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Guide to Corporate Social Responsibility for SMEs Launched

Jul 17, 2013

Chambers Ireland has today (17/07/13) launched a new guide to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for SMEs, The Sustainability Factor.

Speaking this morning Dónall Curtin, Chambers Ireland President said, “CSR embraces responsibility for a company’s actions and encourages awareness of a company’s impact on the environment and local community. While it is often seen as the realm of large multinationals, more and more SMEs are realising the benefits CSR can have on their business. This guide highlights the number of simple ways that SMEs engage with CSR, many of which can have a positive effect on their bottom line.”

Karina Howley, Chair, Chambers Ireland’s CSR Policy Council continued “Despite current economic constraints, CSR continues to grow in Ireland. There is no doubt that implementing responsible business practices and becoming more sustainable has a positive impact on your business and those you engage with. We hope that this guide will encourage more SMEs to embrace these ideas and make CSR a core part of their business ethos.”

John Forde, Director, South Western Regional Authority added “Throughout Europe SMEs are engaging in CSR activities to help improve the sustainability of their business, which, in turn improves the sustainability of the regions in which they operate. This guide will help Irish SMEs to understand and obtain the benefits offered by introducing accessible CSR activities into their day to day operations.”

This guide was co-financed by the South Western Regional Authority through the INTERREG IVC DESUR project and is available online here.

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For further information contact Amy Woods, Chambers Ireland on 01 400 4319, 086 6081605 or email amy.woods@chambers.ie .

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