The Employment and Youth Activation Charter was set by the Labour Market Council to encourage companies when recruiting to consider and support jobseekers who are on the Live Register. In addition to asking employers to consider Live Registrant jobseekers, companies are also actively encouraged as part of their CSR agenda to develop and participate in initiatives to support and increase the employability skills of jobseekers.
A Diversity and Inclusion team was established by IDA in November 2017 to consider diversity within the organisation across five pillars of diversity: Ability, Gender, LGBT+, Multicultural and Socio-Economic.
The Prompt Payment Code aims to drive Ireland towards a culture of prompt payment. The online portal and Code provides comprehensive information for businesses on the area of prompt payment. By signing up to the code, companies agree to pay on time and give clear guidance to suppliers on payment procedures. Government is leading by example and has ensured that all Government Departments, their Agencies and Public-Sector Bodies sign up to the Code.
Time to Read is a reading enhancement initiative managed by Business in the Community Ireland and provides children in second class with reading support from a business volunteer over a 20 week programme. The programme aims to increase the enjoyment of, and confidence in reading whilst encouraging self-discovery for the participating children. Along with the reading sessions, the children visit their local public library and the volunteer’s workplace.
The Department's Diversity and Equality Working Group developed an Action Plan on Equality & Diversity which was launched by the Management Board In May 2018. Actions are ongoing and are being/are to be implemented in 2018 - 2019. The Diversity and Equality Working Group focuses on two of the four dimensions of Corporate Social Responsibility, namely The Community and The Workplace.
The Energy Bandits initiative was conceived of through a cross curricular engagement between the Green School Committee and the art department. The green schools theme for the year was Energy. Our art teacher brought together a first year student with a flair for creating cartoons, and two fifth year students with a passion for design. Together we used digital media to create the Energy Bandits. The idea was to personify energy wastage using site-specific cartoons that related to energy wastage in our school.
DPER was awarded Best Learning & Development Strategy at the HR Leadership & Management Awards 2017. This follows their 2015 nomination for HR Magazine's Best HR Strategy 2015 Award in the Overseas Category.
Trinity College Dublin were the winners of Excellence in Community – Volunteering award at the 2016 Chambers Ireland CSR Awards in September for their Trinity Access 21 programme.