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Certifications for Good CSR Practices

The Business Working Responsibly Mark
The Business Working Responsibly Mark

The Business Working Responsibly Mark which is administered by BITCI is Ireland’s certification for responsible and sustainable business practices. It is audited by the NSAI and based on ISO 26000. It allows companies to benchmark their sustainable policies against other businesses and ultimately gain certification for high standards within this area.

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Origin Green

 Origin Green verification is an initiative of Bord Bia to provide proof of Ireland’s commitment to sustainable food & drink production. A business can sign up to the Origin Green Charter which involves setting clear objectives across three key areas: Raw Material Sourcing, Manufacturing Processes and Social Sustainability. Origin Green works with potential members to create a five-year plan committing to sustainability improvements that are relevant to the individual business. These plans are independently verified by SGS, a third party agency, and monitored on an annual basis.

The ABLE Award

The ABLE Tourism / Business Excellence Award

The ABLE Award has been jointly created EIQA and Rehab and is acknowledged as being the Q Mark for accessibility. The award is nationally recognised and exceeds the standards required in current legislation. The ABLE Award demonstrates that a business supports the highest accessible standards available. Receiving the ABLE Award is an acknowledgement of a commitment to providing services to customers and staff who have a disability.

Fairtrade Ireland
Fairtrade Ireland

By putting the Fairtrade mark on products, stocking Fairtrade goods or serving them to customers a business can have a positive impact on small farmers’ and workers’ lives in the developing world. The Fairtrade mark is an independent, third party certification that recognises a sustainable supply chain, and enables a business to demonstrate an ethical commitment. Individuals with an organisation may also become Fairtrade Ambassadors.

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The Green Teams National Programme

The Green Teams National Programme is designed to provide training and certification for staff who are involved in promoting good environmental and sustainability practice in their organisation. 

Green Hospitality

The Programme is the only Irish developed environmental certification standard for the hospitality sector. The Eco-label and Awards are recognised both nationally and internationally as standards that allow members achieve good environmental performance and allow visitors to choose “Greener” hospitality businesses knowing that defined criteria are being implemented and monitored. Eligible businesses can also apply to be listed by as a Recognised Green Supplier.

EcoTourism Ireland

Ecotourism Ireland

The Ecotourism Ireland label has been developed in association with Fáilte Ireland, Northern Ireland Tourist Board, and an Advisory Panel from the Environmental Protection Agency, National Standard Authority of Ireland (NSAI), the Department of Agriculture, and the National Parks and Wildlife Service. It is recognized internationally by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. The Ecotourism Ireland Label can be applied to travel and tourism products that are nature based and have an element of interpretation involved. Criteria for assessment include environmentally sustainable practice, contribution to conservation, and benefit to local communities.

EU Ecolabel

The EU Ecolabel

The EU Ecolabel applies to a range of products and services including paper products, cleaning products, electronics, and holiday accommodation.

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EXEED - (Excellence in Energy Efficient Design)

EXEED is a certification and quality assurance scheme for incentivising, rewarding and facilitating energy efficiency in businesses offered through SEAI. EXEED provides a new framework for energy efficient design management for both new investments and upgrading of existing assets.


Building Energy Rating

It is likely that your organisation already has a BER rating for it’s premises. A BER is required before a new building is occupied for the first time and when a new or existing building is offered for sale. Advertising a strong BER is one way to showcase an organisation’s energy efficiency.

Large buildings are also required to display a Display Energy Certificate. A DEC rating is calculated on the basis of the energy consumption of a building, during occupation, over a one year period. This is a statutory obligation but also an opportunity to showcase responsible environmental practice.

IS 399 Energy Efficient Design Management

The Energy Efficient Design Management standard, I.S. 399 was developed by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI). The standard embeds consideration of energy from the start of new investment projects minimising energy consumption through their lifecycle.