Abbott wins Chambers Ireland CSR award for 2009

Multinational pharmaceutical company Abbott, which has seven operations across Ireland, has been awarded the Outstanding Achievement in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) award from Chambers Ireland for 2009.

The award, which recognised a firm’s sustained excellence in the execution of their CSR programme, is given to the company that has most clearly integrated CSR into its business philosophy.

Abbott Ireland’s Human Resource Director John McAteer accepted the award presented by Minister of State at the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs John Curran TD at the Chambers Ireland 2009 President’s Awards for Corporate Social Responsibility held in the Burlington Hotel in Dublin last night.

“Abbott is honored to have received this national award in recognition of our commitment to CSR. It is a tribute to all Abbott employees across all our sites, who ensure that CSR is part of our everyday working life and aligned with our business objectives,” McAteer said.

“Responsible citizenship is a business discipline applied throughout our operations – including how we develop, manufacture and market innovative products, support our employees and customers, protect the environment and invest in building healthier communities.”

Abbott has been operating in Ireland since 1946 and is one of the country’s leading healthcare employers, employing more than 3,800 people.

The company has seven manufacturing facilities located in Clonmel, Cootehill, Donegal, Longford and Sligo, as well as commercial operations in Dublin and Westport.

Worldwide Abbott employs more than 72,000 people and markets its products in more than 130 countries.

The Chambers Ireland 2009 President’s Awards CSR are run in association with the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and are partnered with Business in the Community Ireland.

Pictured at the presentation of Overall Outstanding Achievement in CSR at the Chambers Ireland Presidents Awards for Corporate Social Responsibility 2009 were (from left): Gordon Carson, Business Development Director, resourceTM; John McAteer, HR Director, Abbott; Craig Skelton, General Manager, Abbott; Minister of State John Curran TD; Ger Cronin, Divisional Vice-President, Abbott, Katharine Jenson, CSR Manager, Abbott; and Ian Talbot, CEO of Chambers Ireland