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Is Green the New Black? Embracing the sustainability commodity discourse

Living sustainably has become a lifestyle choice. The eco-movement has exploded within societies, and especially within popular culture; organizations, governments, and consumers are all taking steps to ‘‘green’’ their lives. The downturn in the global economy in 2008 signalled an end to the Gordon Gekko ‘‘greed is good’’ 1980s mentality, and a recognition by many


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How Accenture and Enterprise Rent-a-Car helped Enyinna Ngwobia secure a job

Coming from Africa, I knew I had to work hard to find a job and I was ready given the fact that things are done differently in the western world. But alas, I was devastated and I was getting desperate to say the least”. When Enyinna Ngwobia left Nigeria, he had completed graduate studies including


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Biodiversity means business

BITCI News - Environment - Jan 02, 2018

What is biodiversity? Biodiversity defines life as we know it. It is the nature around us, the food we eat and the raw materials that we use in business. Biodiversity also provides services on which we all rely on, from pollination to flood protection and climate regulation. Why does it matter to business?


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How to Conduct Due Diligence in Human Rights

On November 20 & 21, Business in the Community Ireland organised training for members on How to Conduct Due Diligence in Human Rights. This bespoke member training was delivered by Parul Sharma, Dean of the Academy of Human Rights in Business at CSR Sweden. The November training followed hot on the heels of the launch


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Employability Programme Roundtable

On the 21st November we held our Employability Programme Roundtable. The event was hosted by Standard Life and there was great participation by many member companies interested in this area. Learn some of the key features of both the Standard Life and Vodafone Returners programme that were discussed.


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In Conversation with Marian Troy, Head of Corporate Affairs, SSE Ireland

For our last In Conversation piece of the year we are delighted to get to know more about Marian Troy, Head of Corporate Affairs at SSE Ireland. SSE Ireland are a member of the network and have recently achieved the Business Working Responsibly mark.


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Biodiversity Learning Network: The Business Case for Biodiversity

We recently held our 4th and final Biodiversity Learning Network of 2017, hosted by RTE, which focused on building a Business case for Biodiversity. We heard from a number of BITCI member companies, went on a nature walk, announced the winners of the BITCI Biodiversity Photography Competition, and had a chance to meet some of the environmental NGOs at


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In Conversation with Nick Reynolds, CSR Adviser at BITCI

BITCI News - Leadership - Oct 03, 2017

We are excited to be launching a new In Conversation Series with our very own CSR Advisers from the Membership Services Team who work with some of Ireland’s leading brands on their sustainability. We kick off this new series with our environmental expert, Nick Reynolds.


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The most and least challenging issues facing companies when it comes to sustainability

Each year Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) analyses the areas that organisations find least and most challenging in the Business Working Responsibly mark questionnaire . The Business Working Responsibly mark standard, for responsible and sustainable practices, is based on ISO26000 and is open to any organisation.


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Employees, your reputation army

At the Q2 Network Meeting in May, our Head of Marketing Moira Horgan, shared insights on why it is crucial to communicate to your employees about your sustainability efforts. Moira also provided tips on how to do so successfully:


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In Conversation With David O’Flynn, Head of CSR at Dawn Meats Group

Members News - Leadership - Jul 25, 2017

For this issue of our In Conversation with Series we had the opportunity to hear from David O’Flynn, Dawn Meats’s Group Head of CSR.   Please describe your role and responsibilities and how many years you have been in the company As Dawn Meats’ Group Head of CSR my role covers our 17 sites in


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Biodiversity Communications: Raising Awareness Internally and Externally

We recently held our 3rd Biodiversity Learning Network of 2017, which focused on communications around biodiversity. We asked ourselves the following questions: How can companies raise awareness of biodiversity among employees and in communities? How can we identify and engage the passionate individuals within our own organisations? How can we support internal dialogue between departments


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Northern Trust building a culture of Smarter Travel

At the Smarter Travel Awards 2017, Northern Trust won the overall Smarter Travel Workplaces award along with the Carsharing and Workplace Coordinator awards. What can we learn from Northern Trust’s experience of building a culture of Smarter Travel?


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In conversation with Christina van der Kamp, corporate responsibility manager at Gas Networks Ireland

BITCI News - Leadership - Jun 06, 2017

In this month of our In Conversation with series we are delighted to talk to Christina van der Kamp, Corporate Responsibility Manager at Gas Networks Ireland.


