Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI)

Chair
Ronan Murphy 

Managing Director
Tomás Sercovich

Background Information
Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) is a network for sustainability. Founded in 2000 we are the only business network of its kind in Ireland.
Led by CEO Tomás Sercovich, our organization has one of the strongest board of directors in the country and our Patron is President Michael D. Higgins. BITCI enables business to be sustainable and profitable through independent and influential expertise. We inspire business with future-fit thinking, management systems, a forum for collective action and impact programs to bring about social inclusion and a low carbon economy. We help to drive businesses that are seen nationally and internationally as fair and a force for good.

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 sustainability journey. We offer one to one advice and guidance on all areas of sustainability. We also run the Leaders’ Group on Sustainability, a business coalition dedicated to addressing the most pressing sustainability priorities as well as future opportunities for a competitive and inclusive Ireland. The group is represented by CEOs of Ireland’s leading companies from sectors including energy, telecoms, technology, finance, transport, retail, food and pharma and they work collaboratively to address social, environmental and economic priorities. This Group has launched the Low Carbon Pledge and The Inclusive Employer Blueprint.
  • 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 and sustainability. Audited by the NSAI and based on ISO 26000, the Mark is the premier business standard in Ireland.
  • Diversity and Inclusion 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. We run a number of programs dedicated to leveraging the power of business to influence young people in education and support marginalized people into employment.

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