The Prompt Payment Code aims to drive Ireland towards a culture of prompt payment. The online portal and Code provides comprehensive information for businesses on the area of prompt payment. By signing up to the code, companies agree to pay on time and give clear guidance to suppliers on payment procedures. Government is leading by example and has ensured that all Government Departments, their Agencies and Public-Sector Bodies sign up to the Code.
Time to Read is a reading enhancement initiative managed by Business in the Community Ireland and provides children in second class with reading support from a business volunteer over a 20 week programme. The programme aims to increase the enjoyment of, and confidence in reading whilst encouraging self-discovery for the participating children. Along with the reading sessions, the children visit their local public library and the volunteer’s workplace.
The Department's Diversity and Equality Working Group developed an Action Plan on Equality & Diversity which was launched by the Management Board In May 2018. Actions are ongoing and are being/are to be implemented in 2018 - 2019. The Diversity and Equality Working Group focuses on two of the four dimensions of Corporate Social Responsibility, namely The Community and The Workplace.