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ARUP Community Engagement Programme

Arup are an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services. Community engagement is an important part of the culture at Arup and a spirit of volunteering is core to this.

Arup encourages their staff to consider volunteering, especially using their specialist skills, to contribute to their community engagement programme. Arup find that even a small number of hours can make a big difference if resources are combined in a well-focused manner. Volunteering benefits the community and also provides great satisfaction to the individual. It also provides a different setting to interact with colleagues and to get to know each other in a way which may not otherwise occur in a normal work situation.

The work Arup have done to date includes the Laura Lynn Children’s Hospice Double Room extension. This was a simple extension which allowed for a double medical bed in a double room. Until now the parent of an end of life child had to sit in a chair beside the bed or sleep on the floor, this double bed allows the parent to sleep beside their child if only just for cuddles.

Extensive details of Arup’s community work in Ireland and internationally can be found on the Arup Community Engagement website.


Irish Life GAA Partnership 

 Irish Life Partner with the GAA to Promote the Healthy Club Project


As part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme, Irish Life have invested greatly to the GAA's Healthy Club Project.

Irish Life's commitment will greatly enhance the project’s positive influence on the health and wellbeing of GAA clubs, their members, and the communities they serve. The initial commitment by Irish Life saw the scheme move from its pilot stage to a phased national roll-out making it available to clubs across the 32 counties.

The Healthy Clubs project, run in partnership with the Department of Health, the HSE and the National Office for Suicide Prevention, was designed to empower GAA club members and the local community to better understand and maintain their health. The aim of the GAA's partnership with Irish Life is to ensure that this project achieves its full potential, continues to be thoroughly evaluated, and impacts positively on the lives of thousands of Irish people. The partnership seeks to ensure that finance is not a barrier to achieving this.

What are the benefits of the partnership?

The benefits of the partnership to the GAA are significant. Irish Life’s investment of €1m means that the GAA has been able to grow its Healthy Clubs project and its commitment to the wellbeing of its members, without having to divert significant amounts of its financial income from core games and player development activities.

It also means that the GAA can afford to have the project comprehensively evaluated. Any resources developed and implemented are coming from a solid evidence base, which has the potential to enhance future funding applications to government or other funding bodies. Most importantly, the funding has enabled the benefits of the programme to reach a much wider audience than would otherwise have been possible.

It is apparent that Irish Life is genuinely committed to the well being of individuals and to the communities all over Ireland. Through their work on the National Steering Committee of the Healthy Clubs project, they ensure adequate input into future plans, and have fostered close working relationships with representatives of various statutory health bodies.

The partnership with the GAA offers engagement opportunities for Irish Life's 2,000+ staff to support Healthy Club activities, and to assist the company in replicating a Healthy Club style programme for its staff. The relationship was also recognised and shortlisted in the top three CSR partnerships at the annual Sports Industry Awards in Ireland in 2015.


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Accentures' Corporate Citizenship Report

Accenture released its new Corporate Citizenship Report "Making a Measurable Difference", which explores their progress, performance and goals across their global operations. The report highlights their efforts to collaborate with other organisations to make a difference in the communities where they work and live including:

  • Their Skills to Succeed initiative, which has equipped more than 1.2 million people around the world with the skills to get a job or build a business. Together with their strategic partners, they will equip more than 3 million people with these skills by 2020, enabling their successful transition into jobs and create lasting solutions to help close global employment gaps.
     
  • Their commitment to reducing environmental impacts from their offices and operations and to fostering sustainable growth among all their stakeholders. Accenture reduced their per employee carbon emissions by 47 percent since fiscal 2007, toward their goal of 50 percent by the end of fiscal 2020. They have also begun to measure and report the impact of their work with clients and suppliers in key areas of sustainability.
  • Inclusion and diversity, are key to innovation and essential for a high performing organization. Accenture's goal is to grow the percentage of women new hires to 40 percent by 2017.


The Report serves as their seventh Communication on Progress to the United Nations Global Compact and documents their progress as a member of Global Compact LEAD, which focuses on raising sustainability performance. You can download the full report and read more about their corporate citizenship efforts at accenture.com


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ISPCC Childline and the Vodafone Ireland Foundation recently announced a major five year partnership that aims to keep children safe by keeping them connected. The Partnership will:

  • provide the charity with €2million in direct funding from the Vodafone Foundation over five years
  • provide a commitment to covering the call costs for the Childline service for ten years until 2026
  • update Childline's technologies and service infrastructure to modernize and broaden out access to the service in line with the changing needs of children
  • offer additional resources including Vodafone's 'Be Strong Online Programme', to support children and parents through some of the issues they face in today's digital society
  • leverage and engage Vodafone's 2000 employees to raise further funds for Childline

 

In 2014 ISPCC's unique support service for children and young people responded to almost 500,000 calls and online contacts. Over the last 10 years, Childline has experienced a 75% increase in children seeking support online. Through this new partnership, with Vodafone's support, the charity will now be in a position to develop a new total communications infrastructure which will improve children's access to Childline and provide a 24 online digital platform.

