Public sector to be targeted in healthy workplace campaign

The public sector is to be the focus of a new campaign to encourage healthy workplace policies. The campaign is being prepared by Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, and will be driven by the Healthy Ireland initiative, which aims to improve the country’s physical and mental health. As part of the campaign, employers across the public sector will be required to develop healthy workplace policies. This is also requirement of the proposed Health and Wellbeing (Workplace Wellbeing) Bill, which was signed off at Cabinet recently. “We are putting this on a statutory basis to send a clear message that we…

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Ireland on track to meet 2020 renewables target with wind, says IWEA

Some 142 MW of new wind generation capacity has been installed in Ireland so far this year, representing a total investment of €225m, according to new figures from the Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA). Speaking on Global Wind Day, which is marked internationally today, “Through the delivery of wind energy we remain on track to meet our 2020 renewable electricity targets, but it’s essential that policy makers maintain a stable policy environment to allow Ireland to continue to harness this home-grown Irish electricity and reap the considerable economic and social benefits we’ll gain from that,” said Kenneth Matthews CEO of…

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Sky Academy Arts Scholarship Won by Kevin Gaffney – Dublin Visual Artist

Visual artist Kevin Gaffney was last night named the Irish winner of the Sky Academy arts scholarship. The 28 year-old Dublin artist, who works in photography and film, will receive £30,000 (€38,000) towards the development of an artistic project and the cost of living for one year, along with mentoring from Sky and the arts industry. Gaffney’s work has been shown in exhibitions and film festivals internationally, including the Sapporo International Art Festival (Japan, 2014) and the Poetry Project at the Royal Hibernian Academy (Dublin, 2013).  For his Sky Academy arts scholarship project, he plans to create and exhibit a…

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Fujitsu Ireland gets Business Working Responsibly Mark

Fujitsu Ireland has been announced as the first company to achieve the Business Working Responsibly Mark in 2015. Certifying excellence in responsible and sustainable business practices across company operations, the mark is operated by Business in the Community Ireland and audited by the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI). Fujitsu Ireland is the 17th company in Ireland to achieve the standard, which examines a range of areas including sustainability, customer relations, supply chain management, workplace, community and environment. To achieve the mark, Fujitsu Ireland initially completed an online questionnaire with over 290 questions analysing operations on over 27 different indicators.…

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Microsoft partners with CoderDojo Foundation

Microsoft is to become an official European partner for the CoderDojo Foundation and movement. The aim of this new collaboration is to support the CoderDojo movement across the region and to further encourage young people to learn to code. Microsoft has pledged its support to the CoderDojo Foundation as part of the Microsoft YouthSpark initiative, a global, company-wide initiative that aims to improve education, employability and entrepreneurship opportunities for young people worldwide. “In addition to the corporate grant Microsoft will be providing we are also ambitious about how our employee base can support the growth of the CoderDojo movement,” said…

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Volunteering: how companies in Ireland are helping to make a difference

To coincide with National Volunteer Week, Volunteer Ireland CEO Nina Arwitz discusses the growing interest in employee volunteering in Ireland. This week is National Volunteering Week, our big campaign in Volunteer Ireland to help raise awareness of how people can volunteer and to highlight just how many diverse opportunities are available for people to get involved in their local community. It’s estimated that between 25pc and 40pc of the Irish population regularly volunteers. Economically, volunteering is estimated to be 2.7pc of GDP of developed countries – which in Ireland’s case equates to over €3bn. Volunteering is the engine that powers…

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The first free online training courses in the Kurdish language have been officially launched on this week. The self-paced courses cover food safety, tourism studies, human resource management and customer service and were developed in collaboration with USAID/Foras, Silatech, a regional social initiative promoting employment opportunities for Arab youth, and Cihan University in Irbil, Iraq. The courses are designed assist the development of modern workplace skills in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq. The Kurdish translation of the resources was completed by Cihan University. The resources have also been translated into Arabic. “Free online learning has a hugely influential…

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Investment News: Sustainable Now Outperforming Traditional – Morgan Stanley Report

Investing in sustainability usually meets and often exceeds the performance of comparable traditional investments, both on an absolute and risk-adjusted basis, across asset classes and over time, according to a new report from the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing. The Sustainable Reality report reviewed 10,228 open-end mutual funds and 2,874 separately managed accounts over the last seven years. It found that sustainable equity mutual funds met or exceeded the median return of traditional equity funds for 64pc of the time periods examined.  Sustainable equity mutual funds also had equal or lower median volatility for 64pc of the time periods…

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Irish Cancer Society and Dell Ireland appeal for business support for Daffodil Day

The Irish Cancer Society and its lead partner for Daffodil Day, Dell Ireland, have launched an appeal to companies and businesses all over Ireland to support the event, which is being held on 27 March. The overall target for Daffodil Day 2015 is €3.5 million. “Corporate partnerships and employee fundraising activities help to make a real and significant impact on the Irish Cancer Society’s ability to continue to provide services and support to people affected by cancer in Ireland,” said Irish Cancer Society chief executive, John McCormack. “We need companies to sign up this year and once again commit to…

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Irish Cancer Society’s Daffodil Day 2015 launches

Broadcaster Dàithì Ó Sé helped to launch the Irish Cancer Society’s Daffodil Day 2015. He was on hand to do the task with the help of some little ‘Dell’ daffodil buds, Olivia McGowan, Lola Pastrana and Robyn Coleman in Fitzgerald Park in Cork. The Irish Cancer Society, with lead partner Dell, is calling for more support than ever for Daffodil Day as demand for support and services increases with a growth in cancer incidence. Daffodil Day will take place on Friday, 27 March 27 2015. Karina Corbett

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