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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

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


Gas Networks Ireland pledges action on biodiversity with ‘Seed for Nature’ commitment

Members News - Environment - Apr 01, 2019

The ‘Our Seeds for Nature’ Charter was agreed at a meeting chaired by Minister Josepha Madigan in Dublin Castle on Wednesday, 20th February, which was attended by Gas Networks Ireland, along with senior leaders from 14 Government, state agency, private sector and non-governmental organisations. The Charter is a suite of commitments for nature and biodiversity


New episode of the CEO as Activist Series

Welcome to a new episode of the CEO As Activist series from The BITCI Podcast. Last week the Leaders’ Group on Sustainability, powered by Business in the Community Ireland, hit another milestone by launching the #InclusiveEmployer blueprint, a practical guide to create inclusive workplaces and reduce social inequality in Ireland. After the event we sat down


Get Coding! – Virgin Media Ireland’s message to young people

Members News - Community - Mar 04, 2019

Technology has a huge impact on the way we all live. Virgin Media Ireland want to help make sure people get the very best from it.  Their Corporate Social Responsibility strategy is focused on Doing Digital for Good.  This is Virgin Media Ireland long-standing promise to make sure the power of connectivity benefits their customers and


How the Mark has helped HEINEKEN Ireland know they are on the right track

BITCI News - Leadership - Mar 04, 2019

 Watch a short interview with Maarten Schuurman, CEO of HEINEKEN Ireland. Achieving the Mark has helped the company know they are on the right sustainability track and also encourage them to continuously improve. Meet all the top businesses in Ireland that have achieved the Business Working Responsibly mark.


Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, eir and An Garda Síochána launch campaign to tackle cyber bullying

Members News - Community - Mar 04, 2019

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone joined eir and An Garda Síochána to launch a campaign to help tackle the increasing problem of cyber bullying in Ireland. Cyber bullying is the use of technology to harass, threaten, embarrass, or target another person. The crucial message shared today, on Safer Internet Day 2019,


AIB and FoodCloud

Members News - Community - Mar 04, 2019

AIB has been working with FoodCloud since it introduced its new community programme ‘AIB Together’ in 2018. Delivering social impact is a key pillar of the AIB Together programme and as part of the programme, each AIB employee is entitled to two volunteering days per year. Employees can volunteer with their chosen charity and, to


Green Awards 2019

BITCI News - Environment - Mar 04, 2019

Attended by the Minister of Communications, Climate Action & Environment, Richard Bruton TD, the 2019 Green Awards ceremony took place on Tuesday, February 26, at the Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, Dublin. ​Congratulations to all the  2019 winners. ​Launched in 2008, the Green Awards has established itself as a leading platform for sustainability intelligence, leadership and innovation in


In Conversation with Aoife Mulqueen

For this month of our In Conversation with series we are delighted to get to know more about Aoife Mulqueen, Talent Specialist in Vodafone Ireland. Aoife participated in the panel session at the Inclusive Employer launch last week sharing her experiences in creating an inclusive workplace at Vodafone Ireland.   Please describe your role and responsibilities and


Virgin Media calls on families around Ireland to discover the digital world together

Members News - Community - Feb 06, 2019

Safer Internet Day 2019 was celebrated yesterday 5th February and focused on ‘Together for a better Internet’. Through the day, families all around the Ireland were encouraged to discover the digital world together, as activities got underway to mark Safer Internet Day, 2019. This is 11th year Virgin Media has supported this annual global event and


In Conversation with Gino Vansteenhuyse CEO of Calor Gas Ireland

We are delighted to kick off the first In Conversation series of 2019 with the CEO of Calor Gas Ireland Gino Vansteenhuyse. Gino believes education is a vital part of Ireland’s response to tackling climate change. Read through his experience and leadership in driving the sustainability agenda. Please describe your role and responsibilities & how many years you


National Biodiversity Conference

BITCI News - Environment - Jan 29, 2019

The National Biodiversity Conference is taking place later this month and business will have a starring role. Head of Advisory Services  Bernadette Phelan will be there at Dublin Castle on Feb 20th and 21st to launch the BITCI’s new Biodiversity Handbook for Business, members Intel and Dawn Meats will be presenting their biodiversity work on


How the Mark helps the Central Bank deliver on their CSR commitments

BITCI News - Strategy - Jan 29, 2019

The Central Bank of Ireland achieved the Business Working Responsibly mark in November 2019. Do you want to find out how your business performs on CSR and Sustainability? Take our quick online questionnaire and receive the results straight away.


BITCI takes part in two government-led forums on Business & Human Rights and Climate Change

BITCI News - Business & Human Rights - Environment - Leadership - Jan 23, 2019

AUTHOR: CEO Tomás Sercovich

Last week, Business in the Community Ireland was delighted to take part in two government-led forums that will drive Ireland’s ambition on sustainable development. We were delighted to take part in the inaugural meeting of the Business and Human Rights Implementation Group, an initiative championed by An Tánaiste, Simon Coveney TD and chaired by Breege


Episode 2 EPA, IBM Ireland and EirGrid discuss low carbon economy

BITCI News - Leadership - Jan 02, 2019

Episode 2 of The BITCI Podcast CEO as Activist Series is out. This episode goes back to the thought-provoking panel on the low carbon economy. Leaders from the Environmental Protection Agency, EirGrid and IBM Ireland rallied business support for immediate action on climate. Chaired by our Head of Advisory Services Bernadette Phelan with Laura Burke,


The BITCI Podcast CEO Activist Episode 1

BITCI News - Leadership - Dec 13, 2018

 The BITCI Podcast has arrived! Our first series, CEO As Activist, follows on from the theme of our 11th Annual CEO Forum where we examined the emerging trend of the CEO As activist. In this first episode we’d like to bring you back to that straight-talking morning and hear how the CEOs from ESB,


Tomás Sercovich opening speech from the 11th Annual CEO Forum 2018

BITCI News - Leadership - Dec 10, 2018

 Watch the opening speech from our 11th Annual CEO Breakfast Forum delivered by our CEO Tomás Sercovich, unmissable key insights and sustainability trends.


A behind the scenes on the Leaders’ Group on Sustainability

BITCI News - Leadership - Dec 10, 2018

The Leaders’ Group on Sustainability is a coalition of Ireland’s leading organisations that is striving to improve the sustainability of the Irish business sector through sharing best practice and creating new ways of doing business. Find out more about the Group.


BT Shop for Change raises vital funds for cancer research and support services across the country

Members News - Community - Dec 10, 2018

Ireland’s biggest charity shop takeover, BT Shop for Change has succeeded in raising €186,269 for the Irish Cancer Society. The brainchild of BT Ireland employees, the event, now in its seventh year, saw more than 120 BT Ireland employees swap the office for the charity shop and compete against each other to generate the most


J&J WiSTEM2 D

Members News - Community - Dec 10, 2018

The Johnson & Johnson (J&J) family of companies has been at the forefront in advocating and promoting the need to support women in pursuing careers in the STEM2D area.  As part of J&J’s commitment to building a diverse scientific community, the company developed its WISTEM2D strategy – Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Manufacturing and


Abbott: Parents, students and teachers attend STEM careers event – Science Week 2018

Members News - Community - Dec 10, 2018

Abbott contributed significantly to National Science Week, 2018 by helping to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers in Ireland. Abbott started their science week activity off with “ASPIRE with Abbott,” which took place at Abbott’s Clonmel facility. This event was a showcase of STEM (Science, technology, engineering and maths) careers, sharing advice about