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BITCI supporting the Green Awards 2019

BITCI News - Communication - Oct 30, 2018

  Business In The Community Ireland are proud to be supporting the Green Awards 2019 .   The Green Awards, recognise the extraordinary contribution & commitment that companies now make towards growing a greener future in Irish businesses today. As our valued members you can avail of the following benefits: Extended Deadline: Business in the Community members can


In Conversation with Cathriona Fitzsimons PM Group

Members News - Leadership - Oct 30, 2018

This month we are delighted to give readers the opportunity to get to know Cathriona Fitzsimons the Corporate Responsibility Co-ordinator for PM Group.PM Group is an international provider of professional services in engineering, architecture and project management.


I Wish, DCU, Accenture and BITCI highlight the challenges and opportunities facing STEM education in Ireland

Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, today launched two important initiatives for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) education in Ireland. These are the fifth annual Wish showcases, which takes place across four days in Dublin and Cork next February, and DCU’s ‘A World of Opportunities’; a landmark STEM careers guide for


A week of reckoning for climate change

Leadership - Oct 17, 2018

AUTHOR: CEO Tomás Sercovich

Ever since the world came together almost three years ago to celebrate the agreement reached in Paris at the COP21 to prevent the catastrophic consequences of extreme weather events, there has not been an uneventful week in the fight against climate change. Last week was no different. On Monday, the Intergovernmental Panel on


Is your business model future-fit?

BITCI News - Leadership - Oct 04, 2018

AUTHOR: Tomás Sercovich CEO

The Chambers Ireland CSR Awards 2018 took place recently. As official partners on the Awards our CEO Tomás Sercovich spoke at the celebratory event challenging business leaders with some thought provoking questions and celebrating the inspiring work of CSR and Sustainability practitioners. Here that follows is an edited summary from his keynote speech. “We were delighted to be partnering once more


New Communities Partnership and BITCI host a Migrant Expo and Job Fair for more than 700 migrant job seekers living in Dublin

David Stanton T.D., Minister of State for Justice with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration and Integration opens event


In Conversation with Derval O’Brien, CSR Programme Manager with EirGrid Group

BITCI News - Leadership - Oct 01, 2018

We are back with our In Conversation Series getting to know CSR and Sustainability professionals leading the sustainability agenda for Ireland’s top businesses. This month we hear from Derval O’Brien, the CSR Programme Manager with the EirGrid Group.


Marks & Spencer, Sustainable Procurement & Human Rights

BITCI News - Business & Human Rights - Oct 01, 2018

AUTHOR: Darina Eades, Senior CSR & Sustainability Adviser

On September 19, our Senior CSR and Sustainability Adviser Darina Eades attended a meeting of the Northern Ireland Business & Human Rights Forum, hosted by Queen’s University in Riddell Hall, Belfast. The meeting featured a talk by Louise Nicholls, the Corporate Head of Human Rights, Food Sustainability & Food Packaging with Marks & Spencer.  For


16th October Workday VIBE: value inclusion, belonging and equity for all

Diversity is an ongoing challenge opportunity we all face – what action can we take to make the necessary changes? With a growing climate of inclusion in Ireland over the past few years, many organisations see diversity as a key strategic priority – but diverse talent is still largely underrepresented at all levels. Join Workday


14 companies come together with government to promote greater inclusion and diversity in the workplace

Thursday, September 27, 2018: 14 private sector companies have come together as founders of The Open Doors Initiative, which will assist some of the most marginalised groups in society to gain access to workplaces through training and employment experience. An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar formally launched the initiative at Accenture’s The Dock in


Lidl Ireland take home the Outstanding Achievement in Corporate Social Responsibility Award 2018

BITCI News - Communication - Sep 24, 2018

  Lidl Ireland has been awarded the Outstanding Achievement in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) 2018 Award at the Chambers Ireland CSR Awards. The ceremony was held in the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road in Dublin last night (20 September 2018). Lidl Ireland’s CSR programme demonstrated company-wide engagement and impressed the judging panel by performing consistently well


Veolia’s well-being evolution

BITCI News - Communication - Workplace - Sep 18, 2018

Veolia is Ireland’s leading environmental services company. They provide a comprehensive range of energy, waste and water solutions and are dedicated to carbon reduction, protecting the environment and building the circular economy. Veolia has been shortlisted for the Chambers Ireland CSR Awards 2018 for their focus on well-being in the workplace. At Veolia, well-being has


Women’s Business Network at Fujitsu

Fujitsu is Japan’s leading information and communication technology company and has a proud history working with Irish customers for over 50 years, providing a full range of technology products, solutions and services.  One of Fujitsu’s key corporate goals is ‘human-centric innovation’ where technology can enable smarter, sustainable societies. This influences all that we do and


Gas Networks Ireland Biodiversity Programme

Gas Networks Ireland, part of the Ervia Group, owns, builds and maintains the country’s natural gas network, connecting over 688,000 homes and businesses to safe, efficient and secure supply of natural gas.


