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CSR for SMEs

Responsible Business for SMEs

Business in the Community Ireland is the network for responsible and sustainable business. Whilst working with larger companies, it has a range of toolkits and case studies for SMEs.

Chambers Ireland

Chambers Ireland provides a range of CSR Related material on their website and host the annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Awards.

ISME

ISME provides CSR Reports and other info.

Small Firms Association Advice Centre

The Small Firms Association provides its member with a range of information relating to the various aspects of CSR.

CSR for Larger Organisations

Business in the Community Ireland

The mission of Business in the Community Ireland is to harness the power of Irish business to maximise its positive impact on all its stakeholders and society.

OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

The OECD provides and reports on the activities undertaken to promote the effective implementation of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

The Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact

The ten principles of the UN Global Compactare derived from: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Labour Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, and the United Nations Convention Against Corruption.

The Global Reporting Initiative

The Global Reporting Initiative is an international independent organization that helps businesses, governments and other organizations understand and communicate the impact of business on critical sustainability issues such as climate change, human rights, corruption and many others.

General CSR Links

Guide to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

The Guide to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals was developed for businesses by Business in the Community Ireland.

SDG Compass

The SDG Compass provides guidance for companies on how they can align their strategies as well as measure and manage their contribution to the realisation of the SDGs.

The Business Working Responsibly Mark

Business in the Community Ireland developed the Business Working Responsibly Mark. The Mark is audited by the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) and based on ISO 26000.

ISO 26000 Social Responsibility

ISO 26000 provides guidance on Corporate Social Responsibility helping to clarify what social responsibility is, helps businesses and organizations translate principles into effective actions and shares best practices relating to social responsibility, globally. It is aimed at all types of organizations regardless of their activity, size or location.

The European Commission

The European Commission also provides a range of resources on Corporate Social Responsibility and Responsible Business Conduct.

The Four Dimensions of CSR

The Workplace

WorkplaceRelations.ie

Workplace Relations provides information on industrial relations & rights and obligations under Irish employment and equality legislation

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission provides information on how to protect workers’ rights under and to actively promote a culture of respect for equality and human rights.

Excellence Through People

Excellence Through People is a certification available through NSAI. The focus is to get organisations to look at their people as a key source of competitive advantage. The scheme is available to all organisations.

Willing Able Mentoring (WAM)

Willing Able Mentoring (WAM) is a work placement programme which aims to promote access to the labour market for graduates with disabilities and build the capacity of employers to integrate disability into the mainstream workplace.

Irish Association of Supported Employment

The Irish Association of Supported Employment (IASE) is a not-for-profit organisation set-up in 1994 to promote a system called ‘supported employment’. Supported employment is used in many countries around the world to help people with disabilities and other marginalised groups enter the workplace.

Retail Excellence Awards

Established in 1995, Retail Excellence is a retail representative body supporting Irish retailers.

BeSmart.ie

Besmart.ie is a free online Safety Management and Risk Assessment Tool from the Health and Safety Authority to help small business owners/managers to prepare risk assessments and a safety statement in order to Reduce the chances of an accident occurring in the workplace.

E-Learning from the Health and Safety Authority

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) provides a range of e-learning programmes for various sectors as well as programmes targeted at small businesses.

The Environment

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI)

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s business support centre provides practical industry-specific information on how you can cut your business costs by saving energy. The website also provides information on relevant financial supports available to businesses of various sizes.

Green Business

Green Business is managed by the Clean Technology Centre (CTC) at the Cork Institute of Technology. The Green Business SME Efficiency and Cost Reduction questionnaireprovides an overview of resource efficiency in your company to identify the areas where your business can become more efficient and reduce costs.

Green Teams National Programme

The Green Teams National Programme offers workplace environmental champions and members of green teams (GT), the opportunity to obtain a recognised third level qualification by completing the Certificate Course delivered through Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT).

Enterprise Ireland - Build a Green and Sustainable Business

The aim of the Green programme provided by Enterprise Ireland is to help companies incorporate sustainable practices into the day-to-day running of their business. Better environmental performance leads to improved resource efficiency and direct cost savings and can also increase access to customers who are increasingly demanding more environmentally friendly products and services. Better environmental performance will also increase the agility and resilience of the company to climate change impacts.

Community Reuse Network Ireland

The all Island body for community repair, reuse and recycling organisations.

Origin Green

Origin Green is Ireland’s food and drink sustainability programme. It is a voluntary programme, led by Bord Bia (Irish Food Board), that brings together businesses in the food industry – from farmers to food producers, retailers to foodservice operators – with the common goal of sustainable food production. This programme enables Ireland’s food industry to set and achieve measurable sustainability targets that respect the environment and serve local communities more effectively. Origin Green members include farmers and food businesses such as food and beverage manufacturers, retailers and foodservice operators.

STOPFoodWaste.ie

The STOP Food Waste programme is funded under the EPA National Waste Prevention Programme (NWPP). 

The Marketplace

Prompt Payment Code

The Prompt Payment Portal, which hosts the Prompt Payment Code, is about encouraging and promoting best practice between organisations and their suppliers. The focus of the portal is to provide information based on best practice to all parties in the supply chain in order to improve the payment process and cycle. The portal is maintained by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation. It was developed by business for business with the aim of improving cash flow between business and moving towards a culture of prompt payment in Ireland.

National Disability Authority

The National Disability Authority (NDA) provides information on how you can make your business more accessible to customers with disabilities including eLearning and an Accessibility Toolkit.

Principles for Responsible Investment

The PRI is the world's leading proponent of responsible investment and works to understand the investment implications of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors. It is supported by, but not part of, the United Nations.

The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights are a set of guidelines for States and companies to prevent, address and remedy human rights abuses committed in business operations.

The Community

Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI)

Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) is the network for responsible business. 

Philanthropy Ireland

Philanthropy Ireland is the Association of independent philanthropic organisations who aim to increase the level of philanthropy in Ireland and to expand the community of engaged donors.

Volunteer Ireland

Volunteer Ireland is the national volunteer development organisation and a support body for all local Volunteer Centres and Volunteering Information Services in Ireland.

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland (SEI) is an Irish not-for-profit organisation that supports people with new solutions to Ireland’s biggest social problems. SEI helps these individuals to increase their impact by providing significant funding alongside in-depth technical and practical support. 

Retail Excellence Awards

Established in 1995, Retail Excellence is a retail representative body supporting Irish retailers.

The Foróige Entrepreneurship NFTE

The Foróige Entrepreneurship NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship) presents young people with a multi-faceted approach to entrepreneurship training. 

Solas Business

Solas Business is a development programme that aims to teach children life skills while encouraging creativity and entrepreneurship by partnering local schools with businesses.

Suas

Businesses and other organisations can partner with Suas to provided one on one mentoring in literacy to students in disadvantaged areas. Staff are asked to volunteer in DEIS schools for one hour per week for a period of 8 weeks.