PwC Ireland have been presented with their Business Working Responsibly Mark certification for 2017 at the annual Business in the Community CEO Breakfast Forum at Dublin Castle. Over 170 business leaders attended the event organised by Business in the Community Ireland.
The Mark assesses best in class corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability and looks at leadership, policies, practices, performance, and impact in areas such as; employee engagement, innovation, environmental practices, supply chain management and engagement with the local community.
On receiving the Mark, Feargal O’Rourke, Managing Partner, PwC Ireland, said: “Supporting the communities in which we operate is important for PwC. Receiving the BITC ‘Business Working Responsible Mark’ is recognition of the collective effort of all of our people who play a role in this area and we are delighted to receive it.”
“Supporting the communities in which we operate is important for PwC. Receiving the BITC ‘Business Working Responsible Mark’ is recognition of the collective effort of all of our people who play a role in this area and we are delighted to receive it.” Feargal O’Rourke, Managing Partner PwC Ireland
PwC and seven other companies were certified to the Business Working Responsibly Mark in 2017. The Mark is run by Business in the Community Ireland and based on ISO26000. It is valid for three years and is independently audited by the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI).
PwC and five other companies – Dawn Meats Carroll’s Cross, PM Group, RTÉ, Sodexo and SSE Ireland – were accredited with the Mark for the first time this year. 29 companies in total now have the Mark in Ireland.
Speaking at the event that acts as Ireland’s premier corporate arena for discussion of corporate responsibility and sustainability, Tina Roche, CEO, Business in the Community Ireland said, “The Mark is challenging to achieve so I congratulate the companies today on getting it. Employees, customers, suppliers and many other stakeholders want to know what companies are doing when it comes to environmental issues, work-life balance, social inclusion and much more. In addition, investors are increasingly asking about a companies’ sustainability credentials when investing so the Mark is a great measurement and validation for any company.”
According to a 2016 Cone Communications survey, 88% of millennials say they find their employment more fulfilling when they have opportunities to make a positive impact on social and environmental issues. The eight companies who achieved the Mark this year collectively employ almost 15,000 people in Ireland. According to BITCI’s Business Impact Map, when it comes to community engagement, their employees volunteered over 9800 hours and fundraised over €165,000 for good causes in 2016. In addition the companies provided cash donations to charities totalling €1.8 million last year.
Tina Roche continued, “Employer brand is a hot topic for many companies in Ireland. Attracting talent and crucially retaining it is of key concern to many business leaders so validation of a company’s CSR and sustainability activities through achieving the Mark is giving many businesses the edge over their competitors.”