Vodafone's 'Be Strong Online Programme', will offer support on issues ranging from bullying to online privacy and can be accessed online This programme will mean that children will now have a range of resources offering support and advice on cyber safety at their fingertips whenever they need it.

This partnership will enable the ISPCC to give every child the connection they need, when and where they need it most. Vodafone are delight to partner with Childline to work with them to transform their unique and invaluable service, to ensure that when children reach out for help they can connect with Childline in whatever way they choose, via a call or a text or an instant message. Through this partnership Vodafone plan to build young people's resilience and awareness online, and to help them navigate their world and cope with issues that confront them with a new confidence.

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Responsible tourism means to run your business to the best of your ability causing minimum or no impact to the environment.  In a county like Clare where the natural landscapes are the best tourism assets, the need to ensure the preservation of local areas and communities is paramount.  The only way to realize the impact that a business has on its environment is by measuring consumption on a regular basis and trying to reduce that consumption year on year.

At Hotel Doolin their aim is to lead by example, putting sustainable practices in place so that the only impacts their business has on the community and environment is a positive one.  It is very important at Hotel Doolin to inform both guests and staff of what they do and why they do it and to encourage them to think about the impacts they have on the environment.  Responsible tourism means to look after your local community, people, landscapes and other business alike.

Supporting the Environment

For the past 3 years Hotel Doolin is committed to the Green Hospitality Program to reduce their carbon footprint by reducing their energy, waste and water consumption.  Since the adoption of the Green Hospitality program Hotel Doolin have implemented many procedures to minimize consumption and CO2 emissions, so far consumption has been reduced by:

- 19% per guest reduction on land field waste from 2012 to 2014

- 27% per guest reduction on energy from 2012 to 2014

-  29% per guest reduction in water consumption from 2012 to 2014.

Hotel Doolin are one of the business members of the Cliffs of Moher & Burren Geopark, who collectively follow a code of practice to reduce CO2 emissions simultaneously helping conserve The Burren and its landscape.    The staff of Hotel Doolin participate in local environmental projects from cleaning the local beaches and maintaining litter free zones to volunteering to help local farmers rebuild damaged property.

Supporting the local community

Under their corporate social responsibility commitment, they organize charity events including:

  • Pieta House: Darkness into Light - Doolin walk raising nearly €2,000 in April 2015
  • St Vincent de Paul:  Welcomed 17 families selected by St Vincent de Paul to stay at the Hotel on 24th & 25th December 2014.  Staff volunteered during this festive season and suppliers provided food donations to make to make a joyful Christmas for struggling families.   They have partnered with St Vincent de Paul and currently offer per month, a two night stay with dinner to struggling families.
  • Their in-house Charity Committee chooses a different charity annually - raising money by running and organizing events.
  • Marie Foundation: They host annually the Doolin Harley Bike Festival to help raise funds for cancer charities - this year raising €57,000.
  • Simon Community: Christmas 2015 the staff raised funds by volunteering their time to organize a Sleep Out.

 

Doolin is a small village of around 400 people, the hotel has 40 full time employees all year around, during the high season (March to October) this increases to 90 to 100 people working in the hotel. Most families in Doolin are working or have worked in the Hotel at some stage. In fact there are nearly entire families working at the hotel.  The Hotel also creates extra business for neighbouring B&Bs and guest houses.

In 2014 the Hotel spent over €1 million with local suppliers for hotel purchases, payroll was over €1.2 million most of which goes back to the local economy.  Hotel Doolin is an active member of Doolin Tourism, Doolin Tidy Towns, Doolin Heritage, Burren Slow Food Festival, Burren Ecotourism Network (BEN) and also supports and have sponsored many local events, schools, GAA teams and local surfers within the community.

Hotel Doolin are part of the BEN network and refer customers to other BEN businesses as much as possible while also promoting local businesses that might not be part of the network. BEN is committed to promoting responsible tourism that conserves the environment and improves the wellbeing of local people.  Hotel Doolin have teamed up with the BEN network on a new initiative "Cycle to me for a free Cup of Tea" encouraging visitors to leave cars behind and travel by bike where possible - all guests participating will receive a free cup of tea. 


