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Awards to Recognise Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility Launched

Mar 03, 2015

Chambers Ireland today (03/03/15) announced that the application process for the 2015 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Awards is open. The awards recognise the work being carried out by companies of all sizes to improve the lives of their employees, the local community and the environment. This is a unique competition that offers the business community a chance to promote their efforts in CSR and gain recognition for best practice.

Speaking today, John Cunningham, Chair of the CSR Awards judging panel said, “Having chaired the judging panel for a number of years, I continue to be surprised by the exceptional ways that businesses are embracing CSR. Businesses in Ireland are unique in their unwavering commitment to running their businesses in a responsible and sustainable manner. These awards are an opportunity to recognise this hard work and dedication and to highlight best practice so that others can follow in their footsteps.”

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 sustainability strategies and embedding Corporate Responsibility at the heart of their business. Businesses are increasingly committed to the belief that customers, employees, investors and regulators place a high premium on trust and that ethics and good governance are key in earning it. 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 Group Ireland Chief Executive said “Sustainability is one of the core tenets of our business and we work closely with our employees, clients, stakeholders and supply chain on all aspects of CSR. We’re very proud to sponsor the CSR Awards, an initiative that promotes responsible business throughout Ireland. I’d like to wish all entrants and everybody in Chambers Ireland and Business in the Community the very best of luck for this year’s awards.”

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.

Now in their twelfth year, the awards were launched in Dublin Castle. 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 Group Ireland. For further information or to apply please visit www.csrawards.ie. The closing date for nominations is Tuesday 21st April 2015.  

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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 Chambers Ireland
Chambers Ireland is Ireland's largest business organisation with a network of Chambers of Commerce in every major town and region in the country. We facilitate the growth and development of the Irish Chamber Network and enable the Chambers in the network to effectively promote the long term development of their locality on behalf of their members as well as working towards creating a better environment for business by lobbying the Government and other stakeholders on key policy issues.

About Business in the Community Ireland
Business in the Community Ireland is a unique movement of companies committed to responsible business practices. Their 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’s mission is to promote sustainable development and improve quality of life through protection of the environment, infrastructure provision, balanced regional development and good local government.

About BAM Group Ireland
Established in 1958, BAM Group Ireland (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.

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