Excellence in CSR by an SME

Connector – Drivers of Change

 As a new brand in the Irish market, mytaxi wanted to build its relationships with drivers and the Irish people. Based on one simple insight – taxi drivers love to talk – Drivers of Change was created. By partnering with Aware, Ireland’s leading mental health organisation, drivers were educated through workshops, enabling them to have impactful conversations with vulnerable passengers and become drivers of change. Drivers were empowered to become a new medium and a resource to challenge loneliness, depression and give helpful advice in an informal setting. The campaign reached over 11m people and increased searches for Aware services by 89%.

Earth’s Edge – Guide Exchange Programme

Earth’s Edge is Ireland’s only fully licensed adventure travel company. They run expeditions in 40 countries around the world, so they have a community here in Ireland and throughout the world. The Guide Exchange Programme was set up to give back to their global community. Earth’s Edge reached out to their Irish guides asking for their input in selecting the international guide most deserving of the opportunity. The aims of the project were threefold; to reward their excellent local guides, to improve the quality of their service by sharing ideas, and to boost awareness of their great local guides among clients. The programme was extremely well received by the company’s clients and the local guides who entered the competition. Earth’s Edge plan on running the programme on an annual basis going forward.

Fitness Freak – Free Fruit For All in South Tipperary General Hospital

Free Fruit For All – a healthy food initiative in South Tipperary General Hospital was set up in June 2016 by Fitness Freak Owner Richard Kennedy. In three locations within the hospital – paediatrics, outpatients and the staff canteen – apples from a local apple farm are supplied weekly without charge or inconvenience.  These apples are sponsored by different local businesses each week. Richard meets the sponsors and promotes the fact they have sponsored that week’s supply of apples on his own social media platforms. The apples are collected and dropped off at the hospital by local TY students and the students distribute them to the various departments.

Himalaya Yoga Valley Centre Cork – Yoga in the Park Cork

Himalaya Yoga Valley Centre Cork has been running Yoga in the Park Cork for the last four years at Fitzgerald’s Park in Cork City. This is a donation based yoga class open to all members of the community in aid of the Cork Simon Community. It is held every Saturday at 10am from the months of June – September in partnership with the Cork Simon Community and Cork City Council. The event has grown considerably over the years with up to 250 people, both from Cork and those visiting the area, now participating in the class each week. Over the last four years, the event has raised over €40,000 for the Cork Simon Community. The event promotes a giving culture in Cork by showing other businesses what can be achieved by working with their staff to give back to the local community.

OpenApp – Rare100

Rare diseases affect an estimated 300 million people around the world and 30 million in Europe alone. There are over 6,000 different diseases with many of these having a small population of patients. 1 in 17 people will live with a rare disease. Despite this, there is no cure for the majority of rare diseases and many go undiagnosed.

Establishing patient registries is crucial in rare diseases, especially ultra-rare diseases for which expertise is only available in very few centres worldwide. No individual institution and very often no single country, has sufficient numbers of patients to conduct a study or a clinical trial.

With Rare100, OpenApp provides a free web-enabled patient registry for patient organisations of a population of less than 100 patients. This enables organisations to gather data which will ultimately help improve the lives of people suffering with rare diseases.

Recycle IT – Residents Electrical Recycling Initiative

Recycle IT is a not for profit, social enterprise offering a friendly and needs driven community recycling collection and drop off service in Dublin. Collection teams pick up electrical and electronic equipment from communities across Dublin daily. Recycle IT focuses on providing services in areas where electrical recycling maybe difficult to achieve for a range of economic and social reasons. Collection services were offered to over 88,000 homes in Dublin during 2017 with over 450 tonnes of once loved and well used electrical items collected for recycling. The organisation operates an inclusive recycling service to ensure people can easily avail of a WEEE recycling in the city. In-home assistance with lifting or moving items is the norm and collection teams can be easily contacted.

The organisation works to promote a message of reduce, reuse and recycling and regularly shares information through events in schools, county council offices and community groups.

Republic of Work – Birthday Week in Aid of Pieta House

Staff and members at REPUBLIC OF WORK spent the week of April 9th-13th celebrating their official first year in business and fundraising for mental health charity, Pieta House through a wide variety of activities and free to attend events.

They held a coffee morning each morning with their partners Nespresso and were supported by local food companies who donated food for these fundraising events. In addition, they offered companies and individuals free co-working spaces throughout the week to experience the facilities at REPUBLIC OF WORK first hand. They ran a raffle throughout the week in aid of Pieta House with many prizes donated by the surrounding community.

 Republic Of Work used their Birthday Week to fundraise for Pieta House and to raise awareness of their services in Cork.

Technically Write IT – Charity and Community Involvement Committee

Technically Write (TWi) has partnered with Cork Simon and Pieta House to support their excellent work helping people who are experiencing homelessness and suicidal distress, through fundraising, volunteering, and raising awareness. TWi has donated €51,450 to Cork Simon’s Housing Support Project and in 2017 raised €2,400 to fund the Pieta House resilience programme in four schools. TWi employees have given several hundred hours to help support and improve the quality of life for those people who are experiencing a difficult time in their life.

 These partnerships have established a strong and positive, mutually beneficial relationship between the organisations that is ongoing and will continue to grow in the future.

Tico Mail Works – Tico Mail Works Renewable Energy Electric Car To Work Scheme

Tico Mail Works employ 38 people. The company uses only renewable energy. To reduce its carbon footprint Tico introduced a ‘renewable electric car to work’ scheme which facilitated the purchase of company owned electric vehicles by the staff. Over time and as it progresses, this initiative will reduce to zero the total carbon footprint of the company attributable to transport. This will enable the company to cooperate in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals 7 (Affordable Clean Energy), 9 (Innovation), 11 (Sustainable Cities), 12 (Responsible Consumption) and 13 (Climate Action).

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