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The CSR Stakeholder Forum

In 2017 the government published Towards Responsible Business: Ireland’s 2nd National Plan on Corporate Social Responsibility 2017-2020 which was developed in consultation with the chairperson and members of the CSR Stakeholders Forum.

The Stakeholder Forum is currently chaired by Catherine Heaney of DHR Communications and brings together representatives of the business sector, the public sector other key stakeholder and the wider community. The Forum will develop a Work Programme to implement and support the 17 actions contained in the National Plan on CSR 2017-2020.The Work Programme will be updated over time, as actions are delivered and new opportunities present themselves, to ensure the Plan remains relevant.

Here is a list of CSR Stakeholder Forum member organisations.

The role of the Stakeholder Forum is to assist with achieving the following objectives identified in the National Plan on CSR which include:

  • Monitoring best practices and evolving trends in CSR and benchmarking activity through relevant tools and studies
  • Continuing to increase awareness of CSR, its value to businesses and to society as a whole
  • Encouraging more micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises to raise their competitiveness through CSR engagement
  • Working to increase recognition among large business of the value of sustainable business practices in boosting employment, attracting and retaining talent as well as their impact on wider society
  • Encouraging businesses to report their CSR activity in their annual reports and other publications

For the purposes of the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015, the CSR Stakeholder Forum is obliged to comply with the Transparency Code as it is exempted from registering on the Lobbying Register.

Minutes of meetings of the Forum are published on this website.

A selection of presentations made at previous meetings of the CSR Stakeholder Forum are available for download as PDFs.