Irish Companies Secure ‘Working Responsibly’ Mark

26 Oct 2016 | 09.07 am

Irish Companies Secure ‘Working Responsibly’ Mark

Prof Jeffrey Sachs on hand to hear of award recipients

26 Oct 2016 | 09.07 am

Over 200 business leaders attended the annual Business in the Community CEO Breakfast Forum at Dublin Castle yesterday, where the companies certified to the Business Working Responsibly Mark so far in 2016 were announced.

The mark, which is run by Business in the Community Ireland and based on ISO 26000, is valid for three years and is independently audited by the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI).

Seven companies were accredited to the mark for the first time this year: A&L Goodbody, Arup, Bank of Ireland Group Ireland, eir, Janssen Supply Chain Ireland, Veolia Ireland and Vodafone Ireland. Another seven were recertified to the mark: 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 renowned economist Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs (pictured). Professor Sachs spoke about the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the need for business leaders in Ireland to take action to help implement the goals.

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.”

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.

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Photo (back row L-R) Clive Bellows, Northern Trust; Eoghan Lynch, Arup; Niall Gleeson, Veolia; Kenneth Daly, Marks and Spencer Ireland; Carolan Lennon, eir; Alastair Blair, Accenture; Julian Yarr, A&L Goodbody; John Fenton, Janssen; (front row L-R) Chris Martin, Musgrave; Maeve McMahon, Ulster Bank; Liam McLoughlin, Bank of Ireland; Professor Jeffrey Sachs; Tina Roche, Business in the Community; Gary Hopwood, Ricoh Ireland; Ray Collins, Vodafone; Gerry Madden, Transdev. (Pic: Jason Clarke)

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