This CSR Statement represents our vision for responsible and sustainable business practice through the adoption and implementation of best practice in CSR. We are committed to delivering and implementing a meaningful CSR Statement and as such there has been a real focus on ensuring that there is additionality in all of the priority actions. The aim is to ensure CSR is embedded in Enterprise Ireland’s culture and ways of working. Our CSR Statement is a staff driven initiative.
ESB partners with Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) to support the BITCI volunteer programmes: Time to Read, Time to Count, and Skills@Work. ESB promotes STEAM activities nationwide through its partnership with the TechSpace programme, and the ESB Science Blast programme, delivered by the RDS. ESB in partnership with the DIT Foundation supports DIT’s Access to Apprenticeship programme which aims to address the current obstacles faced by young people from areas of socio-economic disadvantage in securing an apprenticeship.
The project identified key areas for improvement in three life cycle stages (manufacture, use, and end of life), and presented solutions on both staff and student levels. The team comprised of staff members from the Environmental Committee, the Department of Electronics and Computer Engineering, Buildings and Estates and the Information Technology Division.It has led to significant savings in both environmental and financial terms due to improved resource and energy efficiency and in enhancing our reputation for sustainability leadership.
ElectricAid was founded in 1987, the founding impulse came from the disastrous Ethiopian famine of that time and a desire from staff to make a difference. However, ElectricAid’s primary goal has always been to focus on Development rather than Disaster, on prevention rather than relief, to work with partners on the ground to empower people and communities to lead their own sustainable projects to bring about real and lasting change for good. ElectricAid builds a fantastic sense of common purpose for staff with regular fundraisers and coffee mornings taking place in offices all over the country and every June ElectricAid supporters turn out in force for the annual ElectricAid 5k run.
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.