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Business in the Community’s Guide on How to Become an Inclusive Employer

Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI), the business network for Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainability, has recently launched a practical how-to guide for employers to promote social exclusion, reduce inequality and combat poverty (28th February).

‘The Inclusive Employer’ blueprint is the work of the Leaders’ Group on Sustainability, a coalition of senior management and CEOs of Ireland’s top businesses from various sectors including energy, telecoms, tech, finance, transport, professional services, pharma, agriculture, retail and food. These companies have all achieved the Business Working Responsibility Mark, the NSAI audited standard for CSR, and they work collaboratively to address social, environmental and economic priorities.

The publication is a result of the work of the Social Inclusion sub-group. The group comprised representatives from CRH, Dawn Meats, Deloitte, eir, M&S, SSE Ireland, Ulster Bank, Veolia and Vodafone as well as experts from BITCI’s employment and education teams. The group was co-chaired by M&S and Veolia. Top priority for the Social Inclusion sub-group was to explore a business response to growing inequalities in Irish society.

The blueprint is a practical guide on how to create inclusive workplaces, while also reducing social inequality, and is designed as a best practice tool for employers on how-to secure, develop and nurture diverse employees.

BITCI Chief Executive Tomás Sercovich said the blueprint provided a clear pathway for human resources departments, strategic planners, recruitment experts and talent retention specialists to finally eradicate inherited disadvantage which often runs through families and communities.

He said: “Employment offers the single biggest opportunity for vulnerable individuals to move out of a cycle of poverty and become active participants in society. In a report published by the ESRI in 2018 five groups were identified as facing the greatest barriers to employment and as most vulnerable to social exclusion. These groups include jobless households, lone parents, homeless or affected by housing exclusion, people with disabilities and ethnic minorities.”

“At a time of almost full employment, talent retention and creative recruitment that nurtures business values and adds impact and dynamic to the workplace has never been so important,” the CEO added.

Some actionable ideas from the blueprint include:

To view or download the Inclusive Employer guide, please click here.

If you need further information or advice in relation to making your business and employment more inclusive, please do not hesitate to contact one of our team on (01) 415 12 85 or e-mail [email protected]