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CSR Projects shortlist champion diversity and inclusion

CSR Awards 2018 shortlist announced today 

Chambers Ireland today officially announced the shortlist for the 2018 Corporate Social Responsibility Awards. Over eighty shortlisted projects across the fourteen award categories are a showcase of the practical innovation of CSR activities conducive to positive organisational change, employee benefit and much more.

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

“Once again this year’s awards have motivated companies to put forward a fantastic range of entries from which we are delighted to have selected our shortlist. Globally we are undergoing a period of evaluation where CSR practices are more than simply a mainstream concept for larger companies.

Today, businesses are continuously re-examining their impact beyond the boundaries of their respective industries and giving greater consideration to the scale of their social influence in engaging with current issues including gender equality and environmental sustainability.

The change and shifting ambition in Ireland’s business world is no different, with this years’ shortlisted entries showcasing the depth and range of Irish business ingenuity in the field of CSR activities. We are excited also to reveal the shortlisted entries for our new category for the 2018 Awards, Diversity & Inclusion, which ties with our 2018 Awards theme, ‘Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace’.

We are immensely proud to play a role in the recognition of CSR best practice through the showcasing of excellent projects in the annual CSR Awards. 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 for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys TD commented,

“CSR creates a meaningful win win for businesses, supporting and protecting the community and environment in which they operate, and making businesses more competitive and sustainable.

The companies and organisations shortlisted for the Chambers Ireland CSR Awards 2018 are among those in Ireland that make a significant contribution through their CSR activities to building a more inclusive Ireland, a greener Ireland, and to making Ireland, and the Globe, a better place in which to live and do business.

The Government’s vision as set out in the National Plan on CSR “Towards Responsible Business” 2017 – 2020, is that ‘Ireland be recognised as a centre of excellence for responsible and sustainable business practice’.

Those shortlisted for the Chambers Ireland CSR Awards reflect and support this ambition, and I commend you for that.”

Theo Cullinane, Chief Executive at BAM Ireland, said,

“BAM are delighted once again to sponsor the awards and see participation grow exponentially.

The CSR Awards provides the perfect platform to highlight the significance of corporate social responsibility for Irish businesses and we are delighted to see more companies realising its potential.

At BAM, sustainability is a core pillar of our corporate strategy enabling our business to have an overall positive impact on society. This aligns with the principle behind these awards as we gather to celebrate initiatives that aim to make the future brighter and more sustainable.”


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

See National Plan on CSR “Towards Responsible Business” 2017 – 2020.

Notes to Editor

Further information on 2018 CSR Awards

Complete 2018 Shortlist

Excellence in CSR Communication

Aldi - Aldi Foróige Partnership

Carbery Food Ingredients - Carbery Connect

Diageo Ireland - St James Gate Quarter - Conversations at the Gate

Lidl Ireland - A Better Tomorrow

The Taxback Group - GroupLife

Tesco Ireland - Tesco’s ‘No Time for Waste Community Chill’ Campaign

William Fry - William Fry Making a Difference


Excellence in Community - Partnership with Charity – LIC

Applegreen plc - The Applegreen Charitable Fund – Innovating for the Future

Bank of Ireland Group plc - Up the Hill for Jack & Jill

Bord Gais Energy - Focus Ireland and Bord Gáis Energy CR Partnership

Deloitte - Deloitte Overseas Volunteer Placement with Nurture Africa

Diageo Ireland - Celebrating 200 Years of the Dublin Pub - Diageo and LVA ALONE Partnership

Earth's Edge - KPAP Equipment Lending Programme

William Fry - William Fry Partnership with the Jack & Jill Children's Foundation


Excellence in Community - Partnership with Charity – MNC

Boots Ireland - Partnership with a Charity

LinkedIn Ireland - LinkedIn for Good Jobcare partnership

Mace Technology Ireland - Mace and Barretstown Community Project

Microsoft Ireland - Enable Ireland Retro Gaming for Eye Gaze

Transdev Dublin Light Rail - FillaLuas Homeless Shoebox Appeal

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

Vodafone Ireland Ltd - Vodafone and Childline - Working Together to Keep Children Safe by Keeping them Connected


Excellence in Community - Community Programme – LIC

A&L Goodbody - A&L Goodbody's support of literacy in the community

Arthur Cox - Opening the Door between Corporates and Community – Restorative Conversations with Arthur Cox