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TRANDSEV Ireland's goal is to undertake a responsible approach in the way they do business. Their CSR Plan, ‘Going the Extra Mile’, outlines their ambitions in the four main areas of CSR: Workplace, Marketplace, Community and Environment.  In partnership with employees and stakeholders, they always strive to do business in a responsible and ethical way, to be a responsible leader - fair, transparent and open - and to continuously improve their activity and practices.


TRANSDEV were awarded the Business in the Community Ireland’s (BITCI) ‘Business Working Responsibly’ Mark in 2012, Ireland’s only certification for responsible and sustainable business practices. The ‘Business Working Responsibly’ Mark is achieved by auditing the company on its sustainable and responsible practices in the area of the environment, workplace, marketplace, community engagement, reporting, governance and communication.


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KPMGs award winning CSR programme helps people overcome difficulties and challenges whilst learning and sharing new skills and solutions. Learn more about their CSR story and how people across their business are working with outstanding CSR partners to help improve the lives of others.

'Our CSR Story' highlights KPMG’s skills based endeavours in CSR over the past eighteen months and brings together, in a collection of short stories, the wide range of communities and charities which have benefitted from the extra-curricular and voluntary efforts of KPMG’s people. Read the collection here.


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Musgrave Group’s corporate values are so simple a child can understand them. It’s why they are so effective. The entire operation is built on a platform of five simple values clearly stated; the development of long term, stable relationships; honesty; hard work; achievement and ‘not being greedy’.

Corporate social responsibility is “fundamental” to this. For Musgrave's CSR is about having clear values and a clear way of working that is responsible and sustainable. It’s about doing the right thing and it sits at the heart of their business. Read more about Musgrave's story here


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Don’t go to Intel looking for someone to talk you through its corporate and social responsibility practice. You won’t find it. “We don’t do CSR. It’s just the way we do business,” explained Brendan Cannon, director of corporate affairs at the technology giant’s Leixlip campus.

“There was a time when it was called CSR,” he admitted. “But over the last five years, things like volunteerism, ethical supply chain, diversity in the workforce are just what we do. We have integrated CSR into the work of our company and its employees. It’s called out at top level. Caring for our people, for the planet, for the next generation, is one of our four strategic objectives as a company.”

It’s for this reason that CSR isn’t separated out and handed over to a particular division. “At Intel this agenda is driven not so much by peer pressure, but through peer support. There’s no point in having one exemplar, we all have to be in on this.”


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DHR Communications is a full-service PR agency, based on Francis Street in the heart of Dublin’s creative quarter.  DHR has made corporate social responsibility (CSR) an integral part of the company’s work, and supports all their employees to become involved in CSR activities. There company-wide policy on CSR, which has resulted in DHR being shortlisted for the Chambers Ireland CSR Awards in 2013, 2014 & 2015. In March, DHR won the award for ‘Best CSR Programme’ in an Irish company at the National Awards for Excellence in Fundraising. Last year DHR was named as a national champion in the RMS European Business Awards. In recognition of DHR’s expertise and commitment to CSR, the company Managing Director, Catherine Heaney, was invited to join the Government’s CSR Stakeholder Forum, which supports the development of CSR in Ireland.

DHR is also one of the first companies in Ireland to have been chosen as a case study for Business in the Community Ireland’s (BITCI) new service, Responsible Business for SMEs.

More examples of best practice case studies of larger companies can be found at the Business in the Community Ireland website at:

http://www.bitc.ie/document/best-in-class-in-csr

Examples of best practice case studies of SMEs can be found at:

http://www.rbsmes.ie


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Allianz Business to Arts Awards

The Allianz Business to Arts Awards recognize businesses, artists and arts organisations that develop creative partnerships bringing the arts and artists into mutually beneficial relationships across society.  The Allianz Business to Arts Awards Digital Magazine is 55 pages full of case-studies, resources and great stories of arts and business partnerships.  It shares stories of the projects celebrated at this year's Awards, which took place on Tuesday, 1 September 2015.  Follow the links below to view two such case studies:

KPMG Partnership with St. Michael's House and Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards

 


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Chambers Ireland Corporate Social Responsibility Awards

Since 2004, Chambers Ireland has hosted the annual Corporate Social Responsibility Awards to recognise the work being carried out by Irish and multinational companies to improve the lives of their employees and to enhance the civic environment in which they operate. This is a unique competition that offers the business community a chance to promote their efforts in CSR and gain recognition for best practice.

Awards are handed out in a range of categories covering the core CSR areas of Community, Environment, Workplace, Marketplace and Communication.

For more information on the Chambers CSR awards see:

http://www.chambers.ie/events/corporate-social-responsibility-awards/awards-information.html

Chambers Ireland CSR Awards Magazine