July 4, 2017

Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate Social Responsibility makes Ireland a better place in which to do business, benefits local communities and the environment



Frances Fitzgerald TD

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a concept whereby enterprises integrate social and environmental concerns into their mainstream business operations on a voluntary basis. CSR has been practiced by companies, large and small, throughout Ireland for many years. The breadth of CSR activity in Ireland is widespread and is recognised through programmes such as Business in the Community Ireland’s “Business Working Responsibly Mark” and Chambers Ireland’s Annual CSR Awards.

The Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise and Innovation, Ms Frances Fitzgerald TD has recently launched “Towards Responsible Business”, Ireland’s Second National Plan on Corporate Social Responsibility 2017-2020. The Plan articulates a vision for Ireland to be recognised as a Centre of Excellence for responsible and sustainable business practices. It also supports the Government’s objective of building a strong economy and delivering a fair society, so that businesses and communities thrive, throughout Ireland. 

At the launch event the Tánaiste, Frances Fitzgerald said:

“Today, more than ever, the Irish Government needs to deliver a clear message of encouragement and support to businesses and organisations around Ireland to embed responsible business practices at the core of their business strategies. 

“Businesses who communicate openly and transparently about their practices, who tell their story and recognise their impacts on society, foster a culture of trust with their workforce and their customers. CSR is no longer an optional ‘add-on’, but is becoming a necessary part of mainstream operations."

“Embedding responsible business practices has the potential to help build a more inclusive Ireland; help make Ireland a better place in which to do business and benefit local communities and the environment. For businesses, the benefits include: attracting and retaining talent; building reputation and market share and creating a competitive advantage.”

The National Plan on Corporate Social Responsibility is an initiative under the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs. The Plan is available at: www.djei.ie 

Pictured above:Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise and Innovation, Ms Frances Fitzgerald TD