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Aldi donates over €77,500 to 155 local charities in 2020

Members News - Community - Jan 21, 2021

Over €77,500 has been donated to 155 local charities nationwide as part of Aldi’s Community Grants programme.  The programme helps fund charities and organisations that contribute vital work and services in their local communities.  Each local charity is chosen by Aldi employees, enabling them to help the local good causes they are passionate about. A


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‘I’m studying medicine at TCD, thanks to my mentor’

Elaine O’Neill talks to Mia O’Connor about how our Student Mentoring programme gave her the confidence to get into Medicine at Trinity College Dublin. Listen to the lessons she’s learnt from her mentor Ciara O’Donoghue through Cornmarket’s partnership with Mount Carmel Secondary School in Dublin. Find out how to get involved with the Student Mentoring programme , part of our many


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Virgin Media and Young Social Innovators join forces to transform lives

Members News - Community - Dec 10, 2020

Virgin Media and Young Social Innovators have joined forces to find young Digital Innovators in a new award category of the Young Social Innovators of the Year Ireland Awards which will take place in 2021. The move forms part of Virgin Media’s ongoing Corporate Social Responsibility programmes where Virgin Media already partners with Young Social Innovators


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12 Companies in Ireland achieve the Business Working Responsibly mark

BITCI News - Leadership - Dec 09, 2020

The Mark is operated by Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI), the non-profit organisation dedicated to sustainability and third-party audited by the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI). Six companies achieved the Mark for the first time with another six achieving recertification.   Wednesday, 9th December:  Over 200 business leaders attended Business in the Community


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Low Carbon Pledge Workshop #4

Environment - Dec 01, 2020

The 4th and final Low Carbon Knowledge Session of 2020. We discussed the New Low Carbon Pledge Commitment and what this means for your organisation. We also heard from our own team of Environmental experts on BITCI’s Low Carbon Perspective. Additionally, deep dived into another area which impacts a lot of your organisations and can


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Intel donates 300 insect, bird and bat boxes to local Tidy Towns associations

Members News - Environment - Dec 01, 2020

Across Intel’s 145 sites worldwide there is a network of Corporate Services employees who are responsible for everything from site selection, security, and cafeteria services to managing the Intel Air Shuttle and everyday operations. This Corporate Services (CS) group, which has thousands of employees, delivers world class factory and office infrastructure at Intel’s multiple sites


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Diageo launches new ten-year sustainability action plan

Members News - Leadership - Nov 30, 2020

By 2030, Diageo’s ‘SOCIETY 2030: SPIRIT OF PROGRESS’ plan will enable the company to: Reach 1 billion people with messages of moderation through its brands Achieve Net Zero carbon emissions across direct operations Increase representation of leaders from ethnically diverse backgrounds to 45% Use 30% less water in every drink it makes Diageo, maker of


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Deloitte’s Impact Week goes virtual for 2020

Members News - Community - Nov 30, 2020

Impact Day is Deloitte’s flagship volunteering day in September each year, supporting many charities around the country. Due to COVID 19, and a change in strategy, the Deloitte team had to quickly reimagine the approach for 2020. As Claire Bergin – Senior Corporate Responsibility Manager at Deloitte – put it: “This year we wanted to


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Climate Change and the Role of Science Based Targets

BITCI News - Environment - Nov 30, 2020

AUTHOR: Nick Reynolds, CSR & Environment Adviser

‘Climate change is our generations greatest challenge to life as we know it and, in a way, our very existence.’ We have all heard a version of this statement being said over and over again, from environmental scientists and activists, politicians, to the Pope himself. Scientifically though it is proven that we are in the


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New report by Arup and IPUT recommends a refreshed approach to office design to support new ways of working

Businesses, property developers and city authorities must act now to enable office workers to revitalise relationships with the workplace post-pandemic, says a new report. The report, produced by Ireland’s leading property company, IPUT, and multinational consultancy firm, Arup, analyses the role of the office and how it can continue to support new ways of working.


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Virgin Media secures 100% renewable energy supply with Naturgy Ireland

Members News - Environment - Nov 26, 2020

Virgin Media Ireland has reached a long-term agreement with Naturgy Ireland that will introduce a 100% renewal energy supply across its operations in Ireland. This renewable energy agreement will power Virgin Media’s main offices, contact centre, TV studios, data centres and regional transmission sites across Ireland and will support our ongoing commitments in reducing our


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Dawn Meats lands double win in Green Food and Beverage Producer Awards

Dawn Meats has again been recognised for their ongoing commitment to sustainability with a double success in the inaugural Green Food & Beverage Producer Awards. The new awards are part of the annual Green Awards and look to celebrate sustainable food practices undertaken by producers and processors in Ireland. Supporting their ambition to be recognised


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Arup commits to net zero across global operations by 2030

Members News - Leadership - Nov 04, 2020

Arup has committed to achieving net zero emissions across its entire operations by 2030, covering everything from the energy used in offices to goods and services purchased. To achieve this, the firm has set a target to reduce its scope 1, 2 and 3 global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30 per cent within the next five years from a 2018 baseline. The target, validated


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Intel Ireland brings Solar for Schools project to Maynooth

BITCI News - Members News - Environment - Oct 22, 2020

Intel Ireland has announced the latest instalment in the ‘Solar for Schools’ program – a unique and innovative solar technology project that enables schools and community organisations in North Kildare to generate their own energy supply directly from the Sun. The expansion of the Solar for Schools program this year has seen three schools in the


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Aldi Ireland becomes the first retailer to complete trial with Bord Iascaigh Mhara’s new fresh fish traceability system

BITCI News - Members News - Environment - Oct 19, 2020

Aldi is the first retailer in Ireland to test blockchain technology successfully to validate its corporate buying policy for organic and sustainably produced Irish seafood. Aldi and Verifish are participating in a pilot project with Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s seafood development agency. This project is funded under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund. Developed


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Press Release: New research uncovers barriers for Irish business on decarbonisation journey

BITCI News - Environment - Oct 13, 2020

  Data access, complex value chains, guidance and leadership buy-in cited as challenges Customer relationships, reputation and stakeholder engagement still seen as primary benefits   Tuesday 13th October: New research on the readiness of businesses in Ireland to fully reduce their carbon emissions shows that including Scope 3 emissions in a company’s footprint assessment is proving a


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In Conversation with Riona Gilroy, College Proteins

Our In Conversation Series is back this October with Riona Gilroy, Business Development Manager at College Proteins. College Group is Ireland’s largest rendering company, they lead the way in innovative rendering practices with a team of over a hundred dynamic and highly skilled professionals. Please describe your role and responsibilities and how many years you have


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The latest version of the Business Working Responsibly mark certification

BITCI News - Leadership - Sep 29, 2020

We are excited to announce that we will soon be launching a new version of the Business Working Responsibly mark standard. This new version of the Mark will see significant process improvements for companies certifying and recertifying during the coming year. What is the Business Working Responsibly mark? The Business Working Responsibly mark is the top standard for CSR and


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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


Shaping the future of work

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 recently 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: