Financial institutions are key to unlocking the system-wide change needed to lower global emissions and limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial temperatures. As providers of the capital, they have a unique influence over other actors and can play a significant role in greening our economies, the communities that we live in andour day-to-day lives.
The financial services sector has a significant role to play in meeting global and national climate and wider sustainability targets. As the majority of the emissions in this sector are located in their investment portfolios, companies will need to look at how they can decarbonise these portfolios and service offerings. AIB is one of the
The agribusiness/food & drink sector has a difficult challenge ahead of them. It has a complex supply chain, with many stakeholders. The following case study focuses on the importance of stakeholder engagement for ABP Foods on the journey to their science-based targets (SBTs) set and beyond. ABP Food Group is one of Europe’s leading agribusiness companies employing
On 20 May, 2021, Intel and the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) launched a blanket bog restoration project in the Wicklow Mountains National Park (WMNP). The restoration project, taking place over the coming months, will see 60 hectares of drained bog re-wetted to increase water storage levels in part of the River Liffey
Ireland’s own iconic Water Brand, Ballygowan, has moved its full range of grocery products to RPet, fully recycled and recyclable bottles. The move to new RPet bottles has been facilitated by a €2m investment in their operations at Newcastle West, the home and source of Ballygowan. The move is part of a drive for 100%
KPMG Ireland has announced its commitment to be a net-zero carbon organisation by 2030, as part of its continued focus on supporting sustainable growth and innovative climate solutions for Irish business. To underpin this goal, Ireland’s largest professional services firm is committing to a robust ‘science-based’ approach, in line with what the latest climate science
Volunteering is a valued part of the Intel culture. Throughout Intel’s 50-plus year history we have encouraged it, facilitated it, and sought out ways to make it as meaningful and impactful as possible. Every year Intel Ireland employees volunteer thousands of hours in the communities where they live and work. Despite the challenges of the
At the launch of our new Low Carbon Pledge in March we heard from an excellent panel of speakers who spoke about their top tips for moving to science-based targets for the creation of a low carbon economy. Gill Higgins, Head of Sustainability, Dawn Meats Group, spoke about the company’s climate vision around science-based targets and
THURSDAY 20th May: 45 of Ireland’s largest companies have publicly committed to improve inclusivity and diversity in their workplaces by signing up to ELEVATE, the Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) inclusive workplace pledge. BITCI recently commissioned Deloitte to assist with the research for a new report – Diversity and Inclusion in Focus – which
At BITCI we have been working with businesses on the topic of biodiversity since 2014. Through our engagement with our member companies, we found that no matter what sector they operate in, they struggled to understand their role when it came to biodiversity and the impact they had. We saw this as an opportunity to
Part II: Real-world business experiences Thursday, 27 May 2021 | 11.00 – 12.00 GMT+1 What: A practical business webinar, involving real-world business examples, to assist businesses in managing human rights risks and increasing their understanding of how human rights support the broader sustainability agenda. Join this webinar to: Learn from experienced peers & expert
In the lead up to Earth Day 2021, Aldi shared five insider tips to help people shop more sustainably. From finding ways to reduce the need for plastic packaging, to minimising food waste and supporting Irish suppliers, there’s plenty of smalls steps that can help to make your shop more sustainable. John Curtin, Group
Lidl Ireland is set to become the first major retailer in the world to offer free period products in stores nationwide to women and girls across the country affected by period poverty in partnership with Homeless Period Ireland and The Simon Communities of Ireland. The new initiative will see the retailer offer a dedicated coupon
In line with the Government’s ambition of reaching net zero emissions by 2050, ESB has recently announced Green Atlantic @ Moneypoint. Under the ambitious programme, ESB’s Moneypoint site in County Clare will be transformed into a green energy hub, helping Ireland to become a leader in green energy production. Green Atlantic @ Moneypoint is a
Permanent tsb has named the 6 community groups and charities that have been selected by a nationwide public vote to share in approx. €300,000 from the Permanent TSB Community Fund. The selection process involved a record 150,000 votes from permanent tsb customers and the wider public – over 7 times the 20,000 votes recorded last
An Post has launched its second Sustainability Report highlighting the essential role An Post is playing in the national drive for carbon reduction and its commitment to sustainable living, better quality of life and a healthy island. Carbon emissions have been reduced by 23% since 2009 with An Post on track for 50% reduction
The Path to COP26: As many countries look to rebuild their economies in the wake of the pandemic, there has been a major emphasis on ‘building back better’ through a green recovery, and COP26 will be the first time nations come together to discuss the commitments they made in the Paris Agreement in 2015. This
BITCI recently featured in the Irish Times special report, Sustainable Ireland, which included valuable insights from our CEO Tomás Sercovich. Catch up on all the articles that appeared in the Sustainable Ireland magazine . Alternatively, the individual articles can be accessed via the Irish Times website here.
