Chambers Ireland today (21st March) opened the application process for the Sustainable Business Impact Awards 2022.

Measuring the impact of specific projects, these prestigious nationwide awards have become recognised as the most prominent awards in the area of sustainability and CSR for over fifteen years. The awards have also helped to galvanise very significant investment by the private sector into appropriate projects benefitting the environment, communities, charities and workforces.

The Awards recognise the meaningful and high-quality work by companies through different award categories, including Environment, Charity, Volunteering, Community, Workplace, Communication, Sustainable Impact by a Small or Medium Sized Business, and Diversity, Inclusion and Equity.

The awards are aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and highlight the important role business plays in working towards achieving our goals in this area by 2030. This work is demonstrated in every Chamber community in the country. Over 410 companies have entered over 1,500 projects and won over 250 awards in the lifetime of the awards.

Ian Talbot, Chief Executive of Chambers Ireland, spoke at the opening of the Awards, “We have seen hundreds of great companies with different projects receive recognition at these Awards in the past. Those projects have benefited the environment, communities, staff, charities and people throughout Ireland. While being very proud of being able to host online ceremonies for the last 2 years, it will be great to meet all the inspiring companies involved in relevant projects again at our first physical event in two years in September.

Margaret Brennan, President of Chambers Ireland, commented “Chambers Ireland recognises the important role businesses have to play in the area of sustainability and are enabling more companies get involved through our network. As part of our commitment, last year Chambers Ireland launched an SDG toolkit which will help any business start to incorporate sustainability into their day-to-day activities. The toolkit and the awards are just two of many ways Chambers Ireland is helping our members engage on sustainability”. These awards do not occur in isolation but are inherently linked to and contribute to our main SDG activities.

Tadhg Lucey, COO Civils BAM Ireland, the Awards’ main sponsor added: “BAM are delighted to once again sponsor the Sustainable Business Impact Awards. Our focus is to support clients to accelerate their sustainability objectives with best-in-industry capabilities towards building a sustainable tomorrow. For the third consecutive year, BAM has been commended for its climate action, achieving a place on CDP’s Climate Change A list. With the Awards advocating the UN SDGs, we look forward to the business community in Ireland demonstrating best practice in creating a sustainable future for all.”

The importance of Social Enterprise is recognised in its own category – Partnering with a Social Enterprise, sponsored by The Department of Rural and Community Development.

In support of this category Heather Humphreys, Minister for Rural and Community Development stated “I’m very pleased to announce my department’s continued sponsorship of the “Partnering with a Social Enterprise” category, at Chambers Ireland’s Sustainable Business Impact Awards 2022. These awards put a spotlight on businesses which integrate Sustainable Development Goals into their operations, so a focus on social enterprise is natural given their focus on supporting issues linked to the environment, health, poverty and equality.

Sponsorship of this category underscores my commitment to supporting Social Enterprises and to the ongoing delivery of the National Social Enterprise Policy. I commend Chambers Ireland for their proactive support of the development of social enterprise in Ireland.”

The awards are sponsored by BAM Ireland and are run in association with the Department of Rural and Community Development, One4all and the EPA.

Applications for the Awards are now open online at https://sbiawards.awardsplatform.com/