Posted on Tuesday 12 February 2013 by Ulster Business

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Paul Rooney passes the baton to the new chair of Business in the Community Roy Adair.

Belfast Harbour chief executive Roy Adair has been confirmed as the new Chair of responsible business organisation Business in the Community in Northern Ireland.

The organisation has over 850 member companies in the UK, including 75% of the FTSE 100. More than 250 of these companies are members in Northern Ireland.

Mr Adair, who takes over from PwC partner Paul Rooney, said he was delighted to be taking on the role at a time when encouraging and supporting business to be a force for good in society has become an increasingly important issue.

"The organisation is in a period of growth as more businesses across Northern Ireland see that doing business responsibly is not just a nice thing to do, but a business imperative," he said.

"At the top of the agenda are issues such as: tackling unemployment; addressing climate change; making people healthier through the workplace and using business to help those most deprived in our society. The challenges are big, yes, but I believe we have the tools and the people to make real changes here and I'm proud to be involved," he added.

Kieran Harding, Managing Director of Business in the Community said: "Roy has been involved with us for almost 20 years. He's not just a good businessman, he's passionate about doing the right thing himself and within his own business. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Paul Rooney for his Chairmanship over the past three and a half years and are delighted that we will continue to enjoy his enthusiastic input as he remains on our Board.

"We will soon be entering a new three year strategic period for Business in the Community and I am convinced that we are in a good place to deliver for our members and for the community."

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