Published on Wednesday21stDecember2016

Minister Breen Announces CSR Online Tool for SMEs


Pictured with Minister Breen are from left Jennifer Casey, CSR Advisor on Responsible Business for SMEs, Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI), Ian Talbot CEO of Chambers Ireland, Neil McDonnell CEO of ISME, Catherine Heaney, Chair CSR Stakeholders Forum and Founder and Managing Partner of DHR Communications and Tracey Murphy, Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

Employment and Small Business Minister Pat Breen announced the launch of a Corporate Social Responsibility on-line Tool for SMEs. 

This on-line tool will help SMEs understand more about CSR and provide further supports to adopt and implement responsible business practices.  Completing the Tool will help SMEs recognize that many of the activities they already engage in represent best practice in CSR, will inspire new ways of operating responsibly, and will help towards understanding the benefits of embedding CSR into their day-to-day business operations.  

The Tool will also help confirm that the size of your company is not a factor in the ability of a business to make a positive impact in the world.  

Speaking at the launch Minister Breen said:

There is a perception that Corporate Social Responsibility is largely associated with big companies but it is as important for small and medium sized businesses.  The benefits of CSR to a company are significant, especially for attracting and retaining talent.  There are many other worthwhile benefits for companies, from becoming an intrinsic part of the local community within which they operate to saving on energy costs. I’m delighted to launch the Corporate Social Responsibility on – line Tool for SMEs which will assist SMEs in understand more about CSR.  I would encourage all SMEs to become involved in Corporate Social Responsibility.

Take the survey on the CSR SME On-line Tool here.