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CSR for SMEs

The CSR Tool for SMEs

The CSR SME Online Tool is an initiative of the CSR Stakeholder Forum which was set up to drive the objectives of the National Plan on Corporate Social Responsibility which was published by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation in 2014

Responsible Business for SMEs

Business in the Community Ireland has a website Responsible Business for SMEs which is focused specifically on the needs of SMEs and which provides a range of useful resources.

Chambers Ireland

Chambers Ireland provides a range of CSR related material on their website and host the annual Corporate Social Responsibility 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

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 UN Global Compact’s Ten Principles are 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

The Guide for Business Action on the SDGs

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 has developed the Business Working Responsibly Mark. Audited by the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) and based on ISO 26000.

The NSAI Survey on Social Responsibility Practices in Ireland

NSAI Standards is responsible for the development of Irish Standards and for representing Irish interests in the work of the European and International standards bodies. In 2014 the NSAI conducted a Survey on Social Responsibility Practices in Ireland. 

ISO 26000

ISO 26000:2010 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.

Business Impact Maps

The Sustainable Living in Cities business impact map shows live examples of successful city-business collaborations across Europe

The European Commission

The European Commission also provides a range of resources On Corporate Social Responsibility

The Four Pillars 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

IASE (Irish Association of Supported Employment) 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.

The Retail Excellence Ireland People Awards

A great way to support your workforce in the retail sector is by nominating staff members for the Retail Excellence Ireland People Awards.

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 provides a range of e-learning programmes for various sectors as well as programmes targeted at small businesses. https://hsalearning.ie/

The Environment

SEAI Business Support Centre

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 Ireland

Green Business is a free and confidential resource efficiency service for all types of SMEs in Ireland. Businesses can request a free site visit and report by professional environmental consultants. The SME Efficiency And Cost Reduction Questionnaire enables an overview of Resource Efficiency in your company to identify your business can become more efficient and reduce costs.

Green Teams

The Green Teams Recognition Scheme 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).

EnviroCentre.ie

Enterprise Ireland’s EnviroCentre.ie website provides a range of information about environmentally friendly business practices including many case studies. The website also provides information on funding through EI’s Green Offer.

Our Sustainable Future (PDF)

Our Sustainable Future, a Framework for Sustainable Development for Ireland was published in 2012. It sets out a medium to long-term framework for advancing sustainable development and the green economy in Ireland.

Community Reuse Network Ireland

The all Island representative body for community based re-use, recycling and waste prevention organisations

Origin Green

Origin Green is the only sustainability programme in the world that operates on a national scale, uniting government, the private sector and food producers. It is an initiative of Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board.

StopFoodWaste.ie

The STOP Food Waste programme is funded under the EPA National Waste Prevention Programme (NWPP). By not generating waste, we can eliminate the need to handle, transport, treat and dispose of waste. We can also avoid having to pay for these services.

The Marketplace

The Prompt Payment Portal

The Prompt Payment Portal, which hosts the Prompt Payment Code, is about encouraging and promoting best practice between organisations and their suppliers.

National Disability Authority

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

The UN 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

Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) is the network for responsible business. Founded in 2000 it is the only business network of its kind in Ireland.

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.ie

The website of the National Volunteer Development Agency which is a representative and support body for over 21 Volunteer Centres in Ireland

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland supports social entrepreneurs through an Awards Programme, holds an Annual Awards Ceremony, and works to build a vibrant and effective ecosystem in Ireland to ensure that the best ideas get the support they need to succeed.

The Retail Excellent Ireland Friendliest Place Awards

The Retail Excellent Ireland Friendliest Place Awards are a way for a group of retailers and other businesses in a town to work together to gain recognition for their community.

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.