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Business in the Community Ireland’s Annual Sustainability Forum

Posted: Thursday 22 December 16, 2.37pm GMT

Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs addressed this year’s BITC Ireland Annual Sustainability Forum on the need for business to embrace the SDGS. Seven major companies in Ireland also won the Business Working Resposnibly Mark – based on ISO 26000

In October our partner Business in the Community Ireland, held their annual Business in the Community CEO Breakfast Forum at Dublin Castle. The forum was attended by over 200 business leaders and the companies certified to the Business Working Responsibly Mark so far in 2016 were announced. This year’s forum was addressed by world renowned economist Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs.

The Mark, which is based on ISO 26000(1), is valid for three years and is independently audited by the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI).

Seven companies are being accredited to the Mark for the first time this year and they are A&L Goodbody, Arup, Bank of Ireland Group Ireland, eir, Janssen Supply Chain Ireland, Veolia Ireland and Vodafone Ireland. Another seven are recertified to the Mark and they are Accenture in Ireland, Marks and Spencer Ireland, Musgrave Group, Northern Trust (Ireland) Limited, Ricoh Ireland Limited, Transdev Dublin Light Rail Limited and Ulster Bank.

This year’s forum was addressed by world renowned economist Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs. Professor Sachs spoke about the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and how business leaders in Ireland must take action to help implement the goals. Sachs was a key architect of the Goals that were agreed by 193 countries over one year ago. The Goals are a complex matrix of 17 goals and 169 indicators, and they represent the new KPIs for the Planet.

Speaking at the event that acts as Ireland’s premier corporate arena for discussion of corporate responsibility and sustainability, Tina Roche, CEO, Business in the Community Ireland said: “As the economy grows, businesses in Ireland need to look at the essential components for responsible and sustainable growth. Work life balance, ethical consumerism and supply chain risks are key areas that companies need to focus on. The Mark is challenging to achieve so I congratulate the companies today on getting it. These forward-thinking companies strive to understand stakeholder expectations of them and manage their businesses accordingly.”

Congratulating the companies that have achieved the Business Working Responsibly Mark at this year’s CEO Forum, Minister Frances Fitzgerald commented, “Sustainable growth, job creation, environmental sustainability and social resilience are cornerstones of this government’s economic and social policies. They are crucial to attract investment, foster the growth of the economy and to build social cohesion, equality and inclusion. They are all interconnected. Frameworks such as the Business Working Responsibly Mark support these goals and it is important to acknowledge the leadership of these Irish businesses in pursuing certification of their responsible and sustainable practices”.

The companies presented with their Mark certificates today are leading in the area of sustainability in Ireland. Many other companies use the Mark as a measurement and gap analysis tool. The Mark is achieved following a third party verification audit by the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) and is based on ISO 26000. It is open to any organisation and is valid for three years. In total, 23 companies have now achieved the Mark and the other organisations that currently hold it are Boots Retail Ireland Limited, CRH Ireland, Deloitte Ireland, EirGrid, ESB, Fujitsu Ireland, Gas Networks Ireland, Intel Ireland and KBC Bank Ireland Head Office.

  1. ISO is an independent, non-governmental international organisation with a membership of 163 nationale .

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