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2014 Corporate Social Responsibility Awards Launched

Mar 04, 2014

Chambers Ireland today (04/03/14) announced that nominations for the 2014 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Awards are open. Now in their eleventh year, the Awards were launched by Mallen Baker, renowned UK-based speaker, writer and strategic advisor on CSR. The awards are run in association with the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, partnered by Business in the Community Ireland and kindly sponsored by BAM. The launch was kindly hosted by eircom.

Speaking this morning, Ian Talbot, Chambers Ireland Chief Executive said, “For many businesses, CSR is a chance to go the extra mile; to give back to the local community, staff and suppliers and ensure a more sustainable future for all. At Chambers Ireland, the CSR Awards are our chance to validate the work of these companies, highlight best practice and reward the hard work being undertaken by businesses across the country to engage in CSR.”

Tina Roche, Business in the Community Ireland Chief Executive continued, “The awards continue to go from strength to strength and each year we see how companies are enhancing and improving their CR strategies and embedding corporate responsibility at the heart of their business. By adopting this embedded and sustained approach to corporate responsibility, companies are yielding the noticeable advantages it can have on the bottom line. These awards champion this practice which is integral to Ireland’s business reputation.”

Theo Cullinane, BAM Chief Executive said: “We are proud to once again sponsor the CSR Awards, which promote and acknowledge responsible business practices. We believe that CSR and sustainability create value and efficiency for our industry clients, develop relationships and improve decision making processes. I’d like to wish everybody in Chambers Ireland, Business in the Community and all entrants the very best of luck with this year’s Awards.”

Speaking at the launch, eircom Chairman Padraig McManus said, “The Chambers Ireland CSR Awards offer a unique platform for organisations to gain recognition for the efforts that they make to make businesses more responsible and we are very proud to be a part of that. Our Special Olympics Ireland partnership celebrates its 29th year this year - making this the longest corporate sponsorship in Ireland.”

Award categories include: Excellence in Environment, Community (divided into Charity, Volunteering and Community Programme), Workplace, Marketplace, International CSR, CSR Communication, Best SME and the overall Outstanding Achievement in CSR Award.

For further information or to apply please visit www.csrawards.ie. The closing date for nominations is Tuesday 15th April 2014.  

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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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About Mallen Baker
Mallen Baker is a renowned writer and speaker on corporate social responsibility and has spoken on the topic at conferences all around the world. He is responsible for the Business Respect newsletter on CSR, which is the longest running CSR internet newsletter in the world. He is also a regular columnist and contributing editor with Ethical Corporation. He was formerly the development director with Business in the Community UK, where he was responsible for developing their approach to marketplace issues, which includes how companies manage issues that arise around their core products and services.

About Chambers Ireland
Chambers Ireland is Ireland's largest business network creating the best environment for members locally, regionally and nationally.

About Business in the Community Ireland
Business in the Community Ireland is a unique movement of companies committed to responsible business practices. Our purpose is to inspire, challenge and support business in continually improving its positive impact on society in the community, environment, marketplace and workplace.

About The Department of Environment, Community and Local Government
The Department of Environment, Community and Local Government aims to promote sustainable development and improve the quality of life of the public.

About BAM
Established in 1958, BAM Contractors (formerly known as Ascon), whose affiliates include BAM Civil, BAM Building, BAM PPP and BAM Rail, is a registered Irish company managed by Irish professionals. The company employs over 2,000 people directly and indirectly. Its principal activities are building contracting and civil engineering in the public, private and PPP sectors. Other activities include rail infrastructure, facility management and property development.

About eircom
eircom is the principal provider of fixed-line and mobile telecommunications services in Ireland with approximately 2 million customers. We have the most extensive network in Ireland both in terms of capacity and geographic reach. In addition to our fixed and mobile customers, eircom Wholesale serves more than forty National and International Service Providers. eircom is currently constructing Ireland's largest fibre broadband network that will reach 1.4 million premises by 2016. Our mobile network is the third largest in the country, offering great value to bill pay and pre pay customers with Meteor and eMobile. eircom was the first operator in Ireland to launch 4G in September 2013, quickly followed by our game changing TV service, eVision.

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