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Consultation on the Healthy Workplaces Framework

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A Healthy Workplaces Framework is being developed as part of the Healthy Ireland Framework for Health and Wellbeing 2013-2025. Development of this Framework is being led by the Department of Health and the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. It is intended to provide flexible guidance that can be adapted to any workplace setting to help create and sustain healthy workplaces throughout Ireland.

Work is being guided by a Steering Group and has been informed by reviews of the international literature on healthy workplaces and relevant Irish policy and legislation. The development of the framework is supported by the Health and Safety Authority and reflects the ethos of the Healthy Ireland Framework and the National Plan on Corporate Social Responsibility.

At the recent launch of the Healthy Workplaces Framework, which included representatives from across the public and private sector, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy TD, Minister of State at the Department of Health with responsibility for Health Promotion said:
“We know work is good for our health and the workplace offers the perfect opportunity to promote health to a large audience. With almost two million people in employment in Ireland, this message can reach over half the population”.
Consultation on the Healthy Workplaces Framework began on the 28th of March and the online process is open until the 26th May 2017.


You can have your say by completing the Healthy Workplace Framework Survey.


Ulster Bank Publishes 2016 Sustainability Report

Ulster Bank, a member of DJEI's CSR Stakeholder Forum has launched its 2016 Sustainability Report. This condensed report captures the bank’s approach to building a more sustainable business, and the steps taken to add value to customers, colleagues and communities across Ireland. 


Chambers Ireland's CSR Awards 2017 Launched

The Lauch of the Chambers Ireland CSR Awards 2017

On Thursday 9th March Chambers Ireland launched the 2017 CSR Awards at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin. MC for the launch was Newstalk presenter Dil Wickremasinghe who chaired a panel discussion about businesses supporting NGOs through collaborative partnerships. The CSR Hub live tweeted the event so to get a flavor of this discussion and the various speakers take a look at our tweets compiled in a Twitter moment.

The awards are open to businesses of all sizes and the categories for this year's awards include Excellence in Workplace, Excellence in Supporting Youth Employment and Excellence in CSR by an SME.

Chambers Ireland have created a new online application platform for this years awards and the deadline for applications is 12pm, Thursday 20th April. Learn more and apply online through the Chambers Ireland website. 


Recent Award Winners

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The Philanthropist of the Year award 2017 Winners

The winners of the Community Foundation for Ireland's Philanthropist of the Year awards were announced in Dublin on the 8th February 2017. This year’s winners are Maurice Healy as National Philanthropist of the Year for his significant support for a number of charities including Social Entrepreneurs Ireland (SEI), An Cosán, and Anam Cara. Applegreen won Corporate Philanthropist of the Year for generating over €1million in support for a number of children’s charities and SAP were awarded International Philanthropist of the Year for their African Coding Week initiative which has supported over 400,000 young people in Africa.

Killary Adventure Centre in Galway was the recipient of the Sustainable Energy Award at the Small Firms Association’s National Small Business Awards 2017 in February. JPK Fencing also from Galway was highly commended in the same category. The award is sponsored by Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and open to companies with up to 50 employees. The awards were presented by Minister for Employment and Small Business, Pat Breen, TD

Lastly, the winners of the HR Awards were announced on Thursday, March 2nd at the Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, Dublin, with over 300 industry figures in attendance. Good HR practices are central to the Workplace pillar of Ireland’s National Plan on CSR and many of the awards relate directly to this pillar including Best Health & Wellbeing Strategy which was awarded to Bank of Ireland for their Be at Your Best initiative, Best Learning & Development Strategy which was won by the Dept. of Public Expenditure and Reform, and Best Use of CSR in HR won by HedgeServ.

The Awards and Certifications section of the CSR Hub contains more information about awards for good CSR practices for which you can nominate your organization. 