Thursday 25th March saw the most anticipated launch of the “Vision 2050: Time to Transform” at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). Business in the Community Ireland is the national partner network for the WBCSD and as such we are engaged in bringing the message and deliverables of the newly launched Vision 2050 to our member companies and
Launch of DFA guidance for business enterprises and practical webinar The Trinity Centre for Social Innovation of Trinity Business School in collaboration with the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights and the Human Rights Unit of the Department of Foreign Affairs are delighted to invite you to the launch of new guidance on business and
HEINEKEN Ireland has released its 2020 sustainability progress report demonstrating the strength of the brewers’ commitment to maintaining environmental progress despite the profound challenges Covid-19 presented for the drinks and hospitality sectors in the past 12 months. The brewer has been removing plastic shrink and can connectors from across its portfolio of beers and ciders,
Mercury’s CEO Eoin Vaughan , recently made an announcement that Mercury is committed to eliminating its gender pay gap. Read the full message below: “I am delighted to announce that Mercury has reached a major milestone in our journey towards gender equality and inclusion. “Just over a year ago, we started implementing a solid compensation structure
Aldi is introducing new, fully recyclable paper straws across its own-label Kids Smoothies and Orange/Apple Juice Cartons, becoming the first supermarket in Ireland to do so. The move sees more than 4.5 million single-use plastic straws removed from Aldi’s 145 stores each year. This equates to a massive saving of three tonnes of non-recyclable plastic.
Teachers and principals from schools in Cork, Dublin, Kerry, Kildare and Mayo recently went back to the classroom to learn about PR and Marketing. The initiative was part of Business in The Community Ireland’s (BITCI) “Management Excellence for Principals and Teachers” programme and was delivered by employees from member company, Gas Networks Ireland. The schools
Gas Networks Ireland has been shortlisted for the Outstanding Community Support Award for exceptional customer service and support to communities as part of the 2021 CCA Excellence Awards after the semi-state organisation exceeded its Corporate Social Responsibility goals throughout 2020. Gas Networks Ireland and its staff contributed over €250,000 to more than 30 charities in
eir recently issued its first Gender Pay Gap Report, which identifies the difference in the hourly wage of men and women, irrespective of their job, qualifications, experience or working pattern. eir’s gender pay gap stood at 11.2% for 2020, which is 2.7% below the national average gender pay gap, but something which eir intends to
We are well into 2021 and the pandemic is still very much centre stage in our lives. Most businesses across the world are well versed in working from a virtual setting and as we look forward to a post-Covid world our operations will look very different, and let’s hope for the good. Being an optimist
KPMG are committed to fostering an inclusive culture and proud to support numerous initiatives to help deliver this. The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD) is ‘Choose To Challenge’. KPMG are bringing this campaign to life through a host of events to celebrate International Women’s Day as they continue to promote female empowerment.
Vhi today revealed the findings of the latest, ‘Vhi Health Insights Report’ series. The report titled ‘The Corporate Social Network: Employee Engagement and Well-Being in a Changing Workplace’ is the fifth in a series of in-depth reports by Vhi into the health of Ireland’s corporate employees. The research, which was conducted by B&A and overseen
A&L Goodbody (ALG) has entered into partnership with jumpAgrade, the online grinds platform, to support six students at Marino College who are preparing for the Leaving Certificate for the 2020/2021 academic year. jumpAgrade provides online tutoring to second-level students regardless of location, ability or socio-economic background. The partnership with jumpAgrade is part of ALG’s ongoing