Winners & Shortlist 2020

The Sustainable Business Impact Awards celebrate best practice in sustainable development and social responsibility from companies of all sizes, nationwide. The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are at the heart of the Awards in promoting sustainable business practices and continuing our organisational alignment with the Goals.

You can watch the complete Virtual Ceremony of the Sustainable Business Impact Awards 2020 here:



The prestigious Outstanding Achievement in Sustainable Business Impact Award received applicant companies who have demonstrated outstanding, sustained commitment in their CSR practices and to rising to the challenge of implementing more sustainable business practices. The companies shortlisted for the award are as follows:


Shortlisted in this category:
A&L Goodbody 

Tesco Ireland
VMware Ireland

Excellence in CSR Communication

WINNER:  Lidl Ireland – Lidl More for Youth – Jigsaw/Lidl Listen Campaign 

  • Abbot, ESB & Irish Heart Foundation – Hands for Life – Community CPR Training
  • Aldi Ireland – Aldi Ireland’s sponsorship of the Irish Cancer Society Colour Dash
  • Dawn Meats – CONNECT Programme
  • Fidelity Investments Ireland – Fidelity Cares – Engaging and Empowering our Associates in 2019
  • Tesco Ireland – Every Little Help makes a Big Difference

Excellence in Community – Partnership with Charity – LIC

WINNER: A&L Goodbody – Supporting life after torture with Spirasi 

  • AIB – AIB Together partnership with FoodCloud
  • Applegreen – Applegreen & Focus Ireland Youth Services
  • Arthur Cox – The Opening Doors Partnership with the Early Learning Initiative
  • Collins McNicholas Recruitment – A Piece of Our Time for Jigsaw 2020
  • Deloitte – Going Green with Leave No Trace (LNT)
  • Gas Networks Ireland – Gas Networks Ireland partnership with Age Action
  • Permanent TSB – Permanent TSB Staff Charities Fund – Partnership With Barretstown

Excellence in Community – Partnership with Charity – MNC

WINNER: KBC Bank – Skills- Sharing for Impact 

  • Bank of America – Mná na hÉireann, Women of Ireland Fund
  • Diageo Ireland – The Guinness Fund
  • Intel Ireland – Intel Charity Program
  • Tesco Ireland – Tesco & Temple Street: The Drive for €5 Million

Excellence in Community – Volunteering – LIC

WINNER: A&L Goodbody – Supporting housing rights and homelessness through free legal assistance 

  • Arthur Cox – The Arthur Cox Zambia Project
  • Dawn Meats – Dawn Meats Junior Achievement Ireland Project
  • Deloitte – Impact Volunteering – The “Deloitte Experience”
  • EirGrid – EirGrid/Margaret Aylward Community College Partnership
  • PM Group – ‘ELevate’ Programme

Excellence in Community – Volunteering – MNC

WINNER: IBM Ireland and Cisco Ireland – ICU FamilyLink 

  • Canada Life Reinsurance – Community First Responders
  • Fidelity Investments Ireland – Fidelity Cares – Giving Back in 2019
  • Horizon Therapeutics – From Plant to Patient
  • Medtronic – EthosScope- Medtronic Global Innovation Fellows
  • VMware Ireland – Serve.Learn.Inspire Campaign

Excellence in Community – Community Programme – LIC

WINNER: An Post – Address Point 

  • A&L Goodbody – A&L Goodbody’s Step Up Community Programme
  • Applegreen – Applegreen & Irish Youth Foundation: The Blossom Fund
  • Bank of Ireland – Bank of Ireland COVID-19 €1m Emergency Response Fund
  • Deloitte – The Deloitte Consulting Analyst Christmas Challenge
  • Gas Networks Ireland – Cooperation Ireland / Gas Networks Ireland Youth Leadership Programme
  • Permanent TSB – Championing Social Entrepreneurship – A Partnership With Social Entrepreneurs Ireland
  • SuperValu – SuperValu & AsIAm Autism Friendly Towns
  • VHI – Run for Fun

Excellence in Community – Community Programme – MNC

WINNER: Microsoft Ireland – DreamSpace

  • Abbott – Croí an Óir, our long-standing commitment to our communities
  • Deutsche Bank – Write to Read literacy research project
  • HEINEKEN Ireland – Growing with our Communities
  • IBM Ireland – P-TECH (Pathways in Technology)
  • Tesco Ireland – Tesco during Covid-19: Now More than Ever, Every Little Helps

Excellence in Environment – LIC – sponsored by EPA

WINNER: AIB – AIB’s Energy and Environmental Plan to enable Sustainable Communities 

  • Dawn Meats – Origin Green Sustainability Plan
  • Gas Networks Ireland – Biodiversity Enhancement Programme
  • Irish Water – Sustainable Water Services

Excellence in Environment – MNC – sponsored by EPA

WINNER: Tesco Ireland – Reducing our carbon footprint at Tesco

  • Aldi Ireland – Aldi Sustainability Project
  • Diageo Ireland – Diageo plastic packaging removal
  • Fidelity Investments Ireland – Green Team in Action 2019
  • Intel Ireland – Building Sustainable Communities

Excellence in Workplace – LIC – sponsored by One4all

WINNER: Solas – SOLAS Workplace Choir 

  • A&L Goodbody – A&L Goodbody Summer School–making the best use of our time
  • Bank of Ireland – Agile Ways of Working
  • Carbery Group – Carbery Ways of Working
  • Ervia – Work Safe, Home Safe
  • Scope – Scope & ChildVision Championing Children’s Futures

Excellence in Workplace – MNC – sponsored by One4all

WINNER: Diageo Ireland – Six months paid parental leave for all Irish employees 

  • Abbott – Abbott Workplace Well-being: Empowering employees to realise their full potential
  • Tesco Ireland – Supporting colleague health and wellbeing in Tesco Ireland
  • VMware Ireland – VMware Irelands Virtual Workplace

Excellence in Marketplace

WINNER: Tesco Ireland – Project Unwrapped: Working with our suppliers to reduce plastic packaging 

  • AIB – Vulnerable Customer Programme
  • Arthur Cox – Helping the Vulnerable and Disadvantaged Access Legal Assistance
  • Bank of Ireland – Bank of Ireland Vulnerable Customer Unit

Excellence in CSR by an SME

WINNER: Tico Mail Works – Tico Mail Works Sustainable CSR Program 

  • Codema – Home Energy Saving Kit
  • Liferay International – Liferay International Refugee Program
  • Marino Software – Keeping Róisín’s Voice Alive, a Big Life Fix by Marino

Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion

WINNER: VMware Ireland – VMinclusion – Resilience and Disability Program 

  • A&L Goodbody – DARE – Daily Action. Real Equality
  • Bank of Ireland – Gender Balance
  • Dawn Meats – Dawn Meats Group Diversity and Inclusion Strategy
  • Deloitte Ireland – A proud LGBTI+ community year-round
  • Diageo Ireland – The Open Doors Initiative


*LIC – Large Indigenous Company

*MNC– Multinational Company

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Judging Panels

The independent judging panel is made up of respected individuals working in various fields. The panel act independently at all times.

For further information on the Judging Process for the Sustainable Business Impact Awards 2020, click here.

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