Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI)

Chairman

Mr. Kieran McGowan

Executive Director

Mrs. Tina Roche

Background Information

Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) is a network for responsible business. Founded in 2000 we are the only business network of its kind in Ireland. From providing bespoke advice to some of the most progressive multinational and indigenous companies to helping smaller enterprises navigate and understand CSR, we are the trusted advisers on responsible business practices in Ireland.

Led by CEO Tina Roche, our organisation has one of the strongest board of directors in the country and our Patron is President Michael D. Higgins.

When we were established, CSR was based on corporate giving and engagement  with charities and causes. Today, through our work with hundreds of companies, CSR is accepted as covering all areas of the business. From employee engagement to supply chain and procurement to climate change and human rights, at its heart CSR is about a company being trustworthy and having a solid reputation.

Current Activities

BITCI works in three simple ways:

The Network for Responsible Business;

Our network of the most progressive companies in Ireland has grown year on year since inception. We offer three membership streams which can help companies at any stage of their CSR journey. In addition, to fully represent the business landscape in Ireland, we also offer a variety of tools for small and medium sized enterprises comprising a dedicated website with free advice and case studies, a paid for reporting service and access to our Business Impact on Education and Employment.

The Business Working Responsibly Mark;

Utilising our unique expertise and insight and in demand to the companies who wanted to be best in class, we created the Business Working Responsibly Mark, Ireland’s first certified standard for CSR. Audited by the NSAI and based on ISO 26000, the Mark is the premier business standard in Ireland.

Business Action Programmes;

Education and unemployment are key societal issues in Ireland. From our experience we know that companies can have a significant impact on these issues but benefit too through employee engagement opportunities. Our off the shelf programmes are part of the network membership and can add value to any CSR plan of activities.