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Intel Ireland shortlisted for prestigious CSR Awards!

Chambers Ireland has announced the shortlist for the 2011 Corporate Social Responsibility Awards. Now in their eighth year, the Awards continue to go from strength to strength with more new companies continuing to enter each year.

The Awards are partnered with Business in the Community Ireland, sponsored by Arvato Bertelsmann and run in association with the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government. The winners will be presented with award pieces from Tipperary Crystal’s Louise Kennedy range.

Announcing the shortlist, Ian Talbot, Chambers Ireland Chief Executive said, “Given the challenges that businesses face it is heartening to see so many companies continue to engage in CSR. These Awards recognise the positive contribution of business both at home and abroad. I would like to extend my congratulations to all those who are shortlisted for their outstanding efforts.”

This year intel Ireland is delighted to be shortlisted in two categories Community- Multinational Corporation and European Year of Volunteering Special Award.

Intel Ireland 2011 Shortlist Categories

Community- Multinational Corporation– Intel Ireland: Mini Scientist
European Year of the Volunteer– Intel Ireland: Intel Matching Grants Programme

Mini Scientist

The Intel Mini Scientist Exhibition is a program which encourages primary school students across Ireland to explore the world of science and technology by developing science related projects which are then exhibited at fairs held within their own schools and at a national grand final event hosted by Intel.

The aim of the project is to equip students with the skills required for the careers of the future. The programme also aims to create linkage to Intel and promotes careers in the hi-tech sector through connection to employee volunteers who support the competition. In 2010 the Mini Scientist initiative reached more than 2500 students from across Ireland with more than 40 schools participating

Intel Matching Grants Program

Over the last three years, Intel Ireland and its employees, supported by the Intel Foundation, have contributed over $1 million dollars as part of the Intel Involved Matching Grant Program. The Intel Involved Matching Grant Program aims to recognize and motivate Intel employees to engage in outreach and volunteerism to make their communities a better place to live, work and play.

The project involves Intel Ireland matching time spent volunteering with a monetary benefit. For every hour that an employee volunteers Intel Ireland matches this with $10 dollars. For the last three years, Ireland has, outside of the US, received the biggest grant payout therefore completing the most volunteering hours.

Awards will be presented in the areas of: Community; Environment; Workplace; Marketplace; Best International CSR Programme; Best Micro Business Award; European Year of Volunteering Special Award; Most Innovative Programme; and Outstanding Achievement in CSR in the Burlington Hotel, Dublin on Thursday 15th September.

Chambers Ireland is Ireland’s largest business organisation with 60 member chambers representing over 13,000 businesses on the island of Ireland.

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