Bank of Ireland has been recertified with the Business Working Responsibly Mark, an independently audited standard for CSR and Sustainability. First awarded with the mark in 2016, Bank of Ireland received its 2019 accreditation at an event held in Dublin hosted by Business in the Community Ireland.
Bank of Ireland’s achievement in getting recertified with the Business Working Responsibly Mark highlights the achievements made by the bank in the sustainability area, including becoming a signatory to the UN principles for Responsible Banking, the launch of the Sustainable Finance Fund and the commitment to reduce carbon emissions intensity by 50% by 2030.
Recertification required Bank of Ireland employees to contribute to a detailed questionnaire covering 22 areas across Community, Workplace, Marketplace, Environment and Government, and the Bank also undertook a four day audit across its sites in Dublin, Belfast and Bristol. Gavin Kelly, CEO Retail Ireland, accepted the certification on behalf of the Group, joining CEO’s from Dawn Meats and EIR on a panel to discuss the responsible and sustainable business agenda.
Bank of Ireland was praised as part of the audit for the progress made in reducing staff travel times and adapting to a more agile working approach, as well as its employees engagement with the community. The Bank’s recent commitment to the UN Principles for Responsible Banking will help further improve responsible and sustainable behaviour within the group and to meet growing expectations in this area.
Commenting on the recertification, Francesca McDonagh, Bank of Ireland CEO, said: “Bank of Ireland’s purpose is to enable our customers, colleagues and communities to thrive. Conducting our business in a responsible and sustainable way is central to this purpose, so we’re very proud to again receive the Business Working Responsibly Mark.”