Chambers Ireland Launches Shortlist for CSR Awards 2015

The Bank of Ireland Runway Night Run at Shannon Airport Shortlisted in Excellence in Community – Partnership with Charity – LIC Category

Over €13 million raised and 125,000 Volunteer Hours Donated by Shortlisted Companies

Shannon Chamber is delighted that one of its members, Shannon Airport, has been shortlisted in Chambers Ireland’s Corporate Social Responsibility Award for  the Bank of Ireland Runway Night Run at Shannon Airport. This is the first year that a Shannon Chamber member company has featured and Shannon Chamber will be encouraging more companies to consider these awards for 2016.

Now is their twelfth year, this year’s Chambers Ireland Corporate Social Responsibility Awards shortlisted applicants have raised over €13 million and donated over 125,000 volunteer hours.

The Awards are partnered with Business in the Community Ireland, sponsored by BAM Contractors and run in association with the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government.

Announcing the shortlist, Ian Talbot, Chambers Ireland Chief Executive said, “Once again this year we received a record number of applications to the awards. More and more companies are now realising the strategic importance of CSR to their business, evidenced by the fact that just under half of this year’s entrants were new applicants. The money raised and hours donated is just the tip of the iceberg of great work being done by companies across Ireland and we are proud to showcase this work through these awards. I wish all on the shortlist the best of luck.”

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Alan Kelly T.D. continued “The work that companies do to make a difference in their local communities, for their employees and the environment often goes unnoticed. That’s why I am delighted that my Department can support these awards which recognise the contribution of the business community to making Ireland a better place to live and work. I know this year’s applications were of exceptional quality and I congratulate all those on the shortlist.”

Tina Roche, CEO of Business in the Community Ireland added “Business in the Community Ireland, as the network for Corporate Responsibility, congratulates all the shortlisted companies. From our work with both large and small companies in Ireland, we know that celebrating best practice is key as it inspires other companies to look at their own CSR and the impact they can make.  Increasingly, employees and customers want to engage with responsible and sustainable businesses so being shortlisted is a great signal to key stakeholders that you are best in class.”

Theo Cullinane, CEO of BAM Ireland said: “It’s always hugely encouraging to see the calibre and diversity of the projects shortlisted for the CSR Awards and again, this year is no exception. BAM has sponsored the Awards for several years now and as a construction company with operations across Ireland, we are very conscious of the positive impact that businesses can have on local communities and beyond. I wish the best of luck to all organisations shortlisted for the CSR Awards, which is a major achievement to be proud of.”

Awards will be presented for Excellence in Community (sub-divided into Partnership with Charity, Community Programme and Volunteering), Environment, Marketplace, Workplace, Communication, International CSR and CSR by an SME. One company will also be presented with the Outstanding Achievement in CSR Award at the ceremony in the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 on Thursday 3rd September.


Complete 2015 Shortlist

Excellence in CSR Communication

  • Electric Ireland – Darkness into Light
  • Irish Rail – Iarnród Éireann’s commitment to raising mental health awareness
  • Ulster Bank – CSR Communications Strategy

Excellence in Community – Partnership with Charity – LIC

  • Bewley’s – Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning
  • Collins McNicholas – 250km Charity Run in aid of Pieta House
  • Electric Ireland – Darkness into Light
  • Friends First – Charity Programme 2015
  • Shannon Airport Authority – The Bank of Ireland Runway Night Run at Shannon Airport


Excellence in Community – Partnership with Charity – MNC

  • Accenture – Accenture and An Cosán build Skills to Succeed
  • Aviva – Aviva Street to School Programme with Focus Ireland
  • Boots Ireland – Boots Ireland and the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) partnership
  • Intel Ireland – Intel Ireland Site Signature Charity
  • Lidl Ireland – Lidl and Barretstown – working together
  • Medtronic – The Medtronic/Irish Heart Foundation Blood Pressure Roadshow- Reduce Risk of Stroke, Know your Blood Pressure
  • Microsoft – Youth2Work
  • Mondelez Ireland – Partnership with Barnardos
  • Ricoh Ireland – Circular Economy and Fun Ricoh, ReUse, ReCreate


Excellence in Community – Community Programme – LIC

  • Dublin Bus – Dublin Bus Community Spirit Initiative
  • Dublin Port Company – Early Learning Initiative
  • George Best Belfast City Airport – Community Fund
  • Irish Rail – Broombridge Station community partnership
  • Laya Healthcare – Super Troopers with Laya Healthcare
  • PM Group – The Sanctuary – Adelaide & Meath Hospital, Tallaght
  • Ulster Bank – Community Impact Fund


