Coillte, the semi-state forestry company, announced a new forestry strategic vision which aims to deliver multiple benefits from its forests and bring more focus to climate action, setting ambitious new targets on biodiversity and recreation, while continuing to deliver for the forest and wood products industry. The new approach aims to sustainably balance and deliver
An Post is deeply rooted in the Irish economy and local communities. Their responsibility is to think about and plan for the future and ensure that they leave a positive mark in order to ensure a better world for future generations. That is reflected in our Purpose: “to act for the common good and to
The Business Working Responsibly mark Insights Series Welcome to our final article in our series of insights and trends from the 40 Business Working Responsibly Mark certified organisations. While the insights are gleaned from all certified organisations, particular attention is focused on the most recent trends from the current cohort. Our last topic is the Marketplace pillar. The Marketplace pillar reflects how
Boots Ireland is a leading Pharmacy, Beauty & Wellbeing retailer with 91 stores and 2200+ employees in Ireland. They have been operating in Ireland for 25 years, with their first store opening in Jervis St in November 1996. Going for the Mark Why did the company decide to go for the Mark? We have been
BT Ireland is one of the world’s leading communications services companies, and they employ more than 670 people in sites across Ireland including Dublin, Donegal, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Meath and Waterford. Their purpose is as simple as it is ambitious – they connect for good. The connections they make are helping solve the world’s biggest
William Fry LLP is a leading, full service corporate law firm with more than 310 legal and tax professionals and over 460 staff. The head office is based in Dublin and they have offices in Cork, London, New York, Silicon Valley and San Francisco and a global law firm network to service their clients at
Business Working Responsibly Mark series Welcome to our fourth article in the Mark Insights Series. Here we reflect on how Ethical, Social, and Environmental goals are embedded into the business value chain, which is essentially everything to do with an organisation’s products and/or services. The value chain begins with procurement practices and ends with ongoing
Business Working Responsibly Mark series: A Holistic Approach to Community Engagement Welcome to our third article in our series of insights and trends from our 40 Business Working Responsibly Mark certified organisations . While the insights are gleaned from all of our certified organisations, particular attention is focused on the most recent trends from our cohort under the new certification process. The
Business Working Responsibly Series: Environmental Insights Welcome to our second article in our new series Business Working Responsibly mark Insights with trends from our 40 Business Working Responsibly Mark certified companies. While the insights are gleaned from all of our certified companies, particular attention is focused on the most recent trends from our current cohort
The Business Working Responsibly mark Insights Series on Governance Welcome to our new series of sustainability insights and trends with data gathered from the analysis of our 40 Business Working Responsibly Mark certified companies . While the insights are gleaned from all of our certified companies, particular attention is focused on the most recent trends from our current cohort under the
Welcome to our fourth article in our series of business insights and trends from the 40 Business Working Responsibly Mark certified organisations. While the business insights are gleaned from all certified organisations, particular attention is focused on the most recent trends from the current cohort. This month’s topic is the Workplace pillar. While there are
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
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
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,
The 2019 Edelman Trust Barometer recently revealed that 75% of Irish people expect CEOs to take the lead on social change issues. Business in the Community Ireland has developed the Business Working Responsibly mark, the leading independently audited standard for CSR and Sustainability in Ireland.
EirGrid Group has recently launched a new five-year strategy aimed at transforming the electricity system on the island of Ireland for future generations. The strategy will ensure that renewable energy accounts for 70% of all electricity use in Ireland by 2030 – more than double current levels. Key to the new strategy is upgrading the
The low carbon agenda has been a key focus area for business in recent times, regardless of the operating sector. In Ireland, this agenda has never been more relevant than in the agri-sector where it accounts for around a third of the country’s carbon emissions. Given the proportion of Irish agricultural production which is exported
In recent years sustainability has become a huge influence on businesses worldwide and Gas Networks Ireland is no exception. Using the UN Sustainable Development Goals as their blueprint, this year Gas Networks Ireland published their first sustainability report – Sustainability in Action 2018 – which highlights their progress in implementing sustainable development across all areas. As a company in
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 held a stakeholder round table on October 10th as a follow up for those who attended the first EU Business-Education Summit in Brussels in November 2017. At this Summit CSR Europe, the EU Commission, the European Council and the European Parliament launched the European Pact for Youth national action plans of member states, including
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
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
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
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.
Reducing Tesco Ireland’ s carbon emissions and minimising the footprint the company creates as a business is a core strategic objective for the wider Tesco Group. Equally, creating a sustainable, energy efficient business is a key ambition for Tesco Ireland. The company has a major focus on reducing energy demand, energy intensity and carbon emissions.
Ulster Bank Sustainable Banking Report: 65% of Ulster Bank customers now bank using a digital platform, up 5% on last year, and almost 60% of existing accounts are now ‘paperless’ Ulster Bank today releases its Sustainable Banking Report, detailing their progress in supporting their customers, colleagues, communities and shareholders. The report describes how Ulster Bank
eir, Ireland’s principal provider of fixed-line and mobile telecommunications, was certified to the Business Working Responsibly Mark in 2016 . The company has a long commitment to responsible and sustainable business practices and environmental sustainability is a core focus of their CSR strategy. eir has been making significant advances in this area in recent years and through the energy and creativity
Each year Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) analyses the areas that organisations find least and most challenging in the Business Working Responsibly mark questionnaire . The Business Working Responsibly mark standard, for responsible and sustainable practices, is based on ISO26000 and is open to any organisation.
On 2nd February, BITCI held a workshop with its members to discuss the intersection of two topics – sustainable procurement and Small to Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs). Regardless of the type of business you are, you’re likely spending sums of money annually on products and services offered by SMEs – be it gardening