Wexford Chamber today announced that nominations for the 2014 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Awards are open. Now in their eleventh year, the Awards were launched by Mallen Baker, renowned UK-based speaker, writer and strategic advisor on CSR. The awards are run in association with the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, partnered by Business in the Community Ireland and kindly sponsored by BAM. The launch was kindly hosted by eircom.
Speaking this morning, Madeleine Quirke, Wexford Chamber’s CEO, “For many businesses, CSR is a chance to go the extra mile; to give back to the local community, staff and suppliers and ensure a more sustainable future for all. At Wexford Chamber, the CSR Awards are our chance to validate the work of these companies, highlight best practice and reward the hard work being undertaken by businesses across the country to engage in CSR.”
Tina Roche, Business in the Community Ireland Chief Executive continued, “The awards continue to go from strength to strength and each year we see how companies are enhancing and improving their CR strategies and embedding corporate responsibility at the heart of their business. By adopting this embedded and sustained approach to corporate responsibility, companies are yielding the noticeable advantages it can have on the bottom line. These awards champion this practice which is integral to Ireland’s business reputation.”
Theo Cullinane, BAM Chief Executive said: “We are proud to once again sponsor the CSR Awards, which promote and acknowledge responsible business practices. We believe that CSR and sustainability create value and efficiency for our industry clients, develop relationships and improve decision making processes. I’d like to wish everybody in Chambers Ireland, Business in the Community and all entrants the very best of luck with this year’s Awards.”
Speaking at the launch, eircom Chairman Padraig McManus said, “The Chambers Ireland CSR Awards offer a unique platform for organisations to gain recognition for the efforts that they make to make businesses more responsible and we are very proud to be a part of that. Our Special Olympics Ireland partnership celebrates its 29th year this year – making this the longest corporate sponsorship in Ireland.”
Award categories include: Excellence in Environment, Community (divided into Charity, Volunteering and Community Programme), Workplace, Marketplace, International CSR, CSR Communication, Best SME and the overall Outstanding Achievement in CSR Award.
For further information or to apply please visit www.csrawards.ie. The closing date for nominations is Tuesday 15th April 2013.