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Lidl Ireland Becomes First Retailer to Launch a Deposit Return Scheme Trial in the Republic of Ireland

Environment - Sep 29, 2021

The trial in Lidl Glenageary will see money-back reverse vending machine established and aims to redirect up to 1,500 tonnes of plastic per year when rolled out nationally. Lidl Ireland has announced the roll out of their reverse vending machines to facilitate the nation’s first Deposit Return Scheme (DRS). The machines will enable customers to deposit


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Aldi launches new own-label chocolate bar with Tony’s Chocolonely

Environment - Sep 29, 2021

Aldi has launched a brand new chocolate bar with Tony’s Chocolonely in an Irish supermarket first. The own-label Choceur CHOCO CHANGER is now available as a Specialbuy in Aldi stores across Ireland. The chocolate bar is Fairtrade certified and 100% responsibly sourced, adopting all of Tony’s Open Chain five sourcing principles to support cocoa farming communities in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana


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Tesco announces new Group-wide net zero target of 2035 for its own operations

Communication - Sep 29, 2021

Retailer also sets out Group-wide commitment to cut emissions from its supply chain and products to zero by 2050 New ambition is in line with UN aspiration of keeping global warming below 1.5C Tesco will set out plans on how to cut emissions from all key emission sources Call to action to suppliers to work


Business in the Community Ireland

BITCI members build intergenerational connection, combat ageism, through Age Action

In March 2021, Age Action launched a new CSR programme: the Age Action BIG Corporate Challenge, where BIG stands for “Be Intergenerational.” This programme for corporate teams promotes intergenerational connection whilst raising funds and awareness to support our Age Action’s work. By pledging to “Be Intergenerational,” participants increase understanding across generations, which is key to


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BT accelerates net zero targets and launches campaign to get the UK and Ireland talking about climate change

Environment - Strategy - Sep 23, 2021

BT Group has announced plans to curb its carbon emissions sooner than planned, by bringing forward its net zero targets from 2045 to 2030 for its own operational emissions and 2040 for its supply chain and customer emissions. The new target comes as a landmark UN climate report has warned that global heating is irreversible, with its starkest


Business in the Community Ireland

SSE Works Programme – Now taking Applications for New Positions

  As part of their commitment to Inclusion and Diversity and Business in the Community Ireland’s Elevate Pledge, SSE Airtricity will hire five people from underrepresented groups (such as people with disabilities) to start work this winter in their business. This is a unique opportunity to join one of Ireland’s leading green energy providers on


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95% of Aldi own-brand product packaging now recyclable

Environment - Sep 09, 2021

More than 95% of Aldi Ireland’s own-brand products now feature recyclable packaging. The news follows the Government’s announcement that PE and PP film can now be recycled in Ireland. Over the past two years, Aldi has worked with its Irish suppliers to introduce new, innovative, sustainable packaging solutions that has resulted in over 2,150 tonnes


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BITCI Member Companies are supporting UNICEF’s campaign for Global Vaccine Equity

Community - Sep 01, 2021

  As developed nations race to vaccinate their populations and re-open their economies, there have been growing calls across the world for vaccine equity . BITCI member companies have been supporting UNICEF’s ‘Get a Vaccine, Give a Vaccine’ campaign  and are now joining UNICEF’s vaccine alliance to drive the biggest vaccination campaign the world has even seen and so put an end to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the support of its partners – including the Irish Business world – UNICEF is


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Sky publishes 2020 Impact Report highlighting its societal and environmental initiatives and contributions

Communication - Aug 30, 2021

  Sky has published its Group-wide Impact Report looking at the bigger picture of the societal and environmental progress the organisation has made in the period January to December 2020. The report outlines how Sky supported its customers, people, and local communities as well as the industries it operates in, through the Covid-19 crisis. It


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Hovione and University College Cork partner up on a new project that will detect active pharmaceutical ingredients in wastewater

Environment - Aug 30, 2021

“Pharmaceuticals in the environment” is a joint project between Hovione Ltd and University College Cork. This project aims to develop a method that will detect active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) in wastewater and ensure that the concentration of those APIs is below the Environmental Protection Agency’s safe limit. This research is just one project aimed at


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Gas Networks Ireland celebrates sustainability report with new Leave No Trace partnership

Environment - Aug 30, 2021

In a European first, Gas Networks Ireland has marked the launch of its 2020 sustainability report by partnering with environmental group, Leave No Trace Ireland, to help restore Glengarra Wood in Co. Tipperary as part of the international “Hot Spot” programme. As part of its commitment to supporting environmental, social and economic sustainability, the national gas network operator is working


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Dublin Bus helps community and voluntary groups across the capital to make a difference in their local areas

Community - Jul 27, 2021

Earlier in the summer, Dublin Bus announced the winners of the 2020 Community Spirit Awards. 65 voluntary and community groups operating around the Capital and Greater Dublin Area received the wonderful, uplifting news that they were awarded a grant of €1,000, €2,000 or €5,000. Since 2004, the Community Spirit Awards has provided much-need funds for


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Pride at KPMG: celebrating inclusion and diversity

Diversity & Inclusion - Jul 27, 2021

Making KPMG a better place to work and building a culture where where all people feel supported to balance their career ambitions with their personal lives is a big priority. Although we may not be celebrating Pride in the usual fashion in 2021, KPMG is proud to be a continued ally to all those in


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What is biodiversity and why should businesses take action

Environment - Jul 21, 2021

Biodiversity has been central in conversations about climate change. Preserving natural habitats and saving different species from extinction has been presented as a key component of taking climate action and has a central role in major conversations about our environmental impact, such as the upcoming COP26 UN Climate Change conference. But why should businesses be


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Integrating biodiversity at SSE Airtricity

Environment - Jul 20, 2021

Biodiversity and nature preservation are central components in tackling the climate crisis and are taking centre stage in decisive conversations like COP26 where world leaders have committed to ending deforestation by 2030 and to making the protection of natural habitats a priority. From a business perspective, incorporating biodiversity into all aspects of a business is


Conserving wildlife on-site at Intel

Environment - Jul 20, 2021

Intel Ireland has a long history of leading on voluntary on-site biodiversity action in Ireland. Since its arrival in Kildare, the company has enhanced, restored and created biodiverse habitats in and around its campus and amplified impact beyond the limits of its site by supporting local partnerships for nature and engaging employees in its efforts


Business in the Community Ireland

#PlasticFreeJuly: How are businesses reducing plastic in their operations?

