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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.


Chambers Ireland CSR Awards shortlist 2018

BITCI News - Communication - Jul 30, 2018

Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace marks this year’s Chambers Ireland’s CSR Awards theme with the shortlisted projects across the fourteen award categories proving to be a showcase of CSR activities conducive to positive organisational change, employee benefit and much more.


Veolia to deliver first Carbon Energy Fund Ireland contract to Dublin’s Mater Hospital

Members News - Environment - Jul 12, 2018

Global resource management company Veolia, working through its specialist energy performance team, has been awarded the first Carbon Energy Fund Ireland, CEFI, contract for a hospital in Ireland.


Dermot Bannon gets his fingers green for the great Bank of Ireland Backyard Blitz

450 Bank of Ireland volunteers swap hedge funds for hedge clippers across Dublin, Galway and Cork On 22 and 23 June, over 450 Bank of Ireland volunteers together with Celebrity Architect and RTÉ star Dermot Bannon tackled 200 gardens in Dublin, Cork and Galway as part of the Great Bank of Ireland Backyard Blitz in


Deloitte Ireland’s Impact Award Winners

As the newest member of Deloitte North West Europe, Deloitte Ireland was excited to get involved in the first ever NWE Impact Awards which were launched in January this year. These awards were established to showcase the best examples of Deloitte people and teams making an impact for clients, for people in Deloitte and for


Make an impact on Education with Time to Read

Our Business Action on Education Team is now accepting new applicant company volunteers to participate in the 20-week Time to Read.The programme has helped children in 47 primary school second classes double their reading ability compared to their classmates. BITCI manages and facilitates the programme.


The European Sustainability Awards

The European Commission has recently opened the call for applications to participate to the first European Sustainability Award. This initiative, which is in response to a proposal from CSR Europe and in support with the EU Multi-stakeholder Platform on SDGs, has the objective to reward the efforts and creativity of European people, businesses and organisations.


HEINEKEN Ireland collaborating to become a truly green brewer

Members News - Environment - Jul 02, 2018

HEINEKEN Ireland is harnessing the expertise of its partners and stakeholders to become a truly green brewer. Thanks to a renewed emphasis on collaboration and cooperation, the company has had a landmark year in its sustainability journey.HEINEKEN has commissioned the young up-and-coming Cork director Lochlainn McKenna to deliver its sustainability message in a fresh and


Minister Humphreys announces College Group’s €10m expansion with the construction of a new biofuel facility in Nobber, Co. Meath

Members News - Environment - Jul 02, 2018

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD recently announced that College Group will invest €10m in building a new renewable energy facility producing biofuel from used cooking oil and animal fats in north Co. Meath. The investment is supported by the Irish government through Enterprise Ireland. The new 25 million litre purpose–built plant


Diageo’s Learning for Life graduation ceremony

Storm Hector did nothing to dampen the enthusiastic spirit at Diageo’s Learning for Life graduation ceremony on the 14th June. Twenty two graduates, along with their families, Diageo employees, and other members of the community attended this celebratory event. While the Learning for Life programme has been providing education and support for the long term


Tony O’Malley talks about the benefits of the Mark

BITCI News - Leadership - May 29, 2018

Tony O’Malley CEO of Fujitsu Ireland talks about the benefits of going for and achieving the Business Working Responsibly mark. The only independently audited standard for CSR and Sustainability in Ireland.


PwC supports Mental Health through “Localise” and “Green Light to Talk” initiatives

PwC, together with Localise, a youth development organisation, hosted a fundraising ‘Walk & Talk”‘ fundraising event with the students from local school, St Laurence O’Toole’s, Seville Place, Dublin 1. The event was in support of The Oasis Centre, a mental health service who offer suicide intervention training, counselling services and mindfulness courses. The success of


William Fry Supports Incognito: A Public Arts Initiative

William Fry was delighted to be involved with Incognito, a truly innovative fundraising initiative that makes art accessible to everyone while helping to provide much needed nursing and respite support for sick children and their families. The event, which ran from 4-8 April at The Solomon Gallery, Dublin, was Ireland’s largest single-gallery public art exhibition,


Matheson engaging local schools in a New Transition Year Programme

Members News - Community - May 29, 2018

Matheson recently offered eight students from local inner city secondary schools the opportunity to gain work experience during their Transition Year (TY). While there is already a structured TY programme in place at Matheson, this year they decided to re-design the programme to attract a wider pool of students and show the range of jobs