The Fujitsu Ireland Volunteering Programme

The Fujitsu Ireland Volunteering Programme has been an ongoing initiative for the past 10 years. We have three primary philanthropic relationships, our charity partner: the National Council of the Blind Ireland (NCBI) and our historical charity relationships, St. Joseph’s School Rush & St. Michael’s House for the intellectually disabled. In April 2016, Fujitsu entered into


Volunteers in Tanzania – Helping the Most Vulnerable Live Fuller, Healthier Lives

Located in eastern Africa, Tanzania borders both Lake Victoria and the Indian Ocean. It’s home to Mount Kilimanjaro, the continent’s highest peak, as well as waterfalls and forests, wildebeests and giraffes. It’s also home to 55 million people, many of whom struggle with access to healthcare. For nearly 20 years, the Abbott Fund has invested


October is National Reuse Month

BITCI News - Communication - Environment - Aug 28, 2018

October is national reuse month. Below are some activities your company may be interested in if you are engaging in circular economy business models or even just looking for ways to reduce/redirect waste streams. In addition to the speakers and topics, these events would be attended by organisations like ReCreate and ReDiscovery Centre and other


CSR is a fundamental issue at Deloitte

BITCI News - Leadership - Strategy - Aug 28, 2018

For Brendan Jennings, Managing Partner of professional services firm Deloitte, corporate and social responsibility is not just a big deal, it’s an all-pervasive one. “I see CSR as a fundamental issue for us and I see it in broader terms than perhaps people have traditionally viewed it,” said Jennings. “Our role in society is very


Top tips for getting maximum benefit from Employee Networks

Many businesses support employees to set up employee networks. While the name may vary (diversity network groups, employee resource groups etc), the purpose is typically to foster inclusion in the workplace. The networks provide a forum for cohorts of employees who share a common interest or challenge at work. The most common themes are Women


4th October Migrant Expo and Job Fair in Dublin

Business in the Community Ireland is collaborating with New Communities Partnership in the first edition of Migrant Expo and Job Fair, a space created to bring together migrants with businesses, recruiters and other organisations. This is an opportunity for leading Irish businesses to meet with multilingual skilled professionals from different backgrounds and introduce more diversity


Veolia commences major upgrade to the Vartry Water Treatment Plant

Global resource management company, Veolia, is now working in partnership with Irish Water to develop and operate a new 75 million litres per day water treatment plant at Vartry, Co Wicklow. Designed to meet the growing and future needs of the population of Dublin the new plant will secure the existing supply and forms part


Diageo Opening Doors (Update)

Project Update: On Monday, August 20, 2018 BITCI members came together to discuss Diageo’s Open Doors Initiative which is intended to address barriers to employment for some of the most marginalised groups in Irish society. Attendees were provided with information regarding the commitment they would be required to make to become a founding member of


Intel’s biodiversity story

Biodiversity is the variety of life on earth and without it, we couldn’t survive. It plays a fundamental role in the provision of food, fuel, fibre, medicines, clean air and water, and physical and mental wellbeing, among many other things. However, biodiversity loss is now one of the most significant environmental threats facing the planet


Diageo Opening Doors Initiative

We are delighted to share advance notice of an exciting new employment project that BITCI are engaging in with one of our founding member companies, Diageo. As you are possibly aware, Diageo successfully delivered their Learning for Life programme (please see here and here for more info) with a new focus on asylum seekers and migrants. They


Musgrave plans for the long term

Members News - Leadership - Strategy - Jul 30, 2018

Musgrave Group’s corporate values are so simple a child can understand them. It’s why they are so effective. One of Ireland’s largest and most successful companies, the family owned business was founded in 1876, has a turnover of Euro 4.5 billion, supports more than 3,600 stores and operates nine brands – including SuperValu, Centra and


Intel celebrates 50 years

On July 18th Intel celebrated its 50th Anniversary. To celebrate this milestone the company has taken inspiration from a famous quote from co-founder Robert Noyce: “Don’t be encumbered by history, go off and do something wonderful.” With this in mind the challenge to celebrate our golden anniversary with 50,000 employees across the globe engaging in volunteerism,


KPMG impacting diversity and social inclusion through a Mentoring Programme for immigrant job seekers

KPMG has finished the seventh term of the Financial Services Mentoring Programme run in cooperation with the EPIC Programme in Business in the Community Ireland. Since 2011, a total of 25 KPMG staff have volunteered to support 30 immigrants through one-to-one mentoring meetings. The sessions have helped participants to develop knowledge of the Irish financial sector and


Accenture’s Skills to Succeed Academy Goes Nationwide

This Summer, an Irish Business and a Community Organisation Have Come Together to Build Employability Skills in Local Communities as the Skills to Succeed Academy Goes Nationwide. It seems fitting to write about the Skills to Succeed Academy in this publication as BITC’s mission is to “harness the power of Irish business to maximise its


Abbott & SciFest celebrate the 10th year of stem partnership

This year Abbott is marking the tenth year of supporting SciFest, which aims to encourage a love of science, technology and maths. This is done through active, collaborative, inquiry-based learning and also provides a forum for students at local, regional and national level to present and display their scientific investigations.


Spearheading sustainability

Members News - Strategy - Jul 30, 2018

Lidl are fully committed to ensuring that their buying power is driving positive change for producers,communities and the environment as a whole, both in Ireland and further afield. Whether it is beef bought here in Ireland or bananas bought in the Dominican Republic, they are driving on-farm sustainability and tackling topics such as plastic reductions.