh, Managing Director, BT Ireland on why the Business Working Responsibly mark is a key accreditation to have and why it was instrumental in verifying the CSR areas at the heart of the business such as diversity and climate change. Find out about the Business Working Responsibly mark.


Accenture Ireland Mental Health Ally Programme

Following the recent publication of the Inclusive Employer blueprint , this is the first in a regular series of articles containing business tips and examples of Inclusion in Action. In 2018 Accenture Ireland developed a Mental Health Ally programme as part of a wider commitment to becoming a truly inclusive organisation.  Through this initiative, Accenture are fostering a


Primark launches its first range of jeans made with 100% sustainable cotton

The range of women’s jeans will be available across the UK and Europe from €17 Important step towards Primark’s aim for all cotton used in their products to be sustainably sourced Primark’s sustainable cotton uses more natural farming methods, including minimising the use of chemical pesticides and fertilisers and reducing water consumption, as well as


Irish Heart Foundation, supported by Abbott and ESB Networks, launches free CPR training programme

Members News - Community - Apr 01, 2019

The Irish Heart Foundation has recently launched a new free community CPR training programme, Hands for Life. The programme, which is supported by Abbott and ESB Networks, was launched by heroic nurse Aoife McGivney who recently intervened and saved the life of a bus driver who was suffering a cardiac emergency. Hands for Life will


Biodiversity News from Swords in Ireland

Members News - Environment - Apr 01, 2019

The Siemens Healthineers campus in Swords, County Dublin is located on 20+ acres of pristine land, 4km from Dublin airport and 10km from Dublin seaport. The site opened in 1966 and manufactures Atellica® IM, ADVIA® Centaur Immunoassay and ADVIA® 2120i Hematology analysers. It is a beautiful, mature location with over 400 trees and a vast