Chambers Ireland today officially announced the shortlist for the 2018 Corporate Social Responsibility Awards. Over eighty shortlisted projects across the fourteen award categories are a showcase of the practical innovation of CSR activities conducive to positive organisational change, employee benefit and much more.
Announcing the shortlist, Ian Talbot, Chambers Ireland Chief Executive said, “Once again this year’s awards have motivated companies to put forward a fantastic range of entries from which we are delighted to have selected our shortlist. Globally we are undergoing a period of evaluation where CSR practices are more than simply a mainstream concept for larger companies.
Today, businesses are continuously re-examining their impact beyond the boundaries of their respective industries and giving greater consideration to the scale of their social influence in engaging with current issues including gender equality and environmental sustainability.
The change and shifting ambition in Ireland’s business world is no different, with this years’ shortlisted entries showcasing the depth and range of Irish business ingenuity in the field of CSR activities. We are excited also to reveal the shortlisted entries for our new category for the 2018 Awards, Diversity & Inclusion, which ties with our 2018 Awards theme, ‘Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace’.
We are immensely proud to play a role in the recognition of CSR best practice through the showcasing of excellent projects in the annual CSR Awards. I would like to wish all shortlisted applicants the very best of luck.”
The Chambers Ireland CSR Awards are partnered with Business in the Community Ireland, sponsored by BAM Ireland and run in association with the Department of Rural and Community Development.
Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys TD commented, “CSR creates a meaningful win win for businesses, supporting and protecting the community and environment in which they operate, and making businesses more competitive and sustainable.
The companies and organisations shortlisted for the Chambers Ireland CSR Awards 2018 are among those in Ireland that make a significant contribution through their CSR activities to building a more inclusive Ireland, a greener Ireland, and to making Ireland, and the Globe, a better place in which to live and do business.
The Government’s vision as set out in the National Plan on CSR “Towards Responsible Business” 2017 – 2020, is that ‘Ireland be recognised as a centre of excellence for responsible and sustainable business practice’.
Those shortlisted for the Chambers Ireland CSR Awards reflect and support this ambition, and I commend you for that.”
Theo Cullinane, Chief Executive at BAM Ireland, said, “BAM are delighted once again to sponsor the awards and see participation grow exponentially.
The CSR Awards provides the perfect platform to highlight the significance of corporate social responsibility for Irish businesses and we are delighted to see more companies realising its potential.
At BAM, sustainability is a core pillar of our corporate strategy enabling our business to have an overall positive impact on society. This aligns with the principle behind these awards as we gather to celebrate initiatives that aim to make the future brighter and more sustainable.”