Excellence in Community – Community Programme – MNC

  • Accenture – Skills to Succeed
  • Citi – Junior Achievement Programme
  • EMC – EMC VEX Robotics
  • Genzyme – Partnership with Project Treo Port Láirge
  • Intel Ireland – Intel Mini Scientist
  • Intel Security (McAfee) – Digital Safety Ambassador Program
  • Oracle – “Mission Employment”
  • Tesco Ireland – Tesco Community Fund
  • Transdev Dublin – LUAS Lecture Room – St Aidan’s Secondary School


Excellence in Community – Volunteering – LIC

  • A&L Goodbody – Collaborative project with the Irish Refugee Council’s Independent Law Centre
  • Friends First – ‘Time To Read’ Schools Programme
  • KBC Bank Ireland – Staff Volunteering Scheme
  • KPMG – Bright Ideas – Skills based volunteering
  • Mason Hayes & Curran – Community Volunteer Programme
  • Ulster Bank – MoneySense for Schools


Excellence in Community – Volunteering – MNC

  • Abbott Ireland – Promoting science, technology engineering and maths (STEM) in our communities
  • BT – The BT Better Future programme
  • Dell – The Power of 2,300
  • Genzyme – Partnership with Mount Sion CBS Secondary School
  • Intel Ireland – Intel Involved
  • Microsoft – Microsoft and LauraLynn – Neighbours working together for good
  • Northern Trust – Community Partners
  • Oracle – Skills based volunteering is our “Mantra”


Excellence in Environment – LIC – Sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency

  • Cork University Hospital – Achieving a Sustainable Environment at Cork University Hospital
  • ESB – ESB Networks Water Conservation Programme


Excellence in Environment – MNC– Sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency

  • Abbott Ireland – Safeguarding the Environment
  • AbbVie – AbbVie’s 20:20 Vision
  • Arup – Sustainable Transport – we shape a better world
  • Astellas Ireland Co., Ltd. (Kerry Plant) – “Changing tomorrow” – Our journey to Sustainability
  • Tesco Ireland – FoodCloud Partnership
  • Transdev Dublin – Sustainable Operator


Excellence in International CSR

  • Bank of Ireland – Staff Third World Fund – Small change, big difference
  • Deloitte – The Consultancy for Change Volunteering Trip
  • IBM Ireland – IBM Corporate Service Corps Program


Excellence in Marketplace

  • Abbott Nutrition Ireland – “Essential Elements of Nutrition Care Programme”
  • Irish Rail – Journeys on Us
  • LeisureWorld – Functional Zone @ LeisureWorld
  • MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre – Happy to Help Scheme


Excellence in CSR by an SME

  • BCP Asset Management – Quarterly Volunteering Project
  • Ceridian Ireland – The PayBack Foundation
  • DHR Communications – Working with and for The Liberties
  • HSF Health Plan – Review of Grant Making Policy and revised strategy to increase grant making especially in Ireland
  • Law Society of Ireland – The Calcutta Run – The Legal Fundraiser
  • Three Q Perms – ‘Making what we do WORK for Others’
  • Yellow Harbour – ‘Charity Company Collaboration’ The 3 C Principle


Excellence in Workplace – LIC

  • Bank of Ireland – Be At Your Best – Invest in Yourself
  • ESB – Positive Mental & Physical Health Promotion among ESB Staff
  • HSF Health Plan – Strategic HR Review
  • Ulster Bank – UB Choice (Ulster Bank Choice Programme)


Excellence in Workplace – MNC

  • Accenture – International Women’s Day
  • Aramark Ireland – The Right Track Challenge 2015
  • Citi – Citi Wellness Programme 2014
  • Deloitte – Employee Wellbeing – Mental Health Programme
  • Oracle – Health & Wellbeing Programme (HWBP)
  • PayPal – Live Well Programme
  • RCI – Helpful Habits


*LIC – Large Indigenous Company

*MNC – Multinational Company


Judging Panel

The independent judging panel is made up of respected individuals working in various fields. The panel act independently at all times. This year’s judging panel is as follows:


Round One Judging Panel


  • Ms. Nina Arwitz, Chief Executive, Volunteer Ireland
  • Dr. Sheila Killian, Assistant Dean, University of Limerick
  • Mr. Alan Ryan, Department of Environment, Community and Local Government
  • Mr. Tomás Sercovich, Director of Communications and Industrial Relations, Forética


Round Two Judging Panel


  • Mr. John Cunningham, Chair, Immigrant Council of Ireland
  • Mr. Seán McLaughlin, Department of Environment, Community and Local Government
  • Mr. Maura Quinn, Chief Executive, Institute of Directors
  • Mr. Tomás Sercovich, Director of Communications and Industrial Relations, Forética
  • Mr. Martin Tobin, CEO, European Recycling Platform