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What is the History of CSR in Ireland

The European Commission issued a communication on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in 2011, which inter alia called on all Member States to produce a National Plan on CSR, or update their existing plan, by 2013. As part of the Action Plan for Jobs 2013 the Government undertook to publish a National Plan for CSR.

The First Plan ‘Good for Business, Good for the Community’ was published on 9th April 2014 and aimed to raise awareness of the benefits of CSR to Business and all stakeholders in society.

Ireland First National Plan ‘Good for Business, Good for Community’ 2014-2017

First Plan

The Second Plan ‘Towards Responsible Business’ 2017-2020 was published in June 2017. It aims, over three years, to position Ireland as a ‘Centre of Excellence for responsible and sustainable business practice through the adoption of best practice in CSR’.

The Plan focuses on 4 dimensions - Workplace, Marketplace, Environment and Community and identifies 17 actions under those dimensions, that are linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Second National Plan ‘Towards Responsible Business’ 2017-2020

Second Plan

These actions are overseen and implemented by the CSR Stakeholder Forum.