Posted on Tuesday 12 November 2013 by Ulster Business


Roy Adair, Chair and Lisa McIlvenna, Deputy Managing Director of Business in the Community launch CORE with Francis Kelly, Vice President of B/E Aerospace.

Business in the Community has launched its new standard for responsible business in Northern Ireland.

The standard – CORE – is designed to provide a framework for identifying corporate responsibility activity and measuring performance across an organisation.

"There is nothing else like this in the marketplace, in the UK or Europe," said Business in the Community Chair, Roy Adair. "It really is unique and I'm delighted that, once again, Northern Ireland is leading the way in terms of innovation, creativity and good business sense."

"Many of our member organisations have been conducting their business affairs in a responsible way for a long time and they have demanded a recognised system for measuring, assessing and reporting on their corporate responsibility activities. CORE fits the bill and works for businesses large and small, from all sectors and geographical regions across the province."

Eleven businesses have completed the pilot of CORE over the last six months, including B/E Aerospace in Kilkeel.

"What appealed to us was the fact that CORE is independently assessed", said Francis Kelly, the company's Vice President & Managing Director. "We have long been committed to ensuring that ours is a responsible business, inclusive in our policies, environmentally aware and making positive contributions to our local community and Business in the Community has proved an active and creative partner in helping us to do more, better. We are keenly aware, however, of the risk of complacency and we welcomed the professional and independent assessment of our efforts as part of the CORE process.

"While CORE gave us encouragement by recognising our strengths, it also pin-pointed areas for future improvement and development and suggested an Action Plan to help us achieve our revised, renewed and now re-energised CSR goals. Following our positive experiences, I would encourage any business to go through CORE."

Read an earlier interview with Business in the Community's leadership team here.



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