Sustainability & transformative best practices at heart of CSR Awards Shortlist – CSR Awards 2019 Shortlist Announced Today

Jul 8, 2019



Chambers Ireland today (8 July 2019) officially announced the shortlist for the 2019 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Awards. Over seventy shortlisted projects across the fourteen award categories are recognised for CSR activities and initiatives which are ambitious, innovative and practical in scope.

Announcing the shortlist, Ian Talbot, Chambers Ireland Chief Executive said,

The shortlist for the 16th edition of the CSR Awards leaves no doubt about the scale of ingenuity and resourcefulness of companies large and small across Ireland when it comes to new and visionary CSR projects. We’re thrilled to be able to reveal these projects today.

We’re very excited in particular with this year’s shortlisted projects due to the greater prominence given to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the awards voting criteria, through more specific criteria for showing engagement with the objectives of the SDGs.

The economic, social and environmental challenges which we are collectively facing today cannot be managed and dealt with by governments and NGOs alone. Complex sustainability issues in the areas of climate and economic inclusion have resounding impacts which will prove costly for businesses to ignore in the long and short term.

The SDGs are a compass to which companies can measure and align their strategies to, and in doing so can inspire, influence and provide practical examples of the steps to be taken to work towards the goals. The business case for the SDGs and the significance of sustainability is at the core of the importance of transformative CSR best practices today.

Providing visibility to the significance of CSR best practices through the showcasing of the excellence projects at the annual CSR Awards is a responsibility which we at Chambers Ireland are proud to continuously commit to.

I would like to wish all shortlisted applicants the very best of luck.”

The Chambers Ireland CSR Awards are partnered with Business in the Community Ireland, sponsored by BAM Ireland and run in association with the Department of Rural and Community Development.

Minister of State for Rural and Community Development Seán Canney TD commented,

“I am delighted to support the Annual Corporate Social Responsibility Awards which recognise the valuable work of organisations in Irish communities.

The principles on which the Awards are based tie in closely with the objectives of promoting and supporting the sustainable and inclusive development of communities which is a key strategy of my Department.”

Theo Cullinane, Chief Executive at BAM Ireland, said,

“The shortlist for the Chambers Ireland 2019 CSR Awards is particularly impressive and highlights the breadth and diversity of CSR projects being undertaken across Irish business.  We can safely say that CSR is now firmly embedded in the DNA of companies across Ireland and is recognised as a key competitive differentiator for employees, clients and other stakeholders. 

BAM has sponsored the Awards for the past eight years and we are delighted that it provides a super platform to celebrate and develop CSR excellence across the country.

At BAM, sustainability and CSR are core to what we do.  Through our ‘Enhancing Lives’ programme the BAM Group is committed to enhancing the lives of one million people by 2020 through the range of projects we undertake.  We are a global leader in carbon reduction and have committed to halving our carbon intensity by 2030.  This includes investing €1.5 million this year to converting our fleet to electric vehicles.  

And in marking our 150th anniversary this year, the Group is planting 150,000 trees all around the world, including 9,000 in Ireland.

– ENDS –

For further information please contact Gabriel Doran, Communications & Media Executive on 01 400 4331, 086 608 1605 or email

Notes to Editor

For further information on the CSR Awards 2019, click here.


Complete 2019 Shortlist

Excellence in CSR Communication

Applegreen – Driving engagement and awareness in our communities

Coca-Cola – #YouthEmpowered

Energia – Energia’s Charity Starts at Home

European Recycling Platform Ireland – Batteries for Barretstown

Microsoft Ireland – Digital Skills for All


Excellence in Community – Partnership with Charity – LIC

A&L Goodbody – A&L Goodbody partnership with Social Entrepreneurs Ireland

Cork International Hotel – Cork International Hotel & BUMBLEance Charity Partnership

