Intel among just three companies to achieve a second re-accreditation of the Business Working Responsibly Mark
Dublin, Tuesday, 13th October 2015; At a special event held this morning over 180 of Ireland’s senior business leaders gathered in the Guinness Storehouse to witness the latest announcement of the companies who have achieved the prestigious Business Working Responsibly Mark. The Mark, which is run by Business in the Community Ireland, is valid for two years and is audited by the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI).
Director of Public Affairs at Intel Ireland, Leonard Hobbs, receives the Business Working Responsibly Mark from Business in the Community Ireland Chairman Kieran McGowan and NSAI CEO Maurice Buckley
Intel Ireland were among just three companies to be re-accredited with the Mark for the second time having first achieved the mark in 2011 and achieving first re-accreditation in 2013. KBC Bank Ireland Head Office and Fujitsu Ireland were accredited with the Mark for the first time this year and joining Intel for re-accreditation were Boots Retail Ireland Limited, CRH Ireland, Deloitte Ireland, ESB and Gas Networks Ireland.
This is the ninth year of the annual CEO Forum run by Business in the Community Ireland with the purpose of bringing new developments in the area of sustainability to Irish CEOs. In a year where business reputation has been firmly in the spotlight – leadership and megatrends around sustainability were the topics of the forum.
Speaking at the event that acts as Ireland’s premier corporate arena for discussion around corporate responsibility and sustainability, Tina Roche, CEO, Business in the Community Ireland said: “As the economy grows, businesses in Ireland need to really look at the essential components for responsible and sustainable growth. Burning topics such as work life balance, ethical consumerism and supply chain risks are key areas companies needs to focus on. We have driven the agenda on CSR for 15 years and look forward to continually pushing for best practice as we want all companies in Ireland to be responsible and sustainable. Roche congratulating the companies that have achieved the Mark added: “The Mark is challenging to achieve so I congratulate the companies today on getting it. These forward-thinking companies understand that customers, employees, investors and regulators place a high premium on trust and ethics. CSR is about excellence in business and translating it into management practices and the Mark is an invaluable tool for helping companies assess where they are at”.
The companies receiving 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 awarded after a third party verification audit by the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) and is based on ISO 26000.
Director of Public Affairs at Intel Ireland, Leonard Hobbs, accepted the mark on behalf of Intel and added “We are delighted to be among the companies being re-verified again to the Business Working Responsibly Mark. Responsible and sustainable business practice are deeply embedded within Intel’s culture and a fundamental foundation to how we do our business. Achieving the Mark again today is an important recognition of our ongoing commitment to doing the right things the right way”.
About Business in the Community Ireland
Business in the Community Ireland, the country’s only network for responsible business. We help companies measure, manage and report on their corporate responsibility. In addition, we run the Business Working Responsibly Mark, Ireland’s only certificatio for responsible and sustainable business practices and audited by the NSAI. We further facilitate responsible business practices in the workplace and the community with our three innovative social inclusion programmes. They leverage the power of business to address barriers to education and employment. www.bitc.ie
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