Deloitte - IMPACT Day

Energia - Energia Get Ireland Growing

Gas Networks Ireland - Our Universe

Law Society of Ireland Diploma Centre - Public Legal Education Programme at the Law Society of Ireland

Little Island Industries Development Company - Little Island Industries Development Company


Excellence in Community - Community Programme – MNC

Canada Life Reinsurance - Cycling WIthout Age - Sybil Hill Nursing Home

Coca-Cola Ireland - Coca-Cola Thank You Fund

Lidl Ireland - Lidl Community Works

Microsoft Ireland - Special Olympics National Games

PayPal - Opportunity Hack

Tesco Ireland - Tesco Community Fund – Donating €3m to 10,000 local causes


Excellence in Community - Volunteering – LIC

Bank of Ireland Group plc - The Great Bank of Ireland Backyard Blitz

Deloitte - WorldClass Volunteering at Deloitte

Earth's Edge - Explore, Experience, Evolve

Three Q PERMS & TEMPS - Putting Our Skills To Work In Our Community

William Fry - Incognito with the Support of William Fry


Excellence in Community - Volunteering – MNC

Abbott - Abbott’s commitment to strategic volunteering

Fujitsu Ireland - Fujitsu Ireland Volunteering Programme

Microsoft Ireland - Microsoft Cycling Challenge for LauraLynn

VMware International Limited - VMware Cork Giving Network

Workday - Workday: Giving & Doing Programme


Excellence in Environment – LIC

AIB - AIB's - First Green Hub

Deloitte - Deloitte’s Green Agenda Programme

eir - fresh eir

Gas Networks Ireland - Biodiversity Programme


Excellence in Environment – MNC

Aldi - Aldi Ireland Origin Green Plan

BioMarin International Ltd. - Making BioMarin site and local area more environmentally friendly.

HEINEKEN Ireland - Reducing CO₂ emissions “Drop the C” in HEINEKEN Ireland

Intel Ireland - Biodiversity at Intel

Lidl Ireland - A Better Tomorrow


Excellence in Marketplace

A&L Goodbody - A family renuification case - Serge and Giresse Kanymuhanga

Abbott Nutrition - Certificate in Abbott Management & Leadership Programme for Directors of Nursing

Bank of Ireland Group plc - Bank of Ireland Workbench

EirGrid - EirGrid's Six-Step Approach for Public Participation in Grid Development 


Excellence in Workplace – LIC

Arthur Cox - Arthur Cox working in partnership with Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities

eir - eir Wellness: Live Life, Live Well

Friends First - Friends in the Workplace

William Fry - William Fry Making a Difference in the Workplace

SL Controls Ltd - Live Well at SL / Think Well at SL


Excellence in Workplace – MNC

Abbott - Abbott: Inspiring our people to LiveLifeWell

Boots Ireland - Boots & See Change : De-stigmatising Mental Health

HEINEKEN Ireland - Growing with our Communities - bringing communities together to create green urban growing spaces in partnership with GIY

IBM - I Like it Here!

Lidl Ireland and Lidl Northern Ireland - Work Safe. Live Well.

Veolia Ireland - Veolia's well-being evolution

Workday - Workday: Fostering a Great Place to Work


Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion

AIB Group - iMatter - no matter who I am, how I look, where I'm from, I make a difference

Diageo Ireland - Learning for Life Refugee & Asylum Seeker Training Programme

Enterprise Rent-A-Car - The Enterprise Rent-A-Car Diversity, Career and Family Focus Programme

ESB - Managing Successful Parenting Transitions Programme

Fujitsu Ireland - The Women's Business Network at Fujitsu (WBN@F)

Vodafone Ireland - Inclusive Talent Acquisition and Development to create a sustainable diverse and inclusive workplace


Excellence in CSR by an SME

Connector - Drivers of Change

Earth's Edge - Guide Exchange Programme

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

Himalaya Yoga Valley Centre Cork - Yoga in the Park Cork

OpenApp - Rare100

Recycle IT - Residents Electrical Recycling Initiative

Republic of Work - Birthday Week in Aid of Pieta House

Technically Write IT - Charity and Community Involvement Committee

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


*LIC – Large Indigenous Company

*MNC– Multinational Company

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