Dalata Hotel Group – Dalata Digs Deep

Earths’ Edge – KPAP Equipment Lending Programme

Gala Retail – Gala Retails’ Platinum Sponsorship of Special Olympics Ireland

Linesight – Maths-Whizz – a virtual maths tuition programme

Primark – Our Promise. Their Future

RSM Ireland – The 2018 RSM Ireland charity partnership with Peter McVerry Trust


Excellence in Community – Partnership with Charity – MNC

Boots Ireland – Boots Ireland and the Irish Cancer Society

Cisco Systems – Partnership with A Charity

Dell – Creating Brighter Futures with Barnardos

Lidl Ireland and Jigsaw – One Good Adult

Qulatrics – 5 For The Fight

Tesco Ireland – Tesco Ireland raising funds to save lives at Temple Street


Excellence in Community – Community Programme – LIC

A&L Goodbody – A&L Goodbody’s Step Up Community Programme

Deloitte – Deloitte’s Difference in Dublin 8

Gas Networks Ireland – Energize

Holmes O’Malley Sexton – HOMS Solicitors Transition Year Programme

Law Society of Ireland Diploma Centre – Public Legal Education

Mason Hayes & Curran – Engage & Educate Fund

National University of Ireland, Galway – Community Knowledge Initiative

SSE Ireland – Galway Wind Park Community Fund


Excellence in Community – Community Programme – MNC

Amgen Technology – Amgen Dun Laoghaire’s CSR Programme

GSK Dungarvan – Making a Difference

Intel Ireland – Pride of Place

Tesco Ireland – Tesco Community Fund in 2018

VMware International – Kickstart – Cloud Careers Program


Excellence in Community – Volunteering – LIC

A&L Goodbody -Volunteer Housing Law Clinic with Focus Ireland and Mercy Law

Bank of Ireland – The Great Bank of Ireland Backyard Blitz

Earth’s Edge – Explore, Experience, Evolve

KPMG – KPMG’s Bold Girls initiative


Excellence in Community – Volunteering – MNC

Dell – Legacy of Good, Making a Real Difference 2017-2018

Intel Ireland – Intel Involved Volunteers Making a Difference

Microsoft Ireland – Microsoft Empowering Transformation at the Simon Community

Workday – Giving & Doing


Excellence in Environment – LIC

Carbery Group – Every Drop Counts

Dawn Meats – Dawn Meats Origin Green Strategy

Gas Networks Ireland – Biodiversity Enhancement Programme

Hotel Doolin – Green Team Work


Excellence in Environment – MNC

Astellas Ireland – Astellas Leading light for life – Striving for Sustainability

Aldi Ireland – Aldi Carbon Reduction Project

Fidelity Investments Ireland – Fidelity Ireland’s Go Green Initiative

FoodSpace – FoodSpace Ireland making a difference.

Tesco Ireland – Tesco Ireland Waste Management Strategy ‘No Time for Waste’


Excellence in Marketplace

A&L Goodbody – ALGs collaborative project with the Irish Refugee Council’s Independent Law Centre

Arthur Cox – Arthur Cox and Amicus – Fighting for Justice on Death Row

Dawn Meats – Dawn Meats sustainable sourcing

Eirgrid – Pilot EirGrid Community Fund, Mullingar-Kinnegad

Energia – Energia Netatmo


Excellence in Workplace – LIC

Arthur Cox – The Arthur Cox Work Experience for All Programme

Collins McNicholas – In Pursuit of Excellence in our Expanding Workplace

Energia – Energia’s Values in Action Employee Awards

Gas Networks Ireland – Walking the Talk – A study of the impact of coaching while walking


Excellence in Workplace – MNC

Fidelity Investments Ireland – The Fidelity Ireland Well4Life Program

Veolia Ireland – Mental Health First Aiders

VMware International – The Cork Giving Network’s Mental Health Month

Workday – Workday Wellbeing


Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion

Dublin Bus – Workplace Gender Transition Policy and Guidelines

ESB – ESB Traineeship Programme for People with disabilities

Fidelity Investments Ireland – Inclusive Workplace – Fidelity Ireland

Johnson & Johnson – J&J Campus Ireland WiSTEM2D

Microsoft Ireland – One Microsoft Diversity and Inclusion

Version 1 – The Version 1 Diversity & Inclusion Initiative


Excellence in CSR by an SME

Acorn Regulatory – The Empower Initiative

Earth’s Edge – Carbon Emission Offsetting

easytrip – Easytrip support Blood Bikes

Himalaya Yoga Valley Cork – Yoga Outreach Programme

MKO – Cope Helping Hands Project

SECAD Partnership CLG – Wild Work

Swords Pavilions Shopping Centre – Make Nutrition Your Goal, Fueling Your Futsal

Tico Mail Works – Tico Mail Works Corporate Social Responsibility Improvement Campaign


*LIC – Large Indigenous Company

*MNC– Multinational Company


Judging Panels

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

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