COM­PA­NIES GIV­ING BACK TO THE COM­MU­NITY

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BORD GÁIS EN­ERGY

Bord Gáis En­ergy has been sup­port­ing Fo­cus Ire­land since 2015, and 2020 marks the sec­ond year of the Shine a Light Night spon­sor­ship. The sleep­out used to be cen­tred on busi­ness types but this year ev­ery­one is be­ing en­cour­aged to sleep out on Oc­to­ber 16 and ‘Shine a Light’ on home­less­ness. Since the event be­gan in 2015, Shine a Light has raised over €5.3m for peo­ple ex­pe­ri­enc­ing home­less­ness in Ire­land. In 2019, the sup­port of Bord Gáis En­ergy as spon­sors en­abled Fo­cus Ire­land to help over 14,200 peo­ple.

HSBC

HSBC Ire­land re­cently do­nated €30,000 to the Covid-19 Re­sponse Fund or­gan­ised by the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion of Ire­land. The CFI’s fund will as­sist se­nior cit­i­zens, peo­ple with res­pi­ra­tory ill­nesses or can­cer, vic­tims of do­mes­tic abuse and peo­ple suf­fer­ing from men­tal health is­sues. The bank says that through 2020 it in­tends to do­nate €230,000 to char­i­ties and causes na­tion­wide.

DAA

Whether run­ning marathons, bak­ing cakes or wear­ing aw­ful Christ­mas jumpers to work, staff in Dublin Air­port Au­thor­ity are will­ing to put in the ef­fort to sup­port their part­ner char­i­ties. In 2019, em­ploy­ees, sup­ported by the com­pany and air­port pas­sen­gers, raised €330,000 for three char­i­ta­ble causes.

BANK OF IRE­LAND

There are an es­ti­mated 355,000 fam­ily car­ers in Ire­land, and some of them work for Bank of Ire­land. The bank has part­nered with Fam­ily Car­ers Ire­land (FCI) to pro­vide a be­spoke pro­gramme for em­ploy­ees with car­ing re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. FCI’s Car­ing Em­ploy­ers pro­gramme pro­vides guid­ance and as­sis­tance on how busi­nesses can ap­pro­pri­ately sup­port their em­ploy­ees who have a fam­ily car­ing role.

VIR­GIN ME­DIA

Vir­gin Me­dia Ire­land’s CSR strat­egy is fo­cused on Dig­i­tal Well­ness. In 2019

FoodCloud dis­trib­utes sur­plus food to hun­dreds of char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tions. Since 2014, long-term part­ner Tesco has re­dis­tributed over 11 mil­lion meals. Nestlé Ire­land re­cently an­nounced that it is help­ing FoodCloud out too, with a €110,000 in­vest­ment that lever­ages em­ployee in­volve­ment. Pic­tured with FoodCloud CEO Iseult Ward is An­drew Shaw, Coun­try Man­ager at Nestlé Ire­land

MICHAEL O'SUL­LI­VAN / OSM PHO­TOG­RA­PHY One of Cork char­ity Cope Foun­da­tion’s ini­tia­tives is a cof­fee-shop ven­ture that em­ploys peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties. UCC has wel­comed Roots Cafe onto the cam­pus. Pic­tured are Rowena Mat­tock, Cope Foun­da­tion sup­port worker, and Troy O’Sul­li­van

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