Chambers Ireland has today (16/07/14) announced the shortlist for the 2014 Corporate Social Responsibility Awards. Celebrating their eleventh year, the Awards continue to go from strength to strength with a record number of applications once again received this year.
The Awards are partnered with Business in the Community Ireland, sponsored by BAM Contractors and run in association with the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government. The winners will be presented with award pieces from Tipperary Crystal’s Rosemount range.
Commenting on the shortlist, Nick Donnelly, Waterford Chamber CEO said, “This year we have seen once again a record number of applications to the awards. Just under half of those were new entrants which highlights how rapidly CSR has grown in recent years. More and more companies are making CSR a core part of their business and these awards are an opportunity to recognise that commitment. From a local perspective, we are delighted to see Dawn Meats make the shortlist for ‘Excellence in Environment’ and well done to them. Dawn were also shortlisted again last year and we wish them the best of luck.”
Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Alan Kelly T.D. continued, “I am delighted to see the commitment that companies across Ireland continue to make to their local communities, to sustainable business practices and to environmental concerns. It is these companies that strengthen Ireland’s reputation as an excellent place to live and work. I know this year’s applications were of exceptional quality and I congratulate all those on the shortlist.”
Tina Roche, CEO of Business in the Community Ireland added, “Business in the Community Ireland, as the network for Corporate Responsibility, seeks the outcome of responsible and sustainable business practices. Recent research has shown that organisational culture and the level of employee engagement are key drivers of business performance. These shortlisted companies show that their best practice, from their environmental to their workplace practices, is directed towards building a culture of innovation and excellence. Congratulations to all on the shortlist.”
Theo Cullinane, Chief Executive BAM Group Ireland, concluded, “I wish all the shortlisted candidates the best of luck in the Awards. Since our initial involvement with the CSR Awards several years ago, I’ve been hugely impressed with the initiatives showcased each year across a range of sectors. A focus on people and planet has always been the driving ethos of BAM, and it is encouraging to see so many organisations across Ireland with CSR at the heart of their business.”
Awards will be presented for Excellence in Community (sub-divided into Partnership with Charity, Community Programme and Volunteering), Environment – sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency, Marketplace, Workplace, Communication, International CSR and CSR by an SME. One company will also be presented with the Outstanding Achievement in CSR Award at the ceremony in the Ballsbridge Hotel, Pembroke Road, Dublin 4 on Thursday, 18th September.