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Biodiversity- Tips and Tricks for Creating a Wildflower Meadow

  On Tuesday 26th of April, BITC Ireland held the first Learning Network meeting for this year with the theme:Biodiversity, Wellbeing and Employee Engagement.


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Shocking & Unsettling – Why taking time to understand human rights risks has to be prioritised

Parul Sharma engaged all seated at 10 am in A&L Goodbody on March 21, 2017 for the BITCI Workshop on Identifying & Addressing Human Rights Risks in Company Operations & the Supply Chain.


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Business and Human Rights

Business and Human Rights is a vast topic and while it is a relatively new concept to some organisations, it is material to all business sectors. The prevalence of human right abuses as a result of corporate operations has no geographic boundary and with increasingly globalised supply chains, the time to act is now.  


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In Conversation with Leslee O’Loughlin, Group HR Manager for Enterprise Rent-A-Car

In this month of our In Conversation with series we are delighted to talk to Leslee O’Loughlin, Group HR Manager for Enterprise Rent-A-Car.


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CSR, charities and UN days of observance calendars

Awards Calendar This calendar provides a listing of Award schemes that relate to Corporate Responsibility. Timeframes and links to relevant websites are included. This calendar is updated monthly by BITCI.


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SMEs in the Supply Chain – Procuring from Responsible Businesses

    On 2nd February, BITCI held a workshop with its members to discuss the intersection of two topics – sustainable procurement and Small to Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs). Regardless of the type of business you are, you’re likely spending sums of money annually on products and services offered by SMEs – be it gardening


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Is a top 10 place in the Sustainable Development Goals within Ireland’s capability?

14th out of 149 countries isn’t bad in any global index for our small nation, especially when the Nordic countries are in the running. That’s Ireland’s ranking in the SDG Index which provides a ‘traffic–light’ report card for countries against the United Nation’s new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


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Stimulating Businesses and the Economy: Supplier Diversity Programmes

Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI), as the network for responsible business, identified a growing trend of large companies undertaking initiatives that support Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Hence it undertook preliminary research to explore this topic in more detail to uncover exactly the types of initiatives large companies are carrying out to support SMEs


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Stimulating Businesses and the Economy: Examples of companies’ initiatives to support SMEs

Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI), as the network for responsible business, recognised a growing trend amongst its members of initiatives being implemented that are aimed at supporting Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs). These initiatives aren’t driven solely by Business-to-Business (B2B) companies who would potentially have SMEs along their supply chains as both customers and


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Stimulating Businesses and the Economy: Business Case & How To Set Up Initiatives To Support SMEs

Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI), as the network for responsible business, identified a growing trend of large companies undertaking initiatives that support Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs).


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In Conversation with Michelle Toner Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at eir

In this month of our In Conversation with series we are delighted to talk to Michelle Toner Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at eir.


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In Conversation with Catherine Duffy, General Manager of Northern Trust in Limerick

  In this month of our In Conversation with series we are delighted to talk to Catherine Duffy, General Manager of Northern Trust in Limerick Please describe your role and responsibilities and how many years you have been in the company I am the General Manager of Northern Trust in Limerick. On a day to


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In Conversation with Audrey Nolan Head of CSR at Bank of Ireland

    In this month of our In Conversation with series we are delighted to talk to Audrey Nolan, Head of CSR at Bank of Ireland   Please describe your role and responsibilities and how many years you have been in the company I am Head of CSR & Reporting, in Bank of Ireland Group


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In Conversation with Geraldine Kearney Group Director of Sustainability at Glanbia

    In this month of our In Conversation with series we are delighted to talk to Geraldine Kearney, Group Director of Sustainability at Glanbia.   Please describe your role and responsibilities and how many years you have been in the company I was appointed Group Director of Sustainability in 2015, having joined the organisation


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In Conversation with Emily Maher Sustainability Advisor for KBC Bank Ireland

Welcome to our new In Conversation With CSR Professionals Series, this month we are delighted to feature Emily Maher, the Sustainability Advisor at KBC Bank Ireland.


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In Conversation with Natalie Hodgess Vodafone Ireland Foundation Manager

This month’s in Conversation With series features Natalie Hodgess, Vodafone Ireland Foundation Manager.