Archives: 2024

BITCI welcomes Minister O’Gorman to discuss future of employment programmes

Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) took the opportunity to discuss the future of their EPIC and Women@Work employment programmes with Roderic O’Gorman TD, Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth on his visit to BITCI today. These successful employment programmes, funded by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth support refugees, asylum seekers, newly arrived Ukrainians and women returners in their


All-Ireland Climate Action Pilot Programme for SMEs

Scope 3 emissions remain by far the most challenging area for meaningful decarbonisation. We recognise that SMEs play a key role in our member companies’ supply chains making it necessary to support them in integrating sustainability into their operations as, without them, a sustainable transition to a low carbon economy will not be possible. A


Group photo of students St. Oliver's Community College

Irish Cement continues its 15-year partnership with St. Oliver’s Community College

Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) is delighted the 15-year partnership between St Oliver’s Community College in Drogheda and Irish Cement continues to flourish. Their collective participation in BITCI’s World of Work programme now includes participating in a sustainability project, part of a national competition supported by Gas Networks Ireland . This project encourages students to envision a greener future and empowering them to make a positive impact on their environment.  The


International Women's Day graphic design

Women@Work programme continuing to achieve success

7th March 2024, Marking International Women’s Day, Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) is highlighting its successful Women@Work programme and urges more businesses to get involved.   This online programme launched in 2020, offers support to women who have been out of the workplace for a long time. This can include women who have migrated from other countries,


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How businesses can support the 4th National Biodiversity Action Plan

Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) welcomed the launch of Ireland’s 4th National Biodiversity Action Plan by Minister Malcolm Noonan on January 25th. The drafting of the plan was the responsibility of the NPWS, and this version is particularly notable because, for the first time, the plan will have statutory powers and a fund of €3 billion behind it. Within the plan there are 194


Top COP28 Takeaways: What it means for business?

The annual UN Climate Conference is a major milestone to take stock of what has been achieved and to renew the global ambition towards decarbonisation. Dubai’s COP28 in December 2023 leaves a lasting legacy on key issues that will enable decarbonisation. For businesses in Ireland, the key takeaways are: Accelerating Fossil Fuel Phase Out: COP28


Progress of Signatories to the Low Carbon Pledge Against the Backdrop of COP28

In September this year Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI), in partnership with Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) Ireland, published the fifth Low Carbon Pledge (LCP) progress report . Encouragingly since 2021 we do see most signatory companies’ ambition translating into action through their commitment and setting of science-based targets, now publicly reported on the Science Based Target Initiative online dashboard (SBTi).  Transparency and authenticity have always been at