Irish Companies Contribute €46,000 a Day to Community and Charity Groups
Yesterday, August 31st, Business in the Community Ireland launched the Business Impact Map at a special event on O’Connell Street, Dublin which was supported by the European Commission Representation in Ireland as part of the European Year of Volunteering 2011.
35 companies around Ireland have developed 3,235 community partnerships and donated over €17 million in cash donations, in-kind donations and employee fundraising has been donated to charities and community groups. This information is being captured on a new online interactive map entitled the “Business Impact Map” which gives a county by county breakdown of how much companies and employees supported their local community groups and charities in 2010.
National statistics show that in total over €11 million was given in cash donations, €3.1 million was provided by in-kind donation and over €2.4 million euro was raised through fundraising by employees. Employees also volunteered nearly 140,000 hours to local groups and charities during the year. The statistics are from 35 companies that are part of the Business in the Community Ireland network of members.
Counties which ranked the highest for employee fundraising outside of Dublin were, Kildare, Limerick, Cork, Antrim and Louth raising €151,000, €119,000, €87,000 and €77,000, €73,000 respectively. Dublin had the most employee volunteer hours at an impressive 75,369 and Kildare was also strong with over 26,000 hours. County Limerick followed with 6,200 hours and Meath was close to this with 5,900 hours.
Cash donations from business were very high in Co. Kildare at over €600,000 followed by Co. Cork at just over €400,000, Co. Wicklow at €214,000 and Co. Tipperary also ranked highly at €117,000. Business in the Community Ireland, a network dedicated to responsible business practices, compiled the statistics and created the online map to showcase the impact business is having on communities around the country. The map can be viewed at www.bitc.ie.
Commenting on the map, Tina Roche, CEO, Business in the Community Ireland said “The London riots earlier this month showed us just how important strong and healthy communities are to society. Companies can have a powerful impact on social issues at a local level and they gain from the experience by increasing staff morale, customer relations and brand reputation. The interactive online map is a great tool to give a snapshot of the impact that companies are having on our society, for raising awareness of what is happening and also what else needs to be done. The companies in the map are setting the bar high when it comes to strategically engaging with charity and community organisations.”
Lisa Harlow, Intel Ireland’s External Relations Manager, attended the launch and commented “We are delighted to be a part of the Business Impact Map being launched today which is a fantastic way to represent and raise awareness of the combined positive impact of companies throughout Ireland. Building partnerships and supporting the communities where our employees live and work is a key part of Intel’s overall commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility and we are very proud of our employees who last year contributed more than 52,000 volunteer hours”.
Companies that participated in the map include, Intel, Abbott, AIB, Bank of Ireland, BT, Bord Gáis, IBM, KPMG, ESB, Diageo Ireland and Telefonica O2 among others. The map is designed to show the impact businesses can have on societal issues such as health, education, homelessness, social inclusion, disability and addiction and it is planned to inspire the development of further community and business partnerships.
To celebrate the launch of the map, 35 participating companies came together to work on a community project. The map is updated on an annual basis.
Intel’s Lisa Harlow, Sharon Kearns of Rabobank, Vodafone’s Blond Beauchamp and Fiona Meehan of O2 are pictured at the launch of the Business Impact Map
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Business in the Community Ireland is a unique movement of companies across Ireland committed to responsible business practices. Their purpose is to inspire, engage, support and challenge companies to continually improve the impact they have on society, specifically in the community, environment, marketplace and workplace. http://www.bitc.ie