InterTradeIreland Public Tendering Workshops

Go-2-Tender, is an award winning programme provided by InterTradeIreland. Go-2-Tender aims to give businesses the confidence, knowledge and practical skills to tender successfully for public sector contracts in their own jurisdiction and on a cross-border basis. The all-island public procurement market is worth approximately £10.4bn/€12.1bn and represents an untapped market for many SMEs to increase their sales. The programme consists of two parts.

Introduction to Tendering Seminars are half day events aimed specifically at small business owners who are new to public sector tendering, have limited knowledge and/or experience of the market or simply want to refresh their knowledge of the public sector on the island. Targeting the micro sector (<10 employees), these seminars focus on low value/under threshold opportunities.

Go-2-Tender Workshops are based over 2 days and will provide a company with the necessary skills to bid successfully for public sector contracts in either the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland. Training is delivered by experienced bid specialists with a half day tailored mentoring support offered to each SME participant. Eligible participant companies can also apply for up to a further 2 days of mentoring from an experienced consultant.

The InterTradeIreland website provides a full list of Go-2-Tender workshops


New Initiatives to Improve Gender Balance in the Civil Service

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A range of initiatives have been announced to ensure the composition of the workforce of the civil service reflects a better gender balance in the future, particularly at senior levels.

The new measures are informed by the Civil Service Renewal Plan which has a focus on achieving greater equality of opportunity, diversity, and gender balance across the civil service. One of the actions set out in the Plan is ‘to improve gender balance at each level and this is particularly important at senior management levels where women are under-represented.

The measures include a target of 50/50 gender balance in appointments at senior levels and research into why women are under-represented at senior grades of the civil service.

The merit based approach of ‘best person for the job’ will continue to apply. However, in such cases, where candidates who compete for senior positions are of equal merit, then priority would be given to the female candidate if they are under-represented on the Management Board of the Department/Office in question.

The Economic and Social Research Institute will be undertaking in depth quantitative and qualitative research to provide a more complete picture of the factors influencing the under-representation of women at the senior grades of the civil service.

Equality and diversity in the workplace is an important part of Ireland’s National Plan on Corporate Social Responsibility under the Workplace Pillar.


 Subscribe to Our New CSR Newsletter

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We have just launched our quarterly CSR Newsletter providing news and info relating to corporate social responsibility to your email inbox. The newsletter is designed in a four page A5 format that can be downloaded and printed double sided on A4 paper.

Subscribe to Our New CSR Newsletter and download previous issues here


CSR Related Awards: Upcoming Deadlines for Submissions 

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The Green Awards reward green business practices in Ireland and offer awards for businesses of all sizes. The deadline for nominations for the 2017 awards is 21st December 2016. The awards ceremony takes place on Tuesday, February 21st and offers a unique opportunity to celebrate industry excellence and network with its influential figures and leading organisations in the green sector.

Enter your business or organization at GreenAwards.ie

The deadline to submit your business to the SME Awards is 4th January 2017. There are two award categories relating to Corporate Social Responsibility. They are the best Community Minded Company and the best Environmentally Minded Company.

Enter your small or medium sized business at SMEawards.ie


Online CSR Tool for SMEs Launched by Minister Pat Breen

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The CSR SME Online Tool was launched on the 7th December 2016 by Pat Breen T.D., Minister of State for Employment and Small Business. This Tool is an initiative of the CSR Stakeholder Forum which was set up to drive the objectives of the National Plan on Corporate Social Responsibility which was published by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation in 2014.

The aim of this quick and easy online tool is to help SMEs to appreciate the relevance of CSR to their business. Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is largely associated with big companies and can be challenging for smaller businesses. However, CSR is important for enterprises of all sizes and there are many benefits to reward the effort including new business won, attracting and retaining talent, financial savings through energy efficiency, and engagement with the local community.

This collaborative project by the CSR Stakeholder Forum and the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation will help SMEs recognise that many of the activities they already engage in represent best practice in CSR, will inspire new ways of operating responsibly, and will help towards understanding the benefits of embedding CSR into their day-to-day business operations.

To appreciate the relevance of CSR to your business, why not take the quick survey on the CSR SME Online Tool.


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