Environment - Jul 13, 2021

The impact of plastic on the environment has been a central focus in discussions around climate action for the past few years. Most recently, the European Union banned single-use plastic in its member states, recognising the impact of plastic pollution and the importance of reducing and eliminating plastic on the journey towards a sustainable economy.


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How Inclusive is Irish Society?

Diversity & Inclusion - Jul 02, 2021

Despite recent predictions of a stronger than expected economic recovery, forecasters are still expecting unemployment levels to rise this year to 10% – that’s double the figure pre-pandemic. At BITCI, through our education and employment programmes, we see first-hand both the privileges and the challenges that are part of life depending on background or personal


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Top tips to building an inclusive workplace starting now

Diversity & Inclusion - Jul 02, 2021

  Recognising that certain groups within our society face significant barriers to employment, BITCI commissioned a series of focus groups to gain an understanding of these barriers and how they can be overcome. The barriers to inclusion were explored from both the employer and the jobseeker’s perspective. Not surprisingly similar themes came out from both


Business in the Community Ireland

10 years growing together: a Partnership Giving STEM Insights to Students

Community - Jun 30, 2021

In 2011, Fujitsu Ireland and St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Rush, came together as part of Business in the Community Ireland’s (BITCI) Schools’ Business Partnership Programme. Germaine Noonan, Head of Education in BITCI, recalls the foundations of the relationship; “I remember like it was yesterday meeting former CEO Regina Moran back in the summer of 2011


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Google’s annual volunteering programme GoogleServe is returning for July 2021

Employee Engagement - Jun 30, 2021

  Business in the Community Ireland are delighted to announce that Google’s annual volunteering programme GoogleServe is returning for July 2021 to support Irish charities through skills-based employee assistance. BITCI have partnered with Google over the last six years to support the GoogleServe programme. GoogleServe 2021 will build on the highly successful Covid-19 Digital Initiative


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Kirby and PM Group team up to provide critical support to the HSE with India donation

Members News - Community - Jun 29, 2021

Kirby and PM Group are delighted to support the HSE’s recent donation of an oxygen generator from University College Hospital Galway (UCHG) to the Indian Health Service. After 14 long months, the fight against COVID-19 in Ireland is finally entering a more favourable stage with the successful rollout of a vaccination programme following on from


Business in the Community Ireland

Going paperless: eir removes 1.3M sheets of paper from retail operations annually

Members News - Environment - Jun 29, 2021

eir, the principal provider of fixed-line and mobile telecommunications services in Ireland, is making great strides to embed sustainable business practices in every part of the organisation. Through a range of transformation initiatives they are upgrading their legacy infrastructure to better serve communities across Ireland, buying green electricity, introducing electric company cars and providing more


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Dublin Bus celebrates World Environment Day with a new Environment Report

Members News - Environment - Strategy - Jun 28, 2021

Dublin Bus envisages a high quality, frequent and zero emission service which is fully integrated with a suite of flexible transport solutions that make door-to-door journeys for all customers easy and enjoyable. In advance of World Environment Day, (June 5th) Dublin Bus launched their environment report; Driving Change: Our Journey to Zero. This sets out


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Barriers to inclusion and how to overcome them

Diversity & Inclusion - Jun 24, 2021

From a moral sense we know Diversity and Inclusion is the right thing to do. We also know there is a strong business case for inclusion. Businesses are committed and formal statements are issued to welcome one and all to be a part of their organization. However genuine these statements are, the reality is, certain


Business in the Community Ireland

Lidl Ireland to become first company in Ireland to recognise early pregnancy loss & miscarriage as a bereavement as part of its new compassionate leave policy

Family retailer will offer three days at full pay to all employees, regardless of gender, including those with a surrogate mother affected by an early pregnancy loss & miscarriage Lidl Ireland is set to become the first company across the island of Ireland to update its Compassionate Leave Policy to reflect the inclusion of three


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External Perspective on the Climate Agenda and the Role of Business

Environment - Jun 21, 2021

Professor John Sweeney,  Emeritus Profesor at Maynooth University offered us his insights and perspective on the climate agenda and the role businesses can play in addressing climate change. Ireland’s commitment The fight against climate change has to be a joint endeavour between nations, civil society and business. Earlier this year, the Irish government approved a


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Developing a circular approach with Veolia

Members News - Environment - Jun 21, 2021

Developing a circular approach to your business will be key in driving your transition to decarbonising your operations across your supply chain. Veolia are leaders in the circular revolution and can show the impact that this has had to date and what to expect going forward. For all companies, across all sectors, business-as-usual is not


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Reducing the company’s carbon footprint with PwC

Environment - Jun 21, 2021

Professional services firms can play a key role in the fight against climate change due to their global reach and potential to influence businesses in all sectors. PwC recognises this responsibility and has made significant progress towards a sustainable future for its clients and the societies within which it operates. PwC has been working on


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Overcoming the challenges of science-based targets with Aviva

Members News - Environment - Jun 21, 2021

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.