Arup has been awarded ‘The Business Working Responsibly Mark’ by the Irish branch of a charity called Business in the Community. The mark, which is independently audited by the National Standards Authority of Ireland, reflects the firm’s commitment to treating customers, employees, suppliers, communities and the environment, well.
Business in the Community (BC) is a British charity organisation founded more than 30 years ago. The charity is business-led, with its key role to mobilise regional businesses to deliver a range of social goods and corporate responsibility initiatives. These span from supporting sustainable resource use and ensuring that age, gender, health and race do not limit an employee success, to supporting continued education and job creation for disadvantaged groups. The organisation is supported by the Prince’s Charities of Charles, Prince of Wales.
One of the charity’s initiatives is the The Business Working Responsibly Mark. The mark assesses an organisation on its CSR practices across a range of key indicators, including how organisations treats customers, employees, suppliers, communities and the environment. The mark is independently audited by the National Standards Authority of Ireland and based on ISO 26000.
Consulting and engineering firm Arup recently announced that it has been awarded the mark, following an audit of five of its key business areas, including Corporate Responsibility (CR)/Sustainability Governance, Workplace, Marketplace, Environment and Community. The award sees Arup join a select group of 23 companies in Ireland to have achieved the Business Working Responsibly Mark.
Eoghan Lynch, Group Leader of Arup Ireland, was presented with the certificate for the award by Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald (the deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Ireland). Lynch remarks about the achievement, “The Business Working Responsibly Mark is very well aligned with Arup’s values in terms of social usefulness, having fair and honourable dealings and being a humane organisation. The Mark helps Arup to be more structured in its approach to Corporate Social Responsibility."
As part of Arup's CSR pillar, the firm is working with several charities in the country, including the Simon Community, the LauraLynn Foundation, the Time to Read initiative, the Irish Red Cross and I Wish.