Awards Launched For Responsible Irish Business

13 Sep 2018 | 02.54 pm

Awards Launched For Responsible Irish Business

Business Spirit Award offshoot to the Responsible Innovation Summit

13 Sep 2018 | 02.54 pm

A new competition will seek to find and reward firms whose business models strive to make positive impacts on people and the environment.

The Business Spirit Award competition opens for entries on October 1 this year and is a joint initiative launched by the Responsible Innovation Summit and Dublin City Local Enterprise Office.

It is open to entrants from across Ireland and has two categories: ‘Best Early Stage Concept’ and ‘Best Business Practice’.

According to the competition organisers, the evaluation process for both categories will look for business opportunities and innovative solutions that align with ESG – Environmental, Social, and Governance – factors related to business performance.

Six finalists will be chosen from the entries. Making it to this shortlist brings with it a prize package that includes supports from Dublin BIC, a ticket to the Responsible Innovation Summit and one day of “horse-assisted leadership training”.

The overall category winners will be chosen following on-stage pitches at the summit in Croke Park on October 16.

The top prizes include €1,000 in cash and admittance to a Meridian or Streetwise leadership programme, organised by UK charity Common Purpose.

The Business Spirit Award is supported by a number of organisations, among them Dublin City Council, SNP Communications, Dublin BIC, The Impacter and Common Purpose.

The judging panel for the Business Spirit Award will comprise Niamh Bushell (pictured) of Tech Ireland, Conor Carmody of Dublin BIC, and Mary Mac Sweeney of Dublin City Council.

“We recognise the need to promote innovative business practices that are good for the consumer, business owner and the planet,” said Mary Mac Sweeney.

“The Business Spirit Award will highlight some of the ways that local businesses are adapting to consumer trends for more ethical and value driven products.”

The Responsible Innovation Summit will have its second annual outing on October 16. The firm behind the event is The Impacter, a somewhat obscure Dublin-based venture that promotes responsible business.

Tickets for the summit range from €75 (plus VAT) to €145 (plus VAT).

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