The Leaders’ Group on Sustainability


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.

The Leaders’ Group on Sustainability is exclusive to the leading companies who have achieved the Business Working Responsibly mark:

Accenture, A&L Goodbody, Arup, Bank of Ireland, Boots,BT Ireland, CRH, Dawn Meats, Deloitte, eir, EirGrid, ESB, Fujitsu, HEINEKEN Ireland, Gas Networks Ireland, Janssen, KBC, M&S, Musgrave, Northern Trust, PM Group, PwC, SSE Ireland, Sodexo, Transdev, Ulster Bank, Veolia and Vodafone.

The Goals of the Group

The goals of the Leaders’Group on Sustainability are to:

  • Drive the ambitions of best practice companies and guide sustainability standards
  • Identify and scale-up sustainability practices through collective action.

The Group recognises that to maintain and build Ireland’s reputation as a place to do business, attract top talent and inward investment, it must come together to address the most pressing sustainability priorities for the Irish business sector.


Three sustainability focus areas

Following a process of consultation and data analysis of the Business Working Responsibly Mark, three common areas were selected as the current focus and action by the Leaders’ Group:

Social Inclusion 

The group is chaired by Veolia and co-chaired by M&S and the leader companies engaged are CRH, Deloitte, eir and Ulster Bank. The focus of the sub-group is to examine the role of business in building a more inclusive society.

The Inclusive Employer blueprint

A key milestone of the group has been the recent publication of the Inclusive Employer blueprint: a practical guide to create inclusive workplaces and reduce social inequality in Ireland.

Transition to a Low Carbon Economy

This sub-group is chaired by EirGrid and co-chaired by Gas Networks Ireland and the leader companies engaged are: ESB, Dawn Meats, Musgrave, Janssen, Transdev and Veolia. Ensuring businesses take the lead in Ireland’s transition to a low carbon economy is the main aim of the group.

The Low Carbon Pledge

The first action from the Group has been the development of a Low Carbon Pledge aimed at tackling one of the most pressing global issues, climate change. The purpose of this Pledge is to demonstrate Irish business commitment to reducing carbon emissions and to act as a catalyst for wider, complementary initiatives and actions.

Find out more about the Low Carbon Pledge.

The Worker of the Future

This sub-group is chaired by Accenture and the leader companies engaged are: A&L Goodbody, Boots, Bank of Ireland, ESB, Musgrave, eir, Northern Trust, KBC and Vodafone.The focus of the Worker of the Future sub-group is the Adaptive Workforce Economy. UCD is the knowledge partner for the Group.

A milestone from Phase 1 has been the development of a paper entitled Learning & Development and the Adaptive Workforce”, which addresses the need for a collective, holistic approach in developing a sustainable workforce equipped to respond to the challenges associated with technological disruption and the future of work.


For more information on the Leaders’ Group on Sustainability, please contact Bernadette Phelan on 01 874 7232 or bphelan@bitc.ie